For 207 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 73% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 25% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chuck Barney's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Ray Donovan: Season 1
Lowest review score: 25 I Hate My Teenage Daughter: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 207
207 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Chuck Barney
    Through it all, Bloodline sucks you in and keeps your nerves in a vise.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Chuck Barney
    Powerful stuff. [16 Apr 2000]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Stick with it, and this Sherlock proves to be a fun and exhilarating TV experience.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    The good news is that it doesn't stink. The even better news is that it's clever and sophisticated and immediately outclasses most of the comedies currently on network television -- not that the bar is set to breathtaking heights. [24 Mar 2005, p.D01]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Season 3 gets off to a fine and frothy start.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Vinyl, after all, is at its best--and most interesting--when it sticks to the music industry with its oddball characters, egos and hedonistic ways.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Gilmore Girls is brimming with fine performances all around, but the keys, of course, are its two leads. The appealing Graham has endured her share of TV flops ("Townies," "MYOB" and "Conrad Bloom"), but now she appears to have the kind of material that will allow her comic talents to shine. Meanwhile, Bledel is a promising newcomer with an intriguing round face, expressive eyes and a gift for deadpan retorts. [5 Oct 2000, p.D01]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    A compelling thriller.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    The show is brimming with salty humor, cynical rants and plenty of raunch. But for all its bleak irreverence, You're the Worst also can be surprisingly sweet, tender and even poignant.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Yes, this is chilling stuff. And provocative. It makes you ponder just how precious freedom really is and what kind of sacrifices you would make to maintain it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    An emotionally powerful dramedy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    With the help of her stellar cast, creator Sharon Horgan (“Catastrophe”) manages to find plenty of humor in domestic turmoil.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    It all adds up to a trip that's well worth taking.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Mirroring Hill's demeanor in those incendiary hearings, Washington is all grace under fire, delivering the graphic allegations in a calm, composed and measured manner while nailing every nuance.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Most TV shows, after all, quickly fade from memory. This one will haunt your dreams.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    So far. so good.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Barney
    Told with style and assurance, this "Roots" revival is packed with credible performances, including Anika Noni Rose's terrific portrayal of Kunta's daughter, Kizzy in her older years, and Rege-Jean Page's charismatic turn as her son, Chicken George.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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