For 561 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 39% 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 The Office (UK): Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 I Wanna Marry Harry: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 561
561 tv reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It benefits immensely from the presence of Braugher, at long last in a role that, like that of Det. Frank Pembleton on "Homicide: Life on the Street," suits his particular intensity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    There are moments that require you not to think too hard, and some of the black humor doesn't overcome its fundamental nastiness. But on the whole, it's a superior package, intelligently constructed and handsomely executed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It has a kind of sunny charm, a premise fit for a novel, and is built upon a pair of strong female leads, a rare enough thing in sitcoms. Poehler and Jones have a nice, contrapuntal rhythm. I stamp this show: approved.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Like the women in it, the show is solid and professional and holds together well.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Although predictable in predictable ways, there are enough twists and turns and, relatively speaking, complexities of character to keep things interesting, and a pivot at the end that I did not see coming. Which bodes well.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Clearly flung at the Spike's male demo–-"Get More Action" is the network tagline, which implies a viewership not getting as much as it would like--it has a slightly sour edge that some will just read as The Way Things Are.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The cast is excellent, and there's potential here, even though tonight's opening episode, as pilots will, tries a little too hard.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The pilot works a little hard--not one but two characters get catchphrases, which happily evaporate by the second episode--but plenty of good things come out in the effort, and better things seem likely to come.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The mechanics of the cases (again, par for the genre) might squeak or grind here or there, but Backstrom really stumbles only when it strains too hard for seriousness--and it is not a fatal fall, in any case.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The premiere felt a little tense; the host is still learning how to relate to the camera, how to occupy television. Nevertheless, he proves a friendly presence.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Its pleasures are simple and familiar. There is the usual mix of boastful losers and shy winners, of tiresome cutting remarks and delightful delighted approval.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The Address is ragged and homely; it feels homemade, even amateurish at times.... But it is full of life and feeling; its rawness suits the subject, and helps rather than hinders Burns' cause.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    If nothing here screams New Dylan or Next Gaga, or bids in any way to rival the best of "Runway" or "Chef," the craft-under-pressure and problem-solving elements work as before. It's amazing what people can do in a day.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    While supercool science may be the hook, the real draw of Eleventh Hour is Sewell.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    With a little tweaking, the series just as easily could be set in some large corporation, or on a college campus, and engage most of the same interpersonal issues — what women do for men and for one another.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Fortunately, Gamble and Hoggart can be quite funny in their pretended confusion. Their strategies are sometimes too obvious, but often the humor takes a nicely absurdist turn.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The cartoon show is the least of his series, but it is generally amusing and pretty to watch, and I like the way it rambles.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Hall is out of practice himself but has already proved himself good at this job, and he remains likable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It is loud and manipulative and ugly to behold, but it isn't dull.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Pretty Little Liars managed to find an organic groove, and there's reason to think this close cousin can also find its feet and walk.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Both as twisty mystery and armchair vacation, it's a good way to pass a summer night.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    There are people in this world who find flatulence mightily entertaining, and they should be happy here.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    [Jason Isaacs] is not the only reason to recommend it, but it is by itself sufficient; indeed, it overwhelms any small arguments in its disfavor.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The first episode is the weakest of the three I've seen, with some good moments but too couched in the nominal premise of struggling performers trying to make it in show business. The sex humor feels similarly conventional. Things quickly improve, however, as the women get stranger and more idiosyncratic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The show is aspirational and at times genuinely exciting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Like all authorized biographies, it does tend to plead its subject's case, and though it is not by any means a scrubbed version of the life, Gibney's take is sympathetic.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    There is some hokum in the pilot, including the odd B-movie line ("This could be a very important scientific site") and the red glowing eyes that ever signify evil. But it is smartly assembled--Stephen Williams, who directed 26 episodes of "Lost," made the good-looking pilot--and there may be enough gas in these characters to get them somewhere interesting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    This is not one of those emotional journeys in which the teller comes finally to forgive herself and the world and we get out our handkerchiefs. Craziness is Fisher's baseline--Wishful Drinking begins and ends before the image of a padded cell--and clarity the thing she buys with comedy. Life will kill you, she seems to say: You might as well laugh.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    As redeveloped by Cynthia Cidre (the 2007 CBS prime-time soap "Cane"), it is very much its [the original "Dallas"] heir, in spirit and execution.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Generation Kill tends to play as a series of discrete events. I suppose an argument might be made that this mirrors the way that the constant threat of extinction, and subject always to a sudden change in (rarely explained) orders, makes one live in the moment. I don't think that was what the producers intended, but it works well enough for watching it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    I would encourage you to keep watching "Mozart in the Jungle" ... past its so-so, sometimes off-putting pilot. It gets good thereafter — very good.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The new series, to judge by the two opening hours, is better balanced and plays more to the players' strengths.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Copper has come to entertain, not to educate, and it discharges that duty well.