For 1,410 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 8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rob Owen's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Torchwood (UK): Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
1410 tv reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Home Fires offers British drama that’s as satisfying as a warm cup of tea.
    • 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]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 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
    • 80 Rob Owen
    [The] fall’s most unusual series concept and easily the new season’s most promising pilot.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    But when Braugher's Dr. Ben Gideon disappears, Gideon's Crossing becomes a long, languidly-paced trip through a Boston teaching hospital. [10 Oct 2000, p.D-8]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Disposable as it may be, Starter Wife still has more to recommend about it than, say, NBC's "Lipstick Jungle."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The first hour is a little slow, somewhat pacey at times--it clocks in at 56 minutes, not the usual 42 minutes, and will run one hour and 10 minutes with commercials--but it does a fine job of setting up the story and introducing the characters.
    • 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.
    • 39 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Saul isn’t a failure at all. Instead, Saul feels like a series with many of the hallmarks of classic “Breaking Bad” episodes that’s set in the familiar “Bad” universe, emphasizing a similar vibe that mixes personal drama with dark comedy.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The season premiere makes a gentle effort to re-establish the show’s shrinking original cast.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The show’s contestant characters are the expected mix of types found in a reality show, although Unreal tries to ground them in specificity that defies TV stereotypes, which works better with some of the women than with others.
    • 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
    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
    • 80 Rob Owen
    They're all skilled enough to play both the drama and comedy of the situations their characters confront, and, what's more, viewers are prepared to know and like them.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Much is written today about the products that come out of Hollywood, but rarely do we glimpse the drudgery that's involved in bringing movies to life. Project Greenlight offers a rare and unvarnished glimpse at the friction-filled cogs and gears that drive the Hollywood machine. [2 Dec 2001, p.TV-5]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    As "Thrones"-aping series go, The Last Kingdom is a better bet than plenty of others. It's easier to follow than "Bastard Executioner" and less battle-crazy than "Vikings," occupying a gentler middle ground.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The Good Place offers a clever high-concept premise that’s complemented with intelligent, sometimes absurdist humor.
    • 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.
    • 78 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.

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