For 12 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 13.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chris Barton's Scores

Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 90 Shrill: Season 1
Lowest review score: 30 Living Biblically: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
12 tv reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Chris Barton
    An excellent and surprising adaptation of feminist writer Lindy West’s 2016 memoir.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Chris Barton
    Fillion’s strengths are key, because despite the show’s best efforts to drape multiple dramatic storylines around him in the one episode ABC made available to review, there’s just not a lot that stands out otherwise. ... It’s a breezy drama that doesn’t demand much from the viewer, but Fillion’s easy charm is tough to dismiss.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Chris Barton
    It's all pretty absurd, but the show is too light on its feet to begrudge for long.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Chris Barton
    The breezily funny Champions might fare better if it makes things tougher on itself. ... That said, the moving parts that make up Champions will probably win you over.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Chris Barton
    The show delivers decent enough action-movie pacing in a gruff, amoral universe that really wants to be reminiscent of "Training Day" or "The Shield," but with so many one-dimensional characters saddled with leaden dialogue, it falls well short. Some half-hearted groundwork is laid for the possibility of redemption in a few Ravens, but there's so little evidence of something deeper or surprising anywhere on-screen that it's difficult to care.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Chris Barton
    Even setting aside the show's lack of interest in the complexity of faith, it's greatest sin is simply not being funny enough. The characters are too thin and familiar to generate laughs on their own, and some jokes rely too heavily on references while others just don't make sense.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Chris Barton
    Though Katic does her best, there are better shows involving an obsessed, morally compromised cop looking for answers. But if you need an atmospheric and propulsive binge-watch and don't linger on the details, Absentia will be there for you.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Chris Barton
    With rotating casts and directors, anthology series are uneven by nature, and this season feels more so as Black Mirror occasionally struggles to capture the sense of surprise that was long its greatest strength.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Chris Barton
    As a comedy or even an action series, Happy! is far from perfect. But if you’re up for venturing down a dark path where the only one seemingly capable of the titular emotion is someone’s imaginary friend, it still might make you smile.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Barton
    The backstage antics could make for a satisfying enough escape except for the show’s clunky attempts to engage the real world.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Chris Barton
    Actual wisdom in this show is in short supply.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Chris Barton
    The first episode's reflexive need to be topical quickly feels more like running through a hot topic checklist than situations generated by actual characters.

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