For 399 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ed Bark's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Louis C.K.: Oh My God: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Brand X With Russell Brand: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 399
399 tv reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Through it all, though, Downton Abbey is still superior entertainment on a grand scale.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Time of Death breathes new life into a handful who chose otherwise. And with this series, they also chose pretty wisely.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    The drought-stricken, spirit-sapping Great Plains of the 1930s get the lyrical and learned Burns treatment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    It may be quite a challenge to keep up the pace and the quality. But the bet here is that these guys will find ways to keep making it all work for them.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    The reboot, with only Episode 1 to go by, looks like a noble, educational and decidedly visual effort that can only be enhanced by the HD crystal clarity that Sagan never had a chance to behold.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Douglas, Damon and company put on a crowd-pleaser that even Liberace couldn’t top during all those many-splendored stage performances. A film that could have been so very bad turns out to be pretty mah-velous.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    So far it's the televised documentary film of the year, with its truths stranger than fiction from opening move to checkmate.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    The first season of TNT's Dallas reboot was far better than many had anticipated. These early stages of Season 2 likewise keep the faith.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    This is way too well-made a series to be dubbed a "guilty pleasure," even if a sizable percentage of the audience may watch purely for the visceral thrills of all that weekly bloodletting.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    It’s a film that asks a lot from West and Bonham Carter, who deliver time and again in roles that could have eaten them alive. Instead we feast.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    It’s an acquired taste worth acquiring--or at least sampling. Because you just won’t know until you’ve tried.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Although its principal supporting players are first-rate, Rectify would be lost in transition without Young’s stellar work in the lead role. It’s a fearless, fully immersed, Emmy caliber performance tinged with sadness, searching, primitive pleasures and even a little comedy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Kurt Sutter, SOA's creative mastermind, has kept the scripts tight and the action invigorating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Viewers craving a satisfying gourmet meal rather than another summertime "reality" Moon Pie are urged to make The Hour a Wednesday night ritual for the next six weeks.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Season 2 so far is still a watchable feast of decayed human flesh and frayed nerve endings.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Not everything meshes perfectly. But far more often than not, House of Cards remains an absorbing tale of high-level government dysfunction populated by double-dealers who hold their aces under the table.
    • 79 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
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Schilling, Prepon and Mulgrew are uniformly terrific throughout, whether in prison garb or flashback civilian clothes. But other characters are equally compelling, giving this series innumerable stories to tell for hopefully many seasons to come. Based on the first six of 13 episodes, Orange is the New Black has passed virtually every test with flying colors.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    It sometimes lapses into the abundant cliches of its genre. Pound for pound, though, you won't see many better dramas this season. Gloves on or off, it keeps scoring points.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    The real joys of Smash are its performances and production numbers, some fantasized, others part of the bare bones auditioning process.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Grammer's performance is thoroughly engaging and convincing. And the events swirling around him never fail to snap, crackle and pop.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Vietnam In HD is vivid and compelling without being intrinsically political.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Comedy Central's The Daily Show at last has a worthy rival in the "fake news" game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    The Americans enthralls with its complexities, simplicities and overall derring-do.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Whatever becomes of Ragnar, Vikings has emerged in its second season as a series of appreciably higher quality. Its characters and storytelling, all within a world quite unlike any other on the TV landscape, have gone far beyond the cardboard stage.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    The Bridge so far looks to have more promise than [Fox’s The Following, NBC’s Hannibal, AMC’s ongoing Season 3 of The Killing]. It’s still early, though.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    No cameras were allowed for this [interviews with the band], making it sometimes difficult to decipher just who's talking during the otherwise brilliantly edited archival footage assembled by filmmaker Brett Morgen
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Although Buscemi remains firmly in charge of this lead role, he's not the most interesting principal anymore. That pendulum swings to his wife of convenience, Margaret Schoeder (Kelly Macdonald).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Watch at whatever pace you'd like--immediately. Given its quality, I think you'll be drinking it all in sooner rather than later.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    There’s a gainful, functioning relationship among the four oft-miserable principals. And so far it’s still in place after the first three episodes.