For 430 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 9.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Glenn Garvin's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Everybody Hates Chris: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Winner: Season 1
Score distribution:
430 tv reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Cathy's modest conception of throwing caution to the winds mirrors the strengths of The Big C, which is affecting precisely because of its refusal to assume epic proportions.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Damages returns to spiteful, vindictive and wildly entertaining life Wednesday night after resuscitation by satellite-television provider DirecTV.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Watching her construct a self from a handful of jagged fragments is a seductive pleasure.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Chronicling the opposite relationships requires Mad Love to bounce from light romantic comedy to murderously hostile wisecracks and back again, which it accomplishes with considerable deftness. The show's quick wit is matched with a talented cast, particularly Labine.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Sharply contrasting with the florid Borgias is AMC's emotionally spare and atmospherically dank series The Killing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Murder and sexual predation sure look fun when they're done by pretty people in luscious gowns. Jeremy Irons is splendidly depraved as Rodrigo, and Holliday Grainger (Robin Hood) so sunnily sweet as Lucrezia that it's damn near impossible to hold a little arsenic against her.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Starz, however, has re-imagined the doings of Arthur, Guinevere and the gang as a bloody, bodice-ripping medieval soap opera, and the result is surprisingly satisfying.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    O'Dowd and Garai are fascinating as they make their characters grow in opposite directions--he more steely, she more compassionate--over the course of the show.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Suits is far more than a whimsical caper show. Beneath its cuttingly funny dialogue lurk complex emotional edges.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Sins of fathers and mothers not only visit each of the characters, but infest them; the show shimmers with an inner core of volcanic anger that makes it far more interesting than your average family soap.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's a stylish, elegantly plotted tale of a young woman's sociopathic thirst for vengeance.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    There's nothing at all subtle about the gloriously absurdist Wilfred.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Torchwood: Miracle Day is smashing entertainment.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Derivative Pan Am may be, but that doesn't make it any less watchable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Bello's performance as the weather-beaten Timoney, swabbing her emotional scars with alcohol, nicotine and invective, is easily the highlight of the fall television season.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The CW's tale of an evil twin and an even eviler twin, is devious doppelganger drama at its best.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Unforgettable is a quirky, captivating take on the police procedurals that have been a staple of the CBS schedule over the past decade.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The show shrewdly offers more than a monster of the week, with some absorbing subplots that continue from week to week.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Half a century and half a dozen wars later, it may seem that there's nothing left to say about Vietnam. But Vietnam in HD proves that there is, and says it dazzlingly, horrifyingly well.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    For now, Alcatraz is a sinister bag of sinister pleasures.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Smash doesn't dabble in sociology: It's pure greasepaint melodrama. Sneer all you want, but if you sneak in a secret smile now and then, that's OK, too.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The sordid ugliness that festers inside Magic City's voluptuously beautiful wrappings makes irresistible television.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It is a powerful and often heartbreaking piece of filmmaking that ponders just how thin our veneer of civilization really can be.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Hit & Miss, once you get past the successive bombshells of its opening minutes, is a painful yet endearing drama about trying to build a family in a landscape blighted by loneliness and rejection.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Miller and Liu, simultaneously irritating and charming each other, make Elementary far more watchable than anybody could have expected.
    • 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.
    • 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.