The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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Halt and Catch Fire stumbles right out of the gate with its squandering of its talented actors on inconsistent, thin characterizations [...] and a noticeable lack of the drama and mystery it so desperately wants to create.
... the biggest issue is the characters themselves, which are by now copies of copies of the great antiheroes (and their equally fascinating enablers) written by Matt Weiner and David Chase and Vince Gilligan.
The problem is, once you get past the shock of a fresh premise and watch the pilot, the show starts to seem formulaic, with stock characters and what sounds like placeholder dialogue that was supposed to be filled in with good stuff later but wasn't.
The pilot shows the time, perseverance and attention to detail of some of television's best programs, and if the other nine Season 1 episodes are half as good, Halt and Catch Fire will be worth watching.