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 Ray Donovan: Season 1
Lowest review score: 25 Bob's Burgers: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 161
161 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    It has enough kooky class warfare, sexual shenanigans and whodunit intrigue to make for some escapist summer fun.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    Rogue does a nice job of methodically building an unsettling mood.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Chuck Barney
    There are a lot of characters and budding plotlines crowding the "Soul Food" pilot, which give it a disjointed feel at times (It tales a while to sort things out). In addition, the deployment of Ahmad as a sporadic narrator comes off as rather clumsy. ... But "Soul Food" eventually gains traction and becomes thoroughly involving especially by its second episode. [26 Jun 2000]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Chuck Barney
    It's this sense of wonder that sets "Enterprise" apart from the more stodgy Star Trek offerings and injects some much-needed fresh energy into the 35-year-old franchise. [26 Sep 2001]
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Chuck Barney
    Saturday's opening episode has a frustratingly deliberate pace. But "Outlander" eventually gains traction and becomes good escapist fun with doses of intrigue, suspense and, of course, steamy romance.
    • 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
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Chuck Barney
    But the feeling here is that Simon may have dipped into his Baltimore crime well one too many times. Tonight's pilot episode, while intriguing in spots, is hampered by a convoluted tangle of multiple plot threads and numerous characters, most of whom seem to have no interesting wrinkles. Worse yet, the story moves at an annoyingly sluggish pace. [1 June 2002, p.4]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Chuck Barney
    Friday's moody pilot unfolds at a listless pace and, occasionally, gets bogged down in its own density. But in it's favor, there are enough compelling characters and tantalizing questions to keep us engaged for the time being.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Chuck Barney
    The pilot episode isn't a total knockout, coming off as a tad bland and safe. Although Abrams does enough to hold our interest, it feels like he's let up on the gas pedal.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Chuck Barney
    Not everything worked, of course, and anyone expecting Conan to reinvent the wheel or drastically shake up the genre is probably disappointed. But if you were simply glad to see his brand of quirky comedy back in late night--and free of the network guardrails--it was cause for celebration.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Barney
    So far, though, it has mostly kept its ambition in check, preferring to follow the playbook of a typical crime procedural, with a little more darkness and a little less energy.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Barney
    Homeland has a chance to be a much tighter--and smarter--endeavor with more nuance than "24" ever had. But if a cougar suddenly appears, and/or if someone comes back from the dead, all bets are off.