Critic Consensus: The backwards procedural gimmick of Motive is a feeble attempt at originality, preventing the show from conceiving of compelling plots.
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As viewers of Columbo will remember, detective stories have been giving away whodunit for at least 40 years.
Lehman is good, most everything's OK, but nothing is especially fresh or compelling.
As a whodunit with the who already answered, Motive is more than passable and quite a bit better than two of this season's string-along ABC clunkers -- Zero Hour and Red Widow.
Unfortunately, the missteps revealed on the show hardly demythologize the police.
Motive's format isn't a completely original concept (the long-running TV mystery Columbo did for decades), but it definitely feels fresh among a crowded schedule of genre competitors.
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