For 608 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ed Bark's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Arrested Development: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Total Blackout: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 608
608 tv reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Tennant and Colman still command center stage, but not without considerable help from the incoming fellow thespians. Under these circumstances, It’s not a case of the more the merrier. Instead it’s an even richer recipe for a seriously dramatic series that already had an A-game in place.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    [It] could be the best TV series of our times. Not for everyone, no. But for what it is, The Sopranos is near magical. [16 Jan 2000]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 82 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    This is an incredible film that never releases its hold on viewers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Nip/Tuck delivers its jolts within the context of an intelligent script underscored by first-rate performances. [20 July 2003, p.3]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    The 90-minute HBO documentary, one of the very best in a long line of standouts, is in no way a pity party for Flood.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Much of this is likely to go to waste, though. Homicide, possibly the best police series ever, may prove to be the biggest turnoff since Cop Rock. Imagine a series in which a cop walks up to a potential mugger and tells him, "Hey, we're police. Go rob somebody else." [31 Jan 1993, p.5C]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    It’s a remarkable piece of filmmaking that fully rises to the occasion of its remarkable subjects. Television’s new season is upon us, but this is an achievement for all seasons.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    It keeps going about its business, getting better than ever each season with a restrained but gripping approach that's also sure to wear well decades from now.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Whatever your viewing regimen, Honorable Woman is highly recommended for its distinctive approach, bravura performances, overall digestibility and, yes, degree of difficulty.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Lost so far is riveting, large-scale human drama. Get those Gilligan's Island jokes out of your system. Otherwise they might be sticking in your throat after the opening 10 minutes. [22 Sept 2004, p.12E]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    It has Emmy caliber performances from its two leads and an authenticity that won't quit.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    This requires some patience at first, although getting a handle on the format is relatively painless. Once that's accomplished, it's thrilling to watch Boomtown navigate twists and turns like a topflight Grand Prix racer. [29 Sept 2002, p.3]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    These first two episodes are gut-busting, non-stop fun.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Joe Flaherty, the former SCTV standout, chips in as a perfectly apt one-note pop who preaches that all of his former misbehaving classmates are now - "dead!" [25 Sept 1999, p.1C]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    A smart, tart, daring comedy in a season that could really use one. Arrested Development and Mr. Bateman both deserve a long and prosperous run. What a nice, bracing development that would be. [2 Nov 2003, p.3]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    It's compelling, enthralling and steeped in current realities.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    It is an extraordinarily intelligent and compelling look at racial dynamics and polarities.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Epic in scope, basic in motivations, it will fill the next 10 Sundays with “appointment viewing” of the highest realm.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Freak Show looks like a beauty, with a wealth of fascinating characters and a little smattering of heart helping to balance out the grisly appointed rounds of a so far unidentified clown with a hellish half-mask.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Louie begins Season 5 in great and oftentimes phenomenal shape.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    In the end, it may be the most fun you'll ever have with a Ken Burns film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    The drought-stricken, spirit-sapping Great Plains of the 1930s get the lyrical and learned Burns treatment.
    • 81 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Based on these first five episodes, The Americans shows every sign of maintaining if not exceeding the high bar it set in Season 1.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    McDormand's portrayal of Olive Kitteridge is even more accomplished, in turns aggravating and affecting while always seeming just right. Jenkins is likewise superb.... This is a nuanced, slowly simmering look at bent and spindled lives molded by previous bent and spindled lives. The bright spots are there, but never glowing. Self-realization is the payoff.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Louis C.K. shoots from the lip and keeps scoring. The beauty is the seeming ease with which he does this. And the knowledge of how hard it really is.

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