For 1,084 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: 59
Highest review score: 100 Deadwood: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Cavemen: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,084 tv reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    In its early episodes, Tyrant is as engaging when it focuses on family drama as when it veers more in the direction of taut, serialized, political thriller.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    [Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) are] both terrible people in a myriad ways, and yet, they really seem to connect, which allows “You’re the Worst” to evince an acidic sweetness through its bleakness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    A smart, deliberately paced, closed-ended miniseries.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Cute, light and--most importantly--funny.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Taken on its own, Marry Me offers a fast-moving, often hilarious debut episode that traffics in pop culture references as it establishes Annie as the loon and Jake as the tolerant, abiding guy who loves her.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    The first three hours of the new season that Showtime made available for review suggest Homeland is up for new challenges that move the show somewhat closer in tone to “24” while still maintaining a prestige sheen that it’s smarter, less formulaic and more believable than the Fox terrorism drama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Maximum Bob maximizes its dark humor in satisfyingly loopy ways. [4 Aug 1998, p.E-1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Mom remains funny, thanks in large part to the great work of Allison Janney as Christy's potty-mouthed mom, Bonnie. And the show continues to make excellent use of actress Mimi Kennedy (now a series regular and pictured above at left) as a foil for Bonnie and friend to Christy.
    • 91 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    It takes some time to sink into the story--Olive (Frances McDormand, “Fargo”) herself is cold and aloof--but by Monday’s second part of the miniseries as viewers see the characters age through a 25-year period, there’s a relatability that starts to sink in as viewers come to recognize the damage one generation can inflict on the next.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Gortimer is the rare series that's creative, occasionally funny and engaging in its own subdued manner.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Rob Owen
    Tonight's season premiere does a fairly good job of wrapping up the sixth season finale and setting the stage to move forward but there's still a fair amount of cleanup to be done.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Rob Owen
    It's still a hugely entertaining show thanks to its charismatic lead actor and the tension that builds in its twisty-turny plots. But when a lead character is a murderous anti-hero, there's a fine line to walk between cheering a righteous vigilante and offering sympathy for the devil.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Rob Owen
    This everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to storytelling does not help Black Box to be taken seriously.
    • 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
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Its slightly warped sense of humor won't appeal to some viewers, but "Malcolm in the Middle" qualifies as unique.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The pilot has all the markings of a winner. [26 Mar 1999]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    As a loyal "Homicide" viewer, for me Munch is the best part of SVU, especially in tonight's scene where he explains his departure from Baltimore. [20 Sept 1999, p.B-1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Always an acquired taste -- one most likely to be acquired by the politically incorrect -- this new "Guy" is just as rude, attention deficit disordered and funny as past episodes. [28 Apr 2005]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    After suffering through too many poorly written, dramatically empty episodes of "Star Trek: Voyager," I was dreading the launch of UPN's "Enterprise" precisely because it came from "Voyager" executive producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. Maybe it's the diminished expectations or maybe they've actually come up with something decent, but tonight's two-hour "Enterprise" premiere is surprisingly satisfying. [26 Sep 2001]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Curb is filled with uncomfortable comedy, as always, but its humor stems from the relatable minutiae of everyday life, not unlike what viewers watched on "Seinfeld."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    This season doesn't really kick into gear until night two, when Bill Buchanan (James Morrison) and Chloe (Marylynn Rajskub) return, operating outside the bounds of the government.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The new "Watching Ellie" is indeed improved. It's funnier, better paced and doesn't try so hard to be different. This works out for the better.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Humor is woven throughout The Dead Zone, particularly in scenes between Smith and his physical therapist, Bruce Lewis (John L. Adams), who helps update him on what happened during his long sleep. [16 June 2002, p.TV-5]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    "CSI: Miami" is a carbon copy, for sure, but it's a copy of an efficient show millions of people enjoy watching. [23 Sep 2002]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Not flashy, not spectacular, "8 Simple Rules" is a cute show that will appeal to its intended audience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    An enjoyable addition to the long-lived genre. [12 July 2002]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    A pleasant surprise. [26 Jun 2003]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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