Aaron Barnhart

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For 270 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Aaron Barnhart's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Wire: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Luis: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 270
270 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 95 Aaron Barnhart
    A superb drama. ... Quiz is everything McMillion$ should’ve been: propulsive, efficiently told drama that boils down a lorry full of facts to the simple 50:50 question: Did they or didn’t they?
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    The good news is that this is not the worst space parody ever. In fact, it rockets off the pad with a fall-down-funny pilot episode. From there, though, it hits turbulence. ... The best thing about Space Force is Carell and Kudrow. ... Unfortunately, because of the absurdity of their situation, Carell and Kudrow get precious little screen time together. That leaves this show at the mercy of John Malkovich, who is determined to give us one of those peculiar Malkovichian characters.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 85 Aaron Barnhart
    Welcome, if long-overdue, tribute.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 95 Aaron Barnhart
    It is a must-watch doc. ... The enduring impression of this film isn’t of the interested actors who found it convenient to use Norma McCorvey — it’s of McCorvey herself.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 85 Aaron Barnhart
    The stories are relatable and the dialogue, if predictably TV-ish at times, gets at big issues about loss and what really matters in life — topics I think we can all relate to a little more closely these days. ... The casting, the dialogue, the pacing, the relentless Windham Hill-quality soundtrack — Council of Dads feels like a fly trap designed to capture as many This Is Us viewers as possible.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Edgar-Jones and Mescal are utterly convincing as two brainy kids who know instantly that they have a special bond, yet are clueless how to express it. ... It is a pleasure to watch, just as the book was a pleasure to read — except different.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 95 Aaron Barnhart
    From the get-go, Defending Jacob grabs and holds your attention, hour after hour, as you try to figure out whether the kid did it, and if the parents are going to make it through the trial without imploding. .... It’s the best Apple original series yet, and proof that like fine wine, some stories just need time to age and breathe a little.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    The parents reek of entitlement and self-centeredness. The kids are various degrees of wack. The show celebrates/normalizes black families and race relations while undermining them with humor that cuts close to the bone.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Aaron Barnhart
    This is a fully immersive docudrama, and if the dialogue gets a little explicatey at times, there is a tremendous amount of relevant history to cover here, and nine episodes barely cover it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Aaron Barnhart
    Unorthodox works. It feels like an immersive documentary about a woman who comes of age while escaping the oppressive religious community that has defined her entire life. And a big reason for that is a superb performance by Shira Haas.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 85 Aaron Barnhart
    Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker is a highly watchable bit of what I call rock-and-roll history. It’s a subgenre that tries to bring the past alive with modern dialogue and a ripping soundtrack. ... Spencer delivers the goods.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    Simon and Burns have put a remarkable ensemble in front of the camera to breathe life into Roth’s characters.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Spellbinding. ... Relying on a stylized version of the classic true-crime TV format, they keep the viewer squarely focused on the principal subject of this film, Gary Stewart, and his story, which is that his dad was very likely the infamous serial murderer known as the Zodiac Killer. ... To not feel for him is to miss the point of this show, which is really an investigation into the stories that each one of us are capable of telling ourselves and reinforcing in our minds every day, whether they are true or not.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    Like Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul is not just another show about quirky characters and intriguing storylines. The people behind these two series love to make television, and it’s evident from the product. ... This is television magic, and it won’t last long. You should enjoy it while you can.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    This page-turner of a miniseries may not be predicting our future, but it sure leaves you wondering if somewhere inside a Big Tech compound there's a roomful of coders working on it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 85 Aaron Barnhart
