Robert Bianco

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For 974 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Bianco's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Sherlock: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
974 tv reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    After so many iffy premises and shoddy pilots, what a joy to relax in the hands of a master...Two seasons ago, Steven Bochco created the best drama on TV, ABC's ''NYPD Blue.'' This season, he gives ABC -- and us -- a show that could challenge for that title, the seamlessly superlative Murder One. [19 Sept 1995, p.D1]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    Bad is too complex a series and too brilliantly distinctive a creation to be reduced to a simple "Crime does not pay" motto.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    Gervais' show is so unusual, and his performance as David Brent is so painfully specific -- and sometimes just so flat-out painful -- it's hard to imagine how anyone else can make it work. [23 Jan 2003]
    • USA Today
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    Brilliant, scathing, sprawling, The Wire has turned our indifference to urban decay into a TV achievement of the highest order.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    As fine as these opening episodes are, they're not quite as good as last season's final run. [14 Jan 2000]
    • USA Today
    • 97 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    While Sopranos remains one of TV's high-water marks, the first hour hits that mark so slowly you may find yourself wishing Chase were operating under just a tiny bit of network time pressure. [2 Mar 2001]
    • USA Today
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    Despite its depth and ambition, this is one great drama that never becomes cumbersome--it never feels like a chore imposed upon us by the God of High TV Art.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    This is The Sopranos at its best -- and that's just about as good as TV ever gets.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    Through scene after scene, Fargo crackles with mordant wit and sustained tension. And yet, wisely, Hawley always finds a way to remind us of what's at risk.... The cast is spectacular, with nary a false note.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    The Wire, while brilliant,is not exactly user-friendly. Attention is required, but the series more than repays the time and effort invested.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    Transparent feels more than ever like a drama this season. There are amusing moments and asides, because life is seldom just one thing or one tone, but they evolve naturally out of the dramatic arc of a family nearing crisis.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    It takes a real artist's eye to concentrate reality so realistically, and a true wit to pull it off in a sitcom that makes you gasp as frequently as it makes you laugh. [10 Oct 2003]
    • USA Today
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    There are needed bursts of humor that lighten the sometimes oppressive sense of a world on the verge of social collapse. And there's that visually pleasing re-creation of '60s style that both delights on its own and allows the show to comment through skewed reflection on modern times.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Bianco
    If you look past the sometimes strained pushing of the basic cable envelope (including a completely gratuitous breast shot), The Shield offers an interesting take on a familiar subject, one that boasts a great supporting turn from CCH Pounder as a smart cop who has seen it all.[12 Mar 2002, p.10D]
    • USA Today
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    What sets The Americans apart is the weight it gives to the other side and its ability to make us feel it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    Danes and Lewis are near-flawless, keeping you off-balance and absorbed.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    You're unlikely to watch a much better performance anywhere this year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    Like the show itself, Margo Martindale's performance is smart, chilling, amusing, convincing and unfailingly entertaining. And like the show, you really don't want to miss it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    We can all be grateful for a series this awe-inspiringly exceptional.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    This is TV pleasure at its most intense, without even a shade of guilt.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    There are worse sins than looking like a Jane Austen movie. In fact, with PBS' latest British hit import, the unfailingly entertaining Downton Abbey, it might even be a blessing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    There are times, it's true, when a little more narrative urgency might have been nice. Still, in a summer where few series seem to have captured the viewing public’s imagination, speed may not be too much to sacrifice. So go slow. This Night is worth it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    Driven by Glover’s charm and throwaway wit, Atlanta both compels and mystifies.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    It is also stunning, compelling and thoroughly, empathetically human. [14 Apr 2000, p.11E]
    • USA Today
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    With Denis Leary's return as Tommy Gavin in FX's Rescue Me, viewers have hit the summer trifecta: the best actor playing the best character in the best show on basic cable.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    Against all odds, this tightly written, sometimes stunningly performed 10-part drama avoids all those pitfalls, capturing the tenor of the time and breathing life into the participants. Not to mention re-creating a crackling good courtroom drama that fiction can only envy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    This is a sprawling, exciting, blood-soaked story, filled with great set pieces and wonderful actors.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    For all the artificiality of the language, there has seldom been a show that felt more authentic.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    As you'd hope from a show based on Elmore Leonard's work, the plots snap, the dialogue crackles and--to press on with the point--the characters pop.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    Of a handful of promising new series this season, only one shows the promise of greatness: Boomtown.

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