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
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Garron
    It can be funny at times, like when a draft pick becomes part of a negotiated plea bargain in a criminal case. And there's no denying the strong chemistry among the little-known cast. At other times, though the one-dimensional humor wears thin and the guys nearly become parodies of themselves.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    A fairly pedestrian comedy that needs all the studio-generated laughter it can muster.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    There's little point in critiquing the acting other than to say this isn't a production that will embellish anyone's list of credits. Nearly everyone here is a caricature trying to make the best of a miniseries that is all about the special effects.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Barry Garron
    Put simply, Spencer lacks the heft for the role.

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