For 665 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 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Lloyd's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Show Me a Hero
Lowest review score: 0 I Wanna Marry Harry: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 665
665 tv reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    As drama, it's uneven, often cliched, even silly, but, like the store in which it's set--and whose ground floor, mezzanine and facade have been splendidly re-created--so variously stocked that you will likely find something here to take home.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Lucas could spend the rest of his life filling that hiatus with adventures whose outcomes are basically irrelevant to the larger story he has already finished telling. Many battles make up a war, after all, and each is an episode waiting to be animated. The two I've seen are bagatelles--brief and insubstantial but colorful and fluid.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Everything in the pilot, written by executive producer Claudia Lonow, is a hair or three too strenuous; Billie has been knocked down to a few easy-to-grasp impulses, and almost all the other roles are filled by stereotypes--Jensen's most wastefully--in stereotypical relationships. Nevertheless, the premise is full of interesting possibilities about love and age and unconventional parenting.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    The show's shifts in tone can seem ungainly; the comedy, of which there is more than usual in such shows, sometimes rubs uncomfortably against the premise.... Yet the show is best when it's funniest.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It's an uneven show that lacks the finely crafted eccentricity of a "Northern Exposure" and "Twin Peaks" or "Picket Fences" (other strange-small-town shows featuring police officers), but when I say "uneven," I do mean that sometimes it's good.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It does get a little pretentious at times, especially during the opening and closing narrations, but its pretensions are very much comic-book pretensions, and therefore allowable in what is, fundamentally, a comic book.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    The series keeps generally on the right side of things by virtue of the excellence and exuberance of the performances, which add flesh where needed; by moving fast enough to keep ahead of your second thoughts; and by spreading the ridiculousness around.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    World Without End is, to use a Python word, silly much of the time. But in a piece this big and busy, individual elements can stand out as enjoyable even when the whole is less than the sum of those parts.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Their TV show, which might make the band more famous than its music, is lightweight, sometimes flat and sometimes embarrassing, with none of the deadpan brilliance of "Flight of the Conchords" or the sophisticated sitcomedy of the late “The Chris Isaak Show.”
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Old-chestnut premise notwithstanding, the show wants to be modern, and the humor occasionally pushes further than one might expect from a family comedy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Notwithstanding the novelty of the setting, the nice Latin music and good individual work by the cast--Walker is especially notable in a role made to notice--Smits is the engine that drives the ship; he gives Cane at least an illusion of speed and substance and soul.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    An expectation of failure is built into the comedy, so that at times the contestants are funny only in the attempt to be funny. At other times, given the circumstances, it may seem miraculous that they can be funny at all.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Still, for all the unlikely things the Gaytons make happen in order to get their characters into place, and the dogged refusal of a couple of those characters to become interesting at all, the show gathers steam as it goes on.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    As with most things Wolf, it is superbly cast, almost too well... But every small role is well cast too -- the judges, the defendants, the policemen. They help create a lively world that's more believable than it sometimes deserves to be, and it is almost always engaging.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    State of Mind is the weaker (and the more strenuous and sour) of the two [new shows on Lifetime], and all the more disappointing for the presence of the reliably interesting Taylor.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It's an amiable show whose main purpose is to give Prinze a place to be amiable in, and it does that well enough, when it isn't straining for laughs or wandering too far from the path of probability.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    The show starts out annoying and then gets less annoying. ... I don't have great hopes for this, but I had expected it to burn the eyes from my head, and that is not at all the case.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It's funny in its own way, smarter than most TV comedies and has a terrific cast -- all of which makes me wonder why I'm not more moved by it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It has its good points and its less good points, but there's enough of the former to merit a look.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Too Big to Fail is pretty consistent low-key entertainment if not exactly enlightening (because it is an impersonation of the truth) or gripping (because we already know how it sort of ends).
