For 270 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Barry Garron's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Brotherhood: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 10.5: Apocalypse
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 270
270 tv reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Felicity lacks the quirkiness and the humor of "Ally McBeal." However, it has a warmth, a charm and a dramatic urgency that could, at least in part, justify the buzz. [28 Sept 1998]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    At its heart, this American adaptation of a popular British series about a group of gay friends is dramatically rewarding, convincingly acted and smartly written. At times, though, it seems as if writers Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman and director Russell Mulcahy do too much to keep viewers from reaching that heart. [1 Dec 2000]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    The small-screen version is more than faithful to the delicious and heartwarming drama that was the main course of the low-budget 1997 hit. [27 Jun 2000]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    "Ellie" is a smart, daring show, full of memorable characters capable of humorous banter in one moment and physical comedy the next. [25 Feb 2002]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Garron
    Elevate[s] the state of TV drama with fine writing, convincing acting and compelling stories. [16 Sep 1994]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Although it will be hard to match "The O.C.'s" ratings, particularly against the blockbuster competition of the time period ("The Apprentice" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"), the "Reunion" pilot offers a more intriguing and creative form of entertainment.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Part improbable comedy, part unrealistic drama, "Head Cases" is nonetheless a clever series that gets incredible mileage out of its two central characters.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Sci-fi purists might find it the taste of CBS' "Threshold" disconcerting, but for the rest of us, this is scary fun and suspenseful dramedy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    If you can ignore for a moment a logical flaw that permeates the series, you'll find an absorbing, well-paced legal drama with both heart and attitude, not to mention cinematography good enough to carry the Jerry Bruckheimer imprimatur.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    With its superb cast, impeccable direction and mostly sharp writing, "Out of Practice" demonstrates simultaneously how polished and professional a sitcom can be and why TV comedy, with a few notable exceptions, is in such a funk.
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    The new show dovetails nicely with its lead-in to present a solid hour of skewered news and punctured pomposity.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    [An] unflinching and engaging look at the lives of a disparate group of women in their 20s and 30s whose share a love for this rough-and-tumble sport.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    There is a dynamic of affection and caring that makes the series more than just a collection of witty lines effectively delivered.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    The improv style when done well, as it is here, doesn't generate sidesplitting laughter, but it does produce a steady stream of deliciously enjoyable moments.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    It is a series that boasts more than a few terrific performances, and yet it is surprisingly mellow, nearly devoid of the kinds of dramatic moments that resonate after the final credits roll.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    She creates an appealing character despite all the preconceptions, many of which are acknowledged and dispensed with in the first few scenes.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Holds its own against the 1956 classic.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    There's no shortage of laughs.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Sound more than a little like FX's "Rescue Me"? Absolutely.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    It's a Western miniseries with impeccable pedigree, memorable characters, breathtaking cinematography and a story that seems almost as if it had been put together by a committee.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    A surprisingly refreshing romantic dramedy full of appealing characters.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    If the stories aren't entirely convincing, the actors are.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    This is a warmhearted dramedy, which gushes charm and family appeal.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Hall... is brilliant at conveying the subtle complexity of Dexter.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Arguably the best comedy this fall.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    All series need time to discover their strengths and weaknesses, and this is no exception. However, this show starts with a foundation of solid character comedy, which bodes well for the future.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    If there is a chink to this series' armor, it is in the casting of Armstrong in the title role.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    The show has a complex rhythm involving characters, satire and sight gags. You can watch "Barker" again and find things you missed the first time.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Working together, Goldblum and Craven create some of the most honest scenes in the genre.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    The show succeeds on a number of levels and builds on a well-crafted premise pilot.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    A little heavy on exposition.... "Burn" is at its best when Westen is outwitting and outracing bad guys.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Greek is much more than artful manipulation of marketing strategy. The premiere has several surprises even as it dares you to pigeonhole any of these characters. The talented young ensemble cast works hard to sell the stories and mostly succeeds.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Bee greets viewers with a set of splashy colors, a house band, house singers and house dancers. It's all very hokey, but there's also something lively and real about it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    British reviewers pegged Hotel Babylon correctly when they called it flashy, trashy, cheeky, frothy and "like a perfectly executed souffle."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Even with its eye-rolling plot and its McMusic, High School Musical 2, like the original, does well by doing good.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    The producers do a nice job of developing characters and delineating the conflict. It's so good that, with only a few tweaks here and a little better dialogue there, it could rival "The Office" as a faux documentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    The pilot is full of dark, dangerous and sexy moments.