For 567 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Lloyd's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 True Detective: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 I Wanna Marry Harry: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 567
567 tv reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Lloyd
    Given the extravagances of the plot and the characters, that it feels plausibly seated in the real world is a testament to everyone involved in its production. But it is especially due to the actors.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Lloyd
    To my mind, it's the best series of the fall, and with the tonally similar "Top of the Lake," possibly of the year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Lloyd
    True Detective runs slow and steady without ever seeming to drag. Even minor characters get room to breathe, and seem independently alive; the briefest scenes seem to imply life beyond the frame.... The dance [Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson] do together here is work of a very high order, and all the reason you need to watch.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Lloyd
    As did the six previous episodes, the new installments generate a tension so awful, from circumstances so awfully lifelike, that you have to watch at times from behind laced fingers, with teeth clenched and the remote control close at hand.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Lloyd
    It integrates the boredom, self-delusion, dashed hopes and struggle for power into something bigger, and potentially better, and functions not only as a continuation of the story but a convincing conclusion.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Lloyd
    Each [episode] stands on its own as a TV art film, an independent work of short fiction.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Lloyd
    It's a funny show, fundamentally, but not always, by intention. Not everything works, or works equally well; like Louie, Louis is only human.... Louie is a thought process made flesh.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Lloyd
    For all its willful outrageousness, Arrested Development is sort of gripping -- a continuing story that one actually wants to see continue, which is more than can be said of most of the new dramas the season produced. [31 Oct 2003, p.E1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Lloyd
    By rooting Top of the Lake in the real, Campion gives her more fanciful inspirations legs, and the mystery--which is, needless to say, not merely or even mostly the mystery of a missing girl--room to breathe. I have no idea where any of it's headed. But I am going along.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Lloyd
    The domestic version... is every bit as good as the original.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Lloyd
    What is remarkable about "Life Support" is how it avoids every pitfall of the standard issue-based TV film and, indeed, of most TV films, period.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Lloyd
    The performances are so wonderful it feels wrong to single any out. But Whishaw finds great power in stillness; Hiddleston fits himself admirably to his character's stages and turns of mind, resolving his coldness with his warmth, his cruelty with his generosity. And there is Beale's Falstaff--marvelously poignant, a scoundrel-hero, getting everything wrong. His sorrow at losing the transformed Hal is as tragic a moment as any here, his fall no less thunderous than Richard's.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Lloyd
    This may be the better work [than "No Direction Home"], for its depth of feeling and its relatively more forthcoming and knowable subject.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Lloyd
    At once more modest and more ambitious than its predecessor; more focused on detail and yet more expansive. It is also excruciatingly funny, with an emphasis on excruciating.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Lloyd
    As much as I love what Lewis and Patinkin—as well as Baccarin and Saylor—do here, Danes is what makes Homeland remarkable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Lloyd
    Notwithstanding a certain stylistic chilliness and my sense of it having been pitched on the back of "Inception," it promised to be one of the year's best and most interesting new series. Having seen four episodes now, I'd say the promise has been largely kept.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Lloyd
    Enlightened is to my mind the most interesting and ambitious series of the fall season.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Lloyd
    It is big, beautiful, beautifully acted and romantic, its passions expressed with that particular British reserve that serves only to make them burn brighter.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Lloyd
    In its emphasis on character over plot it reminds me of movies from the pre-Spielberg '70s, and is in so many ways what I want from television that I feel almost like phoning each of you personally to deliver the news.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Crafted to satisfy those generations of viewers for whom even "The Empire Strikes Back" looks quaint and old-fashioned, it is no less thought-provoking for being made to be fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The show improves as it gathers context, and before long you stop thinking about what makes this Arrested Development different from all other Arrested Developments.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It's delightful, all in all.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    [An] enlightening biographical documentary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The strength of the series lies not in the whodunit elements--it isn't hard to work out who's behind it, even if it isn't immediately apparent why--but in its eye for local details and small human gestures.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    A dark and splendid "Dr. Who" spinoff with overtones of "Men in Black" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    A continually surprising thriller that maintains an air of imminent danger through its five or so hours (in six episodes), State of Play is a grander, more romantic creation [than Prime Suspect 6].
