For 706 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ed Bark's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Band of Brothers: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Brand X With Russell Brand: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 706
706 tv reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    But oh the machinations. And diversions. And overly long, leisurely scenes that keep sinking Game of Thrones into a quicksand of its own making.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Bark
    Sometimes you just have to know when to stop. Scrubs is still learning. [2 Oct 2001]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Bark
    Mr. D'Onofrio is the best reason to watch Criminal Intent, particularly when he's in full metal insult mode...The show otherwise is weak from a story standpoint. Clues fall into place with remarkable, sometimes unbelievable precision. Wrongdoers are too easily broken down or duped during interrogations. The criminals' minds frankly aren't all that interesting anyway. And unlike its two fellow travelers, there are no palate-cleansing trials in Criminal Intent. Episodes instead end in abrupt arrests. [30 Sept 2001, p.3]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 77 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Amazon Prime takes a big swing here, and doesn’t entirely miss. More was anticipated, though, with High Castle so far tending to buckle under the weight of some very heavy ambitions and expectations.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Bark
    Mr. James, whose dirigible build strains at the seams of a dumb-looking deliveryman's outfit, looks as though he could grow into the lead role. But King will be hard-pressed to find an audience of like-minded men. They'll all be watching Monday Night Football. Ain't that a kick in the head. [21 Sept 1998, p.6C]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 75 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Fresh Off the Boat paddles hard in its efforts to be an amusing comedy with heart. So far, the parents--not the featured kid--are the primary reasons to watch.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The Blacklist is watchable but patently unbelievable and increasingly unpalatable.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Bark
    Mr. Morrow plays the lead character with no discernible flair or charisma, making even by-the-book Joe Friday seem like Willy Wonka or something. [23 Jan 2005]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Thursday's series premiere ends up being watchable but not really something to phone your friends about.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Although affecting at times, Parade's End tends to congeal rather than gel.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Bark
    Amusing in spots. ... Future episodes will have to pick up speed if the series expects to really take off. [28 Mar 1999]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The fight scenes are easily digested but those down times can really make your head hurt.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Fox made the first two episodes available for review. They’re watchable but also sadly a little comical, with Jack again all clenched up while speaking in a gasping-for-air rasp or silently clenching his jaw.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Quantico moves along briskly without nailing down an overall believability.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Bark
    The NBC series deteriorates from a graphic but promising first episode to a third hour that basically falls apart from any rational credibility standpoint.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    That initial heat from Season 1 has been lowered to room temperature. Kinnaman continues to give The Killing a pulse. But he can’t do it alone, and at this point merits a new, more vital vehicle in which he can really gun his engines.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The Mindy Project is a minor disappointment in light of all the accomplished guest stars populating its opening half-hour.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Creature Shop Challenge is inviting enough to merit another look. Not for its pro forma adherence to the “reality competition” handbook but for whatever creative hoops await its very eager group of contestants.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Bark
    Most of this is enjoyable, some of it a bit much. But Bette is Bette, as is "Bette." She's a hothouse rose, not a shrinking violet. But on a weekly basis, too much scenery-chewing could make even the "Divine Miss M" wear thin. We'll see how it all plays out. [8 Oct 2000]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Murder jumps around a lot, to the point where it’s perhaps too much.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Bark
    Beyond selling the glamour of it all, Pan Am may be very hard-pressed to come up with weekly storylines that impel viewers to climb aboard.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Lines like ""Did you feel that? It was like the Fourth of July in my mouth." help to make Lost Girl see-worthy without taking it to the level of must-see.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Viewers get to see what they've all got and what some of it is worth. Which continues to be addictive viewing in itself as the hoarder, pawn shop and abandoned storage unit shows just keep piling up.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Helix isn’t always laughable, though, and at times can be pretty gripping. The makeup and props departments also have done their jobs well. But can this story sustain itself for 13 hours within a claustrophobic frozen outpost? Crises and mini-revelations are dispensed with the frequency of commercial breaks.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Bark
    The hour ends with a ludicrously over-the-top, outside-the-courthouse sequence. A downpour gets musical accompaniment from Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" Then a drenched Lilly's hard-driving countenance is framed in a climactic close-up after other key players in the case look somberly upon the scene. Cleansing? Symbolic? No, just way, way overdone.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    One viewer’s bad taste is another’s comedy gold. And Man Seeking Woman arguably has just enough going for it to merit a further investment in its remaining eight episodes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Leoni is fine in the title role and Daly is thoroughly dutiful as her heaven-sent husband. But the accomplished Neuwirth is little seen in the first hour while Ivanek is getting stuck in a rut of playing basically the same character over and over. What’s missing from Madame Secretary is an overriding reason to keep watching. Nothing really crackles so far.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Bark
    Mr. Cohen is better served - and better disguised - as the suited, shorthaired Borat. He's reminiscent of Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau, a painfully sincere bumbler who gets smashed on wine with the Mississippians on Sunday night before addressing an Oklahoma city council meeting next week. [18 July 2004, p.3]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Bark
    I liked this first episode better the first time around. Upon further review, its excesses and kitchen sink humor aren't wearing as well.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Bark
    Shameless instead is about as uplifting as rectal cancer, even though it's hard not to at least respect the gumption and resilience of Fiona. Rossum's performance in this role is all together pretty terrific.

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