For 554 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 8.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Glenn Garvin's Scores

Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Shield: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
554 tv reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    It doesn't require an overdeveloped sense of empathy to see that, for anybody under 40, the show is going to feel less like a comedic experience than the receiving end of a gang-bang.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    There was a lot more to Sex and the City than menage a trois jokes, and whether Hot Properties can move beyond smutty snickers to develop real characters and story lines remains to be seen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    If not exactly compelling, the pilot episode is engaging and often quirkily funny.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    As assembly-line products go, Three Rivers isn't half bad.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    You could do worse than check this out. [26 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    What it isn't is very dramatic. If watching attorneys haggle like rug traders was all that interesting, Feige probably would still be doing it. Nonetheless, there are worse ways to spend an hour than watching Raising the Bar, especially since the cast members are all quite pretty.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Surface has no complex or cynical subtexts; it's straight-ahead sci fi.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Watching Logan hand small children assault rifles for inspection will no doubt amuse gun nuts and enrage anti-gun nuts. And both camps are likely to blink at one of the (surprisingly numerous) female customers who--jokingly asked if she's carrying a weapon--whips out three concealed knives.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    The result is compulsively watchable pulp, provided you have a high threshold for decapitations and copulations, sometimes simultaneous.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Each of them [actresses Rebecca Ferguson, Faye Marsay and Amanda Hale] stabs backs and pops bodice buttons with the necessary élan while keeping a straight face at The White Queen’s putative moral, which is that arranged marriages are corrupt and evil, while those born of attempted rape, self-mutilation and suicide are sacred and empowering.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Far from a complete accounting of how the United States government tracked down and killed its Public Enemy No. 1--even the SEAL raid that ended with his death is hardly mentioned, much less described--this film might be better titled The Spooks Strike Back.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Cooper and Somerville... keep things moving.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Seems less a sitcom than a character study inflected by melancholy humor and hip-hop idioms. It sometimes tries a bit too hard to flash its street credentials (the episodes all have titles like "Messy as Fuck" and "Thirsty as Fuck"), but that's more than compensated for by its obdurate refusal to bill itself as the master narrative of black women. It's content to be the piquant story of two confused friends trying to navigate the uncertainties of the young-adult world.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    A lot of this is pretty funny, but for 24 episodes?
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    However badly you thought American race relations were going, Black. White. will make you feel worse.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Like Grey's Anatomy when it started out, the Quantico cast is mostly young and relatively unheralded, the latter condition likely to remain unless this show's metabolism can be significantly slowed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Weeds may make you chuckle, but it wants you to gasp, and unless your name is June and you call your youngest son Beaver, it's not likely to happen. [7 Aug 2005]
    • Miami Herald
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    The show is kind of amusing, at least in a summer-TV sort of way.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    If Ozzie and Harriet, the original sitcom mom and dad, might have some trouble recognizing themselves in any of this, surely Houlihan, the bullied boy-toy nurse of M*A*S*H, will raise a clenched fist of solidarity with the hardbitten Iraq war veteran Veronica Callahan of Mercy.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    The truth is that Rob is a rather funny sitcom about the cultural collisions that occur every day in an increasingly blended America.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Merely dazed: stylistically, narratively, theologically. Part soap opera, part jeremiad, and part dark comedy, its various incarnations don't always mesh very well. It strives for epic magnificence and falls well short of coherence...And yet it's kind of entertaining.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    The hardball banter over coolness quotient is coupled with some pretty amusing generation-gap comedy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    To say that Love Monkey is derivative and predictable is not quite the same as saying it's bad.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    As a kind of CSI: Sleaze City, the show is quite watchable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Longford is never less than gripping. But it unconsciously apes the moral myopia that afflicts its protagonist.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    If none of this quite rises to the level of Jon Stewart's intellectual hopscotch or Amy Poehler's inspired lunacy, it's nonetheless agreeably funny.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    It's an ancient TV dilemma: Bring an edgy comedian aboard, then make him tone down what he does best in order to avoid offending anybody. The problem is only compounded for ethnic performers who know they'll get little time to develop an audience...Lopez's amiability, however, gives it a chance to work. [27 Mar 2002, p.E6]
