For 175 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 9.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chuck Barney's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Ed: Season 1
Lowest review score: 25 Bob's Burgers: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 175
175 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    House of Cards remains a slick and suspenseful--if not exactly layered and nuanced--saga that sucks you in from the start.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    The Slap, a provocative new NBC drama, is a saga that gets under your skin. That doesn't mean it's a great show, but I imagine the issues it raises will spark plenty of spirited dinner-table chatter among those who see it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Crossfire Hurricane deftly blends vintage concert footage, TV broadcasts, pieces of key songs and clips from other documentaries in with voiced-over highlights from 80 hours of fresh interviews with current and past band members--all conducted off-screen.
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    • 75 Chuck Barney
    The show's characters have proven to be an engaging bunch over the long haul and several themes embedded in The Game pack more emotional punch than most sitcoms. Judging from fan response, this is clearly a game plan that works.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    The solid acting performances and the family dynamics contained in Blue Bloods make for an absorbing hour of television.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Duchovny, as usual, is a kick to watch. He brings just the right touch of casual charm and swagger to the role. Meanwhile, Anthony's Manson is appropriately chilling, even as he utters kooky lines like "I pulled you out of the womb of ignorance and into the light of now." And a sound track full of evocative tunes from the era keeps things humming. All in all, Aquarius makes for a cool summer diversion.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    A contrived, yet effective, piece of feel-good television.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Scenes unfold at a leisurely pace and are punctuated with visual flourishes that allow us to soak up moods and emotions. On the other hand, the show suffers from stretches of starchy dialogue, and the uneven pilot episode doesn't adequately deliver on the promise of what's to come.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    While Mob City does have its weaknesses, including patches of starchy dialogue, it offsets them with some magnetic performances.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Viewers who look to Downton Abbey for loads of escapist splendor may want to temper their expectations when the wildly popular British drama returns for its fourth season on Sunday.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Dallas is teeming with the soapy plots, delectable eye candy and bad blood we crave in our TV guilty pleasures. It also maintains the general tone of the original without devolving into camp.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Whether Rome attains that stature is entirely up to the Nielsen gods, but one thing is certain: The series is a lusty, violent, rollicking saga that is sure to seize plenty of initial attention, if not for its ravishing production values, then for its rampant depiction of ancient-style decadence and debauchery. [27 Aug 2005, p.F4]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    For some, it has become a mostly predictable, tired pattern that causes eyes to roll. But for those who can still check their critical capacities at the door--even after seven seasons--24 continues to make for pulse-pounding, nail-biting comfort food.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    After watching the show's first three episodes, I'm intrigued, if not totally wowed. But I want to see more.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Based on Sunday's pilot episode, Crisis has the potential to be one of the spring season's most addictive network offerings. It's intense and suspenseful.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    It manages to remain faithful to the tone and lively style of the original. Newcomers really don't have to be well-versed in Torchwood lore or "Doctor Who," the series that spawned it, to get a kick out of sci-fi craziness of it all.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    The show is at its best when the confrontational tension among the humans is palpable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Fortunately, as the saga unfolds, it delves into fresher territory, and Political Animals becomes an intriguing, even occasionally humorous, family soap opera.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Marin-based screenwriter Jane Anderson and director Lisa Cholodenko keep the timeline but ditch some of the stories, while proceeding in a leisurely fashion that allows us to really get to know the key characters.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    We've seen plenty of these high-concept TV conceits start well and then sadly unravel. For now, though, there's no place like Dome.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    The writing, which delivers humor and heartbreak in near equal measure, contains enough observational shrewdness to keep the endeavor engaging. And the performances by this all-star cast don't hurt, either.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    The revived 24 is still instantly involving and packed with a dizzying rush of suspenseful crescendos. The new Jack, meanwhile, is the same as the old Jack, which is to say he flips the bird in the face of terror and squirms his way out of major messes like a gun-toting Houdini--all while managing to make a man purse look good.
    • 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
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Chuck Barney
    Every AHS series has now featured at least one [rape scene]. Isn't it time to move on? At least he and his collaborators, as usual, do their best to soften the blows with healthy doses of camp and humor.

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