Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 481 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Prohibition
Lowest review score: 0 Breaking In: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 271
  2. Negative: 0 out of 271
271 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Showtime’s taut and pretty terrific Ray Donovan.... Schreiber brings a solid, stolid presence to the role. But it’s Jon Voight as Mickey who gives this drama its ferocious, dangerous and sometimes creepy edge.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Sunday night's sixth season opener, "Meet the Blacks," is a gem from start to finish. Two subsequent episodes sent for review aren't as finely tuned, but still get high passing grades.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Few TV dramas are as thought-provoking or daringly opinionated. Sorkin doesn’t always get everything right. Who the hell does? But he writes with purpose, force and conviction, sometimes with a heavier hand than necessary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s a film that asks a lot from West and Bonham Carter, who deliver time and again in roles that could have eaten them alive. Instead we feast.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The story has ample pulling power. But the music is its driving force--all day and all of the night.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Seduced and Abandoned doesn’t always stay on track, but nonetheless never derails. It’s both a romp and a stomp, with Cannes the go-between.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Never fear. The Harlan County, KY of FX’s Justified remains mostly dirty to the touch, a breeding ground for knuckle-draggers and a few somewhat higher forms of low-life.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This film is much more than that. From the boyish exuberance of Ben Affleck’s and Matt Damon’s joint 1998 acceptance speech to Hanks’ anecdote about a hard-of-hearing Bette Davis, this is a rich-bodied appetizer for TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar main course.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Whatever becomes of Ragnar, Vikings has emerged in its second season as a series of appreciably higher quality. Its characters and storytelling, all within a world quite unlike any other on the TV landscape, have gone far beyond the cardboard stage.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Judge isn’t quite jury and executioner of this whole crazily infantile, insular scene. But he clearly knows how to probe its soft spots. In that respect, Silicon Valley is its own killer app.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    In these first three episodes, it shows no signs of getting stale.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The pace hasn’t quickened. Nor does the storyline congeal. Instead, Sunday’s re-opener builds to a terrifically poignant finish accompanied by music that likewise cries out in pain.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Last Week Tonight probably needs to towel off a bit and present a more relaxed half-hour next Sunday. The premiere outing nonetheless showed considerable ingenuity and a willingness to take on topics that haven’t already been parodied to death.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Normal Heart grows in poignancy as characters we’ve come to know are affected or afflicted by AIDS.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    By the end of Episode 4, subtitled “It’s Not For Everyone,” the series is earning its mettle as a truly macabre, chilling and rousing war of attrition in which the winner will either take all or stop hell on earth in its bloody tracks.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    John Benjamin Hickey’s point man performance leads the way, with his character’s demons and dilemmas already etched like fissures in his face. Carrying the weight of the world can be heavy lifting. Manhattan so far shows every sign of being able to shoulder the load.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Knick towers above previous original dramas Strike Back and Banshee, giving Cinemax a gold star on an increasingly crowded boulevard of bravura television.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This is the series that puts Amazon Prime on the map, if not yet on the same level with competing streamer Netflix.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Gracepoint may not be superior to Broadchurch, but makes its own mark as fall’s best new broadcast network drama series--even if in some ways it’s not. Tennant’s estimable talents are the driving force of both versions, with each of the surrounding casts helping to keep him on point.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Edelstein’s pitch-perfect performance elevates Girlfriends’ Guide to one of the best new series of the season.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's FX scoring again with another out of the box, jump-in-your-face series that most assuredly isn't for everyone but most definitely knows what it's doing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Coal has the right stuff, putting viewers of a mind to hurt for these men--who hurt right back.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Happy Endings quickly gets its game in gear and emerges as ABC's best new sitcom since Better Off Ted unfortunately failed to find an audience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Cinema Verite's strength is in dramatizing the off-camera seductions and betrayals that led to the Louds being vilified in many quarters before the entire family went on The Dick Cavett Show to both tell their side of the story and confront filmmaker Craig Gilbert.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Too Big to Fail effectively follows the money while humanizing most of the moneychangers.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    A smart, sedate Canadian production imported by ABC for a summertime run.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The thrill of discovery is long gone for True Blood. But the thrill of a new season is still very much in play. The first three episode of Season 4 had just enough pulling power to keep me in the fold.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Entourage looks as though it still has enough juice--comedy, drama and Drama-wise--to make its last season a keeper.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Kurt Sutter, SOA's creative mastermind, has kept the scripts tight and the action invigorating.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Despite its lead characters' fragile makeups, Free Agents is a niftily scripted, bracingly grownup comedy when in the hands of its two leads.

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