    • Miami Herald
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Some of the bits are awfully predictable, like tough-guy Sands mellowing into a big-brother type for a young street punk who (amazing coincidence alert) has a hottie older sister. Others are more interesting, particularly a debate between Goldberg and Marte over whether warring on drugs makes any sense.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Fox's beguiling but unconventional drama Lone Star will have a similar problem [programmers with quick trigger fingers] if viewers demand a quick payoff.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Secret Circle is competently performed and produced and liable to entertain anybody not old enough to remember Alyssa Milano and Shannen Doherty doing pretty much the same stuff in Charmed back in the 20th-century day.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    The Loop's constant jokes about hot bodies and alcoholic excess would doubtless wear thin very quickly if not for a lunatic cast of young unknowns and gifted veteran character actors.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Lovably silly.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Rather than suspense, Happy Town appears to be going for the goofball irony of its ABC ancestor Twin Peaks.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Blond toughie Kelli Giddish (Past Life) is fun to watch as the lead marshal, provided you don't have an excessively ACLUish temperament.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Every case is wrapped up in precisely 42 terse minutes, with no dangling threads to trouble consciences or make syndication sales tough. If you liked any of the other L&Os, you'll probably like this one. If you didn't, well....
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    I can't help but feel a certain scruffy affection for a show in which the hero is learning to read by perusing Paradise Lost and where the political economy is summed up in a single line of dialogue: "Power is not inherited...It's taken." Take that, Frank Capra.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 55 Glenn Garvin
    Even at its most interesting, The Making of the Mob has the flat taste of warmed-up leftovers. That’s because this story has already been told, and much better, during the five-year run of HBO’s Mob creation drama Boardwalk Empire.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Vikings is at least fun to watch, in a sword-swinging, head-chopping, maiden-despoiling sort of way.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Freddie is a series of collisions -- between generations, sexes, ethnicities and perhaps most of all between youthful Latin macho and imperious Latin matriarchy in the struggle to rule the house.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    ABC's Time After Time is a lock for this year's Emmy in the "Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Idiocy" category, being not only part of an insanely overworked genre but a remake of the 1979 film of the same name.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Fox's Making History at least has the decency to be a spoof.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    In short, The Neighbors closely resembles the old Conehead sketches from the early days of Saturday Night Live.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Yet even in its best moments, Hot Coffee is done in by its essential dishonesty. Saladoff, who learned filmmaking while preparing mini-documentaries for use in trials, is a gifted director with a sure touch for pacing and an extraordinary talent for rendering complex legal doctrine into easily comprehended language. But like any good lawyer--and unlike any good documentarian--she's intent on concealing the weakness in her case.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    No, it's not Twilight--but it's not bad, either. The Vampire Diaries, The CW's new fang-gang drama, successfully hitches the sanguinary sexuality of the vampire ethos to the in-group/out-group dynamic of the teen soap.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    A dumb but powerful serialized mystery that has an equal shot at being the season's biggest cult hit and its most mind-boggling flop.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Jason O'Mara is enormously appealing as the determined but befuddled Tyler....Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Life on Mars' writers, who seem to have been knocked considerably deeper into history than their character.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    It's rarely funny (at least intentionally), never affecting, and has the narrative cohesion of a Dick and Jane reader minus the cute drawings of Puff the Cat. It is, however, weirdly interesting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    As drama, unfortunately, it's often punchless, with a meandering narrative which, it's obvious from the first moments, cannot be contained within a single two-hour show.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Calling it ''good'' might be a bit of a stretch, but Ugly Betty's comic-melodrama formula is so cannily executed that audiences may find it irresistible.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    It also helps that Heather Graham as Emily is so appealing that it often distracts from the fanciful idiocy of what she's saying or doing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Legit--and I say this with a certain amount of admiration, coupled with trepidation that some new program on the spring schedule will soon prove me wrong--is the most degraded, debauched and degenerate show on TV.