For 521 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 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ed Bark's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 True Detective: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Perfect Couples: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 521
521 tv reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    It's coarse and sometimes dirty to the touch, but pretty damned hilarious at crunch times. FX just might have the standout new comedy series of this season.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Bark
    The show seems sophomoric at first, but gradually graduates to an interesting look at Hollywood's fast-lane ups and downs. [18 July 2004, p.3]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 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
    • 83 Ed Bark
    It packs a lot of intriguing plot threads into its first hour while also brimming with money-on-the-screen production values.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    For now, The Killing has made a very good re-start.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Bent ends up being worth watching for the recurring grins it provides. Just don't expect to ever know what happens to any of its main characters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Murder in the First looks to have sturdy underpinnings. Bochco at this point has been around too long to learn entirely new tricks. Still, this is easily his best new series since NYPD Blue tried to break molds more than two decades ago.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Authentically grimy, solidly built and well-paced, Hatfields & McCoys is violent without being gratuitous.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    It has the makings of a damned fine weekly hour of good vs. evil, with Quaid against Chiklis as the crowd-pleasing main event.
    • 68 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Solid writing and even sharper delivery (all without an intrusive laugh track) make this one of the season’s upper tier freshman comedies.
    • 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
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Even with its air-brushing and reticent title subject, Ethel is a watchable, oft-affecting film.
    • 67 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Too Big to Fail effectively follows the money while humanizing most of the moneychangers.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Longmire, with spacious New Mexico standing in for Wyoming as the series' production base, makes a solid overall first impression without rising to the level of critical huzzahs.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    The O.C. looks as though it will be hard-pressed to build and maintain a loyal base of younger viewers. Sure, it's worth a look. But no, it wouldn't be terribly missed. [4 Aug 2003, p.12E]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 67 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
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Ben and Kate can be a bit grating and certainly isn't all together great. But its small ensemble--which also includes Ben's pal, Tommy (Echo Kellum)--is clicking pretty well for starters.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    In the end, all of this may amount to little more than a one-trick dog and pony show. But Gann can be irresistibly gross at times while Wood is good at being hapless. Together they sometimes make quite a comedy team. Almost as good as Turner & Hooch.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Red Road gets more gripping by the hour, although it still feels like a drop-off whenever Momoa isn’t on screen.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Despite all the aforementioned intrigues, The Borgias so far isn't quite as bawdy, foul-minded or over the top as its predecessor. It moves more deliberately, sometimes a bit ploddingly.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Stuck on hyper-drive and stuffed with hyperbole, Mankind: The Story of All of Us is history a-go-go from a programmer that used to obey a few speed limits.
    • 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
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Real truths invariably come out, and this is a film that convincingly rings with them.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Fox seems to be on the right track, though, with a lead character who has ample potential to gawkily bloom and grow.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Method to the Madness is adroitly packaged and probably not all that less less flattering than a PBS American Masters portrait might have been.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    It's both a promising and foreboding series, with class warfare an ever-present force that wants no part of any idealized forms of truth, justice and the American way.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    HBO subscribers thereby are the beneficiaries of a film with star power and staying power. It won’t surprise you with its outcome--or for the most part, how it gets there. But it may well have more of an impact than anticipated.