For 626 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ed Bark's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Mildred Pierce: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Breaking In: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 626
626 tv reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    It's a thoroughly entertaining romp, with the television industry as a combination Tilt-A-Whirl/merry-go-round.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Intercut with brief, unobtrusive reenactments and accompanied by a dangerous-sounding music track, The Jinx very much looks like a masterwork of the true crime genre.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    It all makes for an easy-to-take sitcom whose best moment finds Jake and Charlie singing the theme song he wrote for Maple Loops cereal. There are some funny lines at a poker game, too, where the kid turns out to be quite a bluffer. [22 Sept 2003, p.12E]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Whether darkly funny, deeply moving or spookily surreal, Six Feet Under is seldom less than bracingly original. It's another landmark series for HBO. [3 June 2001, p.3]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    References to Beyonce and Michelle Obama are worked in without reaching too hard. And the "black experience," although hardly monolithic, resonates in ways that make this version quite special and different.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Whatever your takeaway, the performances of Spacey and Wright remain assured and now ingrained in a series that ranks as the best body politic drama ever.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Bark
    The show's global scope, scenery and overall sense of adventure make it a veritable Doctor Zhivago of the [reality] genre compared with most of the swill lately in play. [2 Sep 2001]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    It’s still an open question whether its central murder mystery can sustain a number of false leads and other mis-directions for a full 12 hours. But the resplendent panoramic visuals are a show in themselves. So the bigger your HD screen the better, with Fortitude’s overriding whodunit gradually firming its grip while those icy, snowy vistas stay strong.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Girls still delivers other memorable moments, though. And not all of them are gag-inducing. Dunham has written some terrific scenes for herself, and she also rises to the occasion of acting them out. Even so, how many times can this show basically go back to square one?
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    What we have so far is a sturdy cops/crooks/corruption series that falls short of The Shield but is certainly capable of someday earning its own stripes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    His [Kelsey Grammer's] center-ring performance pulls Boss along even when it gets bogged down. The supporting actors likewise are all capable, although Grammer's glower clearly is the series' tower of power.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    The Knick towers above previous original dramas Strike Back and Banshee, giving Cinemax a gold star on an increasingly crowded boulevard of bravura television.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Latifah and Rainey can sure sing out, though. It’s a pleasure to watch and hear them wail in a film that otherwise doesn’t quite cut it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Sean Hayes, as Jack, is the overriding reason to watch. [21 Sep 1998]
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    You should give Luck a chance to slowly pay off. It proudly depicts a gritty/picturesque world that the ABC Family channel's Wildfire only airbrushed during its 2005-08 run.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    It's unlikely anyone will be racing home to watch it. What we have here is a B-minus comedy that you can take or leave. Sort of like Wings. No harm done. No chill-bumps either. [3 Mar 1997]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    For now, Season 5 is proof that Downton Abbey remains in possession of a strong pulse and story lines. It minds its manners--and its stately manors--while keeping its characters vital and vulnerable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Its two featured newcomers skid along just fine, earning exceedingly small victories en route.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Showtime’s taut and pretty terrific Ray Donovan.... Schreiber brings a solid, stolid presence to the role. But it’s Jon Voight as Mickey who gives this drama its ferocious, dangerous and sometimes creepy edge.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Splendidly cast and appealingly off-center, it's a genuine summertime gem. [7 July 2002, p.3]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    As concocted backwoods “reality” shows go, it’s stepped to the head of the class and far surpassed the likes of TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Buck Wild.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Buoyed by a bravura performance from Australian Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises) as prodigal son Danny Rayburn, Bloodline is an absorbing, fractious family drama that captivates despite giving away Season 1’s major development in the very first hour.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    It packs some punch, though. And Isaacs certainly doesn't sleepwalker through a decidedly distinctive role.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Potentially the best new comedy series of this season.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Living in the Material World falls short of Scorsese's terrific two-part PBS film, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Wild Things is very nicely shot and buoyed throughout by its star's upbeat persona.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    It's HBO's most mature half-hour series ever, rising above the material worlds of Sex and the City and Entourage to offer a road worth taking in pursuit of a "higher self."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Mr. Kelley otherwise fills too much time with extraneous law cases and Ally's narrative meanderings and fantasies. ... There are sparks, though. Ms. Flockhart is an actress of considerable promise, and some of the dialogue zings home while Mr. Kelley walks his latest high wire. [7 Sep 1997]
    • Dallas Morning News

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