For 1,093 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 6.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rob Owen's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Freaks and Geeks: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 10.5: Apocalypse
Score distribution:
1,093 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    As enjoyable as this first episode is, its premise may be too slight to sustain a long-running series.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Raising Hope is not for the easily offended and humorless but the pilot is consistently entertaining for viewers willing to embrace Garcia's universe of downtrodden characters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Season two pulls viewers back on board with intriguing plot twists, more light moments and strong performances.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Plot contrivances aside, the new season of Chuck gets off to a decent start as friendships rekindle (Chuck and best friend Morgan become roommates) and new parties get involved in subterfuge.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    CBS's The Good Wife is both a well-written legal drama and a terrific showcase for actress Julianna Margulies, who elevates the already-good material with her perceptive, open performance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Rob Owen
    The first episode is fairly entertaining in an absurdist way.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Viewers who appreciate slow-moving stories set in gritty, somewhat sleazy environments with characters of questionable morals are most likely to be rewarded by betting on Luck.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    An engrossing new series with a fascinatingly unsympathetic character at its core. [14 Nov 2004, p.TV--5]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Restless could benefit from a little more development of the characters Eva works with--it would make their stories more meaningful and poignant--but overall this four-hour miniseries is a strong entry.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The pilot episode is more amusing than hilarious, but it's often delicately funny thanks to Mr. Thomas' odd duck character and his reactions to those around him. When Geoffrey (Wade Briggs) hits on him, he's flummoxed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    An enjoyable addition to the long-lived genre. [12 July 2002]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Rob Owen
    Romijin... [is] too cold and aloof to play the lead.
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Maximum Bob maximizes its dark humor in satisfyingly loopy ways. [4 Aug 1998, p.E-1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Jackie remains the superior effort thanks to its writing and a top-of-their-game cast headed by Edie Falco as the title character.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Depending on the subjects mocked and viewers' personal sacred cows, Root of All Evil won't appeal to everyone on a weekly basis (future episodes include Donald Trump vs. Viagra, Paris Hilton vs. Dick Cheney and Las Vegas vs. the human body), but it is a successful attempt to re-package stand-up comedy for prime time.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Against all odds, this mishmash of stark contrasts emerges as a surprisingly engaging film.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Its hits outpace its misses--by a mile. That's not often the case with sketch comedy shows. Just as important, the humor is consistently smart.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Generally they do their best to walk a fine line, attempting to execute the show in as uncomplicated a way as possible so less devoted viewers keep watching while rewarding obsessive fans with small steps forward in the exploration of Britten's condition.
    • 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.

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