Robert Bianco
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For 797 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 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Bianco's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
797 tv reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Fans can relax; the franchise is in good, and possibly even better, hands. [23 Sep 2002]
    • USA Today
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    There's so much here to build on, from the strong performances to the chemistry between the stars to the sweet central story of two people helping each other mature.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Some plot twists seem implausible at best, others are overdone or gratuitous. But some implausibility comes with the horror/suspense genre, and there's no question Williamson has mastered it--just as there's no question that the match of wills between the wounded Bacon and malevolent Purefoy is exceedingly well played.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    A fast-paced, funny show that has bounced back from last spring's post-strike slump.
    • 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
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Bianco
    The comedy ranges from silly to sharp, but it's seldom stupid and it's never mean-spirited – and the pair's talent is always on obvious display.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Bianco
    Producers Barney Rosenzweig and Ken Wales have graced their show with beautiful locations, poetic scripts and very good actors, particularly among the women. [3 Apr 1994]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Bianco
    If you look past the sometimes strained pushing of the basic cable envelope (including a completely gratuitous breast shot), The Shield offers an interesting take on a familiar subject, one that boasts a great supporting turn from CCH Pounder as a smart cop who has seen it all.[12 Mar 2002, p.10D]
    • USA Today
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Bianco
    What sets Party Girl apart is the "girl" who hosts the party: Christine Taylor, a delightful young actress best known for playing Marcia in "The Brady Bunch" movies. Her character here, Mary, is what Marcia might have become had she been orphaned, or "Clueless'" Cher might be if she were older, wiser and poorer. [9 Sept 1996, p.C-6]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Bianco
    An exceedingly funny spoof of Cops that also manages to dismantle the entire crime-show genre. [23 Jul 2003]
    • USA Today
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Bianco
    So all is well until the story takes a melodramatic turn that seems so out of character for this starkly realistic show, you have to wonder if it was imposed by the network or the studio to create buzz. Nevertheless, this is a terrific series with proven writers and actors. I'm willing to wait and see where they go next. [5 Oct 2007, p.2E]
    • USA Today
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Bianco
    Elfman, the best thing about the short-lived ''Townies,'' is a lovely live-wire who makes eccentricity appear irresistible; Gibson, who was ill-used on ''Chicago Hope,'' is a magnetic leading man who can simultaneously seem vulnerable and stable. As a pair, they fulfill the first essential requirement of a screen romance: they make you want to see them end up together. [24 Sept 1997, p.D-7]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Bianco
    A whimsical, cleverly conceived dramedy ... Whether 'Ally's' fantasy element can stay whimsical, without falling over into tiresome or distracting (as it did on 'Dream On'), remains to be seen. [8 Sep 1997]
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    What works about the show outweighs what doesn't, but others will read the results differently.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The tweaks this new Fox hour brings to the template are a higher degree of special-effects-fueled action, a faster pace and a consistently amusing tongue-in-cheek tone.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    [The premiere is] another well-told story that gives us a bit more insight into the pair while the season's two interconnected running story lines spool out behind them.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    It has established genuine emotional bonds between its characters. There is something at stake here beyond the mechanics of the "sting," and that gives the show enough weight to keep it from dissipating in the summer heat.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The plot is unlikely to interfere with the real draw of Bloods, which is watching a terrific, mature, extremely well-chosen cast interact.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.

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