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Julianna Margulies--also listed as a producer--is convincing as a lawyer whose only true solace is her work. Still, she lives under a black cloud that threatens to burst at any moment and overwhelm the show.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Season 2 features an expanded role--probably too greatly expanded--for Dale (Todd Stashwick), the dull-witted, violent villain and nemesis from Traveller days. Even so, Izzard and Driver remain a joy to watch in this odd but fascinating series that is derivative of nothing on TV.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    It's a showcase for Ullman's remarkable skill, but it is done too fast for the comedy to percolate. We barely have time to figure out who the character is before there's another one. And another. Things are better in succeeding episodes.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Despite its 1980s ambiance, you can't simply dismiss the show. It has some genuinely funny lines, though it's not clear who to thank for that.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    It's not that Americans can't master the outlandish sketch comedy exemplified by Little Britain USA. It's just that, from Monty Python to Borat to Eddie Izzard, the British invariably do it so much better.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    A dependable source of entertaining fright.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    NCIS: L.A., like its parent, relies on a sturdy, mostly youthful cast, sporadic action, and sprightly dialogue.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Although this Valley is too deep at times, there are enough elements to provide a fun, action-packed experience.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    This might make a better premise for a movie than a series, but Fox is giving it a shot amid its Sunday animated comedies. It could pay off thanks to above-average writing, a winning performance by Tyler Labine and an understanding by the producers that this series must walk a tightrope to avoid becoming too sweet or cynical.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Although the original remains the greatest (at least, based on the single Cleveland episode made available for review), the newer sitcom has charm, wit and actresses who could coax laughs reading the fine print of a credit card agreement.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    With its large ensemble cast and frequent flashbacks--visiting and revisiting events that occurred from 23 minutes to 13 months in the past--watching Event is like riding a contraption that is half time machine and half bumper car.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    The writing is sharp enough to create nearly as many solid laughs as there are producers. [21 Aug 1998]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    What emerges is a drama that is solid, though not spectacular, and a star more charismatic than complicated. [24 Sept 2001]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus is at the top of her game. Her expressions, physicality and timing are right on the mark. Her vocals are a treat and flow naturally from the story. [14 Apr 2003]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    There's enough to like about this series to hope for its return later in the season. [3 Aug 1998]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    No one will mistake this for cutting-edge comedy but it is well-cast (especially Lithgow) and good-natured enough to please most viewers. [8 Jan 1996]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    Carey, a stand-up comedy veteran, has great timing and expression. It's easy to relate to his working-class persona. Now if someone could just make his friends a little funnier, "Drew Carey" could be a winner. [13 Sep 1995]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Barry Garron
    The pilot is plodding at times, the result of a few too many heart-to-heart discussions among the characters. Still, Williams, Holliday and Heard create such fresh, memorable characters that it's impossible to get bored. [16 Sept 1995, p.E7]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    This is sassy and superficial but also entertaining, and that's really all it aspires to be.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    If anything, "In Justice" tries too hard.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    A well-intentioned drama with a few comedic quirks but without depth or greater purpose.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Despite her position as editor, Emily lives in a world with high school values, where the ultimate achievements are being popular, fitting in, looking good and finding a hot date.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Simultaneously sexy and relatable, Elfman wins us over with a convincing performance that shows vulnerability just beneath a placid surface.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    The sameness of the format detracted from the excitement inherent in any awards broadcast.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    It has potential.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Ironically, the differences among the characters that make the show interesting and even, at times, compelling, also test its credibility.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    The B-list panel... doesn't measure up to the likes of erudite and quick-witted Henry Morgan or Bill Cullen. But they enjoy themselves, and their fun can be contagious at times.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    It can be pleasant -- even charming at times -- but not much more than that.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    [It] gets high marks for capturing the spirit and idealism of the staff but only passing grades for storytelling.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Despite the intense look at the legal process, the show moves quickly.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    There are no deep belly laughs here but you can count on a steady stream of chuckles, more from the characters than the situations.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Thomas earns high marks for coming up with appealing characters who are as comfortable as old cardigans.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Maybe the best thing about this miniseries is the weird assortment of characters.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    You get the feeling that if this show is given enough time to find its strengths and understand its characters, it could be around for quite some time.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Mostly, it was a tasteful affair.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Murphy is adept at creating clever mind games between his characters, but moments of true suspense or fright are few and far between.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Despite some fine performances, it fails to show a connection.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    The focus is on the dangerous and forbidden relationship between Mick and Beth and his efforts to keep his past a secret. Whether there's enough material there to knit together a series remains to be seen.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    A terrific boon to those who can't wait a week between "Friday Night SmackDown!"
