For 1,334 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rob Owen's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 House: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Cavemen: Season 1
Score distribution:
1334 tv reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Blood & Oil offers only musty melodrama befitting its already dated premise.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It's another one of those dismissable, disposable, oh-so-slight comedies.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Do No Harm is a ridiculous show with plenty of lines of groaner dialogue.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    A disappointingly sex-obsessed sitcom.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It’s got a worthy premise that’s larded up with unfunny, over-the-top characterizations.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The pilot exudes lots of flash (many things blow up, lots of gunfire) and little heart. The characters lack any spark of life and depth. [8 Oct 1999, p.40]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    There's little that's magical about the cold, poorly paced Magicians pilot. It takes 16 minutes until Quentin arrives at Brakebills and feels longer. The pilot is rife with drab colors and while the story has potential, it made me want to go find the book rather than watch more of the TV series.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The relationships are paint-by-numbers predictable as are the plots and Alex's I-know-better-than-everyone-else reactions. Heartbeat has a pulse but just barely.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It appears Freddie Prinze Jr. studied at the Matt LeBlanc School of Acting given his mumbling performance and nice-guy-cum-neanderthal portrayal of Freddie Moreno.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The Easy Money production values are low all-around but they wouldn't be as noticeable if the characters and tedious story sparked to life. They don't, and it doesn't.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It's less of a flash mob and more of (one hopes) a flash in the pan, the one-and-done special it deserves to be.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    When it comes to both character and story, there's really not much in "Conviction" viewers haven't seen before.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    We can suspend disbelief when watching “Jurassic World” because it’s dinosaurs, but when the predators are zoo animals, it’s a greater challenge to take seriously.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It's a silly time-waster with terrible commentary by hosts Jamie Kennedy and Jessi Cruickshank.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Merlin looks, well, typically British with shoddy production values. Worse, it tells dull stories.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The lead actors are slightly improved -- although Erik von Detten's hair is more expressive than his face -- but the story plods like one of the less graceful dinosaurs on screen.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Showing the evidence really adds nothing as the story twists, turns and contorts itself in an attempt to keep viewers from tuning out before the hour is up.
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    At first glance... it comes off as silly sci-fi, a not-so-intriguing series that wades into all-too-similar waters as two other fall shows. The difference in this one is that the water is noticeably more shallow.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    "Vanished" is a show that should leave viewers begging for more, but instead engenders more of a shrug because nothing in the pilot is convincing -- not the characters, not the setting, not the performances.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    A show that's more boring than funny, an investment of entertainment time that's not worth making.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    By the end of the third episode of the second season there have been multiple hookups and breakups, enough to make your head spin or bore you to tears. Alas, I found myself experiencing more of the latter.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The show squanders any high-mindedness with ridiculous shoot-'em-up scenes reminiscent of any cop show circa 1979.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It's difficult to imagine many "Dancing" viewers will be suckered into watching this unimaginative, predictable comedy series for more than the first couple of minutes.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Other than re-living some of Napoleon's favorite catchphrases from the 2004 movie, there's not much enjoyment to be gleaned from this obvious, unfunny episode.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It's all a bunch of mush, but I suspect it's mush that will find a receptive audience.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    I only made it through the first hour and then I gave up.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    There's nothing wrong with TV Land trying to revive the old-school, multi-camera sitcom but the pilot for this show wouldn't have cut it in the 1980s.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    A bigger problem is that Super Fun Night still isn’t all that funny.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    H8R feels contrived whether there's a happy ending or not, so there's not much point in watching except perhaps for the initial confrontation between the hater and the object of his/her scorn if that's the kind of uncomfortable drama you crave.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Here comes "Trouble," big, bad, ugly ratings trouble. [6 Oct 2000, p.44]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Like so many of these relationship reality shows, The Bachelor is cheesy and the whiff of desperation wafting off the contestants is strong. A preview for future episodes promises jealousy, back stabbing and cat fights as the bachelorettes vie for the main man...What do you want to bet this one won't make the National Organization for Women's Top 10? [22 Mar 2002, p.36]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    [A] silly, unnecessary reboot.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    I suppose sadomasochists or anyone craving abuse will enjoy "Hell's Kitchen," but I won't be tuning in again. [29 May 2005]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Few of the jokes land and although the show gets mild props for its series premiere cliffhanger (and to a lesser degree the out-of-left field resolution in episode two), Still the King looks shoddy and fails to produce many laughs.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Love in the Wild is undeniably a waste of time and brain cells.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Dresden's investigations amount to a lot of ho-hum hokum... and his relationships are largely paint-by-number bland.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Kath & Kim is based on an Australian hit series of the same name but this Americanized version is an unpleasant way to pass a half-hour.