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

Barry Garron's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Sports Night: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 10.5: Apocalypse: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 270
270 tv reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    "Brothers & Sisters"... has all the traditional themes of unhappy marriage, unmet parental expectations, unexpected financial chicanery and (possibly) unfaithfulness. It deals with them convincingly, though not with any great depth or insight.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    It's an attractive premise but a pedestrian execution.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    Mostly silly, pretentious, soap opera-style TV with an escapist mentality and the subtlety of an avalanche.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    For now, it remains more like a group of shuffled skits than a cohesive series.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    Put simply, Spencer lacks the heft for the role.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    Apart from its New Mexico setting and its witness protection angle, little stands out here. Stories are less than suspenseful and characters are mainly two-dimensional.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    The best thing in the show's favor is its single-camera style and a cast that knows its way around a punchline, though these are few and far between. In general, stories are contrived and exaggerated, and they fail to deliver even a mild comedy payoff.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    The series, even after a second episode, is stuck in a rut. After awhile, the insane predicaments of these overprivileged characters are more pathetic than funny.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    Even skillful performances by its largely unknown cast aren't able to hide the lack of character development and the sense that the people in this series are almost self-parodies.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    Plaudits to Ambrose for her effort to bring some honesty to her scenes, but it isn't enough to keep the show from imploding.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    The more K-ville captures this aura of gloom, the more depressing it is to watch.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    The main reason to watch can only be Holly Hunter.... Although she's a prisoner of the material, her performance is so good that it can distract you from this otherwise simplistic take on a complex issue.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    This farmer may want a wife but, in the end, the only guarantee is that he gets a reality show.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    For all its gore, Dead Set has a frightening lack of suspense. Then again, except for Kelly (Jaime Winstone), a "Big Brother" producer with a dysfunctional love life, most of the characters are so lacking in humanity that the transition to zombie isn't much of a leap.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    If one dispenses with the seemingly coaxed melodrama, the well-rehearsed family scenes and the endlessly repetitive bumpers, an occasional nugget of helpful information on tracing family roots is discovered.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    Bored prefers droll to funny. Almost implicit in its tone is the attitude that viewers should be satisfied merely hanging out with the literati of New York, flawed though they might be, and not hope for compelling stories and charismatic characters, as well.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    There is some undeniable chemistry between McGinn and Whatley, but it isn't enough to rescue Past Life. Not in this life.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    Although Robbins delivers on his promise in one feel-good scene after another, there's little here to indicate that the joy and freedom will remain after the production crew packs up.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    A contrived and predictable drama in military dress. [23 Sep 1995]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    In the end, it's just a case of pouring old crime into new bottles.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    There's nothing particularly appealing about any of the folks having the close encounters.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    Despite the lethargic story and jokes that rarely elicit more than polite chuckles from the studio audience, "Game" is not without potential.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    It is obvious in just the first few minutes who the real winners are -- members of the NBC sales department. Collectively, they have taken product placement to new and annoying heights.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    That's a lot of story potential, but most of it is squandered in trite and predictable ways.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    The show itself is so poorly conceived that you can only pity the viewer who gets lost in this Jungle.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    At times, things veer so far off center that running from the feds seems like a distraction from the more important story of teen romance and angst, just another annoyance like a sudden zit or a dropped call.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    "Book Club" is one of those "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" series. You know, the kind that promote themselves as giving unvarnished looks into real-life issues facing women in a variety of situations but that mostly exist to exploit them.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    Although several characters are refugees from central casting, there is too much of an earnest streak running through "Dirt" to dismiss it as a breathless soap.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    "Bells" needs to be about more than pacifying that week's psycho bride (or her demanding mother), or it risks being an updated version of "The Love Boat."
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    When all is said and done, the series feels less like Wisteria Lane than "Stand By Me" channeled through Danielle Steel.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    There are clever moments in NBC's new improv series "Thank God You're Here," but you can get awfully restless waiting for them.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    It lacks the charm of the original. Worse, the characters in the NBC show are so exaggerated that the whole thing feels like a skit.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    In fact, the entire show consists almost entirely of spills, tumbles and falls, most of which fell short of being breathtaking, spectacular or catastrophic.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    It’s rather like a “Saturday Night Live” skit that should have stayed a skit and not wound up on the big screen.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    Crusoe, based loosely on the classic adventure tale by Daniel Defoe, is an international co-production that champions swashbuckling and scenery without grasping the significance of credibility and character development.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    Without more skillful dialogue and lively stories, this won't help A&E kick the reality habit.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    So, one gets an episode about Spartacus' lessons at gladiator school and another episode about his fights in "the pit," a place brutal enough to make professional wrestling look like ballet. With such thin stories each week, it's small wonder that sex and violence are used to take up the slack.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    Regardless, it doesn't take long to realize that "Miami Medical," written by executive producer Jeffrey Lieber, is long on emotional manipulation and short on compelling characters and insightful storytelling.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    This show still feels emotionally manipulative and at times even uncomfortably invasive.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    There is "love, hookups, backstabbing, cheating, scandals and crying," though not nearly enough to distract from the show's tedious obeisance to a formula that has become more familiar than the lyrics to "Happy Birthday."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    So give School Pride an A for good intentions, a D for research into what ails public schools and an F for deliberately concealing the fact that it took the network and its sponsors--and not some empowered community--to revitalize a school.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Barry Garron
    If "Twenty" proves anything, it's that even gifted performers can't conceal the flaws of a truly uninspired script, though they can distract from them here and there.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Barry Garron
    The characters have the depth of a dollar bill, and their predicaments produce few surprises. It's not that the stories lack potential -- well, some maybe. Mostly it's that the level of drama rarely goes beyond daytime fare.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Barry Garron
    A series like this can go in a lot of different directions, and creator-writer-director John Gray takes them there. He goes for the scary, the funny and the overbearingly sentimental, but it is the latter that dominates.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Barry Garron
    [It] might more accurately be titled "Touched by a Sponsor."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Barry Garron
    That it has been a hit in 35 nations... reveals that there are more international threats than terrorism and global warming.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Barry Garron
    Given this straitjacket of a script, it's hard to know how good the cast could be with decent material.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Barry Garron
    The series premiere suffers from a catalog of problems longer than most demand lists.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Barry Garron
    A lackluster show about a conflicted mother-to-be and her annoying and oblivious husband that mostly provides ammunition to those who argue that Hollywood is out of touch with the real world.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 20 Barry Garron
    The stories trudge along like a semi on a steep uphill grade. Taken as a whole, the show looks more like something pasted together for potential demographic appeal than anyone's dramatic vision.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Barry Garron
    Largely a waste of time.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 20 Barry Garron
    A look at the first episode suggests that, just as A.M. radio is the unassailable province of the right, TV might better be left to the left.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 10 Barry Garron
    This formulaic, hard-to-swallow concoction of glib writing and off-putting characters neither enhances the credits of its cast nor the reputation of Jerry Bruckheimer when it comes to TV comedy.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 10 Barry Garron
    You'd think that someone somewhere down the line... would have lobbied for the rudiments of a story, characters with texture and dialogue more sophisticated than shopping mall conversation.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 10 Barry Garron
    This is a show that could bury the [sitcom] genre altogether.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 0 Barry Garron
    The four-hour project was written and directed by John Lafia, who managed to find new and creative ways to turn every scene into a cliche and get a cringe from every line of dialogue.