Aaron Barnhart

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For 221 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 4.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Aaron Barnhart's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Shield: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Gossip Girl: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 221
221 tv reviews
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    The effects-laden pilot of “Painkiller Jane” is certainly watchable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    True, Cannavale and Paulson take some getting used to, at least among those of us who remember Piven and Marshall. But the premise still has miles more appeal than a “CSI” knockoff.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    If [Sorkin] intends to preach off-key sermons every week, “Studio 60” is going to get old fast.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    Like young Jaime, it's going to take awhile for this show to find its artificial legs.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    Unlike the previous Hanks-Spielberg efforts, each of these men is really on his own journey, and the changing shift of focus doesn’t help us build affection for the characters, either. The other problem with “The Pacific” is not really its doing. We’re in two wars now; comprehending a third seems a tall order for most people.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    In the tradition of "The Day After" and "My So-Called Life" comes The Big C, an important show premiering Monday that's not necessarily a great show.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    A viewer-friendly diversion.
    • Kansas City Star
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    It’s a grim two hours... But it’s not overly explicit, and the script and talent are better than most Lifetime films.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    It will take awhile to figure out whether Sons of Anarchy was worth the investment of our time.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    [It] makes defense work look as sexy as anything on the high-tech "CSI."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    Unfortunately, whoever developed this show couldn't trust the audience to accept Piper Perabo's character as strong enough to get out of a pickle or two without male intervention. I won't reveal how, because the first episode is otherwise very enjoyable, thanks to a solid supporting cast including "O.C." dad Peter Gallagher, Kari Matchett and former WB/UPN heartthrob Christopher Gorham.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    There’s no doubt Life is blessed with a fine lead actor, an intriguing premise and better writing than most new shows this fall. It’s just that viewers aren’t going to find that promising TV drama buried underneath all the crime procedural.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    “Prison Break” could be the fall’s breakout hit, but only if other actors can bail out Miller.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    It works because the three regulars--Zach Braff, Donald Faison and especially John McGinley--are all over these episodes, and the four newcomers are kept in their place.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    It is a stew made from a teen-slasher base with chunks of prime-time CBS crime shows and some daytime spice stirred in. If the first six minutes work for you, you’ll probably want more.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    My hope is that True Blood will get all of this tub-thumping out of the way in a few weeks and start its tremendous potential as an ensemble drama with hints of comedy.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    There’s nothing especially novel on “The War at Home,” except the way the familiar elements -- punch lines, fantasy sequences, sassy kids, talk-to-the-camera confessionals, bleeped profanity -- come together.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    Brothers really is not that bad a show.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    I worry about Chuck. I see it moldering before my eyes. And it’s nobody’s fault
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    While not quite the out-of-the-gate obvious hit that “The West Wing” was, ["Commander In Chief"] has enough going for it that it may soon become America’s favorite soap opera about a president of the United States.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    [A h]ighly implausible if smartly written hour. [16 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    I was disappointed by the opening episode, which left me with the distinct impression that Taye Diggs (playing a newly divorced doctor in the practice) and Tim Daly (Walsh’s first love interest on the show, but I’m sure not the last) were simply working off their ABC contracts that began on other, now-canceled shows. The portrayals of alternative medicine were unfortunate and too much forced zaniness.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    From what I can tell, it’s going to be the same show every show.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    This one starts out at a frenetic clip, and even A-list talent is helpless in the face of the formulaic banter that such occasions demand. Only when the show slows down--midway through, does Parenthood suggest that it may have something worth watching.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    An uneven but so far entertaining buddy show.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    It's all fairly paint-by-numbers with a fair amount of physical comedy, yet I couldn't help laughing out loud at times - watching Bynes give a terrier the Heimlich maneuver, for example. [20 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    I didn't get much of a sense where this show was going from the pilot, though there was nothing to hate about Big Bang Theory, and the writing’s every bit as sharp as "Two and a Half Men" and "Dharma & Greg," comedies overseen by Big Bang producer Chuck Lorre.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    I know there are a lot of people out there who can’t get enough of it, all the irritation and the narcissism and the racial tension and the yelling. But I’m not one of those people....Curb Your Enthusiasm leaves me just...well, a little bored.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    Less of a punchline parade than a lighthearted look at the foibles of family life, Greetings From Tucson is laced with ethnic jokes about El Caminos, pinatas and family shopping trips. [20 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    A mildly amusing sitcom that is promising -- including the sense that it promises to go nowhere fast.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    The show teeters at times on incomprehensibility but is brought back each time by its two stars.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    Monday’s premiere was one of the most nearly perfect half-hours of television I’ve ever seen.... [But] I can’t imagine tuning in “The Colbert Report” four nights a week just to watch a caricature.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    For whatever reason, it’s hard for me to treat Lock ’n Load as mere entertainment. But maybe that’s not a bad thing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    Though the violence is designed to be gorgeous, like a graphic novel, it doesn’t have the pacing of a comic book. The creators of Spartacus: Blood and Sand seem a little too enamored of their ability to sketch a vast Thracian tableau, a fight scene, or a coliseum full of cheering CGI Italians.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    The best that can be said about "Medium" is that it has a little more pep than similar shows and a sense of humor. [3 Jan 2005]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    She has a lot of spunk, mugging for the camera and poking fun at her career (no fewer than four Midler films get mentioned in the first episode). Next to her, however, the supporting cast is tired and colorless. And how many Bette Midler jokes can America take? [11 Oct 2000, p.F1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    Goldblum has a commanding presence that may overcome the ho-hum storylines and overdone talking-ghost motif.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    What changes there were to the “Tonight” format seemed superficial. Otherwise, it could’ve been “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    As someone who’s on the fence about Silverman — I get what she’s doing, but I’m not sure it’s worth the adoration it often receives — I found myself chuckling more when I went through my notes on the first two shows than when I was watching them.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    Nelson clearly relishes this role, though his rah-rah approach to everything wears thin. And critics are right to note that some of the confrontations between Nelson and his black rivals are needlessly harsh. [7 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    It’s like “Men in Trees” ... for men.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    When our 32-year-old heroine is back home with her ultra-conservative family, which seems stuck in the 1960s, That's Life drags; when the action shifts to the college campus she's dreamed of attending all her life, the show improves considerably. [7 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    The problem with reviving a time-travel show is there needs to be a really distinctive and appealing twist so that critics won’t just write things like, "This reminds me of "Quantum Leap.""
