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 9.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Glenn Garvin's Scores

Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Pushing Daisies: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Triangle (2005)
Score distribution:
430 tv reviews
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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