Aaron Barnhart

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For 303 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Aaron Barnhart's Scores

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Shield: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Luis: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 303
303 tv reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    If you don’t mind continuing to churn through a storyline that effectively adds up to one step forward and one, perhaps one-and-a-half, steps backward … then yes, watch Season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Barnhart
    It’s better than most other recent Netflix sitcoms (Country Comfort comes to mind), and that I admire how it incorporates racial issues that are on the minds of everyone who will be watching this show in 2021. And the season is blessedly short, with just eight 22-minute episodes to get through — seven if you skip the less-than-stellar pilot. Give it a go.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    This well-done childrens’ show is better than any dumbed-down E/I show I’ve ever seen, and will arguably do more to change people’s eating habits than anything the USDA thinks it can do.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    Last Chance U may have found its ideal coach. ... This scrappy coach was blessed with a bumper crop of talent, each with their own Last Chance U-ready narrative. ... Watching Mosley clearly anguish over his loss, I found myself wishing, for the very first time in a year, for the true return of sports.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Aaron Barnhart
    As as critic I would advise viewers short on time to watch only the first and last episodes. Then, if you like what you see, you can go back and watch parts two through five. If you’re a teacher, though, you may just want to carve out a week or more for your kids to watch and discuss all six hours. It's that good.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    The Snoopy Show is well-paced and nicely designed to appeal to five-year-olds, teaching them about friendship and yada yada. For me, though, watching it is bittersweet in the way that watching Sesame Street, as I wrote on that show’s 50th anniversary, is bittersweet. Much as I never got the appeal of Elmo, I never saw “Peanuts” as primarily about the big-snouted dog but rather, the big-headed little boy of my youth.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Valdez was not making a film about boys or football. He was making a film about men. ... It’s probably closest to Hoop Dreams in spirit (and length), but while that classic film was about two kids and the families living their dreams vicariously, this docuseries is about something larger, what I would call the building of social capital.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Losing Alice, besides being a seductively-paced drama you may have trouble shutting off, is also a backdoor commentary on women who disappear from the entertainment business around middle age, both in front of the camera and behind it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    Painting With John is, like its predecessor, a true original. It’s about a man who has seen a lot of the world, made a good living off his art, and — with the help of producers Adam McKay and Todd Schulman — has hand-crafted yet another work for television.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Pretend It’s a City feels like a gift from the universe — a small, affectionate token that a lover might drop in the mail while traveling the world just to remind you that she’ll be back, and that she’s worth the wait. ... Watching it I felt a strange permission to imagine life returning to normal, as I know it will sometime this year. In my mind, I pretend I’m in New York, and I’m walking up Sixth Avenue, and by chance I look up from my phone — and there’s Fran Lebowitz walking the other way, judging me.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Aaron Barnhart
    Like the year 2020 itself, this special starts out pretty great. Then it goes a little wobbly. And then it collapses and has to be rushed to the ER … only to find that the ER is full and there’s nothing that can be done to save the patient. ... I did tune in thinking that maybe I could laugh 2020 out of the room and out of my life. But I couldn’t.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    It’s nicely written, with the kind of diversity you find in Commonwealth shows.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    Riveting. ... These directors do not disappoint.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Aaron Barnhart
    A Teacher is not about the guys. This is a star vehicle for two women — Mara in front of the screen and Hannah Fidell behind it. ... If you want to see a creative female mind exploring how female power, when it runs into the brick wall of societal taboo, can be self-destructive, A Teacher is your show.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Casting is key, and Annaleigh Ashford nails it as Gina. ... I enjoyed Bob (Hearts) Abishola immensely last season, but the show’s modest ratings suggest that this is a make-or-break year. And I like what I see so far here, so I can’t help but… be positive.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Aaron Barnhart
    It’s fabulous. Anya Taylor-Joy (Emma, Peaky Blinders) lights up the screen. This is a sterling example of streaming TV giving a story its due when Hollywood had long ago decided it was too big and complicated for a two-hour film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Aaron Barnhart
    Deaf U, with its short (20 minutes or less) episodes, intriguing characters, and fascinating exploration of deaf subculture — albeit one that doesn't exactly cast deaf people in a very favorable light — is a worthwhile drive-by docuseries. DiMarco has cast the show well, finding interesting leads who reflect both the racial and hearing diversity of the Gallaudet community.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    I thought it was great. Lively writing in an entertaining, network-quality serial thriller about artificial intelligence running amok. John Slattery — pitch-perfect casting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    Guided by a steady adaptation from veteran screenwriter Mark Richard and a gripping performance from Hawke, this filmed version is a rollicking good time, a lovely complement to McBride’s literary achievement that should drive more readers to the book.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Aaron Barnhart
    A bigger problem with The Comey Rule is that it tells a complex historical event from the point of view of one person. ... Ray tries his best to pull in other voices, but the word Comey is in the title and the reality is that this story is much bigger than him.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    Agents of Chaos, is not for the weak of stomach. ... Fortunately, he knows how to lighten the load. Imagine a four-hour Frontline investigation with a sense of humor and a rock-and-roll soundtrack — that’s Agents of Chaos in a nutshell.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    Challenger: The Final Flight is an immersive and nearly flawless four-part docuseries that had me hooked from the get-go. And here’s the amazing part — there’s almost no mystery to it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Barnhart
    An uneven, at times suffocating set of sanctimony from screenwriter and novelist Paul Rudnick.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Aaron Barnhart
    Space is more of a backdrop for Away’s actual drama, which is about smart, ambitious people getting in each other’s way, and their own, and whether keeping your feet on the ground might not be the better decision.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 95 Aaron Barnhart
    Pursuit of Happiness doesn’t just go wider, it goes deeper. Ravi Patel has a way with words, and can draw surprisingly meaningful nuggets from his own life.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Aaron Barnhart
    It works because some serious comedy writers are on the team and have made improvements to the Ted Lasso cartoon from the NBC ads. ... The writing is sharp and fresh..
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    Its computer-desktop motif and Zoom-like video conferencing are rather prescient, given that the show was made months before the COVID-19 pandemic. But other attempts to freshen the Muppets formula felt unnecessary and gratuitous.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Barnhart
    This deep access, and the compelling narrative the filmmakers weave out of their footage, makes Immigration Nation the most important documentary Netflix has fronted since Ava DuVernay’s 13TH. Even if it doesn’t convince you that ICE should be abolished, I guarantee you’ll be unsettled watching the agency’s response.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Aaron Barnhart
    The Jim Gaffigan Show, his 2016 TV Land sitcom, was aptly named since Gaffigan was the only person funny in it. And that still was almost enough to save the show. Almost. Jim Gaffigan: Pale Tourist feels like one of those near-misses, too, but it’s less than two hours of your life and loaded with laughs, so I’d still recommend watching it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Aaron Barnhart
    Love on the Spectrum takes these adults well past their comfort zones, testing their emotions and their interpersonal skills in dating situations that I found myself relating to way more than I expected. ... It’s not as moody or emotionally wrought as scripted shows like Netflix’s Atypical. But its quest is one that feels so relevant right now.

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