Ed Bark

Ed Bark

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Publications:
Dallas Morning News , Houston Chronicle , Uncle Barky
Total Reviews:
356

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
C- 50% Salem: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Salem is replete with scenes that make little sense. It's mostly a jumble of decent enough special effects, less-than-decent acting, a script that also should be lashed with "10 hard ones" and lots of blood-curdling screaming. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Apr 18, 2014
B 100% Orphan Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Orphan Black's twists, turns and veers are getting increasingly harder to keep down -- and impossible to swallow whole. None of this is Maslany's fault. She's still a wonder, never more so than in Episode 4's closing scene. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Apr 17, 2014
B+ —— The Address " [It] becomes an instructive and affecting film, although not a true Burns classic. Still, it's nice to him as a fly on the wall in a contemporary setting, with cameras capturing the here and now rather than recycling telling images from long times ago." — Uncle Barky
Posted Apr 16, 2014
A 98% Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The new Fargo bobs, weaves and occasionally unravels a bit. Still, it's never less than entrancing, with the recurring panoramic shots of an unforgiving deep freeze serving as stolid supporting characters. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Apr 11, 2014
A- 86% Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015) " Mad Men is beautifully shot as always, with the dialogue flowing naturally and meaningfully over alcohol... The pace hasn't quickened. Nor does the storyline congeal. Instead, Sunday's re-opener builds to a terrifically poignant finish. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Apr 10, 2014
98% Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " HBO very well could hit the 10-season mark with what's become its franchise series. There's no reason to kill this golden calf -- particularly with so many characters still available to be sacrificed instead. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Apr 5, 2014
C 48% Turn: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Turn soon begins bogging down, even in the midst of its ongoing unsolved murder mystery and the subsequent capturing of Simcoe after the Colonials get their first big tip from the budding spy ring. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Apr 3, 2014
A- 96% Silicon Valley: Season 1 " His [Mike Judge] latest comedy series, zeroes in on the land of killer apps, broken dreams and social misfits. It's a beauty in addition to being a loosely related descendant of Office Space. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Apr 3, 2014
C- 10% Friends With Better Lives: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " For now it's pretty much something you wouldn't wish on your best friends. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Mar 28, 2014
B 68% Surviving Jack: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Surviving Jack at its best is amusing and at worst is still worth your time. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Mar 26, 2014
B 72% The 100: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The 100 ends up being sci-fi fun for all ages -- with a spine tingle or two also within these realms of possibilities. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Mar 18, 2014
C 66% Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Doll & Em comes off as a mis-firing vanity project that seems to be too much of a trifle to merit HBO's oft-rarefied air. Shuffling it off to Wednesdays seems to be the network's way of acknowledging as much. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Mar 18, 2014
B- 61% Crisis: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The mood music in Crisis can be over-wrought at times -- and downright over-bearing when a male vocalist breaks into "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child." But the first two hours are nicely paced and eventful. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Mar 13, 2014
D 38% Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " 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. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Mar 7, 2014
B- 52% Resurrection: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " There may be enough going on in Resurrection to develop at least a decent-sized core group of devoted fans. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Mar 7, 2014
B- 73% Sirens: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " At its best is dumb fun. Johnny, Hank and rookie EMT Brian of course keep making a fine mess of things. They also mesh together pretty well in a series that bracingly is without a detracting laugh track. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Mar 5, 2014
C- 0% Saint George: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Cut, print and let's get the hell out of here. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Mar 5, 2014
C- 29% Those Who Kill: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Sevigny works hard at being complex, haunted, etc. while the show around her collapses into a voyeuristic mess with a denouement that makes one wonder how Catherine Jensen could possibly remain on the force beyond the opening episode. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Feb 28, 2014
C 36% Mixology: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Through the first three episodes, I'm sold on Maya and care at least a speck or two about Jessica, Tom and maybe even, urp, Bruce. Then again, it wouldn't be much of a loss if the whole lot of 'em joined their network's growing pile of discards. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Feb 27, 2014
A 97% The Americans: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " The Americans shows every sign of maintaining if not exceeding the high bar it set in Season 1. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Feb 27, 2014
B+ 100% Legit: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " The Australia-born Jefferies, who like Louis C.K. is a real-life standup comedian, has put his own distinct stamp on Legit. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Feb 27, 2014
B 65% The Red Road: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Red Road gets more gripping by the hour. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Feb 27, 2014
A- 92% Vikings: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Vikings has emerged in its second season as a series of appreciably higher quality. Its characters and storytelling, all within a world quite unlike any other on the TV landscape, have gone far beyond the cardboard stage. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Feb 27, 2014
