For 578 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:
578 tv reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's hard to say which is more unlikely: That a corporate legal fang could be God's prophet; or that the Almighty would spread His word through visions of George Michael; or these matters could be blended into a daffily funny and affecting television show.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    The Unit hits more false notes than an American Idol tryout.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    The Pacific is as brutally simple and direct--and as oblivious to modern PC sensibilities--as the Marine's letter. Produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, this 10-part HBO miniseries is a loving but anguished tribute to the men who fought on the bloody island hellholes that comprised World War II's Pacific theater.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's the lack of moral clarity that makes Damages so spellbinding. Every character wears multiple masks; every action is cloaked in ambiguity and, often, outright duplicity.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Do Not Disturb is apparently trying for an upstairs/downstairs feel, but it comes across more as above-the-waist/below-the-waist.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Where Modern Family is sweet and funny, The New Normal is cheap and hectoring.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Welcome to The Goode Family, a scathingly funny report from the front lines of America's culture wars.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    Not that BrainDead isn't bleakly hilarious, to a pee-your-pants-laughing degree, and drive-in-movie creepy. It sooooo is, and it's the show of the summer and possibly of the year. But not since The Werewolf Of Washington popped up during the 1973 summer of Watergate has Hollywood captured the moment's political gestalt with such deadly accuracy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Watching this dismal intragenerational cluster of families is sort of like seeing a Roots for the cannibal gangs in The Road.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Suits is far more than a whimsical caper show. Beneath its cuttingly funny dialogue lurk complex emotional edges.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Royal Pains has some moments of genuine wit--a lot more of them after Costanzo shows up.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Leary, one of the sharpest comic writers in television, has a feast on this stuff, lampooning the infirmities of his geezer characters even as he lashes out at the current rock generation with the fury of a scorned old hippie.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Cutler’s documentary The World According to Dick Cheney is a rousing piece of work.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    If you think "SpongeBob Squarepants" would be funnier if it added a couple of hookers and a cross-dressing junkie, this is the show for you. Everybody else should take a pass.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 10 Glenn Garvin
    It’s an insidious whitewash of a convicted killer and an infamous smear of his victim. It’s a shame on all involved.... The closest thing to fairness in Phil Spector is the blow-you-away performance by Al Pacino in the title role.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Shark works some of the same ground as Fox's new legal drama Justice, but with far more wit and style.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 10 Glenn Garvin
    Pointless, charmless and bound to be viewerless after the first half-hour or so, The Philanthropist recalls such epochal television bombs as Manimal (a scientist who could turn into a crime-fighting dolphin) or It's About Time (astronauts break the time barrier and frolick happily with cavemen) in its conceptual imbecility.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Intense and fascinating.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Syfy's show relies a lot more on dripping fangs and never speaks in a whisper when a bellow will do--even the simplest conversations are conducted with the neurotic intensity of a bad soap opera. Simply put, this Being Human lacks any human warmth.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Not since HBO’s The Wire left the air five years ago has a television series combined urban decay and moral decrepitude in such stark--and yet compulsively watchable--terms.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    It's funny and warm and I dare you to watch it without getting your pants charmed off.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    The hacky writing is interchangeable with any of CBS' police procedurals, and the boy-band good looks of Alex O'Loughlin as the detective, Mick St. John, inspire neither fear nor dark sexual longings
    • 60 Metascore
    • 35 Glenn Garvin
    Send back the cosmos and break out the crack pipes; this is industrial-strength despair.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    American Housewife may be a knockoff rather than a tapestry, but it includes threads of wistfulness, paranoia and willful social deviance that will make you look twice. Or even thrice.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Samantha Who? is not only a sitcom but a pungently funny one about self-discovery, reinvention and the possibility that beauty may be only skin-deep, but bitch goes right down to the bone.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Mysteriously, [Bryan Cranston] chose to help produce this stop-animation cartoon about aging superheroes that's about as tired as its protagonists.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Alice’s battles with various computer-animated and live-action threats are entertaining and, usually, rather witty, though her traveling companions, the White Rabbit (voiced by John Lithgow) and the Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha, the proletarian werewolf in the later season’s of the BBC version of Being Human), get most of the best lines.

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