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Criminal Minds - S01E01

Mystery . Drama . Crime

After a fourth woman goes missing in as many months, the team is brought in to track down the guy before he kidnaps again. Hotch is asked to secretly evaluate Gideon to see if he is ready to work full time again.

Episode Title: Extreme Aggressor
Airs: 2005-09-22 at 09:00 pm
  • Diane Werts

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

    Newsday Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

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

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • David Zurawik

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

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Marco Lanzagorta

    Unfortunately, Criminal Minds confuses critical thinking with supernatural abilities.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    "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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

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

    USA Today Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Nicholas Fonseca

    Do yourself a favor and read some Nietzsche instead of watching this junk. [23 Sep 2005, p.82]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Melanie McFarland

    "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.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    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.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Solidly plotted and filmed.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • 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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ned Martel

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    CBS' crummiest imitation of CSI yet.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Sid Smith

    May well be worth a look.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

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

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    It's not clear how seriously Patinkin takes the whole thing--it's the same actorly mystery that makes David Caruso's whispery bitterness such a kick on CSI: Miami. [31 Oct 2005, p.39]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Doug Elfman

    It's kind of good.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review