For 170 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 71% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 27% 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Barney
    Based on first impressions, it's certainly not fall-down funny, but the cast is appealing and the premise promising.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Barney
    It all makes for a scattered, hit-or-miss proposition. Some gags land. Others fall flat.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Barney
    It's a scattershot approach that ultimately undermines what is admirable about Luck, including some gorgeous photography.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Barney
    The cast around Washington is also quite solid, and the show looks and is refreshingly different from a typical procedural. But it also feels a little too slick and superficial, and those gaps in logic may be a problem for some viewers.
    • 66 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Barney
    This is a show that has its heart in the right place, but is, ironically, pretty mindless.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Barney
    You get sort of an odd, been-there-done-that feeling when watching the pilot, which contains, to varying degrees, traces of "The Hunger Games," "The Walking Dead," "FlashForward," "Jericho," "Lost" (Elizabeth Mitchell is in the cast) and other dystopian fare.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Barney
    The good news is that Sunday's two-hour opener answers several key questions in relatively rapid fashion and in ways that don't seem totally unreasonable. The bad news is that it also puts Sarah back at square one, and therein lies the problem.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Barney
    Although the show features strong performances and is piercing in its emotional honesty, it also get bogged down in its own existential angst.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Barney
    What we're left with in The Leftovers is a show that, at least early on, is nothing but chaos and dread and bleakness and chill, as it relentlessly delves into the most troubling aspects of human nature.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Chuck Barney
    At its very best, '24' creates an almost tactile sense of tension that no show can match. From one harrowing moment to the next, your pulse races and your skin prickles with apprehension. On the other hand, the show's gimmicky structure forces its writers to keep the plates perpetually spinning, and they often aren't up to the task. [5 Jan 2005]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Chuck Barney
    [There are] moments of pure brilliance--and moments that had me doubled over in mirth.... Unfortunately, there are stretches in this new batch of episodes that feel more flabby than snappy, and there are some lulls that leave you downright fatigued.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Chuck Barney
    A warm, harmless, family-friendly show that offers a few sweetly amusing moments mixed in with the predictable twists. The kids are quite adorable, too.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Chuck Barney
    The humor in the pilot is anything but razor-sharp: The writers too often confuse coarse language for jokes, and a subplot in which Calvin coaches a Nigerian co-worker on the finer points of the booty call sputters badly. Still, there is promise here, thanks mainly to a collection of intriguing characters. [14 Aug 2005, p.F4]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Chuck Barney
    Judging by the pilot, George Lopez is no laugh riot, but it definitely has its moments, and it's refreshing to find a touch of Mexican-American flavor on TV somewhere other than Showtime and Nickelodeon. [27 Mar 2002, p.D01]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Chuck Barney
    The pilot managed to hold my interest for the most part, and I'll credit Hall for bringing a moody allure to the role...Who knows? The show could still flatline over its 13-episode run, but for now it seems to be alive and kicking. [16 June 2002, p.C4]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Chuck Barney
    The show crackles with witty (and jargony) banter and mostly succeeds at making its tech world fun and engaging -- something Randi Zuckerberg's "Start-Up: Silicon Valley" reality series too often failed to do. But the problem with Betas is that it's an uneven endeavor that's just good enough to make you wish it were better.

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