For 165 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 25% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chuck Barney's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Sing Your Song
Lowest review score: 25 Bob's Burgers: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 165
165 tv reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    The lively script by Geoffrey Ward covers a lot of ground and offers keen insights via interviews, not only with experts but regular folk who lived through the era.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    It's captivating, and also poignant.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    The top-notch acting is still intact, as is the attention to aesthetic detail.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    That Thrones remains so utterly unpredictable makes it even more mesmerizing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    I'd rather spend time with an edgy show that aims high and sometimes falls short, than one that doesn't.... Welcome back, Mr. Sorkin. It's a pleasure to have you.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    It's never easy to say goodbye to a drama as mind-blowingly magnificent as Breaking Bad, but savvy creator Vince Gilligan has picked the right time to put his end game into motion
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    Last Resort [is] another epic, ambitious and distinctive new show that is cause for excitement.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    Fortunately, the new Steel Magnolias turns out to be a full 90 minutes of wonderful.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    Those who make the investment are richly rewarded. There's enough tension, betrayal, treachery, greed and sex, after all, to fill eight seasons of "Scandal."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    The show probably wouldn't fly for a minute, though, if it weren't for the ineffably engaging Cavanagh, who looks a lot like sardonic comedian Jon Stewart, yet has the laid-back affability of a young Jimmy Stewart. All bright eyes and dimples, he absolutely sparkles in the role. [7 Oct 2000, p.D01]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    It's a muscular, instantly riveting series that features sensational performances by Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight. Based on the early episodes, we could be looking at television's next great character-based drama.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    FX may have struck dramatic gold again. This series is mesmerizing. It sucks you in like a good book and has you yearning for more.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    Orange is teeming with humor, heart and poignancy--all the elements needed to qualify it as one of the summer's must-see shows.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    Mad Men can still keep us spellbound.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    What [director Ryan Murphy] delivers is a film with piercing emotional honesty that feels rough, and real, and intimate, and truly full of heart.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Barney
    Audacious plot lines help to keep Orange Is the New Black so unusual and refreshing. It's the one prison show that you may never want to escape.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Chuck Barney
    As its lofty production price tag suggests, The Pacific is bursting with epic sprawl and extravagance. But like any effective film of its kind, it also contains a brand of intimacy that will have you bonding with its characters and caring deeply about their fates.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Chuck Barney
    Treme, probably more than any piece of cinematic fiction set in New Orleans, feels like an authentic experience. As you watch it--and slowly savor it--you can practically taste the red beans and rice.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Chuck Barney
    By the end of the opener, a web of intriguing plot lines (and their treacherous overtones) are firmly in place. As ensuing episodes unfold, the story finds its beating heart as the characters substantially deepen.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Chuck Barney
    The good news is that it's still got game. [7 Nov 2004, p.C09]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Chuck Barney
    Sunday night's opening episode, Public Relations, delivers some jaw-dropping moments.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Chuck Barney
    One of the best-written and well-acted pilots of the fall, this spunky dramedy is full of small surprises. [29 Sept 2000, p.T034]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Chuck Barney
    The best new series of the season, it's a drama that deftly blends familiar elements of "The Stepford Wives" and "American Beauty" with a dash of "Twin Peaks," while still managing to feel strikingly new. [3 Oct 2004]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Chuck Barney
    Powerful stuff. [16 Apr 2000]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Chuck Barney
    And as far as the plots are concerned, don't sweat it. Tonight's engaging season-opener is easily accessible. Spend some time with these characters and soon you'll find yourself developing a strong emotional connection to them. [5 Oct 2007]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Most TV shows, after all, quickly fade from memory. This one will haunt your dreams.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Based on the first two installments of a 13-episode season, it will continue to have viewers perched on the edge of their sofas.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Some of the characters are so simplistically drawn that it's laughable. On the other hand, we love these characters so much and we're having such a jolly good time that we just can't resist Downton Abbey.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    As it turns out, Veep might be even more hilarious if it didn't hit so uncomfortably close to the truth.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Stick with it, and this Sherlock proves to be a fun and exhilarating TV experience.

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