For 961 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rob Owen's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Boomtown: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
961 tv reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    An intriguing behind-the-scenes drama with moments of dewy-eyed idealism. [22 Sept 1999, p.E-3]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    An entertaining drama that sucks you in and gets your toes tapping during several musical numbers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Like "Project Runway," there's creativity involved in this competition. And the fact that it's a competition, and therefore orchestrated and produced by necessity, makes it seem less fake-real.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    If you like family dramas ...If you like cop shows ...If you like fantasy series ...If you like quality programs with complex characters, intelligent dialogue and a unique point of view, then you need to get acquainted with Joan of Arcadia, the best new broadcast series of the season. [26 Sept 2003, p.41]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Funny and thoughtful with surprising plot twists, Being Human offers an inviting mix for fans of supernatural stories.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Legend of the Seeker may thrill some "LOTR" fans, but the content of the pilot is nothing original.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The Wire gives so little, it almost begs to be abandoned; then a scene or a smidgen of character development offers a hook that might keep viewers interested. But TV shows, no matter how complex or thought-provoking, shouldn't require that much work. [1 June 2002, p.B-6]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    Credit for building drama goes to screenwriter Kirk Ellis ("Into the West") and actor Paul Giamatti ("Sideways"). His intellectual, vain Adams is a reluctant rebel, tentative in his support of an American revolution, wary of insurgency and mob rule and defender of the tenets of American democracy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Archer may be crude but it's far more clever than last fall's disappointing "Testees," and "Archer" wins points with its observational humor about modern life and in its mocking of mundane workplace minutiae, such as computer passwords and the lack of security at a spy agency.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Light with no pretensions of loftiness, White Collar offers pleasant enough entertainment.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 10 Rob Owen
    Never mind the unbelievable premise -- the way the audience is introduced to it is so strained it's painful to watch.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The Vampire Diaries is no "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"--it doesn't have that series' depth--but it's plotted well enough to mix supernatural action with the occasional game of Kiss Me or Kill Me and some surprising cliffhangers, too.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The episode is a fast-moving two hours that answers enough questions to satisfy fans and raises still more questions in an effort to further the intrigue.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Disposable as it may be, Starter Wife still has more to recommend about it than, say, NBC's "Lipstick Jungle."
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The acting talent here is marginal compared to the sitcom it replaces, "Out of Practice" (returning later in the season), but I found "Courting Alex" more enjoyable.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Rob Owen
    Just as awful as "Locusts" was.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The series remains an intense, engrossing crime procedural with strong moments of character development, but Mr. Cross gets a bit sloppy in his plotting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Atmospheric and strange (images of power lines abound for no discernible reason), Durham County is not much of a murder mystery--viewers know who the killer(s) are by the end of the first episode--but it is an intriguing crime drama that's more character-driven than it is procedural.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    TV viewers who watch Boss probably won't be disappointed and even those who are wary of latching onto a new series have reason to give the show a chance.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    As has always been the case, Damages remains a mystery-thriller whose characters and their psychological quirks are more intriguing than the plot.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Push Girls is at its best when the women tell their stories and depict the challenges they face in everyday life. But when the show's stars convene for gabfests, it feels as inauthentic as other docu-series.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    A charming comedy-drama about finding new love late in life and all the complications that come with any coupling.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    One of the fall's brightest new dramas.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Glee does the teen years with some edge, but we've seen that before on Glee executive producer Ryan Murphy's previous series, The WB's "Popular." Still, Glee is delightful enough to qualify as a fall favorite.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    As close-ended procedurals go, "Raines" certainly offers an intriguing hook, but I'm not sure it's one with much staying power.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The sexy, sudsy historical drama returns without missing a beat.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Rescue Me needs rescusing from itself and deliverance will soon come. Until then, fans of the series can enjoy the ride--even if it sometimes feels like a rerun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Though the characters are quite different, "Earl" somehow brings to mind NBC's "Ed," perhaps because both shows feature a cast of oddballs and are ultimately uplifting, heartwarming portraits of people trying to do good by making a fresh start.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    If there's a downside to the Americans pilot, it's that it has some pace problems. The premiere runs long--an hour and six minutes--and spends time on flashbacks to Elizabeth in training 20 years earlier and the pair's first meeting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It’s entertaining enough, filled with battles and occasionally interesting character turns and cultural twists (particularly when the priest joins a raid on a church), but it’s not essential quality TV viewing along the lines of “Mad Men,” “The Good Wife,” “Game of Thrones,” etc.