For 575 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 8.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Glenn Garvin's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Joan of Arcadia: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Three Wishes: Season 1
Score distribution:
575 tv reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Search Party is kind of weirdly endearing, in a misanthropic, foul-mouthed sort of way. If you've ever wondered why all your friends are self-important sociopaths, Search Party may be the show you've been waiting for all your life.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    A must-see for anybody interested in film, World War II, or great story-telling.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Engrossing - and gross. [21 Mar 2004, p.4M]
    • Miami Herald
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    For Baranski, who arrived to her second-banana job on The Good Wife through a career in comedy (notably as Cybill Shepard's drunken socialite sidekick in Cybill), this is the role of a lifetime, and she responds with the performance of a lifetime.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    It's a provocative mishmash of future shock and peculiar anachronisms. [19 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    The gloriously bloody and depraved spirit of the novels is intact and even enhanced.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    A kinky streak of humor keeps Desperate Housewives from sliding into morose desolation. [3 Oct 2004]
    • Miami Herald
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Speechless deftly blazes trails between irreverence and crudity, topicality and political correctness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Fearlessly funny and scathingly introspective.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Telling its story from the perspectives of the police and the narcotraffickers, The Wire unfolds slowly, like an evil flower; more cerebral than slam-bang. At times it resembles a chess match as the adversaries plot moves and countermoves; at other times, a jigsaw puzzle, as the cops assemble a portrait of the gang from scraps of information. [1 June 2002, p.E1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    But for all the laughs, Being Human never loses sight of the menace of its characters.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    An intelligent and supremely entertaining meditation on the nature of faith...Neither Touched by an Angel nor Bruce Almighty, Joan of Arcadia manages to be wry, spellbinding and theologically challenging all at once. [26 Sept 2003, p.6E]
    • Miami Herald
    • 79 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Everything about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is balls-out nutbaggery, including its origin: It started out as a half-hour comedy for premium-cable channel Showtime and somehow wound up on a network devoted mostly to high-school bitchery and boy-band vampires, where it's not always clear if the demographic target of 13 to 34 refers to age or IQ.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Archer is a millennial (and very much R-rated) "Get Smart" that acerbically and hilariously plays on our post-9/ll fears that "U.S. government intelligence" might be a grim oxymoron.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Starz' new eight-episode drama is at once the most cynical and most captivating portrayal of American politics ever presented on television.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Elfman establishes herself as one of the major female comic presences on television.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    No fictional conceit can possibly match the darkness of the Manson family. But Durham County, a series about a cop's growing realization that his bland suburban neighborhood may house a serial killer, is genuinely creepy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Ellis has used Adams' works to create a wondrously full and nuanced portrait of the man, which is brought fully to life by Paul Giamatti.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Damages returns to spiteful, vindictive and wildly entertaining life Wednesday night after resuscitation by satellite-television provider DirecTV.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's a serious--and seriously disturbing--piece of work about a pair of 12-year-old Wisconsin girls who, inspired by a creepy internet meme, lured a friend into the woods after a birthday party and stabbed her 19 times.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    A gem of subversive mockery, trashing everything from New Age cosmic-muffin deism to central planning with gleeful comic bloodlust.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    You've seen it all before, but Berg's sharp powers of observation and a talented and very pretty young cast... keep it fresh.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Cynical, sweet and inestimably funny, Glee--which debuted with a single sneak-preview episode last spring, but joins Fox's regular weekly lineup for the first time Wednesday--is by far the best show of the fall TV season that began rolling out this week.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The show is not without the occasional car chase, but its real strength is in its evocation of the schizoid paranoia of the double life of intelligence.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    A rambunctious sci-fi/fantasy slice-and-dice of theology, myth, and hot-button sociology, with a generous dollop of pure depravity thrown in just for fun and Nielsen points, American Gods is a dizzying journey through humanity's obsession with theism and dogma. It doesn't always make sense--maybe it never makes sense--and its pace is dreadfully uneven. But a show in which a religious pilgrim trekking through the wilderness of a big-box electronic store is tempted by a goddess disguised as Lucille Ball in I Love Lucy, murmuring from a TV screen, "Hey, you ever wanted to see Lucy's tits?" is not easily dismissed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    My Name Is Earl rampages like a bull in a politically correct china shop.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The show's intricate plotting and finely rendered characters will engage your brain, but there's plenty of below-the-shoulders action, too.

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