For 598 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: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Shield: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Oprah's Big Give: Season 1
Score distribution:
598 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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Glenn Garvin
    Just as he did in his O.J. Simpson miniseries, Murphy has cast his show to perfection. After a few minutes, it's nearly impossible to remember that Jessica Lange (as Crawford) and Susan Sarandon (as Davis) ever had lives apart from the women they're playing.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Extraordinary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    A must-see for anybody interested in film, World War II, or great story-telling.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    What might have been a rather talky script is enlivened by the peerless performances of Sarah Gadon (who played the romantically doomed librarian in the Hulu miniseries production of 11.22.63) as the wan but flinty Grace and Canadian TV regular Paul Gross as the bewildered Dr. Jordan.
    • 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
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Homeland is an absolutely riveting immersion in the paranoia and burnout of America after a decade of the war on terrorism.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    This is big-time entertainment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    My Own Worst Enemy is by far the best drama of the fall season, a bold and brainy spy thriller that practices a sort of armed existentialism.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Westworld is a bonafide E-ticket of a show.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    A gem of subversive mockery, trashing everything from New Age cosmic-muffin deism to central planning with gleeful comic bloodlust.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    A wild, careening chariot ride of a new series that debuts tonight. It's like The Sopranos in togas, except without even the faintest twinge of conscience. [28 Aug 2005, p.8]
    • Miami Herald
    • 47 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Whether you grew up with the Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen or the Foo Fighters, Roadies and its lovably immature collection of flakes will summon the pure giddy fun of rock and roll. As they used to say on another great rockin' TV show, I'd give it an 85—it's got a good beat and you can dance to it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Engrossing - and gross. [21 Mar 2004, p.4M]
    • Miami Herald
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    The recipe may go back to your grandma or beyond, but that doesn't mean you won't eat two helpings and beg for more.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    The gloriously bloody and depraved spirit of the novels is intact and even enhanced.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    This Is Us is what TV people refer to (usually more in delusional wishfulness than real belief) as "relatable," meaning that you'll recognize the characters and their quandaries and triumphs from your own life.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Irresistible.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    It's pretty damn good: sharply drawn characters, snappy dialogue, and awesome action sequences. I'm not sure that Clayne Crawford (Rectify) and Damon Wayans Sr. are going to make anybody forget Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, but they'll be more than good enough for the large audience that's never seen the four films, the last of which is nearly two decades old.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Game of Silence is a killer whale of a show.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Alas, Banshee's geometrically progressing body count is bringing it to an end this weekend. The good news is I may have found a replacement. AMC's Preacher, a preposterous goulash of drunken vampires, exploding clergymen, and small town psychosexual kink, seems to share the same cheerily bedlamite DNA that made Banshee such a hallucinatory good time.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    A gaspingly funny show that you ought to watch early and often.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Co-creator Murphy has been wittily mocking adolescent caste systems ever since he produced the cult sitcom Popular in 1999, and he's never been sharper than in Scream Queens, which is studded with affectionate allusions to everything from Animal House to Caligula.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Telling its story from the perspectives of the police and the narcotraffickers, The Wire unfolds slowly, like an evil flower; more cerebral than slam-bang. At times it resembles a chess match as the adversaries plot moves and countermoves; at other times, a jigsaw puzzle, as the cops assemble a portrait of the gang from scraps of information. [1 June 2002, p.E1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    HBO's The Deuce is the spellbinding story of how flesh became flash, how the sex trade went from back alleys to boardrooms.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Strahovski, so strikingly desexualized that she's scarcely recognizable, fascinatingly embodies all the seemingly contradictory impulses of The Handmaid's Tale toward feminism.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    Sometime toward the end of the first episode, the show hits critical mass and turns mesmerizing and addictive. With Showtime's Homeland and its bipolar spook Carrie Mathison AWOL until next year, Berlin Station has a temporary corner on the dysfunctional-spy market. Buy in.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    One of the new season's better ones.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    The Sinner quickly morphs into the least forthright crime drama, an opaque and intriguingly inverted tale in which crime and punishment are difficult to tell apart.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    Happily, what really carries Life in Pieces is not avant-garde form but the traditional lifeblood of sitcoms, good writing and funny performances.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    The epic battles over race, gender, drugs, and the Vietnam war are all on display here, without any phony Let It Be soundtrack muffling the shrieks of the wounded.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    Feed the Beast is ultimately a study of characters caught up in not-so-quiet desperation, struggling for survival in an irrationally and implacably hostile universe, and it's the bobbing, weaving mutual orbit of Schwimmer and Sturgess that make the show an absorbing experience.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    An oddly enticing pastiche of rom-com, buddy-cop procedural, and renegade theology.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    Neither didactic nor smirky, it's a compelling study not only in character but the frenetic nature of celebrity media culture.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    The result is a kind of Mad magazine parody of tough-guy 1980s cop shows crossed with a Marxist-Leninist version of Woody Allen's hilariously counterfeit Japanese spy thriller What's Up, Tiger Lily?