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The show moves fast without seeming to rush you. The timing, on the part of actors and editors alike, is excellent--both Bornheimer and Smith are good physical comedians--so that even while you can set your watch by the Next Bad Thing About to Happen, tension is created, suspense maintained.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    All in all, it's a rich work, full of detail and small moments, and grounded in reality by an utterly believable supporting cast partly drawn from the school where the series was shot.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Co-written by O'Dowd with Nick Vincent Murphy, it is a finely crafted little jewel of a show. Its humor is quiet--which is not to say polite or conventional--but nearly every laugh line delivers.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    A smart and highly suspenseful miniseries.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    More a sketch than a thorough retelling--though still recommended as such--and as balanced as you can be about the scandal given the facts, the film begins at the end, or just before it, with the remarkable, once much-bootlegged footage of Nixon preparing to resign.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It is a suitably complicated and pictorially engaging work of period suburban mystery, with a large cast of characters
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    There is a current of delight that runs through the show different from other reality contestants, where the grown-ups may feel they have their lives on the line; there is disappointment here, but little bitterness.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It matters less whether UnREAL is accurate than whether it is just true enough to provide a foundation for credible drama--and it very much does.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    A smart, amiable, colorful new cartoon series.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    A "heightened reality" show, one might call it, but one which makes its subject palpable and which, because it is made with care, lets you care too. It's the more artful portrait, paradoxically, that paints the truer picture.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Convincingly mounted and splendidly played, the show packs in a lot without seeming to, moving from one weird scene to another while maintaining a kind of emotional integrity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    I'll say now, before I get down to picking its nits--it has a few, and most might be predicted from the Spielberg oeuvre--that it's a splendid production, absolutely worth watching in its 10-hour entirety.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It's very funny, beautifully played, sometimes touching and, though its premise is familiar--rich family loses money--quite its own animal.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Costello (who has subbed for David Letterman) makes a fine host--a bit reverential at times, but never as pious as, say, James Lipton can become over at the similarly configured "Inside the Actors Studio."
    • 39 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    "Surface" is steeped in Spielberg, and is better Spielberg than Spielberg has managed in quite some time.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It's not quite perfection. Nearly everything to do with the character of Piper's fiancé, Larry (Jason Biggs), somewhat based on Kerman's now-husband Larry Bloom, seems problematic to me. Similarly, in emphasizing the humanity of the inmates, their warders have been made to look, for the most part, pathetic, foolish or monstrous. That is remedied in part this season by a deeper look at the staff, even as some of the more difficult prisoners, like Uzo Aduba's Crazy Eyes, are brought into better focus.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The two episodes I've seen are very good--engagingly twisted, more invested in ideas than jokes, often funny, usually admirable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The current episodes have more weight and intensity; they come off a shade darker and yet more sympathetic to its cast of co-dependent lost souls.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The Fades works.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    "Rome" is smart, dirty fun.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The glamour in Pan Am may indeed be manufactured--doubly manufactured, given the re-created places and planes--but it's not empty: The show says, yes, this is as good as it looks, and it looks very good
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Every performance here is good--the young actors are remarkable--and though the script sometimes goes just where you would expect it to, the characters seem authentically unpredictable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It does bear the compromises and conventions that routinely afflict biographical dramas.... But it's no worse in this respect than most such films and better than many — rarely cornball and, indeed, conceivably less melodramatic than the life it portrays. And it's always well played.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Battle Creek may be a little low-boil compared to other network mysteries, which I don't account a fault; even when it runs to caricature, it stays convincing. And if it doesn't break any new ground, it nevertheless feels fresh and genuine.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    As a story about how the past became the present (which makes us, in relation to its characters, people of the future), it is very much in line with its subject, and has been made with much the same mix of enchantment and suspense.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Samantha Who? is as perfectly realized a comedy as the fall has to offer.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The already evident lesson is that a moldy premise need not stand in the way of a good time. [22 Sept 2003, p.E1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The contest consists of family members answering questions about one another to win money and prizes, which is straightforward enough and entertaining on its own. But what makes it work so well, I am surprised to say, is the Big Gimmick: the fact that the show is staged on the contestants' front lawn.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    As directed by Peter Berg, this is smart, handsome TV, a witty, measured mix of sci-fi, soap and satire that offers new twists on old tropes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    A considerably above-average Generation Y sitcom that manages to be both sharp and sentimental, like "Seinfeld" with feeling.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    There are also familiar dialogues between the brain and the body (golden) and a bit of hand-in-the-Jello-bowl mugging (not so golden), but all in all, the special lives up to its name. Neither finished, nor diminished.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    There is plenty of irony in Silverman's presentations, but her title is sincere.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Even with its problems--we'll get to those presently--it's one of the best shows of the fall season.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Well made and never boring--the director is Julian Jarrold ("Becoming Jane")--Appropriate Adult is a first-class example of what British filmmakers do well when they are not trying to look like American filmmakers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The alien Doctor is something of a Sherlock Holmes, and Sherlock Holmes is something of an alien. This is played often for laughs, in the series' funniest, and goofiest, year yet.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    One of the season's best new shows.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    [Writer/director/voice of Cleric] Steve Purcell's comic timing is splendid, as is his staging of the action scenes.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    This air of familiarity notwithstanding, the pilot is splendidly rendered; effective in the expected ways in a way that makes you forget you expected them.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It takes no time at all for the new team to establish its authority; the new "Who" feels at once traditional and fresh, and completely right.