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 3.2 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
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    And while the quest story has the inevitable whiff of The Lord of the Rings about it... the episodes almost feel more like sci-fi Hitchcock than anything else.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    In Keenan and Lloyd’s world of dizzy, barb-tossing sophisticates, this group is confident and well-armed: Channing’s patented ladies-who-lunch tartness, Winkler’s nervous defensiveness, Burrell’s blasé arrogance, Marshall’s droll delivery and Gorham’s frustrated sensitivity all mix like a well-shaken cocktail, even if it’s the kind that gets tossed in somebody’s face.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    Rarely rises above the level of cut-and-dried cops-and-bad-guys tale.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    The irony of a series like Crusoe is that its provenance is a classic, much-analyzed novel, but the creators and NBC really just hope you’ll watch it because it’s Lost without the pretentious reach. And that’s fine, too.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    Insanely watchable.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Mesmerizing and entertainingly confounding.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Abele
    This is one decidedly unfrightening resurrection of the Night Stalker.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    It’s really a sentimental looking-for-love show after all, albeit one with a wonderful lead actress who will surely do her best to bring nuance and spark.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Abele
    It affects a frisky aura of gamesmanship with its tight-knit friends (played by Lucy Liu, Frances O'Connor, Miranda Otto and Bonnie Somerville) as they send their distress-text signals to each other, meet up, hash out their obstacles--cheaters, competitors, cads and the clock--and plan their counterattacks.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    Gary Unmarried is pretty much business as usual, introducing us to a dude of simple pleasures.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 10 Robert Abele
    It mistakes boorishness for zaniness.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Abele
    No one's telling her what to do or say anymore, but it's hard not to look at The Cho Show as the celebreality-era redo of All-American Girl.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    It’s a more-than-solid cast, which is half the battle.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Abele
    Serious about its silliness, this show grasps the concept of prime time as vacation time.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 10 Robert Abele
    It almost seems to thrive on triteness and lack of cohesion.

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