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Lousy writing and stale characters rule in Malibu Country.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Subtlety is not this show's strong suit. That lack of tonal balance dooms the show.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It gets bogged down by so many procedural elements that all the character moments get squished and forced out around the edges, resulting in an uninteresting blob of an overly familiar TV show.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Mostly it's the story of a sex-starved, immature, lazy guy who flings dog poop into his neighbor's yard. NBC has done something similar by inflicting this show on the viewing public. [24 Sept 2002, p.C-6]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It feels both orchestrated and dated, like a show whose time came and went around the same TV era that "Home Improvement" aired in.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Romijin... [is] too cold and aloof to play the lead.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The pilot is not that funny as it trades in predictable gags about a woman who's competent at the office but a mess in her personal life.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    With Gigolos, Showtime takes a topic that should be provocative and turns it into nothing more than "The Real Man Whores of Las Vegas."
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Hey, with a name like Charlie's Angels, at least viewers have a pretty good idea of what they're going to get: action, attractive women and gorgeous locations--but not much else.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The show is inoffensive, tedious pabulum with forced postal humor.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Tucker will be lucky if viewers don't run screaming from the room. [2 Oct 2000, p.B-10]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Twists begin to pile up like they're falling out of a How To Write Noir handbook. And that may be the show's biggest problem: It feels contrived, which makes the audience feel manipulated.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The Eastwick characters are fairly generic types who are too bland and predictable to be involving.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    To be blunt, Starz’s Blunt Talk is spectacularly unfunny.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    "Just Legal" is just tedious.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Uncle Buck isn't the worst thing ever, but it is predictable and pat, going down all the expected avenues. It's entirely skippable.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The primary problem with all this bragging is that it takes time away from seeing the designs, which would seem to be the show's purported raison d'etre.... Million Dollar Decorators also suffers from feeling completely constructed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Aggressively dumb, sex-obsessed and occasionally misogynistic.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The show is gleefully rude in keeping with Ms. Handler's personal style, but 8:30 p.m. seems way too early for explicit sex jokes.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The show is a manipulative tearjerker that uses this poor guy's real-life death sentence to milk tears out of viewers. And that makes it a little icky to watch. It's great that Childs gets all sorts of adventures but the blatant effort to wring tears out of viewers made me uncomfortable.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    A lackluster "Sex and the City" companion.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Unlike "Jackie," nothing in Mercy feels real or believable, particularly the naivete of the recent grad student newbie nurse, who acts as if she's never been in a hospital.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    One can’t help but wish all this meta commentary had been grafted onto a better story and a better movie that didn’t feel like such a cheap rush job.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    For anyone who's seen the "Spider-Man" films (or even the last, worst season of NBC's "Heroes"), there's little to recommend about this new series that has its bloated, two-hour debut.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Men at Work is mostly an unfunny, uninteresting look at four work buddies.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Everything about it feels TV-fake and contrived and throwing Heigl into the mix just heightens the sense that viewers are watching a high-glam actress pretending to be a top U.S. intelligence analyst.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The problem with "Reunion" is that beyond the show's gimmick, there's not much to draw viewers in. The characters lack depth and personality and the situations are -- yawn -- overly familiar.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    "Out of Practice" relies on trite misunderstandings and crude dialogue, both go-to gags for uninspired sitcom scribes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Everything else that's supposed to be a shock is telegraphed well in advance. Everything meant to surprise falls hopelessly flat. [18 June 1999, p.44]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It's a shame that the writing makes Off the Map so unwatchable.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    I know "Survivor." I watch "Survivor." You, "Big Brother," are no "Survivor." [7 Jul 2000]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Tut
    Predictable/preposterous plot elements co-mingle with some terrible dialogue, silly situations (characters enter a room full of dead bodies on hooks but don’t cover their noses in disgust until they see the bodies; wouldn’t the smell be enough for them?) and occasionally poor acting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Writers Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle are certainly inventive, if inventive can mean willing-to-crib-from-sci-fi-culture-past, but the Tin Man story doesn't hang together well.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Missing is like a bad Lifetime movie blown up into a weekly series.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    "Halfway House" is occasionally amusing but the characters are not well-formed.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The screenplay seems more likely to have been transcribed by those guys with the plot dreamed up by an imaginative child or a drunken fanboy. Visually, the film is poorly directed sometimes to a point of such incoherence that it's not always clear what's going on, who's talking, etc. And the ending is laughably awkward.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Manhattan Love Story is simply an unfunny study in tired male/female stereotypes.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The show's concept is kind of interesting: Two women (one in 1209 France, another in the present day) are connected through time but after giving the miniseries about 40 minutes, I gave up in favor of a new episode of FX's "Fargo."
