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 4
Lowest review score: 0 Gossip Girl: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 214
214 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    It's a heck of a show.
    • 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
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    As the last of my DVD screeners ended, and I found the story wrapped around me, constrictorlike, I had to agree with old Gus: It feels true. Very true.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    It’s an ambitious and ever-shifting examination of the lack of foresight in a culture addicted to rapid change.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    “Everybody Hates Chris” is one of those rare nostalgia shows that doesn’t patronize childhood.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    The fourth season of Friday Night Lights (which already aired last fall on DirecTV) is as rich and dramatic and satisfying as ever.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Yes, Treme is a tremendous document of the period following Katrina, how it shattered not just homes and infrastructure and tourism but, most important, families. All of that is on the surface and pretty accessible.
    • 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
    • 39 Metascore
    • 10 Aaron Barnhart
    A stinking pile of unlikely plot twists, brain-dead dialogue and cardboard characters.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    While capturing all this with seemingly unfettered access, Wrong finds the little dramas that provide insight into what it's like to be a resident at one of the world's premier teaching hospitals.
    • 87 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    It's safe to say you've not seen anything like it on network television. And not to put too fine a point on it, but the shock does wear off after a few minutes. [22 Sept 2004, p.F3]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Aaron Barnhart
    Unfortunately, the first two hours of “Dirt” give no sense that anyone wants to make an entertaining satire out of all this.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    It’s definitely not the same-old same-old, for which ABC is to be congratulated.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    The one-person-shows these recurring characters put on each week are what give In Treatment its vitality, and of course it helps that HBO can draw from top stage talent.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Things may end badly for Vic, or not, but this I know for sure: The next time The Shield cheats its viewers will be the first.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Breaking Bad is not an easy show to watch. [But] this is the Cranston show, and for those of us who still see reruns of “Malcolm in the Middle” and the red-faced, eye-bulging slapstick that Cranston was put through on that show, he is quite a revelation on Breaking Bad.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    It has personality to spare, so much that you forgive it for its romantic notion that a bunch of highly paid TV people constitutes a "family." [22 Sept 1998, p.F1]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Not only is it funnier than its lead-in, it’s improved on its impressive (and sadly truncated) first season on ABC.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Rescue Me does everything “Lost” does. It balances character, drama, comedy and suspense while relentlessly pushing a dozen story lines forward.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Whatever the reasons, True Blood has become stranger, more complicated and more satisfying to watch over time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    Compelling if not entirely satisfying. [29 Oct 2002]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 81 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    It’s not near HBO quality but certainly better than that “Sleeper Cell” tripe that Showtime put on last year.