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 2.2 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
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    It's actually a kick to watch. Its joys are broader and self-consciously zanier than the CW series.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is a serviceable enough addition to this particular pop-culture mosaic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    O’Mara’s Sam is incredibly engaging, and I’m pleased with how well this Americanization of an already very fine piece of flinty cop nostalgia is going.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    What this sharp if unsettling show wants to meet head on is middle-class angst, the quiet desperation that starts to unravel in the upstanding when their obligations suddenly seem insurmountable--or what happens when the folly of controlling one's destiny starts to resemble the riskiest of lab experiments.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Don’t get me wrong, I like the new show: its workmanlike verve, its professionalism. But its joys are simple, the kind of laughs that don’t feel new so much as pleasantly old-fashioned.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Sons of Anarchy, an unfailingly coarse yet brashly effective series that burrows into the workings of the titular outlaw motorcycle club.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Although it manages to be suspenseful about the journey of its jumbled characters, it is an unrelenting examination of the search for the hidden recipe of me, you and us that makes for a strong marriage, and that's something you ultimately have to steel yourself for in a weekly series.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Treachery and action still abound on 24--its brand is crisis, after all--but the nail-biting, espionage-like first four hours erect a scenario that promises a recharged season built on smarter suspense gambits than the tiresome 24 (and, by extension, Bushian) tropes of outlandish risk, torture and Armageddon-mongering.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    It's easy to like True Blood, because Ball's episodic smarts are primal, not at a remove, and he approaches supernaturalism by emphasizing the natural over the super.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Oddly enough, as much as I like In Treatment and its theatrically deft interplays, it doesn't get off to a great start with its Monday patient.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    It’s something of a feat that the makers of Big Love are willing to put the ugly side of this phenomenon up against the mainstream sheen of Bill’s setup, and -- thanks in great part to the marvelous acting on display, from Paxton’s rugged haplessness to all three women’s unique variations on maternal stress and wifely sensuality -- still offer up a family to root for, warts and all.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    It’s easily the most interesting of the three [new alien shows], taking the emotional chill and confusion that accompany a family divorce... and lacing them with a narratively complementary dose of body-snatching paranoia.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    As with any sketch show, it’s all ultimately a hit-and-miss affair, but Ullman’s circus-freak virtuosity as a shape shifter-- and director Troy Miller’s rapid-fire pacing--are enough to carry you past the rough spots.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    [It] has a certain instructional dryness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Drive quickly asserts itself as an enjoyably diverting peel-out — brainless but not stupid, a well-stirred conspiracy/action mixture in keeping with Fox’s no-seat-belts hits 24 and Prison Break.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    This is a meaty show about the complex allure of easy wealth and the traps it sets for one’s personal morality.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Time will tell if viewers take to this quintet as completely as they did [Friends'] Central Perk crew... but it seems as if How I Met Your Mother is the most legitimate knockoff yet of that youthful-urbanite juggernaut.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Leverage isn’t quite as effortlessly intoxicating--it must make do with the dependable but suave-challenged Timothy Hutton--but when it works, the TNT series has a rascally tingle.
    • 28 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    The looseness of the interchanges gives the humor an anti-writers’-room freshness without losing the harshness we’ve come to expect in this Everybody Loves Raymond/Arrested Development age of clashing relatives.
    • 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.

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