Robert Bianco

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For 871 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Bianco's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 24: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
871 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    For all the artificiality of the language, there has seldom been a show that felt more authentic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Tonight, the surgeons set up shop in Beverly Hills, a move that has inspired the show to rediscover its sense of style and fun.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Unless you're allergic to musicals in general and Broadway in particular, you should find that a compelling central story, a strong cast, an out-of-the-procedural-mold premise and some rousing, roof-raising numbers more than compensate for any lingering problems.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    If you stay, you just may find yourself captivated by a trio of strong performances from Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy and Laurence Fishburne--and entranced by the fevered-dream spell cast by creator Bryan Fuller, the brilliant TV auteur behind Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    The Tudors comes back enriched and improved.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    All in all, it's a very promising start.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Entourage... returns for a third season with funnier episodes and higher stakes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Times have changed, but they haven't weakened the basic strength of Dickens' story or diminished his insights into a society in which the poor are left to their own oppressed devices unless they cross paths with the rich.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    As you might expect from an experimental show that is doing its best to misbehave, there are times when Arrested goes too far. I could live without George Michael's crush on his first cousin, a story given more prominence in a future episode when it really needs less. But for now, I'd say stick with the Bluths, even when their behavior is more alarming than arresting. At least they're not dull. And this season, that's a development worth encouraging.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Damages is an enjoyably complex thriller.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    All we need ask of Grey's is that it tell its stories well in its own way, and tonight it does.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Buffed to a typical HBO high gloss, Candelabra is a visual feast. But it shines brightest in those moments where it captures the rhythms of a relationship in its first blush of affection and its seemingly inevitable collapse.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Part mystery, part fantasy, part comedy, and all wildly imaginative exaggeration, Blood proves that there's still vibrant life--or death--left in the "star-crossed lovers" paradigm.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    There may even be a few cheers for the audacity, inventiveness and achievement of Will Forte (Saturday Night Live), who created and stars in the show and has filled it with a warm, goofy spirit that always feels oddly appropriate to the subject matter.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    There are needed bursts of humor that lighten the sometimes oppressive sense of a world on the verge of social collapse. And there's that visually pleasing re-creation of '60s style that both delights on its own and allows the show to comment through skewed reflection on modern times.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    There are big moments, but much of the joy comes from small exchanges and throwaway jokes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    They may not enchant you, but they and their series, the best new hour this year, are unlikely to bore you. Would that every new show could say the same.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    If it plays a bit fast and loose with facts, it's nowhere near as outrageous as its Showtime cousin The Tudors, whose ever-young, ever-fit Henry VIII was an affront to history and to common sense. Irons may not look anything like the real Pope Alexander, but he makes you believe in him - and for The Borgias' purposes, that's what matters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    You don't get the same kind of fun, gizmo fascination that livens up CSI. But you also don't get the leaden, expositionary dialogue CSI uses to explain those gizmos. [26 Sep 2002]
    • USA Today
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    ABC can add to that list of achievements the season's most entertaining new hour, straightforward division: V.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    It firmly establishes its intriguing main character's brains, skills, and skewed-but-real moral code.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    With each passing week, this series seems to more assuredly offer a first-class version of what so many viewers say they want: a humorous, heartfelt, realistic look at middle-class, middle-America family life.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    As wonderful as Parsons and Sheldon certainly are, and as terrific as a Sheldon-centric episode like last week's can be, too much Sheldon would quickly become too much. We're not there yet, but it is one of those lines the writers should be careful not to cross.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    It's old-school soap stuff to be sure, but at its frequent best, uses old twists in new ways.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Happily, it now seems to have landed on solid ground, with its best ensemble and most engaging stories in years.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Luckily, in Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange, HBO has found precisely the right people to convey the peculiar blend of courage and craziness that were the two Edie Beales, daughter and mother.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    At its best, it plays like a Woody Allen film, something you may notice most when secondary characters stop and explain themselves to the camera.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    The British Mars produced only 16 episodes, and when the last of this season's final eight is over, you will have all the answers you need. What's more, they're satisfying and well worth the relatively short amount of time expended.

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