For 197 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 9.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chuck Barney's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 The Tick: Season 1
Lowest review score: 25 I Hate My Teenage Daughter: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 197
197 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    [Ricky Jerret, played by John David Washington (Denzel Washington's son) is] the show's secret weapon--a handsome, energetic live-wire who expertly conveys the brash ego and subtle insecurities of a player whose career may be fading into the sunset at the age of 30. But make no mistake, this is Johnson's baby. With that all-glowing smile, he brings his A-game to Ballers while always managing to look good in a suit.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    The Catch contains all the ingredients we've come to expect from the folks at Shondaland: glossy production values, a diverse cast, hyper-articulate dialogue, hairpin plot twists and lots of eye candy and writhing hips. If you've been a fan, you'll surely want to take another ride on the roller coaster. If that stuff makes you want to spit at your TV, it's best that you keep your distance.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Barney
    All the Way, at times, feels overstuffed, but you remain riveted while watching Cranston delve into the many layers of Johnson's personality, from folksy warmth to ruthless rage to the nagging insecurity over being considered an "accidental president."
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Chuck Barney
    He might want to switch to decaf for future shows. Seriously, though, Colbert did manage to hit plenty of comical high notes on an eventful night that featured actor George Clooney and presidential candidate Jeb Bush as his first guests.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Chuck Barney
    Allegiance does a decent job of propping up its crazy premise with some juicy intrigue and solid performances, though Stenhouse comes off as rather bland.
    • 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).
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 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.
    • 79 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
    • 52 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.

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