Robert Bianco
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For 797 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Bianco's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Downton Abbey: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
797 tv reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    The most important lesson from tonight's premiere is that there isn't a single plot point this yawn-a-minute show won't feel the need to hammer home.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Dracula is exhaustingly, confusingly silly, and deadly dull, to boot, which is one thing Dracula has seldom been.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Honestly, Deep End is the type of high-gloss, dim-bulb broadcast hour that makes you despair for broadcast hours.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Not a single thing William Shatner's Dad has said in those ubiquitous CBS ads has been even remotely funny, a trend that continues in tonight's premiere.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Even were this Odd Couple rehash amusing, you'd still wonder what sane person would think the dimwit who bullied him in high school was the ideal Sherpa into modern manhood.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, it takes Bad Teacher less than 30 minutes to feel as exhausted and repetitive as Men does after 11 years.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    All of this pressure apparently has left Nick considerably annoyed, since whether solving the murder case or salvaging the corporate deal, one-note peevishness is pretty much all Baker conveys. You could get the impression he had been sentenced to do this show...We, however, are free to watch something else.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Southland is unbearable--a pretentious, foul-mouthed, overly arty chore that will leave you with a headache should you linger too long.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    The Firm is part weekly procedural, part season-long conspiracy, and wholly unsatisfying.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    This isn't escapist TV; it's TV you need to escape.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Seldom has the byplay been as idiotic or annoying as it is on Rizzoli.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    It's as if every line in the script was written in capital letters--with the exception of the even more ludicrous narration, which was no doubt printed in florid italics.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Strip away the abrasive flourishes, and what's left is a standard-issue TV mystery with cases that are too easy to solve and internal conflicts and conspiracies that make no sense.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Clearly what Netflix hopes you'll see a big-bucks, prestige entertainment along the lines of that HBO fantasy epic, but in truth, Marco is far closer to one of those cheesy international syndicated adventures.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Sons wants us to care about their hopes and struggles, but gives no clue as to why we might do so.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    You're stuck with a dull mush that works neither as drama, comedy or camp trash.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    It just isn't funny. At all. Ever.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Lazy and listless to the point of being sad.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, the smarter-than-thou riffs that may have seemed amusing and fresh back on Dawson's Creek now simply feel dated and rehashed.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Marshall, on the other hand, has been more actively responsible for her shows' demise. From "Cupid" to "Snoops" to Hidden Hills, she projects the same cold, closed persona. That may be perfect for smaller roles, but for a sitcom lead, you'd have to consider her a bad choice. [24 Sept 2002 p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 49 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Ineptness reigns, starting with the jumpy, shaky, hideously annoying camerawork and the show's enough-already flashback structure, and carrying through to the tediousness of its characters and concept.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Drama requires more than mere stenography. It requires creating full-blooded characters we're willing to believe, giving them lines we think some human being might actually say, and hiring actors who are able to say them without allowing us to see any artifice underneath. At those tasks, Gupta, Kelley and most of their cast have failed.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    As oversexed as it is underachieving, Bash is the kind of original programming that makes you reconsider your antipathy toward reruns.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    The problem with Big Shots is that the men don't sound like anyone at all, male or female.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    The show is all structure and no substance.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Freakylinks pours on all the visual horror tricks -- the atmospheric lighting, the weird close-ups, the slanted camera angles. All the tricks in the world, however, can't mask the show's failure to master even the most basic storytelling skills. [6 Oct 2000, p.10E]
    • USA Today
    • 38 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Sex, treachery, murder: Betrayal is a show with everything--except decent writing, believable characters, and anything else that would provide a reason to watch.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    There are some remarkably good actors going to waste here, most of whom will no doubt wipe this showoff their résumé the moment they get the chance.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    What you're left with is a show that reeks of too many cooks, and one Walsh seems ill-equipped to save.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    There's perhaps an outside chance that NBC's American Odyssey might not seem quite as impenetrably dull had we not already seen--or ignored--a hundred similar tales of terrorist conspiracies and government coverups. But we have and it does, and there's really no coming back from that.

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