Robert Bianco
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For 815 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 39% 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 Rescue Me: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
815 tv reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Bianco
    That's a lot of "new" happening at once, and this first-night attempt to carry on a three-way conversation did come across as a bit forced and awkward--though to be fair, it also produced something of a scoop, as Hanks prompted Kunis to admit she and Ashton Kutcher are married.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Bianco
    Though I'm happy to recommend 'JAG' as simple, lightweight fun, there are some moments that may try your patience. [23 Sep 1995]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Bianco
    Perhaps it was too much to hope that the second season of Housewives would get off to the same kind of explosive start as the first. But we do expect the series to do more than just mark time. [10 Oct 2005]
    • USA Today
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Bianco
    The painfully blank Blanchard may look like Silverstone, but she has none of her flair or personality. It's like watching a copy of a copy of a copy. All she does is make you appreciate how good Silverstone was in the original. [20 Sept 1996, p.28]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Bianco
    Thursday's live musical on NBC didn't always soar, but it did generally manage to stay off the ground--or at least it did when it stuck closely to the original musical. But when it wandered into new, less-enchanted territory,the production threatened to become, well, earthbound. For those moments when Peter took flight, much of the credit goes to a game performance by Allison Williams as Peter
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Bianco
    Even if you find the show odd, awful or freakish, at least it won't bore you. [29 Jan 1999]
    • USA Today
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Nothing works very well in this elaborate but leaden production, which seems more interested in Bob Mackie's costumes than in the characters they clothe.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The sheer brazenness of its borrowed trashiness makes it oddly watchable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    It may be possible that, after The Sopranos, the Godfather films and the collected works of Martin Scorsese, there is still more to say about mobsters. But nothing in Magic City would lead you to believe that's true. Looks good, though. If only that were magic enough.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Alas, what must have sounded frightening on paper falls dead on-screen, done in by bad writing and terrible pacing.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The show just kind of rolls along, never quite provoking you to change the channel but never providing any great reason to pay attention either.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Three Rivers tries to work around the failings of its script through quick cuts and colored gels, but they're a vain attempt to build excitement where none exists.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Relentlessly mediocre.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Harsh Realm plays like a bald reworking of "The Matrix", complete with allusions to a coming savior, but without that film's exciting special effects or logical, unifying conceit. [8 Oct 1999, p.13E]
    • USA Today
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    As much as CBS may yearn for the days of J.R. and Bobby Ewing, those days have passed, and you certainly can't bring then back with a show that feels more dated than "Dallas."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Even at its sporadic best, In Treatment comes across as no more than an actor's exercise, one likely to be best remembered for providing future acting students with a large supply of two-character scenes for class projects.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    What you get from this sometimes outlandish family comedy is a sweet Ride, but one that is neither funny nor believable enough to command your loyalty.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Templar is done in by being both too late and too long. At two hours it might have worked.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    One hopes, [Katie is] bringing us deeper and more interesting topics than first guest Jessica Simpson's current preference for chocolate over chips or tips for losing her baby weight.... Couric retains an ability to connect with the people she interviews; to seem constantly intrigued and engaged.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Despite the show's constant insistence that Joe and Louis are lifelong best friends, you struggle to spot what exactly Joe and Louis see in each other.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Enlisted may feel curiously dated and dangerously slight, but it's not offensive (a low bar many Fox comedies fail to reach) and it's not cynical. If nothing else, this is clearly a show with heart. Now if only it would show some sign of brains.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    While talent is crucial, talent alone is not enough. And there's only so much bad material, and so many bad choices, talent can surmount.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    It has an appealing cast (here's hoping, in particular, that this is not the last we've seen of Kumbhani), and there are moments when actors and material mesh, as in a gleeful group attempt to lip-read a wedding. But then those moments pass, and the show falls back on jokes that are either creaky (could we please have an overweight character who isn't bitter or blissfully stupid?) or cruel.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Rather than balance, what you get from Filth is a gratingly smug superiority that mocks both sides while failing to make any point of its own.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Extending for five hours over three weekly segments, this luxuriously produced miniseries is so gorgeous, even in its re-creation of the Depression, that it practically shimmers. It's also slow to the point where "languid" doesn't even begin to do it justice.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, none of the characters is interesting enough to paper over the holes in the plot.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    This reduction of a serious, debilitating illness to a personality quirk would be as unwatchable as it is insulting were it not for one thing: an appealingly disheveled star turn from Will & Grace's Eric McCormack as Daniel.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    "Mad Men" is the genre's gold standard, and the inevitable thematic comparisons just accentuates Trust Me's flaws, making the show seem even more dispensable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    It faces the standard problem of all anthologies, which have to interest us in new characters each week. But it also ties those stories to two recurring characters who are better off avoided, leaving you torn between the ones you don't know and the ones you don't like.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The episode is clearly constructed as a showcase for Laurie--who is seemingly incapable of a boring performance--but the writers really haven't done him much of a favor. There are too many beats that refuse to be reconciled; too many times when House is forced to behave absurdly badly to get what he wants, just to backtrack when he gets it.

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