For 1,049 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rob Owen's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Homeland: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 10.5: Apocalypse: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,049 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Rob Owen
    Maximum Bob maximizes its dark humor in satisfyingly loopy ways. [4 Aug 1998, p.E-1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 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.
    • 45 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
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    A little overheated, too obvious and too cliche-ridden. But it's still an entertaining yarn. [23 Sept 2003, p.B-1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Still a claustrophobic show, and some of the uncomfortable stories from last year -- especially teenager Matt (John Hensley) and his involvement in a hit and run -- return, but a lot of the themes are at least a little more palatable and thought-provoking. [22 June 2004, p.B-1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The first hour of Heroes answers enough questions and moves the story forward in such a way that a few "Huh?" moments won't matter as long as they're answered in short order and don't linger for too long.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's an entertaining hour sure to appeal to fans of A&E's equally fast-paced British import "MI-5."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    To be sure, The Office is an acquired taste and sometimes a challenge to watch. Still, it's at least a worthy follow-up to the original, and it attempts to plot its own course in future episodes. [23 Mar 2005, p.E-1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's a generally strong episode as House attempts to annoy his doctors so much that they'll sign off on his departure.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    As creator Marc Cherry explained this summer, he wanted to re-set the series and get the stories back to something more closely resembling reality. Sunday's season premiere does that pretty well with some of the women's stories, especially Lynette (Felicty Huffman), whose twins are now terrible teens.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    There is no mistaking "Boston Legal" for anything other than a Kelley office drama. The show and its characters have all the trademark tics that have become his calling card: Quirky cases, outrageous characters, legal arguments as sermons on the mount. Everything is just a little bit heightened, at least when it's not completely over the top; caricatures too often sub for characters. [1 Oct 2004]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    By the third episode... "Big Love" becomes an addictive treat.