For 499 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 9.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Glenn Garvin's Scores

Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Joan of Arcadia: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Newsroom: Season 1
Score distribution:
499 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Do No Harm isn't so bad. It isn't so good, either.
    • 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).
    • 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.

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