A- 78% Vikings: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Vikings is yet another epic example of what the shrinking Big Four broadcast networks just aren't doing anymore. It's now left to others to mount captivating, money-on-the-screen trips to other times and places. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Feb 24, 2014
D 25% Mind Games: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The most unlikely development of all -- in terms of behavior modification -- would be persuading more than a relative handful of viewers to watch Mind Games from week to week. Nah. Ain't gonna happen. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Feb 24, 2014
B 67% Dallas: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " This old sidewinder still packs a kick. And when Judith Light's mommie dearest is holding forth, well, it's nigh impossible to get enough of her. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Feb 21, 2014
C+ 36% Growing Up Fisher: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Elfman's Joyce, however, is an all too typical blend of aging TV mom striving to be young, cool and alluring again. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Feb 20, 2014
B+ 77% About a Boy: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Solid writing and even sharper delivery (all without an intrusive laugh track) make this one of the season's upper tier freshman comedies. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Feb 20, 2014
D 50% Happily Divorced : Season 1 (TV, 2011) " TV Land might want to brain storm its way into the 21st century at some point rather than reverting to recycled stars wedded to tired old formulas. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Feb 18, 2014
B+ 88% House of Cards: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " House of Cards remains an absorbing tale of high-level government dysfunction populated by double-dealers who hold their aces under the table. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Feb 18, 2014
C+ 80% The Soul Man: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Still preaching that old time sitcom religion. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Feb 13, 2014
C+ 59% Star-Crossed: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The guy [Vartan] is so laughably over-the-top oily that conservative TV and radio hosts will be entitled to whatever field days they might be planning. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Feb 13, 2014
C+ 57% Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The music swells on cue but the story just doesn't jell. Had Ian Fleming written his Bond novels in this fashion, well, there likely wouldn't have been any sequels. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Jan 30, 2014
A- 81% The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: Season 1 " This is a series that marches to its own beat -- and distinctive music -- without clubbing viewers over the head with graphic violence or mangled corpses. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Jan 30, 2014
C 73% Hot in Cleveland: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " Hot In Cleveland too often trades on tired stereotypes about getting old and being stuck in Cleveland. Still, it's vigorously acted and more digestible as it goes along. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Jan 28, 2014
A 35% Salinger (2013) " Salinger triumphs, though, as an absorbing portrait of a singular man of mystery." — Uncle Barky
Posted Jan 28, 2014
B 95% Broad City: Season 1 " Its two featured newcomers skid along just fine, earning exceedingly small victories en route. It's a decent bet that many viewers will be left with smiley faces. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Jan 22, 2014
B 80% Klondike: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Discovery Channel overall gets a passing grade for mounting a drama that effectively captures its period visually if not always verbally. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Jan 22, 2014
B- 66% Rake: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Kinnear carries himself ably, and his character's amiable rogue presence wears fairly well for starters. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Jan 21, 2014
B+ 89% Looking: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " In some ways he's [Patrick] the stabilizing force of Looking. And in other ways the loose cannon. He's also very likable, which is still a key element in most TV series. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Jan 17, 2014
C 47% The Following: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " This season instantly ratchets up the sadism with the aforementioned treatment of a comely corpse as a living doll. Unlike the first time around, that's pretty much doused my interest in playing along any further. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Jan 17, 2014
B- 47% Flowers in the Attic (2014) " It all seems fairly preposterous until one takes into account that stranger things have happened in real life." — Uncle Barky
Posted Jan 16, 2014
A 100% Breaking Bad: Season 3 (TV, 2010) " Through it all, Breaking Bad still has the power to make a viewer care about what befalls the Whites. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Jan 15, 2014
C+ 42% Bitten: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Bitten is mildly diverting while also being pretty goofy in spots -- even for a werewolf drama. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Jan 13, 2014
F 29% Chozen: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " 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. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Jan 13, 2014
B+ 89% Girls: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " The writing is particularly sharp here. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Jan 10, 2014
A 87% True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014) " True Detective is a marvel of craftsmanship, storytelling and performances. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Jan 10, 2014
B 85% Enlisted: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It works surprisingly well as sort of a Community in camouflage fronted. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Jan 10, 2014
C+ 84% Helix: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " There's definitely some fraying at the edges along with all of those odd fluids oozing from various orifices of the afflicted. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Jan 10, 2014
A- 100% Justified: Season 5 (TV, 2014) " Justified may never get the trophies it deserves. Just keep doing what you're doing, Justified. That's reward enough. " — Uncle Barky
Posted Jan 8, 2014
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