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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Max and Caroline's Odd Couple interaction is nothing you haven't seen before. But thanks to the show's two bright young stars, who deliver their shared dialogue with a nice, natural ease, their scenes together have enough charm and humor to make these struggling Girls look like winners.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    There are great performances from Gedrick and Dunn as leaders of a gambling quartet, and good work all around.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The overly blended result may be as much Dickens, Tolkien and J.K. Rowling as it is J.M. Barrie, but it's still an appealing one.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Alcatraz is easy enough to follow tonight, with twists and surprises that are enjoyable and not enervating.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    A strong cast and that things-that-go-bump-in-the-night shooting style so far keep the show on course.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    A star-studded, fast-moving, generally entertaining film about Sarah Palin.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    In total, the changes have led to a show that is much better, and is on much more solid footing, than it once was.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    What works about the show outweighs what doesn't, but others will read the results differently.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Sorkin has created a funny, free-flowing comedy that more closely reflects the rhythms and look of a feature film. He may still have something to learn about the sitcom form, as witness the abrupt shift to sentimentality that ends the first two episodes. But when he's on his game, he provides moments of unexpected and acute insight that can almost leave you breathless. [22 Sept 1998, p.3D]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Friday's opener is intriguing, but shows such as Doe have a habit of collapsing quickly — usually because the rules governing the hero's behavior bend and stretch to suit the needs of the writers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Last Resort is a convincingly produced thriller with more than action on its mind.
    • 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.
    • 75 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    While Rhys and Russell carry the domestic side of the story beautifully (with Russell having a particularly nice moment next week with the daughter), they're not, as yet, completely convincing as spies. In their defense, they're hurt in the premiere by a clumsy set of flashbacks that make you think the Soviets must have perfected an anti-aging drug that has now been lost.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Arrested remains a bracingly clever but emotionally cold intellectual exercise of a comedy, one that revels in puns, double entendres, intricately structured set pieces, astonishingly inappropriate jokes, asides, callbacks, flashbacks and, less propitiously, its own inaccessibility.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    As he showed on Desperate, Cherry has a knack for creating fun female characters that soar a bit over the top, but not so far over that their problems aren't relatable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The scripts offer a well-balanced mix of office politics, underlying mystery and weekly cop procedural. And the first-rate cast ties it all together with abundant skill.
    • 70 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It relies on excellent work from Enos as the dark, damaged Linden and Kinnaman as the slightly lighter Holder to carry us along even when the plot seems to be stagnating.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Tree is not the master at his best--it's one of those light entertainments that pass by without leaving much of a mark. But it's good-hearted and amusing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Arnett is a master of fluster, and Bridges is befuddled charm personified. The revelation, though, for those who only know her from her Emmy-winning dramatic work, is Martindale, whose comic timing rivals the best in the business.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Thanks in large part to the grounded, nuanced performance from Collette, tonight's introduction effectively establishes both the moral dilemma at the heart of the story and the chess match the show intends to follow between Sanders and Carlisle.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Most every move creators Robb and Mark Cullen have made is a smart one, starting with casting an entirely fetching Maggie Lawson as the mother and the great James Caan as her gruff, constantly inappropriate father.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    While Trophy Wife is an often-amusing comedy, it doesn't entirely work as a family comedy, because it has yet to convince us that these people could ever be part of the same family.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    This is a series about outcasts trying to find their way in, and it's often at its best in its quieter moments.