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 Bobby Fischer Against The World
Lowest review score: 0 Coma
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 626
626 tv reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    It's all a lot to swallow, let alone digest. But Game of Thrones nonetheless is an undertaking worth applauding for its audacity if not always for its overall senses of direction or cohesion.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Major Crimes has the makings of a very sturdy reboot outfitted with a built-in philosophical debate over how justice is served. Supporting characters are newly invigorated, particularly Bailey's Provenza.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    The new 24 is off to a more interesting start than its sophomore edition. [27 Oct 2003]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Flexing the foolproof formula and first-rate production values of its predecessor, this spinoff quickly proves to be a turn-on. [23 Sep 2002]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    It’s a character study first and foremost, with a sure-handed sense of time and place.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Looking isn’t a comedy, but it’s much bouncier on its feet. Not slap-happy, but comfortable in its own skin as the three principals.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    These guys know what they’re doing. And this time they’re doing it with a welcome edge in rousing, ribald times.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    It's an inventive, affecting and sometimes amusing hour. [20 Sept 2002, p.6C]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Gotham feels like a larger-than-life event. The challenge will be to build on that--or at the very least hold steady.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Kurt Sutter, SOA's creative mastermind, has kept the scripts tight and the action invigorating.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Bark
    The Office, although derivative, is also bracingly fresh and funny. Not that it's likely to be a breakaway hit, or even a modest one, when paired on Tuesdays with the under-appreciated, ratings-impaired "Scrubs." [20 Mar 2005, p.3]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Bark
    The season's brightest, darkest new drama. [3 Oct 2004]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Bark
    Malcolm is much more than mega-jolts of Fox "attitude." It's both quirky and charming, edgy and reaffirming. [9 Jan 2000]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Bark
    Ed also is graced by Molly Hudson (Lesley Boone), another of his former high school classmates. Chubby and vibrant, she's another winning character in a series that's brimming with them. [8 Oct 2000]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Bark
    A first cabin production with superb special effects, an intelligent script and an intricate plot. [5 Jan 1993]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Bark
    Chicago Hope is an affecting, involving series solidly anchored by Mr. Patinkin. [18 Sep 1994]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Bark
    Deadwood is the equivalent of Roy's Trigger returning as an ill-tempered, bucking bronco that's dead-set against galloping off into the sunset. Saddle up anyway. This is going to be one helluva ride - to points unknown. [21 Mar 2004, p.3]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Bark
    One could build a college sociology course around whether The Corner does more harm than good. Either side could make a strong case...At last check, though, this is still a free country. And HBO is both unbeholden to skittish advertisers and seemingly impervious to pressure groups. On broadcast networks, that combination has spurred the quick demise of provocative series such as Nothing Sacred; The PJs; God, the Devil and Bob; and Wonderland...For better or worse, television has never seen anything quite like it. [16 Apr 2000, p.1C]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Bark
    Fun without being campy, poignant without being syrupy and probably too heavy on interpersonal situations to suit most of today's young male comic readers. [12 Sept 1993, p.10C]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Viewers are advised to stay with Grace and Frankie and watch it both blossom and bear fruit. It’s not a great, game-changing series by any means. At least not yet.
    • 66 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Saldana carries the full load throughout. Her skepticism grows--as does her performance--in tandem with her belly before it all boils over into a full-out escape plan.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    The two-part premiere of Popular is inventive, energized and brimming with promise if some of its overwrought moments can be reined in. [29 Sept 1999, p.1C]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Suits is made of somewhat sterner stuff than other USA originals. But it always gets down to how well the lead characters hold up. Once again, it looks as though we have a winner on a network that knows what it's all about while big brother NBC keeps stumbling on TV's main stage of actors and their roles.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Empire, its flaws notwithstanding, looks as though it has the potential to be a mainstream success. It roars into view and keeps everything humming throughout its all-important first episode.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Wayward Pines looks as though it has the potential to rise above its false starts while grippingly spooling out truths that are “worse than anything you could even imagine.”
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    As galvanizing hours of television go, this isn’t Mad Men with a bang. It’s more like beginning a closing 100 meter dash somewhere in between a slow trot and a false start. But surely things will pick up.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Sean Hayes, as Jack, is the overriding reason to watch. [21 Sep 1998]
    • Dallas Morning News

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