For 547 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 8.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Glenn Garvin's Scores

Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Boomtown: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Oprah's Big Give: Season 1
Score distribution:
547 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Jeong, however, is still too much of a standup comedian, belting out punchlines and pratfalls like a machine-gun to drown out the heckler in the back, to sustain Dr. Ken beyond sketch-level comedy. And he's too manic (a self-proclaimed "five-foot-five inches of fury") to allow for much help from the rest of the cast.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    As the hour progresses and it flaunts its comic-book side (naturally, some supervillains have followed her to Earth, and even more naturally, there's a secret anti-extraterrestrial police force that wants to shut her up, because "nothing says 'covert operation' like a flying woman in a red skirty"), its essential nerdiness—the preferred PC synonym for "juvenile stupidity"—becomes overwhelming.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    In short, Chelsea Clinton's evil twin from a parallel and even more dysfunctional universe! Any way we can beam back to the days of Amy Carter?
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    The most interesting thing about Killing Lincoln, in fact, is how it can be so tepidly uninteresting.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    When it isn't irritatingly imitative, [it's] hopelessly stupid.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Mostly it's just an even more egregiously boring version of all the other CBS police procedurals with their cookie-cutter characters and plots.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Practically all this ill-conceived series has going for it is spotting the mutations in plot and characters brought on by the conversion from fairytale to cheerless sword-and-sorcery epic.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Unfortunately, there are also a lot of epically failed moments as well, almost all of them related to Schenkkan’s script, which paradoxically tries to cover too much while delivering too little. Instead of focusing exclusively on the battle over the civil rights bill, he tries to fold in the entire year of 1964, which included everything from the Gulf of Tonkin naval incident that launched full-scale American intervention in Vietnam to the arrest of a key Johnson aide caught performing a homosexual act in a public restroom weeks before the election that threatened (or so the president feared, anyway) to destroy his campaign.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    This three-hour miniseries from Will Farrell and some of his Saturday Night Live buddies is a send-up of 1950s film-noir that more closely resembles another classic Hollywood product: an overinflated boob job.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    The show is mostly useful as a vengeful reverse prank on greedy legions of trick-or-treaters. Make sure your tube is prominently visible as you open the door to the kids, and give them a compulsive need for years of therapy along with their Butterfingers.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 35 Glenn Garvin
    The acting is overcooked, the writing homicide-inducingly arch; and making the narrative dirtier, I am sad to report, is not the same thing as making it more sophisticated.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 35 Glenn Garvin
    Send back the cosmos and break out the crack pipes; this is industrial-strength despair.

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