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    I know this is going to come as a shock, but when the scene is designed around Kate, the show sags. By contrast, when Rick strolls into the room, the show perks up.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    How it all goes awry is the question that provides Caprica with its ripe potential. Unfortunately, a serious storytelling mistake in the early going has left me with doubts about whether it has the wherewithal to get there.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    Every minute of "The Practice" is imbued with urgency, but it is a contrived, almost comical urgency. [2 Mar 1997]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    In its favor, Danny has no laugh track, and Stern is endearingly innocent of the perils of single fatherhood. But viewers have moved beyond conventional comedies like this one. [28 Sept 2001, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    I think “Survivors” is going to have a hard time getting noticed, not just because BBC America is way up there on digital cable, but because the hoopla surrounding the end of “Lost” is unrelenting, and “Survivors” just hasn’t done anything to break through.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    A perfectly serviceable but utterly forgettable sitcom.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    I waited for delicious strands of dialogue to memorize - it's a favorite pastime among "Sopranos" addicts - but none was forthcoming from "Falcone." [3 Apr 2000]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    The plot twist at the end (of the first episode) may wind up redeeming future episodes of That Was Then, but for now you may find yourself wishing afterward that you could travel back in time and get that hour back. [27 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    Seems like a high-stakes game of Baccarat, with NBC throwing good money after bad. [22 Sept 2003, p.E8]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    I’ve got nothing against Vampire Diaries. Since it lacks broad appeal and hasn’t a clever bone in its body, it will probably be a hit, unlike CW shows I’ve stuck up for (like “Reaper” and “Aliens in America”).
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    The Bachelor gets off to a slow start but maybe that's to be expected. It starts with a marathon mixer; Take "hi, my name is Angelique" and multiply it 25 times and you get the idea. Michel tells the women he is "humbled and honored" by the turnout, perhaps forgetting that ABC flew all the women to Malibu for the party. [25 Mar 2002, p.D5]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    Some of it works, like a jealous dream Doug (Louis) has in next week's episode about his wife (Marshall) and the hunks working on his water main. [24 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    We're supposed to buy that the C.S.I. unit is the next wave of high-tech crimefighting, but their tools don't look very high-tech to me. One gizmo looks suspiciously like a canister vacuum cleaner and the only thing it "finds" is a toenail clipping that could've been spotted with the naked eye. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    What's depressing is that Cox is a very gifted comic actress, but she can't seem to land a role that doesn't involve showing off her ample cleavage. [7 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    "My Boys" suffers from an unrealistic setup, and too many scenes amount to five people sitting around talking.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    "'Til Death" seems a pretty thin concept.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    Given the rather sophisticated allegorical treatments that TV audiences have been treated to in recent years courtesy of “Battlestar Galactica,” “The 4400” and the like, I find V’s first episode falling short, other than a fairly obvious allusion to Hitler Youth in the aliens’ outreach to teens.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    While it is formulaic and slow-paced, Moonlight is stylish entertainment with a charming star aimed at a specific audience--the folks who stay home Friday night and watch CBS.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    Not as terrible as most shows of this genre.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    This one has an “Entourage” pedigree (Mark Wahlberg is a producer) and is technically billed as a comedy, though it has neither the witty banter nor satisfying ending of one.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    Lopez might just be trying to prove that Latinos have as much right as anyone to bomb on ABC. [27 Mar 2002, p.F1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 88 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    Color me confused on the concept. Are 20-somethings supposed to like this show? Good luck with those archaic pop culture references (Molly Hatchet, Carter/Mondale). Teen-agers? Sure - let them see that high school was just as vicious 20 years ago...Freaks and Geeks recalls a time a lot of viewers would rather forget. [25 Sept 1999, p.E1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    I hate to say it, but if it weren’t for Sanz and Mullally, there would be no reason at all to watch this sitcom.

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