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Anger Management is kind of a mirror image of Sheen: scabrously, outrageously funny at times and monotonously one-note at others.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Mixing melancholy and humor—even black humor—requires a delicate touch that’s lacking in You, Me and the Apocalypse. Not to mention that too many of the jokes don’t quite rise to the level of black humor. More like beige.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    A strong cast... breathes life into what might otherwise be just one more tepid medical drama.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    If you can ignore stuff like the impossibly clean subways and the fact that the cops call one another ''constable'' with straight faces, Flashpoint is actually rather formulaic.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    As funny as 1600 Penn can be, after a while the laughs grow fewer and further between. And the misfires are more frequent and painful.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    There's nothing really wrong with the show, at least nothing you can easily put your finger on. It just lacks that elusive but absolutely necessary spark of life that turns a stack of script pages and publicity stills into something that will stop you from clicking the remote.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Almost Human is a tolerably silly sci-fi action show set in a Blade Runner-ish future where human cops are paired with robots to battle the high-tech gangs that have the run of the seedy streets.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Ultimately, Person Of Interest is built on too cockamamie of a premise to be taken seriously.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Timeless is quite funny, sometimes intentionally.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Do No Harm isn't so bad. It isn't so good, either.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Superior Donuts is far from unwatchable. The snappy repartee between the crusty old white owner and his hustling young black employee may not quite draw the blood that the thematically similar "Chico and the Man" did, but it's not without its chuckles. And Fowler brings a madly exuberant charm to his role that marks him for future stardom.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Watching Better Off Ted is a bit like reading old Dilbert comic strips--amusing, but the punch lines seem awfully familiar.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    The reshot pilot episode that will be broadcast Tuesday is no longer irritating, but neither is it distinctive, just one more humdrum cop drama, notable only for wasting a high-powered cast that includes Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) and Aisha Hinds (True Blood).
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    The problem, a large one, is that there are long dry stretches between the laughs. Too many of the punchlines land weakly or not at all. This may be the product of an abrupt and extensive makeover of the show at the last minute—Emily Locke was originally written as an insurance adjuster frustrated by the big payouts her company was making to innocent bystanders at superhero dust-ups. The vast horizon of insurance humor, alas, will remain unexplored.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Nobody is quite what they seem in this show, and watching the layers of deception and falsity peel away is its main attraction. Of course, at some point, there better turn out to be something underneath.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Equal parts sly and stupid, rousing and ridiculous.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    What would otherwise be a tedious collection of working-mom and lawyer-show clichés is saved by an excellent cast.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    It benefits from the sort of deadpan, off-the-wall humor that powered 30 Rock.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    The Principal's Office, a supposed documentary series from TruTV (the reality-show ghost of the cable channel once known as Court TV), is pure canine despite delivering neither the bark nor the bite you might expect from a show that follows high school principals dealing with disciplinary problems.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 45 Glenn Garvin
    There's no story or character development, just an endless chorus of set-up, punch line, repeat. And the punch lines aren't nearly cutting enough to carry all that indolently dead weight.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 45 Glenn Garvin
    Much of the time, the show plays as an As the World Turns remake in which the cast has been issued Spanish accents and AK-47s.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 45 Glenn Garvin
    Imagine Elon Musk, in a fit of boredom, buys the Chicago police department and you've got the idea of this odd little show.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    In other words, all the same stuff you've seen on every TV medical drama back to the days of Ben Casey and Dr. Kildare, from which Pure Genius is indistinguishable except for the color photography.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    LeBlanc is a talented comedian—his Episodes, which will wind up a five-season run on Showtime early next year, is the most scabrously funny Hollywood self-examination ever—but there's no way he could have saved this generic, mailed-in show, in which the tepidity of the jokes is exceeded only by the depth to which they're driven into the ground.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Worst Week certainly has some genuine laughs, but they run out well before the pratfalls and pee-pee jokes do.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    The CW, having exhausted every bit of its creative energy on The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll, is now simply remaking Fox's old prime-time soap lineup one by one. And the garden apartment complex at No. 4616, though filled with a new collection of 20-something drama queens, is the same vortex of hyperkinetic hormones, ambition and criminality that it always was.