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Criminal Minds - S09E13

Drama . Mystery . Crime

While the BAU looks for a vigilante killer on the loose in Cleveland, Rossi is concerned when his former Marine sergeant goes missing and heads to Los Angeles to find him. Also, the secret JJ has been keeping from the team may be catching up.

Episode Title: The Road Home
Airs: 2014-01-22 at 09:00 pm
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Mike Duffy
Detroit Free Press

A slick 'n' grim crime procedural piled high with deadly dull cliches

David Zurawik
Baltimore Sun

Big talent meets weak script and every TV crime cliche known to prime time.

Robert Bianco
USA Today

Everything about Criminal is patched together from other shows, from the FBI setting to the tired visual gimmickry.

Robert Lloyd
Los Angeles Times

Patinkin looks especially unnatural in these scenes — just give that man a song to sing, I say, and let him do what he was born to.

David Hinckley
New York Daily News

"Criminal Minds," which generates almost no creative energy of its own, has the aura - or is it odor? - of being patched together from scraps of failed CBS dramas of the past.

Matthew Gilbert
Boston Globe

It's not a cool-science show, but its crimes blur together with what we already see on the ''CSI" series, and its supporting cast is indistinct.

Marco Lanzagorta

Unfortunately, Criminal Minds confuses critical thinking with supernatural abilities.

Melanie McFarland
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Criminal Minds" doesn't present any spin on the crime TV genre you haven't seen before, save for taking savagery against female victims to new heights.

Ned Martel
The New York Times

The problem with "Criminal Minds" is its many confusing maladies, applied to too many characters. As a result, the cast seems like a spilled trunk of broken toys, with which the audience - and perhaps the creators - may quickly become bored.

Barry Garron
The Hollywood Reporter

Now and then, there are instances in which the profilers, and Gideon in particular, literally walk out of one scene and into another. It's a nice touch and a visually creative change of pace, but it's not enough -- not even with frequent shots of Patinkin's expressive face -- to distinguish this series in a particularly crowded genre.

Rob Owen
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Solidly plotted and filmed.

Tim Goodman
San Francisco Chronicle

The problem with "Criminal Minds" -- other than there are 48 series in a similar vein, 39 of them on CBS -- is that every person in this cast has an area of expertise, and they spend the hour telling you about it in the most unrealistic workplace conversations you'll ever hear.

Phil Gallo

It has a few points going for it: Mandy Patinkin's onscreen magnetism; some truly eerie episodes; and a smartness that it wears on its sleeve. On the downside, it draws on too many other recent hits -- "CSI," "Crossing Jordan," "Medium," "House," "Law & Order: SVU""Law & Order: SVU" -- for visual style, character tics, mind games and an ability to find the truth in confounding evidence.

Jonathan Storm
Philadelphia Inquirer

Viewers certainly like this sort of thing. CBS has become the No. 1 network with an incessant stream of it, and Criminal Minds is as well-made as any of them.

Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune

May well be worth a look.

Dorothy Rabinowitz
Wall Street Journal

From the evidence of the first few episodes, "Criminal Minds" may be a hit, and deservedly.

Doug Elfman
Chicago Sun-Times

It's kind of good.

Glenn Garvin
Miami Herald

CBS' crummiest imitation of CSI yet.

Diane Werts

The whole project feels salaciously sleazy, unless you're enjoying the proceedings, in which case it's juicily depraved.

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