For 517 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 My Name Is Earl: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Three Wishes: Season 1
Score distribution:
517 tv reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The Michael J. Fox Show (which debuts with back-to-back episodes) is never cloying or condescending. And any time it seems to be veering toward disease-of-the-week-movie territory, you can be sure that lampoon is on the way.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    This peculiar comedy-drama has some cockeyed wrinkles that make it interesting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Akerman has wit and style, and so does the show.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    With enough chemistry between its stars to power a DuPont lab and a wise use of off-the-beaten-path South Florida shooting locations -- it goes for a fetid swamp over South Beach every time -- The Glades is thoroughly enjoyable.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Revolution is big, bold and brassy adventure, a cowboys-and-Indians story for end times.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    Happily, what really carries Life in Pieces is not avant-garde form but the traditional lifeblood of sitcoms, good writing and funny performances.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    With dazzling action scenes and a pair of stars who ooze charm and sensuality, Undercovers easily overcomes its predictability.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    The ultimate paradox of Sense8 is that it can give away so little about its ultimate destination in three hours of screen time, and still be seductive enough to make hour four an attractive proposition.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Nor is The L Word all sexual sturm und drang. Its light moments are laugh-out-loud funny. [18 Jan 2004, p.3M]
    • Miami Herald
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Happily, Golden Boy not only manages a fairly original take on cop shows but actually turns out to be surprisingly intriguing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    This tale of a lonely cop left behind by everyone--partners, friends, lovers, even the criminals he pursues--has a piercing melancholy that elevates it way above its fantasy trappings.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The show's witty, inventive writing would be fun even in the hands of a less capable cast.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    That single season will be hellacious fun. Stuffed with visual puns and sly homages to horror movies from Jaws to Poltergeist, Harper's Island relentlessly mocks film grammar with set pieces that take off in unexpected directions.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    Grandfathered is a well-crafted piece of work, with jokes coming in at all angles.... But it's also a quietly touching story of emotional lost-and-found, with a cast of remarkable range.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    Repellent and fascinating, a stygian nightmare awash in sick lusts, it seems certain to attract large audiences and huge controversy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    For now, Alcatraz is a sinister bag of sinister pleasures.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    A lot of Telenovela's humor will stretch across any cultural divide.... But what distinguishes Telenovela from any other sitcom--its relentless lampooning of every convention of its own genre, from the pistolero mustaches of the villains to the ever-escalating décolletage wars of the heroines--may fall flat with an audience that's largely unfamiliar with real novelas.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Crisply written and acted, grafting some Enron-era scandal onto a morality tale that goes back to Faust, 666 Park Avenue gives good goosebump.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Surreal and then some.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Like True Blood, Banshee can be preposterously entertaining, or perhaps entertainingly preposterous.
    • 62 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Though dazzlingly plotted and acted, the show is not easily watched.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    The most interesting thing of all about The Exorcist is that it shares the hardball theology of Fox's Lucifer, AMC's Preacher and Cinemax's exorcism show Outcast. One renegade priest in The Exorcist even resolves his doctrinal disputes with Rome not with an encyclical but a .38. It seems television's era of amiable pseudo-Unitarian clergymen of the Touched by an Angel and Highway to Heaven stripe is officially dead.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    Pizzolatto's writing is not without its irritations, particularly his dialogue.... Ultimately, the characters are too fascinating to turn loose of–particularly Farrell's explosive Velcoro and his political godfather Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn).
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    My Own Worst Enemy is by far the best drama of the fall season, a bold and brainy spy thriller that practices a sort of armed existentialism.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    With a gorgeous cast (even -- especially? -- the dead ones), plenty of cool slow-mo martial arts action, a glorious collection of lethal hardware and an intriguing plot, Blade's got something for the whole family, provided they rank somewhere between the Munsters and the Mansons in sensibility.

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