For 1,374 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rob Owen's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 John Adams: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
1374 tv reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The series does hint at Carlisle's motivation, and maybe the show will get more interesting once his reasons for wanting the president dead are revealed, but the pilot doesn't exactly demand viewers tune in for episode two.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It’s not as well done and not nearly as funny or relatable [as Modern Family].
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    After watching the first two episodes it's a little difficult to say what the show will be on a weekly basis because each of the first two episodes plays like the pilot for two different TV series.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    It’s an interesting construction; “La Ronde”-style storytelling is not something seen regularly in prime-time so for the uniqueness of the form viewers can be grateful. But the same setting and two-character focus in every episode makes for a somewhat stifling viewing experience compared to the typical prime-time drama.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Touch feels like yet another series--last week it was Alcatraz--that seemed like a better idea for a one-shot movie than a weekly TV series.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    He's dashing, she's beautiful, and the show is fairly entertaining. But Undercovers adds nothing to the spy show genre.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The problem with Sense8 is that it’s glacially paced and not nearly as riveting as it thinks it is.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Much of the comedy comes out of that type of awkwardness but Doll & Em is less a comedy-of-the-uncomfortable series (a la a female "Curb Your Enthusiasm") and more just kind of slow and boring.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The problem with the show is that it's pretty dull, particularly if you've ever watched any of the similar shows that preceded Alphas. None of the characters feel new, nor do the situations.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Te pilot episode was written by Michaela Watkins ("Trophy Wife") and Damon Jones ("Peep Show"), who write to Ms. Coupe's comedic strengths while also peppering the background with amusing comic gags (viewers who pay closer attention will reap the most laughs from "Benched"). A second episode sent for review was less funny than the pilot and the plot was also a head-scratcher.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    United Stats of History feels like it's a show that wants to be 30 minutes that's been stretched to fill an hour.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The show was never entirely believable and the conceit of having episodes set during actual events--where the characters and/or viewer perceptions benefit from hindsight--felt like a cheat even though it could sometimes also be thought-provoking. The third-season premiere doesn’t shy away from this.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Jousting on ATVs aside, there’s not a lot of exciting, forward plot momentum in the first few episodes, but later episodes spend more time with characters in town, and episode four includes a plot twist that will either make viewers sit up and take notice or prompt them to turn off the TV.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    There’s an odd-couple vibe to Vicious, though it’s also a big, broad comedy reminiscent of Frasier if Niles and Frasier were a bickering gay couple instead of brothers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The Lying Game is not great television by any means but it's an adequate teen soap filled with attractive performers playing characters much younger than their actual ages, something the target audience for this type of series has come to expect.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Most of the young, relatively untested actors in Ground Floor are not nearly as talented at creating endearing characters; in the first two episodes the characters are mostly just ciphers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    The dull Descendants.... just seems like a widget--albeit an occasionally cute, harmless widget--churned out by the Disney machine.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's marginally more engrossing/less ridiculous in its pilot than CBS's fall flop, "Hostages."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    In Tuesday's pilot, New Amsterdam reveals itself as a pedestrian cop show with a vampire-like lead character
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Hell on Wheels is not a bad show, but it's also not engrossing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    It's a mixed bag of un-PC attempts at blue collar humor as four guys yak and try to avoid doing their jobs.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    I watched two episodes and with the exception of one riveting segment on security failures pre-9/11, I was bored out of my gourd.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    Traffic Light seems to want to be a male "Sex and the City" or "Entourage" without the Hollywood backdrop. But the scrapes these guys get into are more recognizable and more cliched than what the "Entourage" guys encounter.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    Detroit 1-8-7 is disappointingly generic. It's not a show that compels viewers to tune in on a weekly basis, but die-hard cop show fans may be satisfied.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Rob Owen
    It's an (occasionally) frothy mix -- comedic moments tumble into serious scenes of forensic examination -- that's not altogether terrible, but neither does it beg to be watched on a regular basis.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    Celebrity Apprentice is pretty much in its typical form, which is to say, craziness involving mostly D-list celebrities, including NeNe Leakes, Star Jones, Lisa Rinna, Gary Busey, Mark McGrath and "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    In practice, Grandfathered is cute but forgettable.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The first couple of Gracepoint episodes follow the same plot [as "Broadchurch"]--even some of the same camera angles in some scenes--with such stringency it will be difficult for "Broadchurch" viewers to avoid a sense that this new show is a rerun.... For the murder-mystery fans [who haven't seen "Broadchurch"] among them, Gracepoint is fine, but they’d be better off seeking out the superior "Broadchurch."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    You may not come away knowing whether you like it, but you won't be bored.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Rob Owen
    The show clearly wants to be like the movie “Soapdish,” but Telenovela can’t quite pull it off. A second episode is considerably less funny than the pilot, a danger sign. The pilot episode has fun riffing on TV stars with swelled heads and telenovela camera trick clichés, and it all plays to Ms. Longoria’s comedic strengths.

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