For 667 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Glenn Garvin's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Everybody Hates Chris: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Sit Down, Shut Up: Season 1
Score distribution:
667 tv reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Glenn Garvin
    Fosse/Verdon has some things going for it that held my interest even when the basic plot didn't. The scenes in which the two break out the dance steps for their productions, are fascinating, even if—maybe especially if—you don't give a tinker's dam about scissor kicks or jazz hands.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    What I do know is that Shadows, the series, is FUNNY —often deadpan, sometimes quietly droll, sometimes howl-at-the-moon hilarious.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    First and foremost, this is a show in which dildo injuries are a constant menace (and, possibly, an allusion to the obsessions of earlier generations) and virtually any visit to a friend's home is likely to interrupt sweaty, noisy rutting. (Lest you accuse me of hyperbole: twice in the first three minutes of the pilot.)
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Whiskey Cavalier has an appealingly daft streak of sophomoric loopiness.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Marcia Clark, the failed O.J. Simpson prosecutor, is one of the writers and executive producers behind ABC's new legal drama The Fix, and she clearly believes revenge is a dish best served as a TV dinner: stale, overcooked, and tasting like cardboard.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    But it's the eternal internal world of adolesence that's mostly the concern of Pen15, and that's not always a good fit for nostalgia. Erskine and Konkle do not skip past the mindless cruelty of teenagers, and it's possible that for all its rip-roaring daffiness, Pen15 is at its best when it's most lacerating.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    A near-perfect mixture of the chess-piece intricacy of The Good Shepherd and the loony bang-bang of the Mission: Impossible movies, Enemy is a classic infinity-of-mirrors counterintelligence drama—and in more ways than one.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 55 Glenn Garvin
    Slow and stupid more often than it shows signs of genuine noir craft, and yet will probably hook you if you watch very much of it. Its ample supply of celebrity kink, cold-case magnetism, and twilight menace will easily (okay, not easily, but adequately) distract you from its corpse-like pace, its blockhead dialogue, and, well, everything else.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    This is the first time anybody has unleashed director Seth Rogen, the overlord of Hollywood juvenilia, on the subject, and Black Monday is every bit as madly, sickly funny as you might expect.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 55 Glenn Garvin
    It takes A Discovery Of Witches a long time to show any signs of a pulse, mostly because Palmer is cute as a kitten but also about as threatening. Her frequent exchange of mean looks with the vampires is significantly less scary than her producers seem to believe.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    The ham-handedness of Roswell, New Mexico, cannot be overstated.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    To the extent that The Passage is political, it's the age-old horror/sci-fi skepticism about science empowered by government but untempered by moral considerations, the same perspective that's driven everything from the big ants of Them! to the relentless microbes of The Andromeda Strain.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Glenn Garvin
    The constant, clumsy back-and-forth story line is not [Buhler]'s only annoying affectation. He's also larded Nightflyer with references to other, better, works, from Star Trek to The Shining, probably intended in homage but really serving just to remind you how much better all of them were. And the abundant gore, no doubt a confused nod to Martin's original premise that horror and sci-fi can coexist in the same vehicle, serves no purpose at all. [Buhler] may think he's speaking in some advanced new artistic argot, but really, it's just a lot of outer-space jabberwocky.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 35 Glenn Garvin
    Eventually Killer Robots dissolves into pure silliness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Superior to the film in every way, even if it still has a few shortcomings.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    There's more than one escape going on in Dannemora, even if all the routes end in the same place.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    The profligate murders are pleasingly imaginative, the plot twists unpredictable enough to stay interesting, and Rittenhouse the cutest sociopath since Kathleen Turner in Body Heat. What's not to like?
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    An elegant suspense tale in which memory and identity are both the heroes and the villains.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 45 Glenn Garvin
    Legacies must be given credit for boldly confronting the bigoted myths about lycanthrope/Wiccan miscegenation. And its continuing salute to Our Friend The Mouse (perhaps an allegorical reference to Disney?) is welcome and educational. Who knew rodent entrails could be used in so many spells?
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    None of them has ever carried a series before, and as good as they were in The Conners debut, the glue that held the show together was the unseen ghost of Roseanne, as aggravating and amusing as ever, invisible but never absent. I'll believe she's replaceable when I see it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    This Charmed has its sights set on the Emmy for "Most PC Cliches Packed Into One Oppressively Long Drama Ever," and I think it might even win the lifetime achievement award the first season.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 45 Glenn Garvin
    The kids are a ratty little mob of thieves, snitches, and dissemblers, which can be sporadically amusing. But the plot of the pilot seems likely to be repeated even more often than the money jokes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Garvin
    What really makes The Rookie interesting is watching Fillion maneuver among all these sharp elbows while balancing the shortage of adrenaline with the bonus supply of experience that both come with middle age. He does it all with the same let's-have-a-beer amiability he's displayed in shows as diverse as Firefly and Castle. He'll make you forget Kate Jackson is missing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    All American really fails to engage above the Barbie Dream House level. The cast is more than decent—Ezra will doubtless be the Next Big Thing among the post-Bieber generation—but the writing is pretty mundane. I found myself longing for the luscious Summer Roberts of The O.C., who once defended wistfully insisted, "I'm not that dumb, I'm just shallow." We'll see if All American viewers will settle for half a loaf.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 45 Glenn Garvin
    Perceptiveness alone will not carry a sitcom; it's got to have jokes. And The Neighboorhood relies far too much on the novelty of a black character spouting edgy lines that we're more accustomed to hearing from a white mouth.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    To the extent that there's a coherent thought in Happy Together's empty head, it is that 35 is the new 50. That sedate married couple is played by Daman Wayans Jr. and Amber Dawn Stevens (The Carmichael Show), ages 36 and 32, respectively. As for the pop-idol interloper, he's played by Felix Mallard, a giant soap star in Australia, where charisma is apparently measured much differently.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 35 Glenn Garvin
    That women like Emet exist is beyond question, but most people would rather hang themselves from a hat rack in their office cubicle than engage with them. I Feel Bad's title will seem like profound prophecy to anybody who watches.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 65 Glenn Garvin
    Created by Charlie Day, one of the producers and stars of the hilariously vulgar and half-witted sitcom It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia , Cool Kids shares its proud tastelessness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Warmed-over hash.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Glenn Garvin
    In short, Murphy Brown was a lovably fractured mess and nobody's poster child for anything. Turning her into a geriatric Rachel Maddow-style Stalinist (Bergen is 72, around the same age as her character) does lethal damage to the heart of the show.

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