For 1,362 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 Eli Stone: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Cavemen: Season 1
Score distribution:
1362 tv reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The Cleaner is the latest in a string of unremarkable basic cable dramas with a brand-name star playing the tough but damaged lead.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Given time, Stargate Universe may become worth watching if it develops its characters and continues to mine its premise for stories. Just hope they avoid more desert planets.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Huff is not a bad show, it just doesn't feel sufficiently new. Both structurally and thematically, it shares some similarities to the more outrageous and, frankly, more fun "Nip/Tuck" on FX. [7 Nov 2004, p.TV-5]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    If "South Park" traffics in occasionally brilliant satire, "Lil' Bush" is far more juvenile humor.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    As enjoyable as this first episode is, its premise may be too slight to sustain a long-running series.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Somewhere within this bloated six-hour miniseries there's a lean, mean four-hour miniseries trying to escape.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    All 10 episodes of the first season are directed by Mr. Soderbergh, who brings grittiness and the occasional odd camera angle but not much light to the proceedings (this is a seriously dark show with limited use of lighting). Writers/series creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler introduce plenty of characters with interwoven, serialized storylines but there’s not much new under the dim sun in The Knick.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The first episode is fairly entertaining in an absurdist way.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The musical numbers are terrific, and the film has its strong moments.... But these individual, scattered scenes don’t add up to a cohesive story, which marks Bessie as a disappointing missed opportunity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Younger is fine. But in a TV universe of ever more scripted series, it also feels unessential, which is exactly what original programming today cannot afford to be.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Veep offers uncomfortable comedy at its most sardonic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The dreary, often predictable family story begins to suffocate the show as it gains ground over the first four episodes.... Ray Donovan benefits from strategic use of character actors in supporting roles.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's a cute show, but the premise is so paper-thin you have to wonder how the writers will sustain "Knights" for a full season, let alone many years, if successful.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Every reality show needs a mix of those you cheer for and those you jeer against, but "Texas Ranch House" has too many of the latter.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Charmed has none of the wit or intelligence that characterizes The WB's superior supernatural series, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," but "Charmed" is an OK drama for the post-"Sabrina" crowd. [7 Oct 1998, p.E-4]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It's far more realistic in scope and situations than "Gossip Girl," but there's such an earnestness and one-dimensionality to the characters that they seem a lot less believable.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    There are some truly funny moments in Fox's manic, animated comedy Sit Down, Shut Up, a series that requires almost rapt attention to pick up all the jokes and amusing dialogue that's hurled at viewers. If a TV series ever suffered from Attention Deficit Disorder, this is it.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Often funny when it tackles taboo topics head on, the show walks a fine line between honesty and unnecessary crudeness, and it often goes a step too far.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    At its best, Big Love is an intricate soap opera rooted in family, but in this new season the show is spinning off into too many directions. None, taken individually, is terrible, but altogether these myriad plots create a lack of focus.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    From these four hours it's clear there are few new stories or twists for the show to employ. It's time has come and gone.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Sunday's premiere is pretty light on laughs. A couple of moments inspire guffaws but they are few and far between. The show's second episode offers more humor.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Whether viewers find Enlightened all that funny may depend upon whether they have a person similar to Amy in their lives--and whether they want to spend time with an irrational, hysteria-prone fictional character, too.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    There's still some fun to be had watching True Blood but it offers more soap than satire or social commentary these days.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Bar still feels like an attempt at a '90s-era edgy prime-time drama whose time has past.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Elf offers some slight, warmed over charms.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    First impressions suggest the writers of Last Resort are waging an internal battle between grounding the show in some semblance of reality and allowing it to spin out into cheap soap opera territory.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Levi exudes an everyman appeal that may catch on with viewers, but the show's plots need to grow beyond the action-adventure tropes of 1970s TV if Chuck hopes to avoid being chucked off NBC's prime-time schedule.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's not a bad show, merely ho-hum. Perhaps it will have greater appeal to people who liked math in school, but to me "NUMB3RS" just seems like a "CSI" clone with the quadratic formula tossed in for good effect. [23 Jan 2005]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It is the definition of a slow-burn series, a program that should be exciting rendered as kind of dull.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Cinema Verite dramatizes the making of "An American Family," but it dwells too long on the setup and doesn't spend nearly enough time on the public response to the program and the impact that reaction (much of it negative) had on the Louds.

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