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 Everybody Hates Chris: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Unan1mous: Season 1
Score distribution:
436 tv reviews
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    There was a lot more to Sex and the City than menage a trois jokes, and whether Hot Properties can move beyond smutty snickers to develop real characters and story lines remains to be seen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    If not exactly compelling, the pilot episode is engaging and often quirkily funny.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    As assembly-line products go, Three Rivers isn't half bad.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    What it isn't is very dramatic. If watching attorneys haggle like rug traders was all that interesting, Feige probably would still be doing it. Nonetheless, there are worse ways to spend an hour than watching Raising the Bar, especially since the cast members are all quite pretty.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Surface has no complex or cynical subtexts; it's straight-ahead sci fi.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Watching Logan hand small children assault rifles for inspection will no doubt amuse gun nuts and enrage anti-gun nuts. And both camps are likely to blink at one of the (surprisingly numerous) female customers who--jokingly asked if she's carrying a weapon--whips out three concealed knives.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    The result is compulsively watchable pulp, provided you have a high threshold for decapitations and copulations, sometimes simultaneous.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Each of them [actresses Rebecca Ferguson, Faye Marsay and Amanda Hale] stabs backs and pops bodice buttons with the necessary élan while keeping a straight face at The White Queen’s putative moral, which is that arranged marriages are corrupt and evil, while those born of attempted rape, self-mutilation and suicide are sacred and empowering.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Far from a complete accounting of how the United States government tracked down and killed its Public Enemy No. 1--even the SEAL raid that ended with his death is hardly mentioned, much less described--this film might be better titled The Spooks Strike Back.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Cooper and Somerville... keep things moving.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    A lot of this is pretty funny, but for 24 episodes?
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    However badly you thought American race relations were going, Black. White. will make you feel worse.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Weeds may make you chuckle, but it wants you to gasp, and unless your name is June and you call your youngest son Beaver, it's not likely to happen. [7 Aug 2005]
    • Miami Herald
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    The show is kind of amusing, at least in a summer-TV sort of way.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    If Ozzie and Harriet, the original sitcom mom and dad, might have some trouble recognizing themselves in any of this, surely Houlihan, the bullied boy-toy nurse of M*A*S*H, will raise a clenched fist of solidarity with the hardbitten Iraq war veteran Veronica Callahan of Mercy.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    The truth is that Rob is a rather funny sitcom about the cultural collisions that occur every day in an increasingly blended America.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    The hardball banter over coolness quotient is coupled with some pretty amusing generation-gap comedy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    To say that Love Monkey is derivative and predictable is not quite the same as saying it's bad.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    As a kind of CSI: Sleaze City, the show is quite watchable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Longford is never less than gripping. But it unconsciously apes the moral myopia that afflicts its protagonist.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    If none of this quite rises to the level of Jon Stewart's intellectual hopscotch or Amy Poehler's inspired lunacy, it's nonetheless agreeably funny.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    It's an ancient TV dilemma: Bring an edgy comedian aboard, then make him tone down what he does best in order to avoid offending anybody. The problem is only compounded for ethnic performers who know they'll get little time to develop an audience...Lopez's amiability, however, gives it a chance to work. [27 Mar 2002, p.E6]
    • Miami Herald
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Some of the bits are awfully predictable, like tough-guy Sands mellowing into a big-brother type for a young street punk who (amazing coincidence alert) has a hottie older sister. Others are more interesting, particularly a debate between Goldberg and Marte over whether warring on drugs makes any sense.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Fox's beguiling but unconventional drama Lone Star will have a similar problem [programmers with quick trigger fingers] if viewers demand a quick payoff.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Secret Circle is competently performed and produced and liable to entertain anybody not old enough to remember Alyssa Milano and Shannen Doherty doing pretty much the same stuff in Charmed back in the 20th-century day.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    The Loop's constant jokes about hot bodies and alcoholic excess would doubtless wear thin very quickly if not for a lunatic cast of young unknowns and gifted veteran character actors.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Lovably silly.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    Rather than suspense, Happy Town appears to be going for the goofball irony of its ABC ancestor Twin Peaks.
    • 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....
