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 The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
974 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    As much as CBS may yearn for the days of J.R. and Bobby Ewing, those days have passed, and you certainly can't bring then back with a show that feels more dated than "Dallas."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    There is rich ground to explore in the problems Mexico faces and the responsibility we may bear for some of them-–but the show's clumsy attempt to boil that down to a catchphrase is offensive and silly, particularly as it has no real connection to the story being told.
    • 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
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Bianco
    They're kids, exhibiting the kind of behaviors, good and bad, that kids do in real life. That's not awful or particularly surprising--but it's also not even remotely entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    All is fine, if not as good as it had been.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The episode is clearly constructed as a showcase for Laurie--who is seemingly incapable of a boring performance--but the writers really haven't done him much of a favor. There are too many beats that refuse to be reconciled; too many times when House is forced to behave absurdly badly to get what he wants, just to backtrack when he gets it.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    For two nights and four fabulous hours, this sequel to 1994's Baseball, still PBS' most-watched program, reminds us why baseball retains its hold on our imagination, and why Burns and Novick remain TV's pre-eminent popular historians.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Unfortunately, you can feel it in the plotting, which is perfunctory at best, and woefully, repetitively tired at worst.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Don't get your hopes up. This second installment of Big Brother is just as dull as the first. It's just dull in a different and sleazier way. [10 Jul 2001]
    • USA Today
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    What King adds is better writing (particularly in next week's funnier episode), a better cast and a more affectionate tone. The only real false notes are struck by Doug's friends, a standard-issue gang of fools and louts who could have dropped in from any sitcom. [21 Sept 1998, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    Three weeks, three styles, three fine, fun hours.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Leary is working with a fabulous cast, which is why he and co-creator Peter Tolan can dance so nimbly between realism and surrealism, drama and comedy.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    The main structural problem for the show is that neither the couples nor the contrast makes any sense.... Still, this being a comedy, the more troubling problem is that no one is funny, starting with Garrett.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    As smartly written as it is played, Episodes offers the comic pleasures, not just of clashing cultures, but of contrasting comic styles.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    The show is so painfully witless and dull, your daily commute may begin to seem entertaining in comparison.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Far more frequent are those moments that are likely to cause anyone who likes the show and the characters to smile or tear up, as on-screen and off, we all face the necessity of letting go of the past.

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