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 Lost: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
974 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The shame is, after a very slow start, the living members of the Fisher family actually start to grow on you -- though it takes them far longer than it should. [1 June 2001, p.15E]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    I'm not giving up on the show, which was one of last year's best. But I don't want to spend weeks watching our Olivia suffer and their Olivia make Walter and Peter suffer. You have to give writers leeway to take you where they want to go--but at a certain point, commercial entertainment has to be entertaining, or there's no reason to watch.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    Once you get past the premiere, series are often a crapshoot. But Showtime made all 12 episodes available for preview, and through that run, the energy never flags and the performances get deeper and richer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There's talent and intelligence at work in Smallville. Given time, maybe they'll find a more distinctive voice...And that would be super. [16 Oct 2001, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Hip, bright and done with a great deal of flair, Alias is like some candy-colored -- and very violent -- comic book come to life.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    It's all meant to be exciting, but like everything else about The Cleaner, it comes across as almost profoundly silly.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Despite the tragedy that drives its plot, there's something slight about Steel Magnolias--a slightness that at times might have benefited from a lighter, faster touch. But it offers the pleasure of spending a Sunday night with some terrific female actors.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    If only it all felt just a bit faster.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Like many shows these days, Preacher is not for everyone, nor is it trying to be. But it will almost certainly work for some viewers, and it seems to have a good idea of who those viewers are and what they want.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    This is a show with many virtues. Now, if Huff can just learn the virtue of restraint, Showtime may finally have the hit it has been working so hard to find.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    What really separates this Race from the competition... is the blessed absence of most of the contrived conflict and melodrama that have become reality's reason for being. [5 Sep 2001]
    • USA Today
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    In Jericho, claustrophobia, paranoia and the threat of nuclear rain are merely an overlay meant to distract us from the mundane nature of everything else the town has to offer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It's a complex story, which may be why Ryan relies in part on an intrusive monologue-narration device to guide us. Still, the intrusions only momentarily interrupt the fast-moving plot, which twists agreeably without losing sight of its moral ambiguities.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    There is no new show more likable, but that affection may waver if Betty can't give Ferrera the scripts and support she deserves.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Hope, however, has more going for it than a good heart and some good lines. It has a very good cast, with Neff and Dillahunt sure to be welcome weekly presences.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    At heart, Angel is another Whedon treatise on the need to accept responsibility and to move past atonement to engagement. But Whedon never overemphasizes his deeper meanings, and neither should we. [5 Oct 1999, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Damages is an enjoyably complex thriller.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Triangle boasts an attractive cast and some clever twists, but it often has to stretch to fill time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Aided by that blood and a driving, anachronistic techno-beat score, The Knick avoids the worst trap of a period piece: It isn't quaint. It's also never dull.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It can't match HBO's upcoming Boardwalk Empire's budget or any network premiere's publicity push. Yet when it comes to scrappy, scruffy charm and sheer entertainment value, Terriers can run with the best of them.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    There are moments where Sugar's twists are too easily spotted, but there are far more times when the show, and the spirit, soar.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It establishes the main character--and reintroduces us to a totally winning TV star--while creating a multilayered world that gives that character room to maneuver and grow.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    What's missing, unfortunately, is any attempt to explain that music--to tell us what made Smith stand out, to examine her impact on other singers, and to give us a sense of the extent of her popularity. And yet, while those flaws are not unimportant, they're also unlikely to be what you'll remember most. No, that will be Latifah, glowing with pleasure after a song well sung, screaming with agony after another betrayal, risking and exposing everything as a performer. She's a star, born yet again.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    With a sure and witty touch, Will captures the way gay men and their straight female friends make an asset of their gender differences and romantic similarities. [21 Sep 1998]
    • USA Today
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    There are some very funny moments in the first of tonight's two episodes, most of them provided by Wu and Park, and fleeting indications that Fresh could be a better, deeper show than the one we're seeing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There are great performances from Gedrick and Dunn as leaders of a gambling quartet, and good work all around.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Bianco
    While no one would put his new show in the 'Frasier' class just yet, it's certainly a cut above the other sitcoms coming your way this week. [4 Mar 1997]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    This is one House call worth making.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The interplay among the main characters is by and large unaltered, and for some fans that will be enough. For others, though, what was once a summer pleasure is now a bit less pleasurable.

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