Aaron Barnhart
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For 214 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Aaron Barnhart's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Wire: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Gossip Girl: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 214
214 tv reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    This sweet comic drama is the best new show of the fall. "Ed" is not only cleverly scripted but also marvelously cast and filled with little touches that make it absolutely endearing. [7 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    It is a show driven not so much by story line as by story telling. We may never have seen a TV program so adept at painting brilliant little vignettes that have nothing to do with anything except the sheer pleasure of watching a scene unfold or hearing pitch-perfect dialogue. [3 Mar 2001]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    The Shield" also features heart-stopping action scenes, the steady backbeat of its addictive soundtrack and highly entertaining chatter. The combined effect will kick down your door. [12 Mar 2002, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    The best drama on television. [18 Sep 2004]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    To me, what allows “The Wire” to surpass “The Sopranos” in the pantheon of greatest American TV shows is its ambition and its anger.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    This show has great casting, comedy that crackles and characters who show signs of actually possessing some depth to them. These are rare qualities for any TV show, which is why I ranked it my second-favorite new series of the fall. [22 Sept 2003, p.E8]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    I liked this show immediately...A delightful, well-designed show from start to finish. [5 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Spellbinding ... Blends intelligent writing, seamless special effects and more wonderful creations from Jim Henson's Creature Shop. [19 Mar 1999]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    What makes '24' so nail-biting good is its use of layered storytelling, plot twists and visual trickery to create the illusion of action. The premiere starts slowly, then picks up steam as it darts deftly in and out of six different stories. ... The genius of '24' is that it makes each minute feel more precious than the last. [4 Nov 2001]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    '24' continues to distinguish itself as the most original show on television. [27 Oct 2003]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Each person in the ensemble is distinct and intriguing. This show is loaded with possibilities.[20 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    What makes Boomtown so immediately interesting is that each of these people is treated like a main character, at least for a few moments. Rather than the standard objective, all-seeing-all-knowing camera, this show teases the viewer by using several highly subjective cameras, including some trained on bit players. I've seen this verite approach in documentaries, but this is the closest any fictional drama has come to approximating the effect. [28 Sept 2002, p.G1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    What a pleasure to find a woman who doesn't need to karate chop some no-neck to prove she's in charge. [27 Sept 2003]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    The core of the show is its characters, who are vividly drawn and well cast, and its tangle of provocative story lines. [22 July 2003, p.E8]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    The most promising new network show of the year...One part family drama, one part crime drama, one part internal metaphysical whatever, Joan of Arcadia draws us immediately into its slightly off-kilter universe. [26 Sept 2003]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Hugh Laurie is simply brilliant as the sarcastic, Vicodin-popping, cane-clutching healer in House. You want to see a heroic doctor? Go watch Matthew Fox save an island on "Lost." Want to see a terrific performance by a comedic actor who may singlehandedly save the medical drama? Here's your guy. [16 Nov 2004, p.E3]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    An out-of-the-gate triumph.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    “Everybody Hates Chris” is one of those rare nostalgia shows that doesn’t patronize childhood.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Hilarious, delightful and smart... "Eureka" may have the gumption to become the best sci-fi show since the late lamented “Farscape.”
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Since CBS doesn’t want us to see "Kid Nation" in advance, I guess I’ll just have to declare Kitchen Nightmares the best new reality show of the fall.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Reaper is remarkably well-paced and hilariously well-written.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Once again Simon and his producing partner, Ed Burns, plunge us deeply into the culture of foul-mouthed men, many of them barely out of their teens, who have ready access to firearms and agendas that have little to do with the American dream that you and I understood growing up. And, as before, you can’t stop watching it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    It's a heck of a show.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Justified is one of those programs where, when you get done with the three review episodes FX sends you, you're angry because you know FX could've sent more episodes if it wanted to.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Compelling. [20 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Delightful. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    This extremely promising series combines the human drama of the David Janssen TV show with the stuntwork of the 1992 Harrison Ford movie. And while neither lead has the Hollywood aura of Ford or Tommy Lee Jones, Williamson and Daly are well-matched as the cat and mouse. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    This is a very talky show, filled with Braugher soliloquies, and it will be hard to top the first episode, which plays out like a Greek tragedy... But I was spellbound, except for the jarring interludes involving Gideon's motley crew of medical students. [10 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Smallville roped me in. The most intriguing premise is that young Clark is only starting to grasp the enormity of his arriving on Earth a dozen years earlier. [16 Oct 2001, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Somehow it works, thanks in part to a tangled intrigue that pulls this lowly matriculator into a conspiracy of the highest order. [29 Sept 2001, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star

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