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Softer than soft porn, Call Girl is as much a documentary about high-end prostitution as it is about the conflicts and foibles of those who engage in it.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Her way lets viewers glimpse at parts of her personal life (her house, her parents) but carefully withholds other details.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    The real surprise is that, for all the times King has taken us down this creepy path, he can still evoke chills and thrills over and over again.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    The new series boasts eye-catching animation and dollops of sex and violence but only enough humor to elicit occasional chuckles. If you eliminate the references to sexual perversions, even the smiles are few and far between.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Cleveland has a few delightfully outrageous moments, along with several that are gratuitously gross ("hot fur," anyone?), but its most disconcerting element is its significant resemblance to "Family Guy."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    While the series _ based on the 1995 Sandra Bullock film _ is more breathless than brainy, there's enough going on to make you want to stay tuned. [17 July 1998]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    If you've seen the original with Donald Trump, there is scarcely a need to view this carbon copy.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    At times, it seems more intent on chasing a demographic than entertaining it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    Perhaps inevitably, with all that focus on the educational component, the story gets short shrift.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    When the show clicks, as it does in several scenes, the improvised performances have a more natural look and feel than typical sitcom scripts. Elsewhere, the comedy feels forced and staged.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    The strengths of "Conviction" are its talented, attractive cast and clever stories about prosecutions that never are what they appear to be.... At the same time, this business of chasing a younger demo is still kind of new to the producers. There are moments when credibility gives way to exaggerated vulnerability.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    A brave and breezy (though slightly uneven) series that is well-cast but not always well-plotted.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    For those who make the effort to stay tuned, the reward at the end of the first episode is meager. One hopes for bigger payoffs in subsequent outings.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    The harsh reality is that it will be lucky to get the time it needs to figure out how to become the show it was meant to be.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    The cinematography is stylish, and the action sequences compare favorably to those shot for larger screens. The acting is good, sometimes even inspired, and yet there is a big problem with the show. Put simply, most of these characters are distasteful and sometimes downright repulsive.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    Although competently produced, the series about doctors who specialize in brain maladies lacks a dramatic spark. Characters aren't fully formed; stories aren't arresting. Sometimes it even seems like the show was created from the transplanted organs of other series.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    Intriguing but not entirely satisfying.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    The characters connect mostly on a clinical level, rarely deeper.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    Samantha leaps from place to place as if its rapid pace could conceal the bumpy story line or at least suppress the observation that none of this makes much sense.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    To be sure, Flashpoint is a perfectly competent police procedural right down to its convincing weaponry and tactics. However, based on the pilot, it isn't particularly fresh or inventive.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    Too often, though, plots are contrived and coincidental (how many times can Kellerman defend clients against the same prosecutor, who just happens to be his girlfriend?) and lack the wonderful surprises that are trademarks of a Bochco production.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    True Blood, with its constant profanity, gore and banal cruelty, will have a limited appeal. It might become appointment viewing for genre fans even as the rest of us steer clear of Bon Temps.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    The show's main strength is the admirable comic acting ability of Kelsey Grammer and decent wordsmithing by sitcom veteran Tucker Cawley. But even with those assets, Hank comes across as familiar and formulaic--something you don't mind watching but wouldn't go out of your way to see.

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