Critical Condition: All Rise

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☆☆☆ “Finding a new way to do a legal procedural is such a difficult prospect at this point that it would be hard to blame TV for giving up entirely and just going on autopilot. All Rise, however, both indulges the basics of the genre and finds some refreshing ways to twist them into slightly new, more intriguing shapes.” — Variety.

☆☆☆ “What the show turns out to be, judging by the first installment anyway, is a better-than-average light drama, sans stridency, with a strong cast and considerable potential for exploring themes of substance—while still maintaining the breathtaking pace of the first episode, during which viewers may have no idea who’s who, and through no fault of their own. ” — Wall Street Journal.

☆☆☆☆ “My initial read on the All Rise pilot was that it was CBS’ failed attempt to do a Shonda Rhimes show, but after watching two additional episodes, I’m willing to adjust those aspirations to an average attempt to do a Robert and Michelle King (The Good Wife) show in Los Angeles.” — The Hollywood Reporter.

☆☆☆☆All Rise at least tries to be entertaining, in the seriocomic earnest-meets-silly style of second-tier David E. Kelley. And there’s a genuine star performance from Simone Missick (Luke Cage) as newly appointed, and highly caffeinated, Superior Court Judge Lola Carmichael.” — TV Insider.

☆☆☆☆ “Its main conviction seems to be that judges should function not as neutral arbiters of the law but as assistants to defence lawyers and that empathy, rather than evidence, should govern judicial outcomes.” — Reason.

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