For 1,039 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 0.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ed Bark's Scores

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 American Horror Story: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Brand X With Russell Brand: Season 1
Score distribution:
1039 tv reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    The script very occasionally crackles when not making a fool of itself with lines like, “Badge or no badge, I’ll always come after scum like you.” Most of the better lines go to Bishop when confronting Hollister about his overall comportment. Deputy otherwise is never too far from an action scene replete with automatic weapons fire.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Bark
    This is one hell of a hellish slog toward a redemption that isn’t really earned, given what Ebenezer once did to Bob Cratchit’s desperate wife, a woman of color played by Vinette Robinson.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    It’s not always an optimum blend of merriment and miscreants. Still, The Moodys earns its candy cane stripes as a Christmas mini-series with bite.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Unsettling is understating it. ABC's Wonderland, which happens to be wonderful, could be one of the toughest sells in TV history. Buy into it, though, and you'll experience a truly remarkable look at the ins, outs and intricacies of mental illness and the doctors who treat it. [30 March 2000]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    The show is both derivative and distinctive, proving that standup comics can still adapt their acts to the sitcom form if it's the right comic and the right act. [20 March 2000]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Not everything works, but this is a bright, imaginative show that perhaps God will smile upon. Jerry Garcia, too. [5 March 2000]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    It will take an uncommon effort for most viewers to get entirely through even the first episode. Those who return for more will be rewarded in due time. [19 March 2000]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Bark
    Bland at first but better next week, this new spring collection of plainclothes cops has an outside chance to fit in and maybe even wear well. [23 March 2000]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    It smoothly goes through its paces, with Hunt and Reiser engaged and looking happy to be together again. The “plots,” such as they are, tend to be mostly thin soup.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Haggard’s performance (she’s also a co-writer) is a marvel, whether she’s exuding vulnerability or dishing the sass. Used and abused but never quite de-fused, she propels Back to Life to the top tier of this season’s newcomers, with ample help from a crackerjack ensemble.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Aniston fully takes command and registers the best “serious” performance of her career while Witherspoon and Carell also are fully and convincingly invested. It all makes for a series that is anything but sunny side up.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Visually entrancing, pointedly provocative and all over the place in time and space, Watchmen might make even David Lynch drop his jaw at times.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Despite its varying trials and travails, Modern Love strives for an overall feel-good vibe that isn’t always entirely earned. For the most part, it’s gentle on the mind and soothing to the nerves in times when The New York Times front page is a steady drumbeat of downers.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    Batwoman sometimes drops the ball. It’s a brand name with several new twists. But it also can seem like another one off the assembly line.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Standout performances and what looks to be a sure-fire, durable premise give Fox’s Almost Family the key ingredients of a potentially long-running, soapy serial drama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    There’s no laugh track involved in any of this, which is heartening. And Goggins fares fairly well in this very tamped-down mode, even if a number of his previous characters clearly would want to choke Wade Felton to death.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Wednesday’s premiere episode veers back and forth story-wise almost as crazily as the show-starting wild ride. ... That’s the overall point and thrust of Stumptown, where a woman drinks, fights and has sex on her terms in the same manner numerous men did in an assembly line of earlier ABC action dramas.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Ed Bark
    Literally nothing jells in this ham-handed first half-hour, and it may already be too late for full-blown emergency surgery. Still, Carol’s Second Act could well get a decent tune-in due to Heaton’s mere presence.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Investing in ABC’s Emergence looks like it could be a winning proposition. And even if the suspense and premise begin to sag, there’s always Allison Tolman to keep hope alive. ... Tolman’s performance is thoroughly grounded.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    The two lead performances make me want to see more. ... Prodigal Son is more than several cuts below that Oscar-lauded classic. Still, it’s better than chopped liver, of which Dr. Martin Whitly has shown he knows a thing or two.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Bark
    Smits is solid enough as the patriarch of Bluff City Law while McGee also makes her presence felt in some scenes. Overall, though, this is yet another same old, same old broadcast network drama series.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 Ed Bark
    Nothing you’ll see rises to any level of must-see. Instead it’s all pretty much preachy and pedestrian, with the diversity of the cast working against itself in terms of this show’s labored approach to injustice and discrimination.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Bob Hearts Abishola feels good -- and good to go -- the second Olowofoyeku enters the picture and begins riffing with Gardell. They seem to be made for one another -- at first as actors and eventually as characters whose future dating ups and downs should keep this show on a steady, agreeable course.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    Whatever your thoughts about country music, expect to be immensely entertained, educated and even edified throughout this master course in pickin’, grinnin’ -- and so very much more.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    Carnival Row, whether airborne or down-to-earth gritty, keeps flexing the power of its oft-breathtaking visuals. The worlds it creates are the greater sums of its whole while the messages it sends can be a little two telegraphed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Dunst is the saving grace throughout a rollicking Season One that keeps delivering whenever she’s on screen. It may well turn out to be the TV performance of the year, with some very able assists from Pellerin, Rodriguez, Ditto and Levine.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    The Righteous Gemstones is hallelujah-worthy for its performances, energy, comedy, dramedy and occasional little heart tugs.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    There’s nothing technically new under the sun with BH90210. But it nonetheless feels that way via this fresh approach to what easily could have been a very wrong address.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    No Direction Home is a soul-stirring Scorsese masterwork. His The Last Waltz, which documented The Band's final concert, is generally considered the big screen's best-ever rock performance film. Now he's outdone himself with a lyrical, magical film rich in both context and subtext. [26 Sep 2005, p.1G]
    • Dallas Morning News
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Riveting at the start and somewhat less so as time marches on. Crowe’s portrayal of Ailes of course is the major drawing card, and he is nothing if not fully immersed. The characters around him can’t help but pale in comparison, but it would help if some of the supporting roles were more vividly acted.

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