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 Mad Men: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 10.5: Apocalypse
Score distribution:
1334 tv reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    Series creator Vince Gilligan wrote the first two episodes of this eight-episode batch, and they crackle, as always, with intelligence and an ever-lingering sense of dread.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    Brilliant. [21 Oct 2004]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    "The Sopranos" returns in better form this year than it did at the start of its second season. New territory is explored and Chase seems more willing to push the Soprano story forward. [2 Mar 2001]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    What's most important is that Homeland provides a smart, thrilling hour of entertainment for the next 12 weeks.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    None of these twists are for the faint of heart, which is why Breaking Bad is a smart, thought-provoking TV show that elevates the artistic achievements of the medium.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    Maintains the quality viewers have come to expect.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    Through the first four episodes, Fargo remains a terrific thriller laced with black humor.... Welcome back, Fargo, which in its early going proves itself the best TV series fall 2015 has to offer.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    Through the first four episodes of the new season, the ever-excellent spy thriller explores the parent-child dynamic, introduces the concept of biological weapons and plays on the suspicions of FBI neighbor Stan (Noah Emmerich). The Americans is mostly adept at surprising viewers by not tacking in expected directions, although one plot results in a dead end that left me to wonder, why did the writers spend so much time on that?
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Season four promises more of the same while expanding on stories in the books and in some cases improving on what could be long literary slogs.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    "Battlestar Galactica" is one of the most politically relevant and necessarily bleak series on television today.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    The show is just as strong as it was at the end of its first season. To be sure, Transparent isn't for everyone, and not because of its central transgender character, who’s actually one of the most likable of the bunch. Viewers are more likely to have a problem with the rarefied, tony Los Angeles setting, and the self-absorbed characters who populate the series.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The series remains smart and thought-provoking but it's also quite funny.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    "The Office" is hilarious, but it is an acquired taste as it serves up comedy of the uncomfortable. [10 Oct 2003]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    Magnificently profane and entirely engaging, Deadwood remains one of TV's best character-driven dramas. [4 Mar 2005, p.W-45]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Despite how outlandish some of the scenarios become, they remain relatable.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Viewers who cringe at pathos may miss the occasionally lighter tone of earlier Mad Men seasons. But these are the circumstances the characters find themselves in. Besides, at this point in a series' run, most viewers are tuning in for the character stories, where some grace and positivity still pop up.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    Gritty, tough, no-holds barred television that feels more real than any other police drama on the air. It makes "NYPD Blue" look like a children's show. [10 Mar 2002, p.TV-5]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Fans of “Six Feet Under” are likely to enjoy Transparent while those who find characters who make consistently poor choices frustrating and may be less enamored. “Transparent” isn’t funny all that often, but at its heart it does tell a relatively new, original story in a way that’s grounded and heartfelt without being at all saccharine.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    Viewers hungering for a twisty-turny, who's-right-who's-wrong thriller will find it in Showtime's domestic terrorism drama Homeland.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    It is much more of a psychological thriller that impresses with its use of an unnerving stillness.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It’s dark, bloody and occasionally sexy, as it usually is, and Thrones fans wouldn’t want it any other way.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    Master of None avoids comedy conventions, eschewing a regular cast in favor of recurring characters and guest stars who pop up in episodes devoted to different themes. The show plays a bit like “Louie” in that way, but Master of None is funnier, less dramatic and tonally closer to Woody Allen’s lighter fare.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The season premiere is a little clunky as it cleans up the mess left after the show's first-season finale--the sooner the show moves beyond that, the better.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Ultimately, after eight episodes that wax and wane in intensity, viewers learn whose worldview emerges as the accurate one in this case--Hardy's pessimistic take on human nature or Ellie's more positive outlook. In a small town where everyone knows his or her neighbor, unmasking the killer is almost as wrenching as the crime itself.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Most of the time Sherlock's cheeky sense of humor makes this version of the character a delight.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Rob Owen
    As a new year begins, viewers will be hard-pressed to find a more sumptuous, engaging drama than the "Masterpiece Classic" miniseries Downton Abbey.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Deliberately paced but never dull, The Night Of offers a serialized criminal story that’s more interested in the characters and the criminal justice system’s process than in the crime itself.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Atlanta provides an interesting slice of life and a slice that's not often seen on TV.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Clearly this show is not for the easily offended. Not everyone will appreciate this kind of humor, but anyone who values smart, provocative comedy that's about truth telling will be intrigued.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Rob Owen
    Somewhat shockingly, this 10-part, limited series quickly proves itself deeply engrossing and surprisingly entertaining, even though many viewers will know almost every beat of the story. Credit a strong cast--especially “American Horror Story” veteran Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark--and writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, working from Jeffrey Toobin’s book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” for turning this “trial of the century” into what could be the limited series of the year.

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