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    You could resist it, really, as you should be able to resist all television, unless you have been completely assimilated into the matrix. But you'd be missing some sparky fun. Submit.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The show is indeed diverting. Nothing surprising, but pretty consistently interesting and as easy to watch as any invented procedural.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    In a world without cable dramas, Chicago Fire would be considered television at its more compelling and realistic. As it is, it walks the line between shameless entertainment--hot guys, hot girls, the fires within, the fires without--and intelligent storytelling.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It is tonally odd yet quite likable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Wilmore was off to a good start Monday night--a little muted, which is his style anyway, and a little tentative, as would be expected. But he landed some punches and clearly had more than a little fun.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Once you get past the relatively stiff opening episode and everyone relaxes and starts having fun, "Hustle" is an undemanding good time that manages to rack your nerves even when you know better.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    If it doesn't match "Battlestar" for ambition or poetry or sparkling dialogue--to judge by the three hours available for review--it's well-made, solidly scary and disturbing all the same.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The script can seem both a little precious and a little obvious at times, dropping references to Pandora's box, the golem, Einstein's definition of insanity and Schrödinger's cat. But all in all, it works.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The closer you are to living with an addict or an addiction, the more essential you'll find this viewing, obviously, but the less personally involved will still find much of scientific and human interest.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The premiere is nonetheless diverting, if not immediately impressive, and there are nice rhythms and sharp asides and some other things to be said in its favor: It's a show about the working class - or perhaps better put, the barely surviving entrepreneurial class - that is actually about work.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Whether all, or indeed any, of the subjects here are actually "iconoclasts" is debatable -- "independent" is more like it -- but the title is meant to signal that this is something hipper and smarter and less conventionally angled than a Barbara Walters special and, at least on the basis of the two episodes available for review, it is.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Eventually the mood relaxes, even as the slapstick amps up, and what may prove to be a charming comedy begins to emerge.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It is so well-assembled and well-played that its contrivances and clichés play like something reasonably close to life.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The series is at its most convincing, and most beautiful, at its most static. When the show bursts into action, or insists upon making its characters intense and extraordinary--some of them fictionally take credit for real-world medical advances and inventions--it grows, paradoxically, proportionally less interesting.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    I recommend the series, though Sunday's opening film, "Sidetracked," does present a bit of a stumbling block.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    In most other respects, it is a standard three-camera sitcom, in which two bickering siblings in their mid-30s (Mitchell and Strahan) find themselves back living with their parents (Weathers and Pounder). Which is not to call it run-of-the-mill--it has some charm and personality and keeps its focus unusually tight on the four principals.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It is often fun, even when it is not funny.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The show's attitudinal mix of the jaded and amazed, the shocked and amused, is supported by the production itself.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It's in that "perhaps" and "possibly" that Ashes to Ashes finds a way forward, and although it's not as good as the original, it pushes many of the same buttons and sews on a few new ones. It's quite enjoyable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The comedy offsets (and benefits from) both Spader's innate creepiness and Shatner's innate hamminess, and it is where producer David E. Kelley's own talents lie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    There's much here to suggest that, if everyone relaxes a little, good things will come.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Without making any great claims for the show's depth, I do sense a desire behind the sensation and soap to investigate something significant, if deceptively simple: how life changes in a moment.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Even the most concocted bits play out in a relaxed way, as when a drummer lay back behind the beat, putting new life into an old tune, making the corn convincing, the familiar unpredictable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    I rather enjoyed the pilot. Perhaps it's a Canadian thing, but like "Flashpoint," Rookie Blue doesn't oversell itself. It is modest and plain in a way that makes even its less likely moments feel credible enough.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Made with ingenuity and verve, it substitutes the half-glimpsed and suggestive for the in-your-face and explicit, and concentrates more on the buildup than the payoff, the fear more than the fright.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    There is something satisfying about watching difficult things performed well, especially when the point is to make it look easy, and especially when the performer is a person who might reasonably be expected to fail.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    As these things go, The Job is rather mild-mannered and amiable--everyone is on their best behavior, because there is no advantage in being nasty.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    As at the Friars, the humor gets low at times, but the characters themselves do not; which is not to say that they keep their dignity. The conversation is long on riffing and syntactically comical constructions.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The personal circus, while given much play, remains secondary to the cooking contest. And as usual, the crop of contestants is claimed to be the most talented yet, and they do seem well-credentialed (James Beard nominees, Michelin-star-winner), competitive and more than usually tattooed.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Though it is not exactly in the spirit of the original, it should satisfy any "Boy" fans eager to see it.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    "Blade: The Series" is pretty good, really, as these things go.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Hosted by plus-size supermodel Emme, More to Love adds an extra layer of pathos to the genre's usual Harlequin hearts and flowers, its candlelit rooms, poolside chats and painfully drawn out ritual eliminations.

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