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 The Shield: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Newsroom: Season 1
Score distribution:
547 tv reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Dismal and disoriented, under-plotted and over-allegorized, the six-hour Prisoner miniseries that debuts on AMC Sunday night is an exercise in full-tilt dramatic tedium that will appall anybody who remembers the original and bewilder anyone who doesn't: What was the big deal about that?
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Tepid stuff.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Mostly I winced: at the irritatingly arch dialogue; at the hoochielicious every-other-scene dance routines; at Michalka's acting range, which seems to have just two settings--smug and self-righteous.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    What Fox programmers failed to notice was that their new show was peopled entirely with unpleasant characters working from a 100-percent laugh-free script. Watching Running Wilde, you can actually feel your eyes and ears disconnecting as they go off in search of some way to amuse themselves.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Mostly lost in the Technicolor goo of the fabulously exotic mutilations and lacerations is Miami Medical's purported dramatic theme, the psychological toll taken on doctors whose professional diet consists solely of grotesquely lethal cases.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    None of them is very interesting, and it's actually kind of hard to tell them apart.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Watching Cult is like trying to read a Kafka novel in Sanskrit. When you’re blind. And drunk.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Sadly truncated.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    This can be dryly funny in small doses, but Conchords really feels less like a sitcom than a Saturday Night Live sketch stretched out to about six times its shelf-life.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Nonlinear storytelling, with so many flashbacks and flash-forwards and dream sequences that pretty soon you can't even remember the last time you saw a naked chick bobbing around the cabin. My advice: Rent Barbarella instead.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    JoAnna Garcia's overcaffeinated cuteness--the sort of thing that made otherwise decent people want to run Sally Field through with a pitchfork back in her Gidget and Flying Nun days--as a Palm Beach governess to trust-fund teen trash is nigh unbearable.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    A hacky remake of a mediocre 1971 film of a pulp-science 1969 novel, this miniseries (it concludes Tuesday, if you must waste two nights of your life) is a poster child for generational decline: Whatever few IQ points were present in the original have long since leached away.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    On Tuesday night, we're going to see if you can get it from television, with three shows that--intentionally or otherwise--document seriously disturbed minds, with results ranging from riveting to revolting. Tending toward the latter is Mental.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Psych is a one-trick pony that quickly deteriorates into a rather humdrum mystery once the novelty of watching Spencer fake his psychic revelations wears off.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Conceptually, this isn’t half-bad. The writing, unfortunately, is all-bad.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    There's an unfortunate whiff of Marie Antoinette about Grammer's breezily ungrounded Hank.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    It's supposedly a wry look at the perils and pressures of parenthood. But really it's just a collection of tired cliches, reworked with weird grimaces and funny accents a la a really bad Saturday Night Live skit.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    By the end, Sleepy Hollow seems less like a show than a garage sale of used story pitches.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Just about everybody is having sex with everybody else: Kings is one giant raging id of a show.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    For sheer cheesiness and sociopathology, Investigation Discovery’s bizarre documentary 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover cannot be topped.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Its essential shallowness is on display from the very start, when 11 contestants for a junior editor's job at the fashion magazine Elle are issued their first challenge: Bring the boss breakfast.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Louie is so low-key that it has no discernible pulse. To say it's unfunny is accurate (profoundly so) but also beside the point: It's un-anything.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    CBS' new comedy-drama The Ex List is a descent to the most profound levels of Chick Flick Hell, where the damned and those with Y chromosomes cry out in agony through all eternity.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    The aggressive fakery of School Pride makes it unfortunately difficult to believe when the show throws some unexpected punches.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Even if you buy the premise that 2012 Nashville is a redneck hellhole barely familiar with indoor plumbing (big laugh in episode one: Reba meets her first gay person!), the show's performances and punchlines mostly fall flat.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Glenn Garvin
    What made a quirky, fun six-hour miniseries in May has turned to monotonous stupidity in the conversion to weekly series. [28 Nov 2002]
    • Miami Herald
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Glenn Garvin
    MacGyver (played by Lucas Till, X-Men: Apocalypse) is soooo much smarter than us, his producers have helpfully slapped big bold chyron labels on all the household goods with which he builds Klingon battlecruisers and time-traveling Waring blenders. So yes, that black ashy substance is indeed "SOOT." And that tangle of wires? You guessed it: "ELECTRONICS." Then there are the moments—a lot of them—when MacGyver is boinking one of his chick assistants while whipping up a laser death ray with his free hand. You'll know when the MacGyver audience has reach its target IQ when you see a chyron reading "ORIFICE."

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