For 170 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 71% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 26% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chuck Barney's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Orange is the New Black: Season 2
Lowest review score: 25 Bob's Burgers: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 170
170 tv reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Chuck Barney
    The early episodes of Project Greenlight do a great job of demonstrating just how important access is in Hollywood. [2 Dec 2001, p.C04]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Chuck Barney
    Yes, this highly addictive -- and often painfully funny -- soap can trample all over your comfort zone, but that can be a good thing if you give it some slack. It is rough and visceral and intense and defiantly alive -- commendable qualities, considering how so many banal (and derivative) TV dramas these days carry the mind-numbing effect of pre-op anesthesia. [22 June 2004, p.D01]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Chuck Barney
    With striking eyes and a seductive smile, she's pretty much the only thing you see when she's on the screen. But Gugino doesn't get by on looks alone. She impressively balances toughness with a sultry vulnerability and plays Karen with a well-modulated nonchalance that brings an air of mystery to the character. And through it all, she avoids coming across as a cartoonish action hero. [1 Oct 2003, p.D01]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Chuck Barney
    A show that, while ponderous at times, ultimately adds up to some very absorbing television. [10 Oct 2000, p.D01]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Chuck Barney
    Although the pilot is hampered by a few cliches and acting that feels forced at times, the main leads are likable, the relationships involving and the storylines provocative. Consider it a promising start. [14 Apr 2003]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Chuck Barney
    Initially, these and other fresh characters make Season 3 feel overcrowded--and we pity any new fan trying to make sense of it all. But by the middle of the second episode, the show begins to gain traction and sucks you in with its new set of tantalizing mysteries.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Chuck Barney
    The show appears to be a perfect fit with "CSI" in that it similarly places more emphasis on procedural puzzles than personality.... But whereas "CSI" is all about the physical evidence, "Trace" is about psychological profiles. [26 Sep 2002]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Chuck Barney
    Under Soderbergh's direction, The Knick is a dark and gritty saga that captures a time of major changes--not only on the medical front, but in industrialization and race relations.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Chuck Barney
    An ambitious and wildly paced around-the-globe journey... "The Amazing Race" appears to have what it takes to become reality TV's next big thing. [5 Sep 2001]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Chuck Barney
    The show isn't exactly laugh-out-loud funny, but it's smartly written and the cast jells from the start.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Chuck Barney
    While the show does contain a few obvious penis punch lines, it is so much more than its gimmicky name suggests, offering plenty of heart, along with worthwhile riffs on the national economy, American resourcefulness and, yes, gender dynamics.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    What ensues is a dizzying, turbocharged confrontation designed to keep your nerves in a vise (or your stomach in knots). Of course, it's all punctuated with the violent reverie of an all-out zombie splat-fest. So, basically, it's The Walking Dead on crank.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Burns puts forth a dazzling spread of vintage clips and still photographs, and his love for baseball is palpable throughout. Fellow fans will appreciate how the film celebrates the resilience and enduring appeal of the game.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Community can be too consciously zany at times and occasionally misses more than it hits. But from the early looks of things, it seems to be holding up just fine.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Whatever the case, it's a blast to watch Valley's character squirm his way out of a major mess, while keeping his droll sense of humor intact. Human Target never will be a big-time Emmy magnet, but as a piece of good, escapist fun, it definitely hits the mark.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Has a solid premise and a lavish look. The show's signature visual gimmick features characters morphing into their younger selves. Then there's the appealing Rush, who makes a very strong first impression. [27 Sept 2003, p.D01]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Rogue does a nice job of methodically building an unsettling mood.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    The story, penned by executive producer Andy Breckman ("Rat Race") gets predictable at times, but it deftly manages to mix drama and humor while bringing new twists to a shop-worn genre. [11 July 2002, p.D1]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    It has enough kooky class warfare, sexual shenanigans and whodunit intrigue to make for some escapist summer fun.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Viewers turned off by the bitterly boisterous, superficial and often one-sided confrontations on the cable news channels might find The Sunset Limited to be refreshing in some ways.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    The trick for Midler's writers will be to make sure the show is at least somewhat grounded in real-life situations while keeping the inside-Hollywood stuff from being too inside. It's funny, for example, when she expresses vengeful bitterness over losing the 1979 Oscar to Sally Field ("Norma Rae"), but it might not be so funny to hear references to her 1982 celluloid stink bomb "Jinxed." (Remember that one?) [11 Oct 2000, p.D01]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    What Up All Night has over other baby-rearing shows is a refreshing irreverence.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Sunday's explosive two-hour opener boldly delivers on the promise by TNT producers to rev up both the pace and the firepower in Season 2.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Despite all the implausibilities and irritations, Switched manages to make a positive impression, thanks to some sturdy writing and solid performances that adequately sell the premise.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Brody's portrayal of the wise but nerdy Seth energizes The O.C. He's comical without being cartoonish, and the humorous touches he brings to the story help to lighten up a show that at times feels overly heavy. Here's hoping the script writers don't leave his character in the dust in favor of chasing more glamorous story lines. [5 Aug 2003, p.D01]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    The boys are at their best when mocking the absurdities of what they find on television.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    The Michael J. Fox Show tries really hard to be as warm as a cup of cocoa yet hilariously irreverent. Maybe too hard.... On the plus side, Fox still oozes self-deprecating charm, and I love the sweet and playful chemistry he has with Brandt. Also, Pierce is a hoot as the smooth con man of a boss. More of that, please.

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