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 2.7 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 Crumbs: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 113
  2. Negative: 16 out of 113
113 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Unfortunately, the young actors on display aren’t compelling enough to make us care much beyond their sometimes stupidly self-induced crises.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 20 Robert Abele
    Angst is saved for the final two minutes when Hank is alone, driving at night or sitting in the dark, supposedly brooding over his inability to...what, fit one more lay into the day? Because it’s a false dilemma this dishonest, unfunny, dispiritingly crude show presents.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Lipstick Jungle is a strangely dour affair--its shadowy, chilly depiction of New York fits right alongside the NBC house style of Law & Order--and is almost misshapen in its clunky blend of drama and comedy.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 10 Robert Abele
    Not helping matters... are the wretched dialogue, indiscriminately moody lighting, stock characters (gruff boss, dweeby tech guy, ripped chauvinist colleague), and crushing lack of suspense.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    The show is too diffuse, hokey and self-consciously portentous to suggest suspenseful possibility.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    3 Lbs. seems like microwaved leftovers.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Secret Diary of a Call Girl is the kind of hotly lit, coldly stylized dreck that purports to be classy, high-minded softcore but is actually as witless and dreary as, well, paid-for jollies.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Hunter seems to mostly flail in a show that is too unremarkable for her talents.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Robert Abele
    The series quickly begins to resemble one of those fake sitcoms you’d see in a snide movie that likes to take easy potshots at low culture.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    In Plain Sight already seems tired with its crime-of-the-week, flawed-protagonist self.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Rarely rises above the level of cut-and-dried cops-and-bad-guys tale.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Based on the pilot of Emily’s Reasons Why Not, there’s no worry that this half hour from ABC... will be honest, or real, or even funny.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    This is one decidedly unfrightening resurrection of the Night Stalker.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 10 Robert Abele
    It mistakes boorishness for zaniness.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 10 Robert Abele
    It almost seems to thrive on triteness and lack of cohesion.