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    The Principal's Office, a supposed documentary series from TruTV (the reality-show ghost of the cable channel once known as Court TV), is pure canine despite delivering neither the bark nor the bite you might expect from a show that follows high school principals dealing with disciplinary problems.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Worst Week certainly has some genuine laughs, but they run out well before the pratfalls and pee-pee jokes do.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    The CW, having exhausted every bit of its creative energy on The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll, is now simply remaking Fox's old prime-time soap lineup one by one. And the garden apartment complex at No. 4616, though filled with a new collection of 20-something drama queens, is the same vortex of hyperkinetic hormones, ambition and criminality that it always was.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Like its ancestor, the new Dallas is self-consciously a trashfest, an endless cycle of betrayals, confrontations, reconciliations and re-betrayals.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    What might have otherwise been a worthy effort seems pallid and wheezing compared to the acid-etched Nurse Jackie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    It's a drab third-generation clone (a spinoff of the original NCIS, which in turn was a spinoff of JAG) of a show from the shallow end of the TV gene pool.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    The smirky cynicism, savage mockery of New Age verities and prickly atheism of its lead character could have made The Mentalist fascinating (if not altogether pleasant) viewing. Instead, it turns down the same formulaic path as CBS' other police procedurals, a sort of CSI-with-a-fake-crystal-ball.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    You can pretty much watch this show any night of the week under its other titles, CSI and Law & Order.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    If you were reduced to hysterical laughter by the concept of herbal breast-enlargement cream in the film, you will likely be so again by the superpower-conveying acne medicine in the TV show. If not, well, welcome to Normal Town.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    More often, though, the laughs range from tepid to nonexistent.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Drugs. Pratfalls. Bodily excretions. Sexual crudity. Shock-jock ethnic humor. Four-letter words flying like lead in a matineee Western. Character development and story? Not so much.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    It's an interesting approach, but despite well-drawn characters and the strong cast, there's a sense that the show is trapped in amber, a perfectly preserved relic from another age.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    It does have a lot of characters and a hopelessly confusing plot.... But the show is not without its strengths, particularly the scenes in which the magazine editor (Anthony Edwards, ER) argues with young staffers disappointed by his refusal to run a story about werewolves running amok in Romania.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Even Ramsay's most barbarous fans are likely to find this formula so thin by now that, by comparison, Louise Roe looks like a blimp.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    America's Next Great Restaurant is quickly undone by the same mean-spiritedness that makes Survivor, American Idol and the rest of this genre such an unpleasant viewing experience. Winning depends at least as much (and probably much more) on impressing the producers with television skills as it does on winning over the judges with culinary expertise or business savvy. So taunting and backbiting among the contestants is a dreary constant.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    A little old-fashioned police brutality may seem downright appealing compared to the pseudointellectual runamok of CBS' cop drama Eleventh Hour, in which British actor Rufus Sewell plays a scientist who has regrettably turned his genius to fighting crime
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    It's ABC's attempt to replicate last season's wildly successful intergenerational comedy Modern Family, and, like many genetic experiments, it ends in mutant disaster.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    No surprises here, unless Shannen Doherty oozes out of one of the petri dishes. [23 Sept 2003, p.4E]
    • Miami Herald
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Made in Jersey is only sporadically engaging.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Charmless and predictable, Scoundrels seems like a tepid rehash of The Riches, a lively and thoughtful FX show about a family of gypsy thieves trying to go straight that was done in by the 2008 television strike.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Everything seems hacky and incomplete.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Community's party animals tend to get their kicks less from bongs, grain-alcohol projectile vomiting and peeping into sorority windows than from irregular Spanish verbs and lengthy recitations of the script of The Breakfast Club, which, for the most part, is even less amusing than it sounds.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    The most interesting thing about Killing Lincoln, in fact, is how it can be so tepidly uninteresting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Mike & Molly unquestionably has a lot of funny moments. But realizing you've just been laughing at 22 consecutive minutes of socially unredeemed fat jokes may leave you feeling as if you've just eaten a 36-inch anchovy-and-pineapple pizza: bloated and yucky.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Beauty and the Beast is a little hacky at times, with the characters leaping dozens of plot points in a single bound. But Kreuk and Ryan keep their faces straight and their bodies hard, which is what CW shows are mostly about, and all in all, it could be a lot dumber than it is.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    OK, OK, A Gifted Man, is not as bad as all that [Friendly-ghost mothers-in-law? Friendly-ghost proctologists? Friendly-ghost telephone solicitors?]. But it's not good, either.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Fans of Grey's Anatomy femme fatale Addison Montgomery may find her a little dull now that she doesn't have a husband or boyfriend or intern to cheat on or with in ABC's spin-off Private Practice.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Carpoolers, are at least amusing even if equally socially maladroit. Carpoolers is a genially oddball comedy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    This is sporadically funny, but Tim is too slight -- the back-to-back episodes are only 10 to 12 minutes long -- and relies way too much on the supposed shock value of cartoon characters uttering four-letter words to be consistently entertaining.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    At least Azaria and Hahn do have an uncertain chemistry that might have developed into something watchable had the producers not decided to provide it with a Greek chorus of locker-room cracks by loutish co-workers.

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