Arrow: Season 1 Reviews

September 18, 2013
Arrow is improving, but I still found it to be more oppressive than escapist; it lurks in the shadows of its source material instead of seeking out unfamiliar daylight.
October 10, 2012
It's younger, sexier and dependent on superhero violence, featuring Stephen Amell as eye candy.
October 10, 2012
Arrow has nice aim.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 10, 2012
An entertaining comic book adaptation.
October 10, 2012
Fanboys could do worse.
Top Critic
October 10, 2012
Solid start to what could -- and maybe should -- be a future CW franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 10, 2012
It's a sharper little tale than expected.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 10, 2012
The handsome but rather stiff premiere plays like a pale shade of Green.
October 10, 2012
Arrow is pure, action-packed fun worthy of the kind of longevity that Smallville enjoyed for 10 seasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2012
By almost all measures, Arrow is one of the season's more promising pilots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 10, 2012
Smooth without being slick, textured but not self-indulgent, Arrow reminds us that the best stories we tell are both revelatory and a whole lot of fun to watch.
October 10, 2012
Grownup viewers will have to check their brains at the door, but anyone susceptible to the timeless story of a costumed hero battling urban corruption should have fun.
October 10, 2012
It's a hard sell for those who have not already invested in the character and one made harder by a clunky script.
October 10, 2012
If the show can keep up its cinema-quality action sequences and maintain an air of mystery to Ollie's agenda, this could be a really fun series.
October 10, 2012
Arrow isn't quite a bullseye on its first shot, but it hits the target.
October 10, 2012
The pilot flashes a little bit of humor - a Lost joke, a Twilight joke - and perhaps the writers will mix in more, now that the backgrounding and character-introduction chores have been accomplished.
October 10, 2012
Amell is definitely easy on the eyes, and the angst-filled relationship between his and Katie Cassidy's characters shows promise.