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    This is news that never quite rises to the level of an event: "David Mamet Came to Television and All We Got Was a Better 'E-Ring.' "
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    With a couple of minor changes--new graphics, new desk--Noah's first show kept everything in place. The theme song, the correspondents, the Moment of Zen. The bent remains political.... As with every new host since the beginning of hosts, he was the least comfortable in the interview segment--with "comedic rock star" Kevin Hart. It made him seem young in a way the rest of the show did not.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    As it goes on, the show becomes less of a bro-fest, a bro-stock, a bro-achella and more of a balanced coed ensemble comedy. ... It is all more charming after the fourth episode than after the first.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    If it plays havoc with the realities of medical practice, well, so did "House." And to glamorize, sanitize and romanticize illness is, after all, an old Hollywood tradition; and this is a show with a target audience for whom even death, in soft enough focus, can constitute a sort of wish fulfillment.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    A pretty good new series.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Although the pilot feels somewhat made-to-order and its characters are schematically arrayed - press materials describe them as "the everyday couple" (Kyle Bornheimer and Christine Woods), "the high-passion couple" (David Walton and Mary Elizabeth Ellis) and "the couple that strives to be perfect" (Hayes MacArthur and Olivia Munn)--subsequent episodes grow looser and more natural, even as they get stranger.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    I can't say I have completely made up my mind myself, though on balance I'm more yea than nay, and the series' intelligent dopiness is something of a going style in comedy. Certain things do strike me odd.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It is buried in whimsicality and paeans to "feeling" and leaping into the void. And the stars do feel out of sync. (Williams is more comfortable riffing with James Wolk--"Mad Men's" Bob Benson--as... some other guy who works there.) We will give it some time.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    A light dusting of Milton notwithstanding, its pitch is mainstream and middlebrow. A decently made series that is neither particularly original nor entirely predictable.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    This is only an average situation comedy, but even the great ones have worn that makeup.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    While much of it is silly, corny or clichéd and relies more on easy effects — the power ballad, the overwrought sex scene — than on the subtle explorations of people and place that the pilot seems to promise, the series is, on the whole, highly digestible summer fun.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    I can't say the pilot struck me as especially funny, but there are good things and talented people in it, and it looks good.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    The show fulfills its mission: It is an industrial entertainment, a candy-colored machine to snare budding consumers who (once again) are not being served so much as being served up.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    The celebration and surrender are enough to put the viewer in a vicarious good mood, no matter how unconvincing its context.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    If the Awful Truth of the Global Meltdown is the big carrot "Jericho" dangles before you, it is no more compelling than the question of which of the available good-looking girls Ulrich is going to get close to.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It's a comic book, basically, a B-movie, a pulp fiction, and low enough in the cultural reckoning of things to set its own rules with impunity.... Part of the pleasure of the series is that particular pleasure of watching a super-heroic character who can't fail.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It isn't until the glimmer of a plot finally emerges, after Todd stumbles into a Middle Eastern market with a can of Thunder Muscle, eliciting sudden mysterious interest--that the series inches past mere mockery to the promise of more muscular misadventure.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    An aura of staginess, of manufactured drama and strenuous comedy, surrounds the show and works into its every cranny and nook. As a result, one never feels that the pair are in even as much danger as they're actually in. Yet it is not without charm; indeed, its appeal is in its pretense.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    If hardly a moment feels plausible, the show has energy to spare and so many balls in the air by the end of the pilot that it's hard not to want to see where they will come down.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It works best at its most intimate, as family drama, and as another variant on "The Real World," in which people who would not ordinarily live together are made to do so.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Wootton is a quick-minded, thematically consistent improviser who thoroughly knows his characters, and obviously something of a daredevil: You can get hurt doing this stuff, or arrested. But as in Baron Cohen's comedies, the cleverness of the star is too much the point.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    The setting is exotic, and the characters are colorful in ordinary, workaday ways. The series' one real failing is that it doesn't completely trust them to carry the drama, laying on the high-volume audiovisual tics and tricks of reality television to remind us to be interested and excited. And yet it's the smaller, unvarnished, passing moments that sell the show--where its particular poetry, and even its comedy, can be found.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Nevertheless, this is a kind of American classic that goes right against the grain of what cartoons are supposed to be.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Whatever else you make of it--and it's enough to say that if you like this sort of thing, you will like this thing--it's all, or partly, for a good cause.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    None of the characters--including the usual smart hot girl, mean hot girl and mean hot guy--range beyond well-established types, and the show would have to stand on a chair to aim any lower. But it is mostly sweet-tempered and oddly moral, and, as I write these words, I do not hate it.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It has an appealing modesty that survives its bouts of aesthetic overexcitement--the occasionally lurching camera, hammering soundtrack, the sentimental pop song laid over the last couple of minutes as the principals silently end a long, hard day.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    I can't say I found much of Workaholics especially funny, but neither do I have it in my heart to hate it. On a craft level, it's very nicely made, the actors are weirdly appealing, and its spirit is not mean, but sweet.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    I like what I've seen, though there are more than a couple of moments where the only possible reaction is "Naaah."
