Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 776 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Broadchurch: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Ja'mie: Private School Girl: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 474
  2. Negative: 0 out of 474
474 tv reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Harlots tends to teeter between being a lark and a social tract. The flesh is willing throughout, but the structure can be a little weak. Still, this is a decidedly different and bracing look at ye olde England, with power struggles aplenty as women strive to assert themselves while men mostly just want to insert themselves.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    [A] very amusing and splendidly acted comedy about what happens when an American television network mucks up a long-running, award-laden British hit.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Through these first four episodes, Westworld flexes its lavish production values and has the kernels of what could turn into an increasingly absorbing morality play.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    In the end, fans of well-paced political potboilers will find much to like about Game Change. As will those who simply want to be entertained by a crackling good melodrama.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Thursday's series premiere ends up being watchable but not really something to phone your friends about.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    I Love Dick very much shows as well as tells. ... A series that is completely willing to offend sensibilities while also engaging them.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Purefoy and Williams are standouts throughout while Hendricks pretty much settles in. The bloody goings-on apart from their fractious triangle can be jolts from out of the blue. But there’s always some cauterizing banter just around the corner.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Crashing has enough mostly gentle amusements to keep it on track. And it’s increasingly easy to get on Pete’s side.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Flash pushes most of the right buttons with its engaging first episode. It’s alternately action-packed, character-driven and poignant, with dashes of humor here and there.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Tennant and Colman still command center stage, but not without considerable help from the incoming fellow thespians. Under these circumstances, It’s not a case of the more the merrier. Instead it’s an even richer recipe for a seriously dramatic series that already had an A-game in place.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (The Black List, The Latino List) might have done well to just keep the camera on [Carmen Dell'Orefice] and let everyone else hit the cutting room floor. But other former supermodels are quite interesting as well, among them Isabella Rossellini, Jerry Hall, Paulina Porizkova, Carol Alt, China Machado, Marisa Berenson and Lisa Taylor.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Looking isn’t a comedy, but it’s much bouncier on its feet. Not slap-happy, but comfortable in its own skin as the three principals.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Arrow may not be a-point-ment television. But for starters at least, it's a sharper little tale than expected.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Although affecting at times, Parade's End tends to congeal rather than gel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The five episodes I’ve seen have enough small pleasures to carry them to their finish lines. Just don’t expect to be blown away.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Not everything entirely adds up during the very winding course of China Girl’s six hours. ... The performances, however, are uniformly on target. Kidman, part of the recent ensemble in HBO’s Emmy-nominated Big Little Lies, is even more impressive here as the possessive, high-strung Julia while Dencik completely inhabits the role of thoroughly oily “Puss.” Moss again is impressively nuanced as the unsteady Robin, whose flaws and needs are palpable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Outlander is beautifully shot throughout, which somewhat makes up for some of the early tedium. It may not ever rise to the level of enthralling. But by the second episode, the story at hand is flexing a firmer grip.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Season 3, which again will have 12 episodes, shows strong signs of fully regaining its bite, passion and fury.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    PBS made all but the final two hours of Season 4 available for review. And while certainly not a slog, they end up being more than a bit saggy.... ownton Abbey has no scenes or sequences of knockout import during these first seven episodes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Veep has some funny lines and sight gags during the course of doing its dirty Washington business.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Those who swoon at the name Marvel are likely to be entertained anew by a short-run series that pushes all those familiar buttons before the next feature film attraction kicks in with bigger stars, bolder visuals, better battles and a tease for the next one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Welcome to Sweden is more charming and amusing than laugh-out-loud funny. But its charms are considerable and the overall premise is bracingly unique.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Dear Mom, Love Cher is both a pleasant and evocative way to spend an hour.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Confirmation is an effective movie, although certainly not a great one, in terms of reconstructing how Hill was first persuaded to come forward and then left distraught, defeated and convinced it was “a mistake.” Washington and Pierce are both strong in these pivotal roles.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Ripper Street is pretty ripping good for the most part.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This is a concept that so far doesn’t lack for execution. Last Man On Earth has no chance at all to be a blockbuster in league with Fox’s new Empire. But it’s another distinctive example of what the Big Four broadcast networks should dare and do.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    People of Earth has built a small-town universe with just enough quirks and intrigue to keep its premise in play. It has both heart and a sense of the absurd, making it increasingly “accessible” with the proviso that you’re just not going to get a laugh riot.

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