David Bianculli
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For 122 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Bianculli's Scores

Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Spin City: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 What I Like About You: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 122
  2. Negative: 24 out of 122
122 tv reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    The crispest, wittiest and most delightful new sitcom of the season making as self-assured, clever and distinctive a debut as "Frasier" did last season. [20 Mar 1995]
    • New York Daily News
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    Hasn't lost one whit of its wit between seasons. [19 Jul 1995]
    • New York Daily News
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    It's as brilliant, hard-edged and hilarious as ever. [13 Nov 1996]
    • New York Daily News
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    Every few years, if we're lucky, a new sitcom arrives that is so effortlessly funny, its characters so perfectly realized, that it seems more like a third-season opener than a fresh-from-the-box pilot. "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" was that way; so were "Taxi," "Cheers" and "Frasier," to name a few others...I may be overstating things, but I don't think I am, by placing tonight's Michael J. Fox showcase, ABC's Spin City, in the same league. [17 Sept 1996, p.70]
    • New York Daily News
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    Kelley does two things better than anyone else writing courtroom dramas on television. He exposes and unveils legal tactics in a detailed and inventive fashion, and he does so while creating and sustaining strong characterizations. [4 Mar 1997]
    • New York Daily News
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    "Futurama," like "The Simpsons," is a multi-layered, full-family treat: silly and goofy-looking enough to hook the kids, and subtle and sarcastic enough to charm their parents. [26 Mar 1999]
    • New York Daily News
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    With this delightful and boldly distinctive new series, the co-creator of "Seinfeld" has managed to accomplish two seemingly impossible things at once: He has given HBO its best sitcom since "The Larry Sanders Show," and given all of television the best sitcom since "Seinfeld." [13 Oct 2000]
    • New York Daily News
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    The improv-based exchanges don't even sound showy anymore. The regular cast members, and even such recurring celebrity guests (usually portraying pettier versions of themselves) as Ted Danson and Richard Lewis, have gotten so skilled at this unusual manner of filmmaking that "Curb Your Enthusiasm" feels almost like reality TV. [13 Sep 2002]
    • New York Daily News
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    When you care about everyone in a town like Deadwood, every hot argument, every passionate embrace, every sudden murder is liable to delight, disgust or surprise. Once a week, Deadwood is a phenomenal place to visit - but I wouldn't want to live there. [4 Mar 2005, p.127]
    • New York Daily News
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    It's as funny in some places as it is raw and touching in others. Make an effort to watch this premiere, and add it to your short list of must-see TV. [21 July 2004, p.80]
    • New York Daily News
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    For its first three seasons, Rescue Me, starring Denis Leary as a haunted New York firefighter, was one of the funniest dramas on television. This season begins with a slight shift: It's now one of the most dramatic comedies. [13 June 2007, p.75]
    • New York Daily News
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    A fully satisfying and fitting TV finale, and a show that really should be seen. It's acted as well as it's written and directed, which means it's just about perfect. [21 Oct 2004]
    • New York Daily News
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Bianculli
    One thing the witty pilot by Dottie Dartland and Chuck Lorre doesn't do is get the respective in-laws into the same scene but that's bound to happen soon. And when it happens, it's bound to be a real howl. [24 Sept 1997, p.70]
    • New York Daily News
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 David Bianculli
    The two-hour pilot is a wonderful show - the best start for a "Star Trek" series in its long and amazing history - and Bakula's instantly likable characterization is no small part of it. [24 Sep 2001]
    • New York Daily News
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Bianculli
    By now, what we shouldn't take for granted is how good the performances in "Curb" have gotten to be. [7 Sep 2007]
    • New York Daily News
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    One of the new season's best and most unusual series, with a shot at true excellence within its reach. [8 Sep 1997]
    • New York Daily News
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    It's dependent almost entirely on characters rather than plot - but, with such recognizable characters, "The Office" works beautifully. [10 Oct 2003]
    • New York Daily News
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    Miramax will release the winner's movie next year. Its value, at this moment, is a question mark, but Project Greenlight is an impressive exclamation mark. [28 Nov 2001, p.101]
    • New York Daily News
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    Karen Sisco, from the very first frame, is a stunner - and a keeper.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    The FX series begins its second year with assurance, inventiveness and more than a little boldness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    Even more so than last season, we see an awful lot of Christian's bare backside. But the best scenes are when we see him naked emotionally, whether with his psychiatrist or with best friend Sean...This year, that's the core of Nip/Tuck, and it starts the season dynamically.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    The L Word succeeds precisely because it isn't exploitative, and because its sexy scenes are anything but gratuitous. [16 Jan 2004, p.121]
    • New York Daily News
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    Rescue Me is one of the darker dramas on television, and also one of the darker comedies: Its humor is as brittle and brutal as its intense scenes, and, like everything here else, is memorably credible.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    It's all charming, with the crackle of Kelley at his best. [1 Oct 2004]
    • New York Daily News
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    The shocker is that this third variation on the formula, made for American TV, is the best yet. [26 Jan 2004]
    • New York Daily News
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Bianculli
    For fans of youth shows, occult shows and action shows, this new, weekly Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the right program at the right time. [10 Mar 1997, p.70]
    • New York Daily News
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Bianculli
    It's a bumpy, wild ride that has all the dark humor, surprising twists and sudden outbursts of violence of a "GoodFellas" or a "Casino" high praise and tough comparisons, but The Sopranos lives up to them. [8 Jan 1999, p.116]
    • New York Daily News
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Bianculli
    Alias is so captivating because the actors and the writers make you believe in the characters, the situations and the jeopardy. There's a lot of humor, too, in both the romantic relationship and the James Bond-style spy gadgetry. And there are plenty of surprising turns. [28 Sept 2001, p.149]
    • New York Daily News
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Bianculli
    '24'... isn't a TV show. It's a thrill ride - so intense and fast-paced, it ought to come with guardrails attached. [5 Nov 2001]
    • New York Daily News
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Bianculli
    It's still, for the most part, the exact same show, which is a relief: The fun remains watching a pressure-cooker gathering of a bunch of the alleged "best and brightest," and seeing just how quickly they can act with astounding stupidity. [9 Sep 2004]
    • New York Daily News