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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Bianco's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Mad Men: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
974 tv reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Gideon needs to put more work into its secondary characters and a more relaxed faith in Braugher's talents. That would be enough to make Gideon truly special. [10 Oct 2000, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The series does what it was designed to do: It stays true to its roots while allowing fans to spend more time with Molly and her friends and the actors who play them.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    So why follow him? Because the writing, with its sudden shifts from drama to comedy and its sympathetic view of its bumbling characters, is so stellar. Because the show is a constant visual treat, from its odd close-ups of water tanks to its wide shots of desert landscapes. And because Odenkirk is terrific.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Sadly, in this elaborately produced, incredibly well-intentioned seven-part HBO miniseries adaptation of the book, Adams recedes once again, outshone not just by his more famous peers but also by just about every minor character.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    There are big moments, but much of the joy comes from small exchanges and throwaway jokes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    This is an epic big-screen adventure done for the small screen--and done in a way that makes most big-screen versions pale in comparison.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Schur has created a wonderfully full-bodied fantasy universe, complete with any number of witty flourishes. ... Unfortunately, little of it seems to stick. With each episode, it becomes harder to root for Eleanor, a fairly terrible person on earth who seems likely to destroy the afterlife for everyone around her, Michael included.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Lights has a rare ability to portray life in small-town America without being condescending or sentimental.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    All in all, pretty standard sci-fi stuff, but it's well played by the attractive cast and unusually well produced. Even more unusually, the show seems as interested in its characters as it is in its hardware. [19 Mar 1999]
    • USA Today
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    It's not perfect, but in a sea of procedural conformity, Glee is its own weird, often enchanting little island escape.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    While Rhys and Russell carry the domestic side of the story beautifully (with Russell having a particularly nice moment next week with the daughter), they're not, as yet, completely convincing as spies. In their defense, they're hurt in the premiere by a clumsy set of flashbacks that make you think the Soviets must have perfected an anti-aging drug that has now been lost.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Intriguing and involving, if sometimes odd for oddness' sake alone, Raines is a novel twist on one of TV's oldest formats: the single, super-intuitive detective.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    While the subject matter is heavy, Rescue Me is seldom heavy-going. It still makes times to revel in the boisterous camaraderie of its firefighters, and it still takes great advantage of one of the sexiest, funniest casts on television.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    The Tudors comes back enriched and improved.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Whittle’s role feels slightly underwritten in the first half of the season, but he’s an attractive, empathetic hero, a strong man who is smarter than he looks. And McShane is a pleasure to hear, biting into dialogue with the same enormous vigor and skill he brought to Deadwood. Together, they’re taking us on a road trip with no destination or clear purpose in sight. But the scenery is startling and the company’s great. And for fans of the book or Fuller, that is likely to be enough.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Earl shares the look and heavily narrated sound of Arrested Development, but it has its own scruffy comic tone.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    As the show progresses, the serialized aspect gets stronger and the tone gets darker, as characters who at first seemed good or benign begin to exhibit more complicated traits. It also adds more eccentric characters, in the same way Yost’s Justified did as it progressed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    While the big set pieces are very funny, there are too many lulls between them. But odds are you'll come away believing the show will get better and hoping it does--because TV will be all the better for it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    Some of House's callousness is an act, and sometimes the show lets the act go too far. But one of the series' primary strengths is the way the writers and the star keep us guessing as to where that act ends and reality begins.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    Mad Men is a joy to watch - the clothes, the clocks, the furniture, it's like a mid-century night's dream. But this is no mere period piece. It's a smart, complex drama that attempts to get through the facades that have always hidden the truth.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    You got two hours that were often gorgeous, sometimes goofy, frequently disturbing and far more graphically violent than the original--filled with performances that ranged from amusing to disquieting to the flat-out amateurish.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    In essence, Librarian is a summer movie blockbuster on a winter TV budget, and has all the virtues and flaws you'd expect from that odd pairing--including never taking itself too seriously.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Seldom has a fatally flawed concept been better executed than on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    Imagine 24 devoting a substantial block of time to exploring the repercussions of one of its attacks, without moving on to the next threat, and you get the idea.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    This is how soaps are done today: with swagger, vigor and soul. Join in or get out of the way.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Bianco
    Kelley has a great gift for establishing his plots quickly, and for bringing them to powerful conclusions. Like '[L.A.] Law' and '[Picket] Fences,' however, 'Hope' is an oddly self-contained universe -- despite the show's reliance on social issues, it's hard to imagine any of these people actually functioning in the real world. [17 Sep 1994]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Much of the six hours made available for preview centers on Juliana and Joe--and at times their story can drag. But the redeeming glory of Castle is the expansive world of characters it creates.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There's a great deal of humor and heart on display here, and a sense of empathy that draws you into all of the characters. You also get a wide range of fine performances, from Metz’s humor-tinged refusal to give in to self-pity to Brown’s expertly played conflict over how to deal with his father.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Divorced from a believable social context, Queer too often plays like a voyeuristic tour of gay life that's only interested in the most outrageous sights. It doesn't have to provide an insight into every gay person, but it does have to paint a more believable portrait of these people, which means anchoring them in a real place and expanding their lives beyond sexual encounters. [1 Dec 2000, p.15E]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    No American-made option this weekend can compare.

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