For 161 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 73% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 24% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chuck Barney's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Mad Men: Season 7
Lowest review score: 25 I Hate My Teenage Daughter: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 161
161 tv reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Chuck Barney
    What it lacks thus far are the laugh-out-loud oments that made the movie such a joy....That's not to say Parenthood isn't worth a look. Graham, the adorable "Gilmore Girls" alum, rocks the heck out of every scene she's in.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Barney
    The story piques your curiosity, but it takes too long to gain traction. The characters are certainly functional, but they lack compelling quirks. The subject matter is worthy, but it just doesn't crackle.
    • 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
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Chuck Barney
    Entourage is showing its age, but still offers a reliable dose of frat-boy humor and Hollywood-style hilarity. It also continues to be a show where men ride high (in more ways than one).
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    A contrived, yet effective, piece of feel-good television.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Ringer may not be able to match the Master of Suspense at the top of his game, but it does a great job of creating a constant state of queasy tension.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    They [Robin Williams and James Wolk] seem to be having a blast playing off one another, and their comedic energy is infectious.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Barney
    What's more bothersome about Skins from a critical standpoint is the thin plotting, the aimless narrative, and the generally flat and artificial feel of the production.
    • 57 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    For now, though, Delany is enough to hold our attention. With a deft touch, she blends just enough warmth and vulnerability with the sass and smarts to make it all palatable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Through the early episodes, nothing really happens that you couldn't see coming. Still, the setting is so seductive, the period details so vivid and the acting so stellar, that it's as intoxicating as a potent mojito.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Breakout Kings manages to compensate for its lack of creative ambition with some lively writing, good pacing and an off-kilter sense of humor. It is also blessed with a colorful cast of characters.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Barney
    While these [butt-kicking] scenes contain a certain intensity and exhilaration, you can't help but think that, had the writers of Missing devoted as much time to plot and character as they did to the fighting, they might have wound up with a much more enjoyable show.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Chuck Barney
    "Falcone" essentially is "Donnie Brasco" lite--tightly plotted and mostly absorbing, but watered down in terms of acting and storytelling (not to mention dialogue). Still, it's sharper than most of the typical network fare. [4 Apr 2000]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Chuck Barney
    Unfortunately, things just never really gel in a pilot episode that falls flat and is only intermittently funny....In fact, only Janney, whose gleefully oblivious character spews un-PC zingers and keeps a huge self-portrait in her office, makes a truly fresh impression.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Barney
    The opener is riddled with juvenile humor consisting of jokes pegged to corpses, crotches and child molestation. It's almost enough to trigger a case of mad cow disease.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Barney
    Unfortunately, The Cape fails to fly. Lyons has all the charisma of a fence post, and the leaden scripts bring no fresh twists to the genre.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Chuck Barney
    Some viewers will be riveted to the sex, violence, beautiful nude bods and sensory gluttony of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Others will be turned off almost instantly.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Chuck Barney
    If you're a sucker for tangled mysteries--and are in need of a few heebie-jeebies--the show has enough oomph to its early episodes to suck you in.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    This series is about the bonds of family and heated power struggles--with a big dose of vampiric hedonism mixed in. Sounds like the makings of something pretty fang-tastic.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Chuck Barney
    Surely it will have Palin lovers rushing to plant wet smooches on the screen and all the haters citing it as proof that TV is, indeed, full of dreck.
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Chuck Barney
    With her winning smile, Southern twang and a tough-but-tender demeanor, Giddish makes for an instantly appealing lead. Unfortunately, she's about the only thing going for Chase, which is hampered by an unimaginative script.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Rogue does a nice job of methodically building an unsettling mood.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Barney
    The Playboy Club isn't in the same league, or even the same galaxy, as the critically adored "Mad Men." While the latter offers nuance and depth and keen insights into its era, the former settles for stock characters, cliches and superficiality, punctuated by a lot of come-hither looks.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Chuck Barney
    Much of Tarzan feels more like a marketing strategy than a show, and it seems to have a few flaws that "Smallville" doesn't. Chief among them is the incoherent plotline, which, in the pilot at least, does little to explain the motivations of Pileggi's character. [4 Oct 2003, p.D01]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Barney
    This is a show that has its heart in the right place, but is, ironically, pretty mindless.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Barney
    Based on two preview episodes, Anger Management is at least more interesting than "Two and a Half Men" (take that, Ashton Kutcher). That's certainly not saying much, though.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 67 Chuck Barney
    With her Texas twang and feisty demeanor, Giddish is instantly engaging, and she and Bishop share a nice on-screen chemistry that make them worth our time. As for the Past Life cases, they are adequately compelling.