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 2.6 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 270
270 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    Despite its pedigree as a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation, "Silver Bells" is only slightly more sophisticated than an after-school special.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    Although it would be extraordinary for any series to match the level of political complexity and realism of "The West Wing," this one barely tries.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    It's an attractive premise but a pedestrian execution.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    Finnigan, who was so right in NBC's loopy comedy "Committed," lacks the heft for the role of the no-nonsense prosecutor. Not that, as written, the role would be easy for anyone. It requires Annabeth to be a vigorous and energetic protagonist and, simultaneously, a weepy young mother with postpartum blues.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    Put simply, Spencer lacks the heft for the role.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    There's nothing particularly appealing about any of the folks having the close encounters.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    In the end, it's just a case of pouring old crime into new bottles.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    A contrived and predictable drama in military dress. [23 Sep 1995]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 35 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.
    • 52 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Barry Garron
    That's a lot of story potential, but most of it is squandered in trite and predictable ways.
    • 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.
    • 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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