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    The series is not so different from, or significantly worse--or better--than the network's other two season premieres, "Melrose Place" and "The Vampire Diaries," which also affix stock characters, played mostly by good-looking young folk, to standard plot lines sexed up with pop songs and different flavors of visual glamour. Because they do not aim particularly high, they pretty much hit what they aim at.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    In spite of some talented actors, it all seems more scripted than lived, referring not the world but a world of things you've seen on TV, handled well enough to make Mercy passable, but never exceptional, television.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Though it is flat and obvious at times, and some might call it ill-paced--I think of it as leisurely--it is only a little sanctimonious and not at all stuffed.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Their [Gethard and Parnell] interplay, once things get moving, is appealing, if not quite compelling, but what sold me on the pilot was the moment when 14-year-old Dylan Blue, as Gethard's beyond-the-law kid brother, revealed his dark side, and his gun; I was a little frightened.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Much about the pilot felt flat or programmatic to me, but much was likable as well, especially the nonchalant tenderness between the male leads. And the cast is good.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It may be seen as a kinder, gentler, funnier cousin to Fox's bitter " 'Til Death."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It was an encouraging start.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    The first lines of this new chapter were promising, if not quite the fulfillment of his last wild nights at NBC, when caution was thrown to the wind.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Yet if the pilot is generic and wan, it is at least sweet-tempered and not completely offensive (though this is somewhat at odds with its cinematic heritage).
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It is technically proficient--that is, the jokes consistently work, even when they don't add up to much--and its problems may not be unsolvable, if anyone even considers them problems in the first place.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Lacking the subtext, satire and snappy talk that made "Buffy" golden, Demons (on the evidence of its first two episodes) has little on its mind past raising spooks and smiting them, but it does a fair enough job of that.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    For all its flaws, there's something attractively amiable about Harry's Law. A little more grit, a little less speechifying, and a better verdict might yet arrive.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It's a decent but not brilliant beginning.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Like other Rhimes shows, including "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy," it filters a lot of nuttiness through good actors who can make compelling what otherwise might seem absurd.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Like its predecessor, “Vice Principals” goes all in for profanity and the trading of childish insults (“Keep walkin’, sassypants” is one I can quote), and there is a certain melodic delight in hearing Goggins pronounce the multisyllabic bad words the basic-cable rules kept from him saying on “Justified.” But the comic returns do diminish.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    New York also offers the gift of its locations, which are used abundantly and give the show a sense of reality its script does not always earn. (The actors take up the rest of the slack.)
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Crimson Petal could lose an hour without sacrificing a single scene or word of dialogue, and it would still seem slow and moody.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    But even at 10 hours, Carrier feels cursory and incomplete. That's not to say that at most any given moment it's uninteresting--it's quite watchable--just that it doesn't add up to as much as it should.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Chicagoland is a mosaic, as befits its many-cultured metropolitan setting--and for better or worse. The series moves fast to get it all in, muscling you with its Big Shoulders and too-present hip-hoppy soundtrack, giving you just enough of its characters--including kids and cops, a doctor, a rapper, a restaurateur--to make you feel you should be getting more of them.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    An ideal summer entertainment for armchair travelers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    There is a professional efficiency to much of the comedy. (It is funny sometimes.)
