For 748 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Lloyd's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Lady Dynamite: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 I Wanna Marry Harry: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 748
748 tv reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    There were some dull and awkward spots during the premiere, which is the eternal price of variety, but I laughed through much of it, and through some of it I laughed a lot. Really a lot.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It is nice for actors to play long scenes full of words for them to say--a serious conversation in a television show might last all of six lines--and though the story feels improbable at some times and obvious at others, it can be fun just to watch them work out, flexing their Chicago Irish accents.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    This is a modest production that nevertheless generates a good bit of energy and benefits from sympathetic casting, decent dialogue and keeping things ambiguous.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The narrative can sometimes be confusing. But the multiple, long arcs become legible, and sort themselves out satisfactorily in the end, if not in any way surprisingly. And there are good, under-the-top performances that enliven characters fetched from mothballs.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    While it's generally entertaining, there are times when it seems too obviously invented.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    If the series is too schematic and too noncommittal to really function as satire, that doesn't matter much; it’s fun--“The Good Wife” was always the best at its funnest--and Winstead has just the right mix of innocence, intelligence, idealism and pluck for the job. And it functions capably as a monster movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    There are some hectoring musical passages and the narration, delivered by Tom Selleck, foregrounding the folksy creak in his voice, can run to the precious and dramatically over-personified.... It is gorgeous clean through.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It's not a perfect show, but to judge by its pilot, it has good bones and excellent prospects, with a cast that knows just how much fun it can have before it seems as if it is just having fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The series tries a little hard at first. You can hear its knees creak, its joints pop.... But once we are out in open water, things improve; the show grows across its 12 first-season episodes into a comfortably familiar and appealing sort of TV-season-length rom-com.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    After the introductions were out of the way and Segal got out his banjo and cigar--not a euphemism, and contractually guaranteed, perhaps--I grew relaxed enough to recognize that, yes, these people are professionals, and they do know their stuff.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    New beginnings can be difficult; there are problems here, though they are not irremediable. By and large the show improves on its pilot.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Without bringing anything radically new to the annals of sitcomedy, Louis-Dreyfus makes Christine feel fresh and real.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    I am not yet sold, but I will stick around a while to see what this future holds.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The writing is decent, with flashes of sideways wit.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Director Coky Giedroyc leaves enough dramatic headroom that when forces draw together toward the end, with one last frontier to cross, he can deliver what feels like pulp-fiction thrills without getting loud or fancy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Demanding absolute sense or ironclad consistency from a show like this is like wanting a butterfly to fly a straighter line, not only pointless but somehow unnatural.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Roth is a fine actor and a welcome presence on the small screen, and he manages to integrate a catalog of amazing facts into a character. But the show will be better for giving him more to do than bust liars, then explain how he did it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Though it does not seem to be entirely scripted, it is (as opposed to the rambling podcast) highly organized and includes invented guests alongside those appearing as not necessarily reliable versions of themselves.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Although the subject is epic, the approach is intimate, even informal.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Little happens in the two episodes I've seen that could not be mathematically extrapolated from the premise.... yet it works pretty well. The actors are generally charming.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    While the series, which opens with a ship being boarded and taken, does have its moments of big, noisy action (see: Michael Bay, above), it spends a lot of time on land, as well, with the main characters taking care of business, making plans, laying traps and working on their surprisingly complicated personal relationships. There is also, tedious to relate, an abundance of female nudity.... Other than that, Black Sails' depiction of daily life among the pirates is plausibly authentic and workaday, and the Nassau through which they roam feels real and well-peopled.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    [Kevin Spacey] has a sense of play and fun. What mattered all the way through is that he was game. ... An evening with so many scheduled high points, so many moments of focused energy, can have a cumulative enervating effect. And yet, I will be honest, I choke up regularly and reliably through the Tonys.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The Norwegians are the foreigners here, and Norway the foreign land. But that remoteness is part of the show's appeal.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It's a sweet summer treat.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Where "Comedy Bang! Bang!" is dust-dry, Bunk does its work with a kind of idiot enthusiasm.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Free Agents has its moments and fine performances--and also make one wonder about the long run.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Neither [Man With a Plan or The Great Indoors] is groundbreaking or particularly exciting; both are quite likable and solidly constructed.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    [USA Network's] shows are for the most part solidly constructed, but where holes exist or the structure is creaky, they are shored up by the charm of their always well-cast players. Two new series bowing this week and next exemplify the house style; both are impressive out of the gate.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    All in all, this is a dynamic, addictive rendition of a complicated novel that catches the spirit of Dickens' "roaring streets" where "the noisy and the eager, and the arrogant and the froward and the vain, fretted and chafed, and made their usual uproar."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It doesn't matter, finally, what becomes of them, we watch less in suspense than in wonder: wonder at the cheek and gall of these characters; wondering how true any of it is; and wondering, most profitably, at the performances, the least of which are good and the best of which are good fun.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    As revivals go it is more than usually successful and true to the spirit of its predecessor.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Neither [Man With a Plan or The Great Indoors] is groundbreaking or particularly exciting; both are quite likable and solidly constructed.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It was, on the whole, a very good show that emphasized performances.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The plots are a little obvious--you can usually stay a jump or two ahead of the revelations--but the actors keep you well distracted.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The Goode Family, which is nicely acted and well animated, works best when the cultural potshots give way to the more basic human needs of its characters.