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 3.6 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 October Road: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 113
  2. Negative: 16 out of 113
113 tv reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Abele
    A vibrant, masterful work of art, HBO’s novelistic urban saga The Wire is the best show on television.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    A pleasantly diverting bumper-car drama of chance encounters, new friendships and random triggers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Don’t mistake the slick-but-not-stupid Life on Mars for brain-bending sci-fi or Austin Powers-style farce. Aside from the psychological stress of its star... this is actually at heart an old-school cops-and-robbers show, with that dash of Twilight Zone to give it 21st-century cachet.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    So far, Everybody Hates Chris has felt like a textbook example of how you fold a comedian’s sensibility into a familiar TV genre.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    It's a whimsical, romantically inventive and darkly funny pop-up hour about a man (Lee Pace) whose touch can bring the dead back to life (but also, yikes, vice versa).
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    There’s a formal integrity to the Simon-and-Burns storytelling style--predicated on the theory that details matter, complexity rules and you can’t force momentum--that meshes well with the close-up vividness of Wright’s dispatches from an often chaotic front.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    You might think you’ve seen this story before, and yet you haven’t seen it quite this way.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    This kind of brittlely accurate performance is something to watch in the hands of an actress like Bening, who seems incapable --even during the film’s most blackly humorous moments -- of a false, Fatal Attraction–like note.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Kevin Smith directs the pilot episode with his typically expert comic timing. But he also handles the dark action bits nicely. Because even though Reaper is generous with its humor, it’s not entirely wink-wink.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    The Nine doesn’t quite feel like a Lost knockoff since its missing-piece, jigsaw-puzzle construct has a basis in reality: the unknowable feelings of those who have weathered personal crisis.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    [Merchant and Gervais'] meetings are gemlike exchanges of deadpan incompetence and hair-pulling frustration, worthy of the bygone era of comedy teams.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    This is the kind of show in which seeing new cast member Timothy Olyphant stare at Byrne from across a grief-support-group circle feels like both an act of violence and empathy, and this is before you even know who the hell he is. Since this is the secret-filled Damages, chances are we may never fully know. Would you want this knife’s-edge thriller any other way?
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    What's unusually gripping about Five Days is that its tension isn’t derived from depicting the majority of its cast as shifty-eyed suspects, but rather as floundering, flawed human beings unsure of how to move on with their lives.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Really, I just wish it were funny. Not walking-banter funny, or look-what-I-know funny, but funny funny. Even a little bit.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    [A] richly observed, mirthful series.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Where does that leave Season 6, then, when the show has stemmed major disasters for five years running and its intensity level of choice is 11? As well-oiled as before, actually, and, judging from the four hours airing over Sunday and Monday, unafraid of edging its parallel-universe America ever closer toward a world war nightmare of mass hysteria.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    A series that seems to get better and better with each season, exploring issues of openness in religious belief, economic betterment and emotional escape that are as relevant and chilling as ever.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Abele
    A rich, intelligent and often moving miniseries.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    Dexter is too chilly to be chilling, too affected to be affecting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    It’s a testament to George’s confident handling of the material... that while it touches on many elements of the national crisis... the project avoids feeling like a bulletin-board movie.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Mad Men may thrive on a certain heartless suspense, but it's definitely got a brain, one that's interested in how our lives are a battle between the narrative we imagine for ourselves and the path we happen to be on.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Abele
    The entertainment value in this otherwise rudimentary sitcom lies in watching Garrett aim for front-and-center Gleason-ness.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    [An] exciting, interesting series.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    What’s intriguing about the series is the absence of a visible enemy -- with a citywide communication breakdown, hardly anything is known about the status of the rest of America -- and the focus on keeping citizens from becoming their own worst enemies
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Close’s burnished enigma characterization works beautifully because Damages, which will spend its 13-episode season detailing the six months that led to the opening shots of a blood-covered Ellen escaping a murder scene, is more a well-oiled genre exercise than the stuff of rigorous personality study.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    It’s got a low-hum basic-cable charm, fueled by personality, breezy cloak-and-dagger ingenuity and smart-ass dialogue rather than a flashy, budget-driven broadcast network complex.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    The series seems to always eschew Hollywood-style courtroom theatrics and gotcha moments for resolutions that seem truer because they involve mistakes, bad timing, compromises, dubious ethics and sweated-out smarts.

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