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Now it’s just a tired minor media property and product placement tool for Comcast, which gets name-checked multiple times. At this point, Sharknado deserves to sleep with the fishes.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The conclusion is that a great cast and a singular location can't carry a scattershot script that goes in and out of focus.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The Hero is not all that exciting but the production values are top-notch and the location (Panama) somewhat unique.... Rather than three shows, one show would be best: Make The Rock the host, use the settings of "72 Hours" and the casting of "Race to the Scene" and viewers would be much better off than watching any of these individual new programs.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Rather than three shows, one show would be best: Make The Rock the host, use the settings of 72 Hours and the casting of "Race to the Scene" and viewers would be much better off than watching any of these individual new programs.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Past Life begins with a fairly ridiculous premise, and the show's bland leads don't make it anymore watchable.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The show is so manic, particularly Mr. Hayes’ performance, that it’s clearly trying too hard--and painfully obvious set-up dialogue.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It comes across as a low-rent operation making cheesy effects for the likes of "Hallow Pointe," not a big-budget effects house that works on movies you might have actually heard of.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    In a way, Unhitched reminds me of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" in its attempts to shock, but this new series feels more manufactured and far less likely to become a cult hit.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    This story of two computer I.T. guys and their computer illiterate boss is overly obvious and plays on stereotypes in an over-the-top way that may have been au courant in the '80s but feels woefully dated today.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The miniseries asks a lot of patience on the part of viewers and gives too little in return.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    It is indeed sinfully bad.... The plot is predictable and the acting generally hammy.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Backpakers benefits from filming on location in Europe but that can’t make up for the lowest common denominator escapades, which play like an unfunny, made-for-TV “Road Trip.”
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The gross-out factor is the only thing unique about the series and that wears thin quickly, which makes Boom mostly a bust.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Fox executives could have saved substantial production costs and achieved basically the same boring result by filming 14 randy monkeys in a cage containing only 10 bananas.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    A soapy, shallow look at how gossip is currency in Hollywood.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    "Desire" features better production values than a daytime soap, but just as wooden acting by its no-name cast and terrible dialogue.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Hank is the kind of show Dr. Frasier Crane would sneer at, which makes it particularly sad to see Kelsey Grammer reduced to starring in this ABC sitcom as a Dumb Daddy.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Where the travails, conquests and bad behavior in "Entourage" come off as dramatic, clever and imaginative, "Sons of Hollywood" is just like any other celebreality show: More boorish behavior by rich people.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Everything on the show feels outlined, if not scripted.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The show is neither funny enough to be a comedy nor dramatic enough to be an engaging drama.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Viewers who like their comedy broad, loud and silly might take a liking to this "Odd Couple"-like sitcom.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    What is it about this television season that made TV executives say, "I think what Americans want to watch in a sitcom is people taunting, disrespecting and insulting one another"?...Insult humor courses through the veins of Fox's Luis, an alleged comedy that provides few laughs.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Rather than three shows, one show would be best: Make The Rock the host, use the settings of "72 Hours" and the casting of Race to the Scene and viewers would be much better off than watching any of these individual new programs.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Maybe in an airy Broadway theater the issues the show attempts to explore would play better, but on TV The Slap suffocates, packed with too many awful characters I don't want to spend another moment watching.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    The first hour is a deadly dull slog. Viewers get plopped into the action without much effort to provide context and then there are flashbacks to confuse matters further.