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Warburton's expressionlessly ironic delivery turns repetitious; the situations unfunny and even creepy (do daughters really announce their alternative sexual proclivities by making out with a girlfriend in front of dad?) By the end of the second episode, you may even find yourself longing for a good Bill Cosby rape joke.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    "Bloated," "derivative," and "self-important" all seem fair, as does "scandalously overpriced." If producer-director Baz Luhrmann really, as has been reported, spent $120 million and 10 years to develop this thing, Netflix's accountants should be taken out and shot, and I don't mean with a camera.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Like its ancestor, the new Dallas is self-consciously a trashfest, an endless cycle of betrayals, confrontations, reconciliations and re-betrayals.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    What might have otherwise been a worthy effort seems pallid and wheezing compared to the acid-etched Nurse Jackie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    It's a drab third-generation clone (a spinoff of the original NCIS, which in turn was a spinoff of JAG) of a show from the shallow end of the TV gene pool.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    The smirky cynicism, savage mockery of New Age verities and prickly atheism of its lead character could have made The Mentalist fascinating (if not altogether pleasant) viewing. Instead, it turns down the same formulaic path as CBS' other police procedurals, a sort of CSI-with-a-fake-crystal-ball.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    You can pretty much watch this show any night of the week under its other titles, CSI and Law & Order.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    If you were reduced to hysterical laughter by the concept of herbal breast-enlargement cream in the film, you will likely be so again by the superpower-conveying acne medicine in the TV show. If not, well, welcome to Normal Town.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Truth Be Told is more of a "look at me, I'm not PC!" shout of self-regard.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    More often, though, the laughs range from tepid to nonexistent.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Drugs. Pratfalls. Bodily excretions. Sexual crudity. Shock-jock ethnic humor. Four-letter words flying like lead in a matineee Western. Character development and story? Not so much.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    It's an interesting approach, but despite well-drawn characters and the strong cast, there's a sense that the show is trapped in amber, a perfectly preserved relic from another age.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    It does have a lot of characters and a hopelessly confusing plot.... But the show is not without its strengths, particularly the scenes in which the magazine editor (Anthony Edwards, ER) argues with young staffers disappointed by his refusal to run a story about werewolves running amok in Romania.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Even Ramsay's most barbarous fans are likely to find this formula so thin by now that, by comparison, Louise Roe looks like a blimp.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    America's Next Great Restaurant is quickly undone by the same mean-spiritedness that makes Survivor, American Idol and the rest of this genre such an unpleasant viewing experience. Winning depends at least as much (and probably much more) on impressing the producers with television skills as it does on winning over the judges with culinary expertise or business savvy. So taunting and backbiting among the contestants is a dreary constant.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    This version of Taken is rather more showily cynical than the films, with CIA bosses sitting around listening as hidden microphones relay the approach of armed-to-the-fang drug hitmen who plan to torture and kill Mills. "Shouldn't we, like, warn him?" wonders one: "Don't we have a moral duty?" Retorts Jennifer Beals, the Flashdance babe now graduated to a role as hardboiled spook-in-chief: "Okay, now you're boring me." No duh.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    A little old-fashioned police brutality may seem downright appealing compared to the pseudointellectual runamok of CBS' cop drama Eleventh Hour, in which British actor Rufus Sewell plays a scientist who has regrettably turned his genius to fighting crime
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    It's ABC's attempt to replicate last season's wildly successful intergenerational comedy Modern Family, and, like many genetic experiments, it ends in mutant disaster.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    No surprises here, unless Shannen Doherty oozes out of one of the petri dishes. [23 Sept 2003, p.4E]
    • Miami Herald
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Made in Jersey is only sporadically engaging.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Charmless and predictable, Scoundrels seems like a tepid rehash of The Riches, a lively and thoughtful FX show about a family of gypsy thieves trying to go straight that was done in by the 2008 television strike.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Everything seems hacky and incomplete.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Community's party animals tend to get their kicks less from bongs, grain-alcohol projectile vomiting and peeping into sorority windows than from irregular Spanish verbs and lengthy recitations of the script of The Breakfast Club, which, for the most part, is even less amusing than it sounds.

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