For 684 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 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Bianco's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Generation Kill: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
684 tv reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    I'd also like to see the show adopt a somewhat lighter tone -- though I fear the ring of somber self-importance may be perfectly pitched for teens. [29 Sept 1998, p.3D]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    This is a series where surface is substance, and surfaces don't come much dreamier than in this beautifully realized flight fantasy, from its lovely, terror-free airport to its even lovelier cast.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Yet for all its laughs, 30 Rock does call to mind a kind of sketch show version of The Mary Tyler Moore Show — one in which everyone's playing Ted. That can be fun for a while, but eventually sitcom viewers tend to want to root for someone.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    While Pillars can seem a bit comic, it isn't camp. The characters and their beliefs are treated seriously and with respect, and no one is without some virtue or some sin.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Fear plays like an illustrated Life of the Saints on fast-forward. Blink and you can miss decades.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    ABC can add to that list of achievements the season's most entertaining new hour, straightforward division: V.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Curb is an experiment in free-form TV, one that is just as happy to make you cringe in embarrassment as make you laugh, and even happier just to dawdle along provoking no response at all. [13 Oct 2000]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    She's a likable character in a potentially likable show, but that show needs to take a giant step back from the New Jersey Italian-American cliches that overwhelm the pilot. [29 Sept 2000, p.12E]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    There are times when the sheer force of Jones' personality undercuts his ability to be convincing as the voice of existential despair. But at the end, when he throws that force behind his final assault, his performance all makes sense. And it makes the final scenes, as Jackson's ebulliently portrayed confidence begins to crack, all the more shattering.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, the project is too short to do its subject matter justice and too long and clumsy to keep us involved--a problem compounded by Chris O'Donnell's boyishly bland performance as The Company's central agent.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Taylor, whose performance overflows with touchingly wounded dignity. She also gets to deliver a great speech to two of her patients, which, while totally unrealistic, is fun in an overly theatrical kind of way.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Clearly, the show is aiming for urban grit. But that's hard to achieve when you're constantly distracting us with a ludicrous plot.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The surprise lies in how sympathetic Johnson makes Kate while still imbuing her with her own streak of crazy, or how endearing Faxon makes Ben, a character who might otherwise wear out his welcome fairly quickly.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The show maintains a sensible balance between introducing Elizabeth's foibles and telling the story at hand--a well-constructed case that has her battling an ambitious prosecutor (the always interesting Terry Kinney).
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    There's no denying the timeliness of a show about strapped-for-cash customers and predatory lenders, but Money doesn't seem to know what or where it wants to be, landing in some netherworld between a broadcast comedy and an edgier cable drama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The Event knows the game it's playing and its risks. You can tell from the wink-at-the-audience last line, delivered by the always-welcome Innes: "I haven't told you everything." Tell us more--and soon would probably be best.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Luckily, the last thing many of us need in summer is another show that demands our weekly attention. Entertainment we can dip in and out of will do. And if that's what you want, Wilfred is a good dog indeed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    What Men offers is the pleasure of watching people who know what they're doing do it well. Jones' mixture of bratty spunk and vulnerability keeps Jake from seeming too precocious or too cute. Sheen is so amusingly sardonic and cheerfully self-aware, he makes Charlie's immaturity endearing rather than annoying. And there just aren't many actors who are better at funny-fussbudget than Cryer -- or who have more polished comic skills.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Dense, dark, a little dreary and yet oddly intriguing, Heroes seems destined to attract an audience that is more loyal than large.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    If it plays a bit fast and loose with facts, it's nowhere near as outrageous as its Showtime cousin The Tudors, whose ever-young, ever-fit Henry VIII was an affront to history and to common sense. Irons may not look anything like the real Pope Alexander, but he makes you believe in him - and for The Borgias' purposes, that's what matters.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Though the entire cast is strong, it's Morris who holds the show together with a winning combination of smarts, looks, steel and warmth. She makes a very good Case for watching. [26 Sept 2003, p.14E]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It's a well-woven tale, with the different strings hanging together nicely and leading off in a few directions you might not expect. The direction is crisp, the cast is fine, the loopholes are mostly closed and the secret-agency/new-identity world is generally convincing, making this in some sense a version of Dollhouse that works better than the original.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    One Tree Hill isn't the worst show you'll see this season, but it may be the most depressingly superfluous. As too often happens with WB shows, Hill reminds you of every other WB show you've ever seen. It's as if the network has done away with original programming and gone straight to scheduling reruns. [23 Sept 2003, p.4D]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Graced by strong performances from Sienna Miller and Toby Jones as Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock, this backstage story of Hollywood sexual obsession is never less than enjoyable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Underneath all the excess and that premium-cable drive to be more-clever-and-shocking-than-thou, there is a core of truth in the story of a mother desperate to reconnect with--and actually raise--her son before she dies. Give us that show, and we might be willing to accept the wacky-but-wise neighbor and the tough fat girl with the soft heart. You brought a great actor to TV, Big C. Use her or lose her.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Girl sets up a viable premise and introduces a strong set of supporting characters, which is just what you want from fall's most promising new series.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Everything about the show feels just a bit off: underfunded, insufficiently cast and flatly written.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Its virtues have been buried under the kind of meandering plots and underpowered dialogue that mark so many TV comedies these days, which seem unable to decide whether they'd rather be unfunny comedies or insufficiently serious dramas.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    For fans of soaps, there is reason for hope. The show looks great, and it often sounds good, particularly when Emily is delivering a line we know is nasty but her victim doesn't.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Kings is a mess, but for a few weeks, anyway, it promises to be a fun, fascinating mess, the kind of "can you believe they're doing it" show you want to discuss the next day.