For 549 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Glenn Garvin's Scores

Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Rescue Me: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Knight Rider: Season 1
Score distribution:
549 tv reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    With smart dialogue, intriguing plots, an explosive cast and an inclination to peer into life's dark corners, it is the most captivating new program in years. The Shield slams home like a bullet; wear your body armor. [11 Mar 2002, p.E2]
    • Miami Herald
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    This dark gem of a show about a zombie apocalypse gleams with hellfire incandescence.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    It's messy and confusing, often complex and contradictory, and moves in fits and starts, sideways and backward. It's the most startlingly original program on television in years, maybe ever, and it's also one of the best. [28 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    A remarkable piece of work that carves muscular narrative lines though the tangled legal thickets of the trial while keeping a delicate touch on the chiaroscuro of its characterizations. If ever there was such a thing as must-see TV, this is it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    News bulletin: We've finally found the weapons of mass destruction, or at least one of them. The jokes fly like shrapnel in Fox's dangerously hilarious new sitcom Arrested Development, and, like shrapnel, they often draw blood...A scathingly, unnervingly comic riff on stupidity and greed in the corporate world, Arrested Development is something like a National Lampoon's Wall Street Vacation, painting its targets variously as buffoonish or malefic, but always hitting them dead-center. [2 Nov 2003, p.3M]
    • Miami Herald
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    Not that BrainDead isn't bleakly hilarious, to a pee-your-pants-laughing degree, and drive-in-movie creepy. It sooooo is, and it's the show of the summer and possibly of the year. But not since The Werewolf Of Washington popped up during the 1973 summer of Watergate has Hollywood captured the moment's political gestalt with such deadly accuracy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    My Name Is Earl rampages like a bull in a politically correct china shop.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    An intelligent and supremely entertaining meditation on the nature of faith...Neither Touched by an Angel nor Bruce Almighty, Joan of Arcadia manages to be wry, spellbinding and theologically challenging all at once. [26 Sept 2003, p.6E]
    • Miami Herald
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    Invasion is an excellent show, the new season's best drama.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    Pushing Daisies is by far the best new series of the fall season.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    A stunning fusion of style and story. The Night Of is noir to its very soul.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    Sweet but never treacly, nostalgic but never dishonest, startlingly frank about race and always painfully funny, Everybody Hates Chris is the sitcom for which the networks have been yearning for the better part of a decade.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    Brilliant. [21 July 2004, p.4E]
    • Miami Herald
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Glenn Garvin
    A rollicking psychedelic trip of a show that washes over you like a vat of Ken Kesey Kool Aid. Splashy, free-associative and generally as nuts as its schizophrenic characters, Legion is as delirious and dazzling as television gets.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    The intrusion of urban mayhem into the pastoral small-town setting gives Eyewitness an unsettlingly claustrophobic sense of a village under siege. You may not want to live there, but I bet you'll want to visit once a week.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    If you're even remotely interested in movies, you should watch Hitchcock/Truffaut, writer-director Kent Jones's superb documentary.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Repellent and fascinating, a stygian nightmare awash in sick lusts, it seems certain to attract large audiences and huge controversy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    For Baranski, who arrived to her second-banana job on The Good Wife through a career in comedy (notably as Cybill Shepard's drunken socialite sidekick in Cybill), this is the role of a lifetime, and she responds with the performance of a lifetime.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    A fascinating window into the thinking at the top of a compulsively secret agency that has been the spearhead of the war on terror.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Fearlessly funny and scathingly introspective.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Some viewers—particularly Presley fans, who study their idol's history with the fervid devotion of Biblical scholars—will likely be at least a bit put off by Sun Records' tangential detours from reality. But most will be able to put it aside, because Sun Records is just too damn much fun to watch to get hung up in the details. The stories are magnetic, and so are the performances.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Boardwalk Empire plays much like Sopranos: The Roots, a malignantly alluring exploration of the emergence of organized crime in the United States. A checkerboard of hazy intrigue and garish violence, of ruthless ambition and easy sexuality, it's an epic tale told darkly and well.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Starz' new eight-episode drama is at once the most cynical and most captivating portrayal of American politics ever presented on television.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    The Pacific is as brutally simple and direct--and as oblivious to modern PC sensibilities--as the Marine's letter. Produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, this 10-part HBO miniseries is a loving but anguished tribute to the men who fought on the bloody island hellholes that comprised World War II's Pacific theater.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    A detailed and utterly compelling examination of the motives and morality of collaboration—like a Casablanca in which the protagonist is not Humphrey Bogart’s heroic Rick but Peter Lorre’s oily Ugarte. If that sounds dramatically counterintuitive and even confounding, get used to it; Colony is mostly about upsetting apple carts.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    So is born what promises to be one of the great cop partnerships of all time in FX’s stunning new drama The Bridge... At its bedrock, it’s a fine crime drama, full of arresting and gruesome turns, sometimes downright scary, sometimes blackly funny.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Tallulah is calamitously funny, surprisingly touching, and streaked with debilitating melancholy as it contemplates motherhood, family, identity and forgiveness. And it sparkles like a diamond among the stale popcorn fare of television's late-summer dog days.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    It's the seamy, violent and enticing world of TNT's utterly riveting new 1960s cop drama Public Morals, a world so different than the one Hollywood usually shows you...that you almost expect Rod Serling to step out from behind a bush, warning that "you're traveling through another dimension..."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Creepy and cockeyed, unholy and unnerving, Top Of The Lake is riveting stuff.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    It flickers with longing and resentment, vulnerability and rejection, temptation and moral erosion. It is totally absorbing television. [5 Aug 2003, p.1E]
    • Miami Herald

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