For 594 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 44% 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 Walking Dead: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
594 tv reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    With a charming and funny cast, there's lots to like about What I Like About You. [19 Sept 2002]
    • Miami Herald
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A very watchable hour of TV. [23 Sep 2002]
    • Miami Herald
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Much edgier in confronting issues of class and ethnicity. But it never loses its sense of humor. [19 Sept 2002]
    • Miami Herald
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Reaper is a hilariously fractured commentary on Gen Y.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A show with the twin themes that life is high school and the past cannot be escaped sounds inordinately depressing, but the writing and performances on Emily rise far above the apparent limitations.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    If many of these plot and character elements are straight off the bargain shelf at the Boxing Melodrama R Us superstore, Lights nonetheless gives them new life--partly thanks to a superlative cast and partly because the show resists the biggest cliche of all: the boxer as innocent victim of poverty and circumstance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Baskets is difficult to categorize but extremely funny.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    This is a story about not Wall Street but what happens when powerful, amoral men go after one another in a fight without rules or restraints. It might not be pretty, but it's always fascinating.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    No television series has been built around a less likable character, or rendered itself so strangely, compulsively watchable as a result.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Revolution is big, bold and brassy adventure, a cowboys-and-Indians story for end times.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's funny and warm and I dare you to watch it without getting your pants charmed off.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It’s entertaining and engrossing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It may not be entirely fair to call a show as complexly layered as The Good Wife a crime drama, though at some basic level it is, with a bleakly luminous Juliana Margulies playing a novice criminal defense attorney who's painfully learning the sport of judicial hardball.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Neatly staged, with one surprise after another in a geometric progression of suspense, The Event's pilot episode leaves a lot of tantalizingly unanswered questions.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A scathingly funny cocktail of hardball racial humor, caustic Hollywood self-lampoon and general filthy talk.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    This unsettling documentary series on the cable WE network, which follows a dozen Kansas City girls through four years in their suburban high school, suggests we've come a long, hard way from "Grease."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    Pizzolatto's writing is not without its irritations, particularly his dialogue.... Ultimately, the characters are too fascinating to turn loose of–particularly Farrell's explosive Velcoro and his political godfather Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn).
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    The manic Brink can be exhausting and overbroad, but it also has moments that are acutely, if childishly, funny.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    There are laughs aplenty in Patriot, but they're delivered at the mellifluous pace of old whiskey rather than the slam-bang of a Belushian beer can crushed against the forehead.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    Grandfathered is a well-crafted piece of work, with jokes coming in at all angles.... But it's also a quietly touching story of emotional lost-and-found, with a cast of remarkable range.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    The exuberant and universal cynicism of Notorious makes it a lot of fun to watch, even as your concept of morality shrivels up like a vampire in the sun. Not that the show won't force you to ask some searching questions.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    Designated Survivor has a terrific pilot episode. Yet it could go off the rails at any moment.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    It is a chillingly enjoyable whodunnit for a lazy summer evening. The biggest danger is that the ratings are good and CBS tries to extend it past the 13 episodes scheduled for this summer. There's a reason Agatha Christie never tried to turn Murder on the Orient Express into a TV series.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    If you prefer your crime dramas from the To Catch a Thief corner of the genre, The Catch has much to recommend it, including clever plotting and an elegant, witty cast. Enos, a long way from the bipolar ragamuffin detective she played in The Killing, shows that she can rock an evening gown.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    The 2000s does a reasonably good job of weaving a tapestry of the decade's highlights.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    The scripts, mostly written by L&O veteran Rene Balcer, do a nifty job of carving a clean narrative trail through the usual true-crime cloud of ephemera.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    The most interesting thing of all about The Exorcist is that it shares the hardball theology of Fox's Lucifer, AMC's Preacher and Cinemax's exorcism show Outcast. One renegade priest in The Exorcist even resolves his doctrinal disputes with Rome not with an encyclical but a .38. It seems television's era of amiable pseudo-Unitarian clergymen of the Touched by an Angel and Highway to Heaven stripe is officially dead.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    A rambunctious sci-fi/fantasy slice-and-dice of theology, myth, and hot-button sociology, with a generous dollop of pure depravity thrown in just for fun and Nielsen points, American Gods is a dizzying journey through humanity's obsession with theism and dogma. It doesn't always make sense--maybe it never makes sense--and its pace is dreadfully uneven. But a show in which a religious pilgrim trekking through the wilderness of a big-box electronic store is tempted by a goddess disguised as Lucille Ball in I Love Lucy, murmuring from a TV screen, "Hey, you ever wanted to see Lucy's tits?" is not easily dismissed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    As the show unveils multiple conspiracies, all at cross-purposes, Limitless seems less like an exploitation of its movie namesake and more like a well-made and well-thought-out TV series of its own.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    Call it 30 Rock Lite, a slightly less subversive television-workplace comedy peopled by loopy eccentrics too goofy to be mean for long.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Lowlife though it may be, Twins is just plain funny.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Surreal and then some.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    With so many different directors and writers involved, it's always hard to judge where anthology series may be going. But the first two episodes of Fear Itself are good, goosebumpy fun, with the deft set-ups, rousing action and surprise endings of a comic book.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Poignantly funny.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    That's a lot of stories to tell, and the sweeping Hell on Wheels does a good job of chopping them into bite-size pieces.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    The cynical and cerebral Threshold is the darkest of the three new space-alien shows, so much so that the producers seem to be wondering if the human race is even worth saving.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Weep no more for Dawson's Creek, Felicity or Beverly Hills, 90210. That achy yearning in your soul for a mawkish, trashy, over-the-top, slightly dumb but kinda fun teen soap is about to be filled with One Tree Hill. [23 Sept 2003, p.4E]
