Robert Bianco

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For 954 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 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Bianco's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Nurse Jackie: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
954 tv reviews
    • 67 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Among the innumerable improvements here that lift Jack over Dad, start with turning the paternal lead over to Christopher Meloni--an actor who can convey warmth, brains and masculine menace with a glance--and giving him an actual person to play, rather than an insult-spouting cartoon. Then throw in making his wife a regular character, casting Rachael Harris and moving the story back in time, so that the son is now a more empathetic teenager, rather than an adult moving back home.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Green and Dalton are incredibly entertaining, their world feels fully created, and in Logan, their show is in the hands of a great writer. It's not quite clear yet where he's leading us, but for awhile, at least, consider following.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There are moments in Bright Lights when our knowledge of what’s to come may add more weight to lines than they deserve, as we risk substituting foreshadowing for what was merely coincidence. And there are moments where you may justifiably wonder what the film would have looked like had one woman survived the other and been able to ask for changes. But that didn’t happen, and this is the film we have--one that is likely to leave those who loved Reynolds or Fisher loving them even more.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Odds are that for most who have fond memories of the show, the good will outweigh the bad. But there’s no doubt that for others, the scale will differ.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There are times when Quantico feels a shade mechanical, in moments when you can practically hear the plot gears moving. But it accomplishes what the opener of a whodunit needs to do: establish a wide range of plausible suspects and spark our interest in the mystery and the hero. Which means, so far, they got away with it.
    • 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]
    • USA Today
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    [The first two installments] are Rise's best, most concise episodes, yet even they try to do too much, falling prey to an "and then this happened" narrative, a slew of distracting (and often badly bewigged) cameos and a rushed pace that is particularly ill-suited to the segment on the AIDS crisis.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    You may not completely love this fourth vacation away from the 21st century, but lingering affection should more than carry you through.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Two Sarah Michelle Gellars may not be better than one, but they're certainly just as good. And thankfully, that's more than good enough to get the new TV season off to a roaring early start.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    You get a great role for Holloway, who has great, sex-charged on-screen chemistry with an equally strong Callies, and the strength of that “What would you do” premise. And for now, that may be enough.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Yet for all that it revels in catastrophe, the most promising aspect of Worst Week is a sweet-tempered empathy that allows you to identify with all four characters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It's a well-constructed piece of popular entertainment from a dependable provider of the same, with an easy-to-like star and an easy-to-grasp premise.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Whatever deeper point is being made here is obscured both by Lies' labored attempts to keep us guessing about the murder and, paradoxically enough, by the same star power that makes it worth watching in the first place. Still, assuming you're willing to sit through yet another story about the sad travails of rich, spoiled people, there is entertainment value to be found in the feuds and the gloss.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    For all the sex jokes (most of which are amusing), this is at heart a family comedy, with Cox completely winning as a mom trying to make herself happy without making her son miserable. Odds are that other moms can relate.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There is pleasure to be found in Life. There'd be even more, though, if a few more of us were invited in.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There is nothing about Confirmation that's transformative, but it’s solid work about an important moment in our history. And for TV purposes, it’s a work that allows Washington to show what a fine actor she can be.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    As long as the film sticks to the scheme, it works as well. It’s less successful when it digs into Madoff’s personal life, or when it begins to search for broader meaning, particularly in a heavy-handed comparison between Madoff and the investment banks that caused the subprime mortgage crisis.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There's no denying that the show throbs with life--and offers enough of a promise of tuneful, scenery-chewing entertainment to make up for the familiarity of some of its twists.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Alcatraz is easy enough to follow tonight, with twists and surprises that are enjoyable and not enervating.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It's hard not to like a show that extends its warmth even to characters you expect to be unsympathetic and that expands its entertainment vocabulary to music, dancing and flights of fancy.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The Mentalist may be a copy, but it's a well-done copy sparked by an actor who has come into his own as a TV star.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Crisis is not Allen at his peak, nor at his most serious and contemplative as an artist. Crisis is a bauble, a light comedy that starts very slowly (consider that another caution) and builds to a satisfyingly funny conclusion.

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