For 436 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Glenn Garvin's Scores

Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 My Name Is Earl: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Three Wishes: Season 1
Score distribution:
436 tv reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Virtually everything in Accidentally on Purpose is some kind of cheap sexual crack or double entendre. The essential sweetness Elfman showed in Dharma & Greg and the later, unfortunately little-watched Courting Alex curdles into mean self-parody as she scorns her new boy-toy as an intellectual and economic inferior even as she grovels before his bedroom skills.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Where The Class is warm and charming, Emergency is crude and overdrawn.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    The jibes quickly wear thin and predictable, and there's simply not much to Help Me Help You.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    The Unit hits more false notes than an American Idol tryout.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Sheen and Cryer breathe some life into this thing, but a mercy killing might have been simpler. [22 Sept 2003, p.4E]
    • Miami Herald
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Carrie's antics in New York are a kind of chick version of Matthew Broderick's madcap adventures in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. But Schwartz can't cut the umbilical cord--perhaps fallopian tube is a more apt metaphor--to his original source material, and that's where The Carrie Diaries goes off the rails.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    By the end of a couple of episodes, most viewers will be wishing Spielberg and his henchmen had spent more time on scripts and less on special effects, even if it meant splicing old outtakes of Barney and Friends into the action sequences.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    It's hard to enjoy characters in such dire need of a hard slapping.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Turgid and plodding, Rubicon has the pace of an industrial-training film and the lucidity of a Czech art movie with the subtitles turned off. It would have to triple its pulse to rise to the level of lethargy.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Kath & Kim originated in Australia, which shares the British affection for slobby class humor, but here it falls about as flat as food-court champagne.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    [It] often sounds less like a television drama than a Criminal Procedures 101 lecture delivered at an offshore law school.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    With tepid performances and a lifeless script, Bag of Bones feels like more of a chore than a television viewing experience.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    The CW’s newest wallow in adolescent angst.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    What it does have is a sleek but shallow cast that cannot lend any weight to the lighter-than-air writing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Plain Jane, The CW's counterfeit ugly-duckling show, is too triflingly stupid to reach Breakthrough's profound depth of awfulness, but give it points for its abject phoniness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    This is essentially CSI without the microscopes, petri dishes or Marg Helgenberger. Yawn. [26 Sep 2002]
    • Miami Herald
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    The show's boorishness is exceeded only by its dissimulation; not one frame of this thing--from the diners who seem not to notice that their table is surrounded by camera crews to the melodramatically villainous managers--is remotely believable.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    It is relentless and ultimately meretricious in skewing history to its conceit that the United States is a murderous war machine destroying everything in its path to empire.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Where Modern Family is sweet and funny, The New Normal is cheap and hectoring.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Watching seven characters sit around week after week in endless discussions of the ramifications of the fact that two of them have kissed may have been fun in the seventh grade. But, like the spinning teacups at Disney World or throwing up after drinking a jug of Ripple, it's an experience that doesn't wear well with time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Every attempt at treating a Big Idea seems sophomoric and irritating. Even in its look, the show lacks the elemental rawness necessary to throw its intellectual conflicts into sharp relief.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Ken Kwapis, who developed Outsourced for TV, had nothing to do with the movie. And in his hands, the film's charm has curdled into caricature. All the Indians are dysfunctional weirdos, incapable of even simple social interactions.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    The show's pea-brain sociology is eclipsed only by its Dadaesque conception of courtroom drama.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Rigidly formulaic drama is almost always a bad idea, and in this case it's, well, criminal. Neither Maura Tierney as the prosecutor nor Rob Morrow as the defense attorney get enough screen time to develop their characters past the cardboard stage.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    New Zealand, however, cannot be blamed for The Gates, approximately the 1,712th American television show about vampires.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    The hacky writing is interchangeable with any of CBS' police procedurals, and the boy-band good looks of Alex O'Loughlin as the detective, Mick St. John, inspire neither fear nor dark sexual longings
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Syfy's show relies a lot more on dripping fangs and never speaks in a whisper when a bellow will do--even the simplest conversations are conducted with the neurotic intensity of a bad soap opera. Simply put, this Being Human lacks any human warmth.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    As drama, Memphis Beat is a dreary failure, a formulaic cop show distinguished only by its poor execution.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    The new version, with Jonathan Sadowski as Shatner's estranged son seeking to establish a relationship, feels less like a Twitter feed and more like an actual television show--but not a good television show.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Dismal and disoriented, under-plotted and over-allegorized, the six-hour Prisoner miniseries that debuts on AMC Sunday night is an exercise in full-tilt dramatic tedium that will appall anybody who remembers the original and bewilder anyone who doesn't: What was the big deal about that?

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