    • Miami Herald
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    As a cop drama, Haven--marred by busy and blurry story lines--is barely competent. But as a narrative of eccentric, slightly damaged yet ultimately warm characters, it's quite successful. The deadpan my-badge-is-bigger-than-yours needling between Rose and Bryant is particularly engaging.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Cupid, like most romantic comedies, can be sappy, sloppy and schemingly manipulative. But the bright writing (no surprise to anyone who watched Thomas' snappy teen-detective drama "Veronica Mars") and affecting performances by Cannavale and Paulson make being manipulated seem a guilty pleasure in this case.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Highly entertaining.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Martin Scorsese's affectionate, exhaustive two-part HBO documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World. Harrison's easily mocked mysticism has rarely seemed as sincere and hard-won as it does in Scorsese's respectful, 3 1/2-hour profile.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Valentine in small doses can be goofy good fun, and there are enough hot bods--including Autumn Reeser of The O.C. as the Oracle of Delphi's handmaiden, Kristoffer Polaha (Mad Men) as Eros and Robert Baker (Leatherheads) as Hercules--to soothe even the deepest political paranoia.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Funny and intriguing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    With enough intrigue for a spy thriller and enough careening car chases to satisfy the most deranged Fast and Furious cultists, it's an action series that engages your brain as well as your clutch foot.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Even if you aren’t convinced by TWA Flight 800, though, it’s worth watching.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Mob City would be better if it were just a little bit more raw--there’s something amiss when a putative sleazy jazz dive looks like you could eat off the floors. But its proudly pulpy sensibilities and its startling plot twists make it a whiskey-and-a-shot pleasure.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    The humor is driven mostly by a relentless slapstick vulgarity, particularly concerning the flatulence and sex habits of parents. If you’ve got a high tolerance for those sorts of jokes, it is funny indeed.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    At times Smith seems less like a crime drama than a character study of a collection of seriously damaged people. But the show's metabolism is enjoyably unpredictable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    If the genre is no longer groundbreaking, it's still compelling in skilled hands.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Though it's intended to be a female buddy show in which she plays off Sasha Alexander's coolly uppercrust medical examiner Maura Isles, Harmon definitely gets the upper hand--at least in the pilot episode.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Briskly paced, it sacrifices nuance for impact, and it makes the most of the trade.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    This sitcom is a loving embrace of convulsive domestic eccentricity.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    The sheer power of these stories carries The Kennedys even during the occasional stumbles that result from trying to pack 40 years of history into five and a half hours of programming.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    It sounds smarmy and cliched. But Hidden Hills is really a wry meditation on stale, overworked marriages that's both funny and insightful. [24 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    A soapy delight of hard bodies and dirty doings.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    How to be a Gentleman has some sharp writing, good byplay between the stars and a fair number of laughs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Thomas Jane exudes a convincing odor of despair as Ray. So does Jane Adams as Tanya, one of his former one-night-stands who abandons her abysmally failed career as a poet to become his pimpette. If anything, they're too convincing; the humor in Hung tends to get blotted out by the melancholia.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Shraeger is played with breezy, cynical wit by Amber Tamblyn (who may have her own secrets; she's looking rather more bosomy than she did a few years back as God's BFF in in "Joan of Arcadia"). And she gets capable backup from a cast that includes Adam Goldberg and Harold Perrineau.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    A lot of Telenovela's humor will stretch across any cultural divide.... But what distinguishes Telenovela from any other sitcom--its relentless lampooning of every convention of its own genre, from the pistolero mustaches of the villains to the ever-escalating décolletage wars of the heroines--may fall flat with an audience that's largely unfamiliar with real novelas.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    The testosterone-infused interplay as they taunt each other over career potholes, curdled marriages and sexual depravities and deprivations is scathing and hilarious, though an astonishing percentage of it cannot even be alluded to here.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    American Housewife may be a knockoff rather than a tapestry, but it includes threads of wistfulness, paranoia and willful social deviance that will make you look twice. Or even thrice.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    The show, based on a 2013 documentary about a real Los Angeles ER trauma bay, rings with crisp dialogue and authoritatively shouted medical jargon in sufficient quantities that you'll never be more than halfway through an episode before you're completely immersed in hypochondriac terror of what your miscreant organs are plotting against you.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    This Bonnie & Clyde, taken on its own terms, is a perfectly entertaining gangster picture, not to mention an interesting experiment in its simultaneous propagation and subversion of feminist doctrine.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    The show is a rampage of frequently inappropriate and always cuttingly funny jokes about sex, drugs, money and most of all the penthouse/flophouse culture clash between the two characters.

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