For 1,117 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 6.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rob Owen's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 House: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,117 tv reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The characters lack the depth of those in smarter, premium cable dramas like "The Walking Dead," but they do show some growth as the series goes on. What Falling Skies does best is create a sense of the struggle for survival.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The first episode offers a somewhat overwhelming dose of midwifery, to the point that some viewers may wonder how Call the Midwife won't grow tiresome with repetitive birthing stories. The addition of Chummy to the cast in episode two and a broader role for the midwives--in episode three Jenny simply spends time with an elderly man--allows the series to avoid growing stale.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Sunday's premiere doesn't advance the story much--shades of early season two--but there's enough zombie carnage that fans of mayhem may not care.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    A gripping tale of police investigation and a criminal's mischief-making.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Tonight's pilot suffers from a few up-the-ante, "look-at-me!" moments, like when Coop grabs Jackie's breast and claims it's a nervous tic. Future episodes are more grounded and less desperate to shock for the sake of grabbing viewer (and network) attention, but they're no less enthralling with both drama and humor.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Thanks to clever dialogue, Awkward manages to rise above its been-there, watched-that premise.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Tuesday's pilot is not as consistently funny as one might hope and Mindy's flightiness could turn off some viewers, but she and the show are amusing enough to warrant watching.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    In its first two episodes The Neighbors is an enjoyable, broad comedy that encourages co-viewing among parents and their children.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It plays more like a science thriller than a biopic, with Feynman receiving clues scribbled on pieces of paper by NASA engineers.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The composition of the cast and presence of a grandma (Lupe Ontiveros) makes the show structurally and thematically similar to ABC's "George Lopez Show," but Tucson is more entertaining and better written. [20 Sept 2002, p.40]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It’s entertaining enough, filled with battles and occasionally interesting character turns and cultural twists (particularly when the priest joins a raid on a church), but it’s not essential quality TV viewing along the lines of “Mad Men,” “The Good Wife,” “Game of Thrones,” etc.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    How to Get Away with Murder is not by any stretch transcendent TV but it is great, gonzo fun, a breakneck-paced, well-made prime-time soap that, if future episodes are as entertaining as the pilot, may easily become viewers’ new TV addiction.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Some of the plot falls into the No-Good-Can-Come-From-This category, especially Jensen’s cover-up efforts and his willingness to call a truce with Kopus. But mostly The Red Road, written by Aaron Guzikowski (“Contraband,” “Prisoners”), is a thrilling enough, character-driven crime drama that doesn’t shy away from cultural explorations, especially through Ms. Tunie’s Earth Mother character.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    An enjoyable addition to the long-lived genre. [12 July 2002]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's a static look that makes these half-hour shows a bit tough to endure visually (don't try watching two episodes back-to-back). This format lends itself better to web shorts but it is fun to see Dr. Wallice's world expanded, especially for fans of comedy that doesn't telegraph a joke well in advance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    As long as you're OK with comedy-of-the-uncomfortable, then IFC's The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret is by far the funnier of the two David Cross-Will Arnett series airing this fall (the other being Fox's "Running Wilde").
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's not the best cop show ever but it's certainly an above-average effort for fans entertained by quality TV drama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Every television series launches on a wing and a prayer, perhaps none more than this entertaining, glossy drama.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Not only do the other stories save True Blood--before you can get sick of Sookie and Bill, Blood shifts its focus to more interesting characters--but the show's persistent humor breaks through with enough frequency to have an impact.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It's the students that make Teach a sometimes interesting show. They drive the story's forward momentum as much as Mr. Danza does and quickly emerge as his co-stars in a program that touches on teacher quality, student apathy and the plight of urban public schools.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    There's definitely some amusing moments but the show will have limited appeal.
    • 76 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    Once you get past the sex and if you can endure the sadness of the stories, Tell Me begins to have an addictive quality.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    There’s no question that Man Seeking Woman is not run-of-the-mill entertainment, but whether its weirdness will appeal or repel will depend largely on the openness of viewers to new, strange TV experiences.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    It remains to be seen whether either will merit watching for a full season but the pilot does exactly what it should: It intrigues and makes the case for viewers to come back next week for more.
    • 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
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Rob Owen
    The Big C feels much more alive, even though it's a show about a woman, Cathy (Laura Linney), who's dying of stage 4 cancer.
    • 56 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.

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