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Despite its equivocal title, Almost the Truth beats any Python documentary yet made for comprehensiveness and depth.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The dialogue has a nice snap, the jokes come from just to the left of where you expect them to, and the players are all first-rate.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    A few caricatures stick out among the characters, but the subtler conceptions, on the page and in performance, win out.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    A delightful, knockabout new sitcom.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    [An] immediately exciting new season.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Artistically, it may be an unnecessary appendix, but I'm not complaining. More pie? I will make room somehow.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Community continues to achieve a tricky balance of cynicism, sentiment and surreality.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Though neither naive nor mum about its subject's destructive complications and contradictions, his brutal youth and abuse of women, Alex Gibney's film concentrates on Brown the performer--both as a musician and as a public political personage, the voice of black pride (say it loud!) and economic self-sufficiency.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The heroine's fearless and clever character, the self-knowledge and self-possession her tormentors lack, and her gift for survival are fixed from first to last. She is sometimes thwarted but never altered. If this makes The Book of Negroes less psychologically complex than it otherwise might be, there are real pleasures and comforts to be had from it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    In the wonderful Family Tree, hangdog Chris O'Dowd, finding his life stalled after losing a girlfriend and a job in short order, goes in search of his roots and relatives.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It's possible that, barring a confession, you will come to the end of The Jinx unsatisfied, wondering how it was you spent six unreclaimable hours in the company of a person you have decided is a creep. Either way, it's fascinating as it gets there.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Wolf Hall is both stately and fast-moving, exceedingly still yet highly suspenseful.... Though the series comes to a natural stopping place, it also feels, at the finish, incomplete.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    This year, by contrast [to last year], the drama flows more naturally; it cuts closer to home, and nearer the bone, allowing Smith and McGovern, particularly, deeper material than has previously been their portion
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The series, which is confident from the start, its world fully formed and well-performed, isn't a retelling.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    As before there is a nice balance between social drama and personal business, the tragic and the comic, exaggeration and authenticity.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It is a sweet, rather sad piece that--like the songs, by Whedon and his brother Jed, which are at once mock-heroic and actually heroic, mock-moving and moving in fact--works both as parody and as a drama. It also works as comedy, from line to line and moment to moment, but it is not, really, a comedy
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It's a highly satisfying riff on the original work, as well as a credit to the modern British costume drama.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Delightful new science-fiction comedy.... Like candy, it is sweet, and sometimes sticky or nutty or surprising.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Though it has the pokey pace and flat affect of his other films--for Burns, history is elegy--it is also one of his best works: more tightly focused than usual in time and place, with a clear shape, dramatic arcs and a conclusion that is at once cautionary and moving, topical and timeless.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Outsourced seems to me the most deftly realized sitcom of the new season. It is no closer to reality than any of its Thursday night neighbors ( Ken Kwapis, of "The Office" and other good things, developed it and directed the pilot), but it has a top-flight cast, characters who show you who they are rather than telling you, smart writing, sure rhythms and a cheerful attitude.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Without making any extraordinary claims for it, it is easy to watch and to recommend, mostly sweet-natured, with a host of well-shaded performances and almost nothing to insult your intelligence.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It is amiably absurd and mildly profane, entertaining in a dry, droll way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Cop show, fantasy, mystery, comedy, romance, puzzle -- there are a lot of ways to approach "Life on Mars," which begins its second and final season tonight on BBC America, and they all pay off.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It's a conclusion that seemed to me both contrived and honest, if that makes any sense, and it left me disturbed, though not, as Doctor Who often has, a sobbing wreck.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    [The taped linking] bits feel a little forced compared to the sketches, which are consistently smart and smartly acted and flow easily from ordinary premises to weird conclusions.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    While this sort of thing has been done before -- "Curb Your Enthusiasm" on the high end of Hollywood self-referentiality, and the nasty, brutish and short-lived "Fat Actress" with Kirstie Alley on the low -- it has been done here exceedingly well.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Garbus, director of the Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning "The Farm: Angola, USA," fills in many of the blanks--to an impressive extent, given the obsessively guarded privacy of her subject--in a film that is both meditative and exciting, like the game it concerns, and mercilessly penetrating even as it reserves judgment on a man whose outrageousness practically demands it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The show has a nice sense of detail and a comic puckishness that every zombie police procedural needs. At times genuinely scary in the way it's meant to be, it's also moving in the way it's meant to be.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Project Runway is a hard act to follow. Still, if you like watching people make (sometimes) beautiful clothes from nothing in no time--the first challenge is to make a little black dress from a little black T-shirt--The Fashion Show has that too.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    What makes it so engaging is not that the series finds anything new to twist, but that it works so well with and within the strictures of the well-thumbed genres it combines in equal parts: spy thriller, murder mystery, backstage drama, triangular romance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It's one of the best things to come out of the fall season, but as a recreational television watcher, I like it too.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The show is consistently clever and lively, well played and directed, its corners filled with nice throwaway lines and small visual jokes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    If Johnson sometimes stretches a point to make a point — the link between public hygiene and competitive skateboarding, say — he is always intriguing and entertaining, his show thought-provoking and compulsively fun to watch.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It's a work whose immense vitality and a persuasive naturalism overcome its occasional paroxysms of style or hammered-home points.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    By not belaboring the point--Ryan is not crazy, there is nothing supernatural afoot--the show stays fresh, the gimmick fades. The humor is frequently scatological or sexual, but a mitigating sweetness enfolds it all.

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