For 525 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 1.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ed Bark's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 House of Cards (2013): Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Total Blackout: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 525
525 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Sometimes you just want a single serving, with the table cleared by episode's end. This one keeps passing its spinning plates while re-stating the obvious.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Go On obviously won't be off the charts ratings-wise, as Friends was for most of its run. It might settle in, though, with Perry still a solidly capable comedic actor looking to nest a while.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    A&E's Bates Motel is both mesmerizing and sometimes absurd in its rewind to Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) as a repressed 17-year-old.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Ed Bark
    This low-rent knockoff of the estimable 1960 movie is a sleep--inducing, cliche-choked, rope-a-dopey slowpoke starring a buncha no-names substituting for the likes of Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn. We haven't seen markdowns of this magnitude since Sears fire-saled its entire line of Johnny Miller menswear. [3 Jan 1998]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Few TV dramas are as thought-provoking or daringly opinionated. Sorkin doesn’t always get everything right. Who the hell does? But he writes with purpose, force and conviction, sometimes with a heavier hand than necessary.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    By the end of Episode 1, Twisted has imbedded its hook with open questions about a mysterious necklace and Danny’s connection to its past.
    • 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
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Fans of the fantastical can do far worse than Once Upon A Time, which manages to both stir the pulse and please the senses with its beautifully imagined medieval times.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    The best new crime drama of the fall season doesn't necessarily have to be an original idea. It just has to have the right people in place.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Cougar Town remains amusing in fits and spurts.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Its depiction of rap's gangsta element is laughable, at least in the first episode. And the quick-cut editing often seems more haphazard than cutting edge. Platinum otherwise is distinctive, provocative and possibly even trailblazing. [13 Apr 2003]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Bark
    Boy Meets World isn't as classy as "The Wonder Years" - the opening episode doesn't show much willingness to color outside the lines, which Fred's show often did. But the chances that Boy Meets World will stay around are quite good. [19 Sept 1993, p.9C]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Bark
    There's a thrill of discovery here that's missing from the mostly formulaic new series marching into view this fall on broadcast networks. [14 Sep 2003]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Mom isn’t a comedic high point, even if one or more of its principal characters falls off the wagon during a ratings “sweeps” month. But it gets this particular job done with flair, vigor, a punchy script and two leads who make it all fairly addictive.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Warm--or more accurately, lukewarm--moments intercede before the final bells in both half-hours. And Meloni delivers them like a champ while also dominating during an American Gladiators face-off that jump-starts next week’s episode.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Sunday's 90-minute premiere makes for an unintended hoot, both ridiculous and often ridiculously watchable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    The two principals in You’re The Worst at least are vigorously and often amusingly cynical. And over the course of the first two episodes sent for review, it even becomes possible to empathize with them--if only just a little.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    The story has ample pulling power. But the music is its driving force--all day and all of the night.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Bark
    It all makes for an intriguing series that's out of the normal without being out-and-out ludicrous. [16 June 2002, p.TV-3]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 65 Metascore
    • 33 Ed Bark
    It shows only scant signs of life while also failing to be all that revealing about the unique profession it depicts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Bark
    None of the performances so far are enough to override or ameliorate all the concoctions and detours of the TV version.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The River in comparison seems like stale tap water, unworthy of any prolonged big drink of time or effort.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    It works surprisingly well as sort of a Community in camouflage fronted by a teacher figure and his hapless platoon.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Bark
    Buoyed by two blow-away performances by U2, Fallon got past a rather obsequious start in which he walked viewers through the basic mechanics of a monologue and said he’d be doing 10 minutes worth every night in case the Jay Leno faithful might have thought otherwise.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Bark
    Dave's World is a little flat and pretentious at times. But it's comfy enough to earn a long stay on CBS' formidable Monday-night lineup. The first episode's finale is inspired, funny, even touching. No need to spoil it, but Louie, Louie has seldom sounded or looked so good. [19 Sept 1993, p.9C]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Together they'll be the brains and brawn of this operation in times when the broadcast networks aren't particularly interested in take-charge men with acquired tastes for pounding the hell out of bad guys--or shooting them in their thighs. Thanks. We maybe needed that.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Cedric the Entertainer, Nash and Beasley go with this flow--and flow pretty well.