    Perhaps owing to the nearly six-year gap between Seasons 6 and 7, this final lap is basically self-encapsulated and requires almost no effort to get up to speed (narrator extraordinaire Tom Kane will help with that part). ... Bottom line: If you loved The Mandalorian, you just might like Star Wars: Clone Wars.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    To be sure, there is solid acting on the dark side by Dylan Baker, who plays a former concentration-camp guard, and Greg Austin as a next-gen Nazi who’s a linchpin in the Fourth Reich conspiracy that’s led by a female “colonel” (Lena Olin). But the Nazi side of Hunters is driven by a creative decision that I find questionable and which, along with the relentless thrum of torture and bloodshed, finally drove me away from this show.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 85 Aaron Barnhart
    For Life joins a growing number of series devoted to exploring wrongful conviction and the ordeal that convicts must go through to have their cases retried and verdicts overturned. But it stands out in two ways. First, unlike nonfiction series like Free Meek and Confession Tapes, For Life has the look and feel of an ABC courtroom drama. Second, it’s based on the life of a real-life person, Isaac Wright Jr., a man whose story is so incredible Disney+ should consider making a companion documentary or podcast. ... After two episodes of For Life, I’m in.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    On Briarpatch that protean mind [of creator Andy Greenwald] is put to surprisingly good use. Maybe the best idea Greenwald had was taking Benjamin Dill, the hero of Ross Thomas’s long-forgotten 1984 detective novel Briarpatch, and turning him into Allegra.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Aaron Barnhart
    An enjoyable and accessible pilot episode, one that brings the iconic admiral down to earth (literally), gives him lots of great dialogue, and reunites him with an old ally and monstrous adversary that even those of us not schooled in all things Trek will remember.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    Little America, a beautifully crafted new anthology on Apple TV+, takes the emotion and noise out of one of our most contentious political topics — immigration — and replaces it with poetry, humor, and the compelling stories of ordinary people seeking a better life in these United States.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    68 Whiskey moves confidently into the small but mighty clique of military comedies that balance the absurdist tragedy of war with the intense emotional bonds and improvised code of ethics on the front lines. ... Chalk up another win for the new kid on cable's block.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    There are a lot of shows getting reboots that maybe shouldn’t (Roswell, really?). But this is a timely and smart retelling of a unique story about children coming of age in a modern, mixed-up world without their parents to rely on. While watching I kept asking myself, as I imagine many viewers will as well — what if this were my family?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 85 Aaron Barnhart
    Creator Joshua Safran has assembled a good crew of writers to weave all the threads together. The dialogue of Sam and Nellie’s first date crackles.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Not only its most promising show to date but one that could serve as a template for future Apple TV+ shows. It’s a good-verging-on-great anthology series with storylines, writing, and casting that could be replicated again and again, allowing Apple to widen its lane while shrinking HBO’s. ... [Octavia Spencer and Aaron Paul] alone are worth the investment of eight hours of your time.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Barnhart
    Unlike anything that’s ever been seen before… because bears. Real live bears. ... I enjoyed the hell out of it. As a competition it’s pretty lame. But as a specific kind of reality subgenre — the one where humans of mediocre talent are goaded by TV producers into taking on a challenge way above their heads and failing spectacularly — Man Vs. Bear is more than… well, bearable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    All of this works better if you watch it as a comedy or whatever genre bucket you think Shyamalan belongs in. Indeed, if you try to watch Servant as a horror show, or a suspenseful thriller, I think you’ll be disappointed and even a bit bored. ... Whether Servant can deliver on this promising start, only time will tell.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Parton’s Madea-like role in the “Jolene” episode is a big part of its appeal. ... Heartstrings does not suck. Know what would make it suck even less? More Dolly.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    The opening scenes of City of Angels" are so poorly written and in such stunningly poor taste that I was tempted to declare this one D.O.A. after just 10 minutes. And I'm afraid many viewers will do the same, which is unfortunate for City of Angels because eventually the show does find its way. [15 Jan 2000]
    • Kansas City Star
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Silicon Valley in many ways still feels like the hacker-house ensemble comedy it started out as, even though Pied Piper now has 532 employees and a thicket of fiduciary and ethical entanglements that have built up over the years and will drive the storyline these final seven episodes.

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