Robert Bianco

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For 975 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 Band of Brothers: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
975 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Bianco
    He'll need to relax a bit: As you might expect, given the stakes and the hype, he seemed a bit over-caffeinated. But calm will almost certainly come with time.... Colbert's chat with Clooney felt oddly stilted, with uncertain transitions from serious topics to prearranged comedy. He actually seemed more at ease with his second guest, Governor Bush.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    As extravagant, enticing and chaotic as Rome itself, HBO's latest series boasts all the opulent pleasures that lavish expenditures of time and money can buy. Every detail in its re-creation of ancient Rome may not be correct, but the spirit and the overall picture ring true -- and the entertainment value resounds.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Bianco
    Everything about City does not spin with equal balance. The pilot's plot (the mayor stumbles into a gay rights controversy) is so hackneyed and out-of-touch, it makes you wonder if the writers have been to New York in the last decade. But the spin doctors at Spin City insist the plot's creakiness is an aberration - and so many other things in the show go well, I'm inclined to believe them. [17 Sept 1996, p.D-4]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Fans can relax; the franchise is in good, and possibly even better, hands. [23 Sep 2002]
    • USA Today
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Gratuitously cruel and mind-numbingly dull, Stylista pretends to be "fashion forward" while it apes everything that has gone before.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    FlashForward may not keep you hooked for years or even months, but chances are good tonight's episode will bring you back next week. For now, that's as far forward as we need to flash.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Aside from the decided lack of humor and the distinctive talents of the stars, there are some other fairly significant differences between NY and the other CSI installments. Mac and Stella work more as equals than Miami's team, and are less competitive than CSI's. We're also given more information about their personal lives. [22 Sep 2004]
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    This is as good an adaptation as any Ladies lover could wish, one that overflows with the joys of life and exudes an all-embracing spirit. Be ready to be beguiled.
    • 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
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    With a little humor to lighten the tension, some well-placed quiet moments to keep the show grounded and a fast pace that keeps any seams from showing, Designated arrives as the most satisfying opening hour of any new broadcast drama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Bianco
    Producers Barney Rosenzweig and Ken Wales have graced their show with beautiful locations, poetic scripts and very good actors, particularly among the women. [3 Apr 1994]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    The half hour moves along briskly, sprinkled with a slew of funny lines and throwaway reactions and a few knowing winks at TV conventions--though not so many winks that they pull you out of the story. And through it all you have the pleasures provided by Lowe, Savage, Ellis and Devane, who mesh seamlessly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    As hard as Gotham works to make Gordon a suitable hero, those who are not deeply immersed in the Batman universe may wonder whether the energy is well-spent.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Ritter ... still has the same deceptively innocent face, the same way with a line, the same gift for a great double take or a bit of physical business. And he's still surrounded by pretty women who invariably get the better of him. Unfortunately, he's also still working with scripts that aren't up to the comic effort he pours into them.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Come for the fancy costumes, drafty castles, barbed glances and backstabbing power grabs. Just don’t come for the story, because Princess doesn't have much of one to tell.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    As with any show built around a high-concept gimmick, there’s a danger here that the trick will wear thin; that we’ll tire of Martin’s low-energy observations. (Ned, at least as filmed, is the most morose dog on the planet.) But for now, be content with how much this Dog has going for it, starting with the gentle way it ambles along, speaking softly rather than barking at us, and including the sweet chemistry between Neff and Tolman.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Again, if you loved all things Battlestar beyond measure, Caprica may satisfy. For all others, this is a planet best left unvisited.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Kudrow imbues Valerie with a humanity that lets us see something of ourselves in her resilience and her dedication, misguided as it may be. Like the show that inspired her, our Valerie is a survivor. Welcome back.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The cases he tackles are intriguing, if wildly complicated and too often sustained by that peculiar TV mystery mix of intuitive leaps and bad basic police work....Yet as with all such shows, it's the main character who provides the main reason for watching, as the long-suffering Wallander struggles to solve the crimes and put his life back in order.
    • 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
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    As entertaining as it may be, Apt. 23 does seem like an odd tonal match for the sweeter, more realistic Modern Family. Still, it's nice to see ABC giving a great time slot to a very good show.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    If you're not too picky about historical accuracy, and not too put off by cheap-looking computer effects, you'll find much to enjoy in this entertaining adventure, built on a solid hero's-quest structure and bolstered by a terrifically engaging performance from Travis Fimmel as the hero-at-hand.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Odd, inventive and sometimes shockingly dark, this British-American co-production has all the benefits you’d expect from a show able to draw upon both country’s talent pools.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    What follows is a sometimes humorous, sometimes nostalgic, sometimes bumpy ride through the era, with a story that often seems to halt just when it’s picking up momentum. Still, every time the story falters, the characters’ and the show’s obvious love for popular music in all its forms lifts it back up.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    There's no question that some of the jokes are funny, or that it's nice to see Sisto in a role that lets him lighten up.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Malcolm recalls Roseanne's maternal drive, The Simpsons' cartoon exaggerations, and a blue-collar sensibility and emotional honesty common to both. And if tonight's outstanding premiere tries too hard for its own good to stand out, even that flaw subsides in later episodes. [7 Jan 2000]
    • USA Today
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Credit Samberg with choosing a solid concept, a Barney Miller-type cop comedy from Parks and Recreation's Dan Goor and Michael Schur, and surrounding himself with a great supporting cast led by Andre Braugher as the squad's captain.

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