Robert Bianco
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For 764 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 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Bianco's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Homeland: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
764 tv reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    What the cuts can't remove is the chemistry between Cavanagh and Bowen. They're a lovably winning couple in a completely winning new show. [6 Oct 2000, p.1E]
    • USA Today
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The trouble for Becky and her show is that she really knows nothing, which vitiates what could have been an interesting concept.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    You're stuck with a dull mush that works neither as drama, comedy or camp trash.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Yet as often happens, tonight's premiere is far less than the sum of its parts. The tone shifts precariously from scene to scene, and Krause is too dull a presence here to tie the tones together. He has to serve as our entrant into this strange world, and in the pilot, he just seems disinterested.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The plot is unlikely to interfere with the real draw of Bloods, which is watching a terrific, mature, extremely well-chosen cast interact.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It's two hours of all the things you love (or don't) about 24: The twists and turns, the recalcitrant, dimwitted superiors, the nick-of-time escapes and oh-so-close near-captures. And, of course, there's Sutherland and Rajskub, still one of the best teams the spy genre has ever produced.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    All is fine, if not as good as it had been.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Some of the lessons are laid on a bit thick. But the cast, including April Bowlby as Deb's best friend, Ben Feldman as her guardian angel, and Jackson Hurst as her boyfriend, sells them with a minimum of fuss and a light touch.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    There was a time when a show like George Lopez would have been seen as another assault on minority pride by clueless members of the majority, but as star, producer and writer, Lopez would seem to have more than enough control here. So if his show comes across as an often offensive, always witless collection of Latino stereotypes, at least the blame appears to fall on a Latino...I guess that counts as progress, even if it wasn't the kind intended. [27 Mar 2002, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Bianco
    I was very upbeat about 'NewsRadio' when I'd only seen the pilot -- and then NBC went and sent a second episode. [21 Mar 1995]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    It's an intriguing concept, but people don't watch concepts. They watch shows. And as a show, Reunion doesn't amount to nearly enough.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The costumes are gorgeous, the sets are time-period gems, and the actors are among the best.... But the story to which they've been appended is hollow. It's like an exquisitely wrapped empty box.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, the comedy is Kelley at his most forced and artificial.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    The Middle is precisely the show ABC should be doing: a smart, amusing sitcom that understands the damage cutbacks have done to folks in the middle.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Sunday's two-hour premiere does a solid job of introducing an intriguing, if not exactly convincing, story and some appealing actors.
    • 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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Karen is more a character-driven drama with cops than a mystery, so don't expect the plot, well-developed though it may be, to fool you. You know Karen will get her man, one way or the other...What matters is the style and steam she brings to the chase.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    If you stay, you just may find yourself captivated by a trio of strong performances from Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy and Laurence Fishburne--and entranced by the fevered-dream spell cast by creator Bryan Fuller, the brilliant TV auteur behind Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    There's no question Tuck is at times excessive or that it risks becoming exhausting. But in a season packed with reality and retreads, at least Murphy and FX are shooting for something novel and doing so in a way that is less pretentious and more dramatically viable than many of their more high-profile cable competitors.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    Expertly cut and polished until it practically gleams, 24 is like a flawless diamond: stylish, multifaceted and so sharp that it could cut glass. Everything clicks, from the hip sets to the whip-smart direction to the ever-shifting split screen that imbues even mundane activities such as talking on the phone with an unexpected urgency. [6 Nov 2001]
    • USA Today
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It relies on excellent work from Enos as the dark, damaged Linden and Kinnaman as the slightly lighter Holder to carry us along even when the plot seems to be stagnating.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    HBO is asking you to spend a half-hour a week with a deluded loser, watch her be degraded by reality and sitcom hacks, and pay for the privilege. Doesn't sound like a good way to make a comeback.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    It's not as funny as "30 Rock" nor as distinctive as "The Office," but it's a clear improvement on the seemingly unsalvageable "Parks & Recreation."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    The plot takes a few satisfyingly clever twists, some of them possibly even fact-based. The period touches seem well-observed, and the acting is fine throughout--with Pace a standout for the way he allows anger and doubt to be just barely visible below a calm, confident shell. Yet too often the writing lets the actors down.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    To the extent style points count, Rubicon looks good and boasts a fine cast, including Oscar nominee Miranda Richardson. They work hard, but the more they and their show strain for taut, the more limp the program becomes. And for viewers, that's a very hard bridge to cross.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The tweaks this new Fox hour brings to the template are a higher degree of special-effects-fueled action, a faster pace and a consistently amusing tongue-in-cheek tone.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    If you've resisted Kaling's charms up to now, nothing that happens tonight is likely to change your mind.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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