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 Steel Magnolias
Lowest review score: 25 I Hate My Teenage Daughter: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 165
165 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Most TV shows, after all, quickly fade from memory. This one will haunt your dreams.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    An irresistible blend of soapy shenanigans, domestic tension, political intrigue and catchy tunes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    The good news is that Kaling and her writers have crafted a character who is competent at her job, not a goofball in scrubs. And they've offset the show's dreamy sweetness with plenty of snarky bite.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Arrow does what a solid pilot should: Suck us in, make us anxious to see what's next and set up several intriguing possibilities.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Season 3 gets off to a fine and frothy start.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Hannibal is a sturdy offering, one that keeps viewers guessing and tensions simmering. Most TV crime shows have a tendency to quickly fade from memory. This one just might haunt your dreams.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    A compelling thriller.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    From Spector's verbal bluster, to all the chatter about ballistics and forensics, it's a very talkie 90 minutes, occasionally punctuated by a haunting soundtrack. But the high-caliber performers, as well as Mamet's sparkling dialogue, keep things compelling.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Season 6 jumps ahead in time and launches with a beautifully written, contemplative two-hour opener called "The Doorway."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    The bottom line on Season 2 of The Newsroom is that it's unlikely to sway viewers one way or another. Devotees will continue to embrace it, and the haters will continue to hate.... As for this critic, let's just say that I'd rather watch an energetic, well-acted, provocative show that aims high and sometimes falls short, than one that doesn't aim high at all.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    It's not as atmospheric and artful, nor does it exude the same visceral sense of place [as French series "Les Revenants"]. But taken on its own, it is an absorbing, well-paced, thoughtfully rendered production with a quality cast that ranks as one of the better new winter shows.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    More than usual, you feel the emotional weight our survivors lug around. But at the same time, he [writer-producer Scott Gimple] apparently wants to assure us that the show isn't about to back away from turbocharged action sequences and gruesome gore.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    The Cold War may be over, but this addictive spy thriller is just heating up.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    While The Red Road is not quite in the same league as "True Detective" or "Broadchurch," it is better than most, and it succeeds at drawing dramatic tension not from lots of plot-twist fireworks, but from the long-simmering resentments, private shames and historical injustices embedded in a community few viewers are familiar with.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    It all adds up to a trip that's well worth taking.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    The Australian actor is again in Emmy-caliber form, delivering a gripping character study of a man who isn't comfortable in his own skin.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    So far. so good.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    An emotionally powerful dramedy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    The Missing, an eight-hour thriller coming to Starz on Saturday, is so tantalizing and haunting that it qualifies as a must-see, even for viewers who might be suffering from serial crime fatigue.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Chuck Barney
    Fortunately, the series has enough edge and action and compelling conflict to keep it from getting mired in sap. Berlanti, in fact, has humorously referred to Everwood as "'Our Town' on crack" and he may have something there. [16 Sept 2002, p.D1]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Chuck Barney
    The rather trite concept is freshened up by some colorful writing that actually happens to be funny, and by engaging "Odd Couple"-like performances from Sheen and Cryer, who play well off each other. The series is also a prime-time rarity - a sweet domestic comedy that isn't overly sappy. [22 Sept 2003, p.D01]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Chuck Barney
    CBS has presented viewers with an exciting gift this fall. Their "Five-0" update not only doesn't stink, it's an action-packed, easy-on-the-eyes thrill ride that is slicker and sexier than the original series that aired from 1968 to '80.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Chuck Barney
    Lux is one of those cute, quippy, ultra-mature teens you find only on TV. And several plot points unfortunately come across as false. But it doesn't matter. The lead characters in Life Unexpected are so likable, and the interactions between them feel so natural, that you find yourself willing to give the show lots of slack.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Chuck Barney
    To be sure, the show is like any other crime drama in that it contains darkness and violence--some of it erupting in unexpected ways. But there are enough new wrinkles here to make anyone who takes a chance on it feel thoroughly justified.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Chuck Barney
    Though Nikita is certainly dark, it's not as unbearably so as the USA cable version, which was too slick and soulless for its own good. The new version feels much more like a rollicking popcorn thrill ride.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Chuck Barney
    Whereas most entries in the musty genre are simply inclined to go for cheap shrieks and lofty body counts, this saga defies expectations with a more humanistic approach.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Chuck Barney
    If you've ever wondered how television screws up so many promising projects, check out Episodes, a new Showtime series with Matt LeBlanc that provides the answers in deliciously hilarious detail.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Chuck Barney
    Some viewers will delight in the edgy humor, while others undoubtedly will want to slap an extra-tight muzzle on Wilfred.

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