For 272 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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Barry Garron's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Band of Brothers: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 10.5: Apocalypse
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 272
272 tv reviews
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    Although more like "Felicity" than "The Paper Chase" in attitude and subject matter, early indications are that the characters in this eight-episode series have neither the depth nor texture of either of those shows.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    The more K-ville captures this aura of gloom, the more depressing it is to watch.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    If you've seen the original with Donald Trump, there is scarcely a need to view this carbon copy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    Contrary to the volume of the laugh track, the script produces little more than an occasional chuckle...CBS would like you to believe that James is the next breakout star, similar to Ray Romano a year ago. Anything's possible, but that would seem like a stretch big enough to astound an aerobics instructor. [21 Sept 1998]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    The premiere of Angel suggests this is a fairly grim and humorless series, though perhaps not entirely predictable. With no Buffy to offset the intensely glowering and eternally brooding Angel (David Boreanaz), the former love of her life, the spinoff becomes a sort of "Touched By a Vampire," a show in danger of taking itself far too seriously and the audience far too lightly. [4 Oct 1999]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    A terrific boon to those who can't wait a week between "Friday Night SmackDown!"
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    For someone named Pepper, this character is awfully bland.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    Maybe this show would be more compelling if the Donnellys were a little less black and a little more gray.
    • 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.
    • 52 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    This depiction of John Paul II as half human, half saint -- though hardly unexpected and possibly even warranted -- leaves us with a character that is less dimensional and less relatable and, consequently, less interesting.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    Although titled The Defenders, there is no mistaking this stubbornly and unaccountably bland legal show for the bold CBS series of the 1960s with the same name.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Despite the intense look at the legal process, the show moves quickly.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Barry Garron
    Despite some fine performances, it fails to show a connection.
    • 64 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    The premise of an attractive group of friends living and loving in the Big Apple is not exactly a novel idea, but there's always room for a series that resonates with a distinctive new take, a unique perspective or memorable characters. Unfortunately, this isn't it.
    • 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.

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