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    When it comes to the day's central oration, Akomfrah can't quite leave King alone, laying in music below him--not the usual sentimental suet, at least, but a distraction and a distortion nonetheless; those words need no accompaniment. And here and there he processes an image for dramatic (and sometimes confusing) effect. But these are bumps in an otherwise well-laid road.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    [Meyers] was shaky only fleetingly. He stuck his landings. He was cool, but clearly having fun.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Just what they'll do with all this newfound mojo is hard to say, so packed is the pilot with varying sorts of business and attitudes, the soundtrack obligingly swinging from comic-bright to melancholy-minor, to action-bold. Developments late in the episode suggest that No Ordinary Family will look a lot more like "Heroes" than it will, say, "The Adventures of Superman," a course we have seen to be fraught with danger.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    That he is a difficult character is not lost on Maron, or the collective superego that runs his show. Other characters--the supporting performances are shaded and excellent throughout and help take the edges off--find him difficult as well; they stand in for the audience, criticizing him on its behalf.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The mood is whimsical; oddballs abound.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It can feel a little predictable at times, even a little phony, including the odd meaningful speech made about purpose and authenticity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    What Vice offers is not deep or thorough, but it is not without value. The news comes in pieces now; to get the full picture, you have to assemble it yourself.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It is, like much British comedy, unabashedly vulgar where its American cousins are relatively coy, an attitude that feels alternately trying and refreshingly healthy. You will recall that the Puritans brought their neuroses here. The kids, or rather the young adults playing the kids, are all very good.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It is smartly written and well played.... This series is also going to be very much a matter of taste.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Overall, this is smart, solid whole-family entertainment, modest in its ambitions yet far above the run of made-for-TV holiday yuck you will be offered in the weeks ahead. And it has puppets.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    "Robin Hood" boasts most of the usual problems with low-budget epics.... But the show has wit and energy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It is something shy of electrifying and not always convincing, but it pulls you right along and offers too many good moments and fine performances not to recommend it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Like "Hank," The Middle is no Next New Thing; indeed, both argue for the opposite, the pleasures of the known, of craft and of watching people who know what they're doing do it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The series is in most respects a typical action-comedy. But it has a nice swing and surprises you often enough, usually with some throwaway line, to feel invigorating in the end.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It's all elevated by looking really beautiful (though not -- and this is the crucial difference -- stylish). The pictures fill in the blanks, and even as Skins strains credibility, it achieves moments of poetry.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Director Rupert Wyatt (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) keeps the pilot chilly and drear, not overdoing the shocks and special effects.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The characters are more affectionate than antagonistic. They are dim, but mostly not dumb, countering what we have come to expect from portrayals of the middle- or working-class people of Boston.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    I was often moved by the dedication and heart on display.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The action is active, the suspense tense, the actors game. It seems a little silly at times, but meet it halfway and the hour passes painlessly.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It's a busy opening, including brief but satisfying guest appearances by Jorge "Hurley" Garcia and an elephant. The show is well played down to the smallest parts.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It's almost as if, like its testosterone-fueled fighters, the show loses its mind every once in a while and just has to punch something, and punch it and punch it and punch it. Between these attacks, however, it relaxes into well-written scenes in which the wounded characters express ideas and feelings other than rage.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Like Parton's music, it manages to be somehow clear- and misty-eyed at once, a mix of the natural and the sentimental.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    To be sure, this is the sort of engineered reality in which things mostly happen because someone is there to film them, and not the other way around. But that it is only a partial, edited view of its star--she has, for one thing, a husband, artist-provocateur Al Ridenour, who is neither seen nor heard--doesn't mean that real thoughts and feelings don't come through. It's best when they do.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Like everything else in the world, the show is faster, louder and busier, which would not necessarily seem to be the best environment for learning.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It is, for all its two and a half hours, a streamlined retelling, organized more around energy and atmosphere than facts and figures.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    A relatively quiet, at times almost meditative comedy with a talking animal at its center.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    I've watched the pilot possibly too many times not to notice how the parts have been glued together and the jokes teed up, but the performances are good.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    As schematic and derivative as it is, as invested in piling on the feel-good moments past the point even of suspended disbelief, there is something quite likable about Made in Jersey.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The personal business is interesting enough, if here and there inexplicable--like life, I hear you sigh--and does help make sense of why the characters act so needy around the office. But what Southland does best is to portray police work as a job--boring, trying, exciting by turns.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Nothing in Jeff & Some Aliens looks particularly radical or ground-breaking. Still, the three episodes I’ve seen are well plotted and performed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    You can either let this annoy you, or you can try to work out the meaning, or you can just enjoy the flow in a noncommittal way that does not preclude your being stimulated, shocked or held in suspense--like a fun-house ride. I am of the third disposition, and have also been of the first.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    I would like to find Swedish Dicks funnier than I do because, the odd burst of tastelessness notwithstanding, it is fundamentally good-hearted and there is something to be said for a good heart in a wicked world.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Once again written by Pamela K. Long and directed by Stephen Herek, it's not quite up to the mark of its predecessor, whose strengths were in ordinary domestic relations and challenges--a Smoky Mountains "Waltons."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It is a sometimes clever, just as often clichéd mix of dystopian tropes, with performances ranging from nicely modulated to almost over the top, and some sly design that, along with some twisted PSAs, also accounts for most of the story’s humor. It is quite watchable and nothing special.
    • 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.

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