    • 39 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    Valor in no way resembles the generic bang-bang of CBS' SEAL Team or NBC's The Brave. It's an intriguing conspiracy thriller with some painful observations on modern warfare that may take much of the The CW's youthful audience by surprise.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    But for all the documentary's merits, it does its best work in ferreting out the bite-size experiences of the grunts, not just the ones in uniform but the CIA officers, junior diplomats, peasant farmer and family members back home—the people didn't make policy but were whipsawed by it. Their stories are poignant, confusing, heartbreaking, maddening, blackly funny, or cryptic, often all at once.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    The real star is Brown, who brings the enigmatic and ill-used Eleven to heart-wrenching life almost without benefit of dialogue. Her face flickers with wonder, woe and menace, often in the same scene, in a way that even cynics who make a point of rooting for horror-movie monsters will not be able to resist.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    If you ever longed for the Roadrunner to be turned into Purina Coyote Chow or those little Family Circus kids to be sold to a Honduran sweatshop, The Mick might be for you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    Anyone who was around as the bombast of the 1960s turned into the bombs of the 1970s will not be able to feel a sad nostalgia and a tragic sense of inevitability at this mesmerizing spectacle of naivete, idealism, kiddie bravado and ultimately the sheer stupidity of kids playing with fire. If you can remember the 1960s, goes the cliche, you weren't there. But in Guerrilla, the memories of the 1970s linger, and burn.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Crisply written and acted, grafting some Enron-era scandal onto a morality tale that goes back to Faust, 666 Park Avenue gives good goosebump.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Putting aside for a moment questions about whether it signifies the imminent collapse of Western civilization and even the human reproductive impulse, this version of Nikita can still provide a rollicking, if slightly psychotic, good time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    There are moments of touching transformation among the characters in Saints & Sinners, none more so than that of the bluff Hopkins, who starts with a purely sanguinary view of the Indians he calls savages.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Half the fun in this outlandishly funny sitcom is that Penny is so spacey that she doesn't appear to recognize what hard-core nerds Leonard and Sheldon really are--even the presence in their bathroom of Luke Skywalker No-More-Tears Shampoo doesn't tip her off.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Grimly funny, streaked with sentimentality and malice, Nurse Jackie is the medical miracle of television's summer season, a blue-collar hospital show without a McDreamy in sight.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The result is a blend that’s sometimes funny, occasionally poignant and fitfully horrifying. There are flashes of a Nixon rarely glimpsed or perhaps even suspected.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Political Animals can be slightly murky when it comes to invoking issues and ideologies. But when it comes to the microlevel of politics, the misdirection and machinations politicians employ to satisfy their own ambitions and thwart those of others, Political Animals is peerless.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Hilarious. [4 Aug 2005]
    • Miami Herald
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    In Broke, Corben once again displays his astounding narrative skills, weaving a complex tapestry of facts, numbers and anecdotes from dozens of interviews and a mountain of archival footage.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The show's intricate plotting and finely rendered characters will engage your brain, but there's plenty of below-the-shoulders action, too.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    An oddly absorbing new Cinemax series about alienation, amorality and blowing people's heads off, not necessarily in that order.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's more like M*A*S*H* for the four-legged, a subversive and perversely funny workplace comedy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Original in concept, intelligent in execution, it's a scruffily Steinbeckian chronicle of life at the social and economic margins.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Based on the pilot episode--with its taut script, strong performances and special effects that are impressive without being overwhelming--there’s hope that Under The Dome might measure up to its unsettling print progenitor.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's hard to say which is more unlikely: That a corporate legal fang could be God's prophet; or that the Almighty would spread His word through visions of George Michael; or these matters could be blended into a daffily funny and affecting television show.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Ellis has used Adams' works to create a wondrously full and nuanced portrait of the man, which is brought fully to life by Paul Giamatti.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    HBO's drama Cinema Verite is a searing and irresistible look at the making of An American Family and an incisive dissection of the mendacity of what we so absurdly call reality TV.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    No matter who’s on screen or what they’re doing, Back in the Game is gut-bustingly hilarious.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's a serious--and seriously disturbing--piece of work about a pair of 12-year-old Wisconsin girls who, inspired by a creepy internet meme, lured a friend into the woods after a birthday party and stabbed her 19 times.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Watching her construct a self from a handful of jagged fragments is a seductive pleasure.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    What makes Welcome to the Family interesting, and rather sweet, is that it confounds expectations.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    [Glory Hounds] is too grim to be poetry. Though, like all true war stories, it is something of a love story; and like all true love stories, it will break your heart.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Sean Saves the World is like a comedy cruise to self-discovery, with both Sean and his daughter learning of strengths and weaknesses they didn’t know they had, the process punctuated with keenly funny dialogue and precision timing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Intelligent and entertaining reimaginations of stupefyingly bad pieces of 1970s sci-fi hackwork.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    If there's a breakout star in Zoo, though, it's probably the state of Louisiana, which does an astonishingly good impression of the African veldt that's used to excellent effect. Using little in the way of computer-generated effects, Zoo is a striking example of how much a talented director of photography can achieve with just his cameras.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A kinky streak of humor keeps Desperate Housewives from sliding into morose desolation. [3 Oct 2004]
    • Miami Herald
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's funny and smart, with affably quirky characters who aren't cut from cardboard.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The new CBS cop drama Vegas--a cross between Gunsmoke, The Untouchables and a Sheriff Joe Arpaio reality show--is wildly entertaining.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Derivative Pan Am may be, but that doesn't make it any less watchable.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    [An] amusing, endearing, female-buddy sitcom.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    For now, Alcatraz is a sinister bag of sinister pleasures.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Nor is The L Word all sexual sturm und drang. Its light moments are laugh-out-loud funny. [18 Jan 2004, p.3M]
    • Miami Herald

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