For 113 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Abele's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Wire: Season 4
Lowest review score: 10 Painkiller Jane: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 113
  2. Negative: 16 out of 113
113 tv reviews
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    It’s a more-than-solid cast, which is half the battle.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    Even though it's obviously well-made and Bornheimer has a flinty wit that prevents him from being just another Ben Stiller–ish sap....if I'm being truthful, the original British version of this series was funnier.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    Filth too often comes off like a strained attempt at reversing the dynamic of a Marx Brothers movie, with Whitehouse the silly, charming agitator and Greene the insufferable aesthete foil with steam blowing out of his ears.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    Eli Stone is another lawyer hour disguised as feel-good rehabilitation fluff, with Eli now compelled to use his sharklike courtroom mojo to take up the causes of wronged underdogs against the kinds of heartless corporate clients his blue-chip firm typically represents.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    This is a series about whip-smart heroes, with an outbreak to contain each week, usually involving quick action, rapid analysis and fast wit.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    There are intriguing elements here that promise to explore the aches, pains and joys of those committed to rebuilding something wrenched from them.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    So far the stern-faced Lake Bell’s independent-minded oceanographer is too conventional a protagonist, while the series’ government cover-up thread... feels globally warmed over.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    Serious about its silliness, this show grasps the concept of prime time as vacation time.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    My Boys has easygoing charm and does feel like the amiably shaggy, hit-and-miss basic-cable cousin of a glossy network one-liner factory, its lack of laugh-out-loud moments not so much indicating system failure, but suggesting a game plan that aims for calmly assembling a group of occasionally witty characters and hoping you find them likable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    She’s turned what assuredly were hurtful years of feeling like a show-biz freak into friendly TV fodder that relieves viewers of the need to point while they snicker.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    [It] has a certain instructional dryness.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    The oldies amount to a reset button in case you’ve never seen the show before, but it’s a toss-up if the umpteenth appearance of these loonies will make die-hards keep laughing. The new gallery of U.S.-born weirdos is slightly unremarkable.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    A pleasantly diverting bumper-car drama of chance encounters, new friendships and random triggers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    Quick confusion in grasping the conspiracy web is understandable, but that doesn’t mean this series’ many hours... aren’t sufficiently tense and jarring to warrant your time. But if you’re even a mildly cynical A-section reader and/or devourer of suspense novels, and especially if you’ve enjoyed the many fine British multipart political thrillers that have graced our airwaves, like To Play the King and A Very British Coup and State of Play, then The State Within will seem either too familiar or too diffuse.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    The “look what I can do” element is intrinsically enjoyable, if only because you’re waiting to see celebrity ass hitting ice.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is a serviceable enough addition to this particular pop-culture mosaic.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    If you’re a regular of the cable channel’s open-surveillance portraits of damaged-goods celebrity — Breaking Bonaduce, Being Bobby Brown and Shooting Sizemore — you will inevitably tune in to Dice Undisputed for delusion, not inspiration. And there it is in the first episode.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    It starts jumping in different directions so quickly that it loses focus.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    The problem is that seemingly everything is touched on... but the narrative is little more than a series of snapshots of how a congressperson’s office runs.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    Shannon has a power-walker approach to the comedy of unearned positivity--not too fast, not too slow, able to suck up disappointment and move on--and it works for her character. But Blair, who can breathe hot snark on any line, hasn’t quite figured out how to make Kim hideously funny more often than just hideous.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    Dexter is too chilly to be chilling, too affected to be affecting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    The timing of a TV show is a different animal from the punchy joys of an in-and-out three-panel strip, and there’s a clunkiness to the pacing of this new Boondocks incarnation.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    The entertainment value in this otherwise rudimentary sitcom lies in watching Garrett aim for front-and-center Gleason-ness.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    I don't feel negative necessarily about the flaws of quarterlife, but then I don't feel much at all about quarterlife either.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    Even when Unhitched isn't funny--and the second episode is definitely an improvement on the pilot, which tries too hard--it at least isn't vile.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    I’ll come back to Crash the TV show, but for now, the acting doesn’t exactly induce gaper’s block.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    Fringe is a smorgasbord of a show, but one a little too synthetically engineered to allow you the chance to discover what it is
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    United States of Tara plays like surface feminism with an added gloss of snark and a bewilderingly blah sentimentality.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    Swingtown is far from a great show, but until it feels obligated to give killjoy lip service to the downside of sexual freedom--note the transformation on Molly Parker’s postcoital face at the end of the pilot--here’s hoping it has its chance to be rompish and fun and a pain in the side of standards and practices.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    While it's got that professional Burrows sheen of unerrant joke delivery--especially from the talented Galecki, who can do this in his sleep--you have to assume the pile of scripts on his desk in this hurting age for the three-camera studio-audience format isn’t what it once was.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Abele
    I hope future episodes don’t feel as if somebody took three hours of material and reduced it to one.

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