For 969 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ed Bark's Scores

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Crown: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Ja'mie: Private School Girl: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 61 out of 969
969 tv reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Ed Bark
    This low-rent knockoff of the estimable 1960 movie is a sleep--inducing, cliche-choked, rope-a-dopey slowpoke starring a buncha no-names substituting for the likes of Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn. We haven't seen markdowns of this magnitude since Sears fire-saled its entire line of Johnny Miller menswear. [3 Jan 1998]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 65 Metascore
    • 33 Ed Bark
    It shows only scant signs of life while also failing to be all that revealing about the unique profession it depicts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    Some of its imagery is arresting. But this is mostly a sorry, unfortunate and even contemptuous enterprise.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    The Assets just can’t get untracked, lumbering through its first two hours without any sense of purpose, style or urgency.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 16 Ed Bark
    Virtually every joke lands with a resounding thud.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 0 Ed Bark
    Plodding and stupefying when it's not being laughable and poorly acted, this is entertainment fit for an alternative to water-boarding.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    Vice Principals can be coarsely amusing in fits and spurts. But when it’s bad, it’s horrid.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    Body of Proof for the most part plays dead within the realm of plausible crime-solving, interesting characters and assumptions that Delany's once-promising career would do more than wither on this vine.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    Darkly shot and dimly plotted, the premiere episode never comes close to firming its grip. It instead plods and meanders, inviting viewers to invest elsewhere rather than buy into this poorly put-together jumble of something or other.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    It all ends in thoroughly predictable fashion--and without any zip or pop.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 0 Ed Bark
    This series is a complete mis-fire. There are no relatable characters, every joke's a dud and Slater seems to have no earthly idea what's befallen him.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Ed Bark
    Plagued by pedestrian scripts and mostly nondescript characters, it slogs from night to night without nearly enough suspense or consequences. [2 Apr 2000]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 53 Metascore
    • 0 Ed Bark
    In the annals of all-time worst game shows, this one takes its rightful place alongside ABC's Conveyor Belt of Love, which soiled prime-time back in January 2010.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    Flesh and Bone is to the art of the dance what the laughable Showgirls was to the Las Vegas flesh market. Except that the art of the dance in Flesh and Bone also includes stripping to help make ends meet. What emerges is a thorough mess on a grandiose scale.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    So far this is a dour, sour affair replete with uninviting characters. That’s generally not a good recipe for return visits.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    Episodes are one hour each, requiring ample manufactured "drama" to keep this thing percolating.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    Jack technically is a Gen Xer. But he might as well be the Quaker Oats man in the eyes of millennials getting the same broad brush treatment. It’s a wonder they can even feed themselves in a comedy that force-feeds its concept and swallows McHale whole in the process.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    Witches of East End is just not worth a viewer’s toils and troubles.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    Watching BFF leaves only a dull, but throbbing headache.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    This thing appears to be going nowhere fast. And it’s already taking way too long to get there.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    Life Sentence has an off-putting preciousness to it while grinding through one “crisis” after another. It doesn’t earn any sympathies because its principal characters don’t merit much more than one big “Oh, shaddup!” With the exception, perhaps, of poor Wes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    Marco Polo might best be utilized as a sedative or sleeping pill. All those dark to pitch black exteriors and interiors seem guaranteed to prompt an onset of heavy eyelids if not a complete conk-out. And if that doesn’t get you, the ponderous pace almost certainly will.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 16 Ed Bark
    Sullivan & Son is utterly artless in its efforts to be an equal opportunity offender.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    It’s all cut and spliced to the point where any real “jeopardy” involved is anyone’s guess. The weekly competitions on Survivor are far more convincingly presented.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    Drescher still looks good a dozen years removed from the last season of The Nanny. But the lines coming from her mouth are too obvious for words.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    The whole thing comes off as uncomfortably clownish and insulting to viewers of any color, let alone African-Americans who have every right to cringe at such off-putting, clownish portrayals in times when FX’s immeasurably superior Atlanta has charted such bold new territory.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 16 Ed Bark
    The first episode is just too relentlessly clunky and stupid.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    The Purge comes to television at exactly the wrong time. Not that there’s really a right time. The fact that it’s also clumsily made and rife with mediocre performances seems almost beside the point in the context of how pointless this thing is in the first place.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 0 Ed Bark
    Brain-dead male teens without any social skills or purpose in their lives might find this a highly entertaining diversion from their violent video games.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    Mind Games just doesn’t work on any level.

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