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Many of those gags are mechanical and flat, although they are delivered as though they were not. But when the leads are focused on each other, size no longer matters and the show flickers to life.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    New show runner Joshua Safran has, in any case, declared himself a fan of the show, promising changes more surgical than wholesale, a promise disappointing in its way. Nevertheless, he has trimmed much deadwood.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    A long ride to nowhere but with some nice scenery and exciting turns along the way.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Despite such bloody activity, it's a long trudge through the desert to the Promised Land.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Whether or not they add up to much, the scenes play well, and there are enough heavy-breathing soap-operatics, random acts of violence and unanswered questions to keep one idly watching.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    "The State Within"... is something less than perfect, but if you have a taste for high-level skulduggery and do not mind being totally confused much of the time, it's an enjoyable enough ride — fun, sometimes exciting, basically intelligent, occasionally preposterous.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    All their best scenes are with one another and have less to do with whatever case they're contesting than with their shared personal history--the characters are old friends, maybe lovers--and teasingly suggested future. The crimes, by contrast, are not particularly compelling, even when they are sensational, and feel invented merely to let the stars talk.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    The principals are all good.... And there are funny lines.... At the same time, the show feels something shy of essential.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    If you're in the mood for some outer space, I wouldn't warn you away. Livingston and Harris work well together, and though it's too soon to know whether this will go anywhere interesting, it's also too soon to say it won't. I do wonder what's coming.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It's corny, ponderous, literary, ambitious, obvious and, at the beginning at least, as slow as molasses, but continually re-energized by Ian McShane as King Saul, or, as he's known here, King Silas Benjamin
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    From where I sit, it is something of a mixed bag, but it works more than it doesn't, and an impressive, semi-big-name cast helps keep it upright and lends the project an air of prestige--especially in the context of its modest little network.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    There are enough interesting ideas inherent in the material to warrant giving The Americans a chance, and interesting enough ideas that one wishes a little more attention were being paid to them, and a little less to the usual spy-jinks.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    The prologue is well-handled, suspenseful and alarming, but much of what follows seems at least a little bit silly or confused.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    There's nothing here you couldn't imagine from the premise, but there's also nothing wrong with what's here: McGraw is a good foil for Grammer, and Grammer is good at what he does.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    The cleverest part of the show is that it makes the judges into contestants; they compete against one another for the right to invest in a business, and they haggle with the entrepreneurs over the terms of their investment.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    As is the case with pilots, the seams tend to show--the bountiful expository dialogue makes no effort to veil its purpose, and the production is a tad too insistent that we find these scamps charming. But they are fairly charming at that, and though the spy stuff is all unconvincing hokum, the company is easy to bear.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Most of what doesn't work in the pilot happens when the production strives for a big effect or grand stroke, while all of what works best happens in the close space between the leads.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Painless at worst, and mostly better than that.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    When Believe tries to be meaningful, it's also at its most obvious, and the show could prove to be too willfully touching for its own good. But it doesn't seem impossible to me that they could get the mix right.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It's too schematic by half, the banter rarely ascends to the level and wit, and it contains barely a believable moment... but it is not without a certain energy and cast-based charm.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Except in the decorative details, it is exactly the same as every other gimme-a-job reality show ever made, with the contestants all banged up in a fancy dormitory from which they disappear one by one after themed weekly challenges.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    "Casanova" only gets into trouble when it wants to mean something, and the more pointedly emotional moments seem cooked up to the point of hokum, but it's fun when it wants to be, and most of the time it just wants to be fun.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It's probably enough to say that if you like this sort of thing, this is just the sort of thing you'll like. (If the tautology fits, wear it.) Rodriguez knows how this machine works as well as anyone alive. Whether such sensationalist kicks are good for us "as a people," or indeed as people in particular, is a question the culture and its guardians and gadflies have been batting around for years. A decision is not due any time soon.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Some of these women are troubled, certainly, but none of them seems like trouble. Indeed, I felt a little sad at times, watching--not as I usually do, for the society that could produce such a program, but for the actual women in it, as far as I could make them out.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    [Scott Baio's] naturally relaxed presence mitigates the show's more hectic leanings.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It's a premise that seems more appropriate to a mid-'90s theatrical romantic comedy -- something with Sandra Bullock or Meg Ryan -- than to a TV series, and indeed, given how much transpires in the pilot, you could bang an extra hour of complications and resolutions onto the end and have a spiffy little chick flick.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Pope is a likeable woman, smart and sensible. Although the Difficult Boss is a common feature of Bravo series, by network standards she is egoless as the Buddha. Indeed, as a protector of the almost-born from the fuzzy thinking and distracted inattention of their parents, she is a bastion of perspective.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It's just the same joke endlessly repeated--the everyday translated into geek-speak, and the obscure and difficult treated as if it were common knowledge.... These are perilous times for sitcoms, and Lorre & Co. may want to think up another.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    If he seems a little too dense at times, Kutcher has a good way with amiable idiots, and Masterson does well with bittersweet sarcasm. Still, it's Elliott and Winger (it's exciting just to see her working, I admit), coming from outside the genre, who make The Ranch feel at least a little new.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    At times it feels enough that the players seem to be enjoying themselves to enjoy it alongside them.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    While the performances are first-rate, and the film is never less than enjoyable, it doesn't quite take off.

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