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

Barry Garron's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 3
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.
    • 50 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 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.
    • 62 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.

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