For 562 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 Homeland: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 I Wanna Marry Harry: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 562
562 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Lloyd
    Each [episode] stands on its own as a TV art film, an independent work of short fiction.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The artfully composed images are both crystal clear and cinematically creamy.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Breaking Bad is as good as a show on this subject could possibly get, but the subject has its drawbacks. I like it, I admire it, but I can't say I enjoy it.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.)
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It works because it's less about who we were then--it's a fantasy of who we were then, really--than about who we are now.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The show is exceptionally well made from top to bottom and pulls you in and pulls you along, owing not least to a host of terrific performances.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It's not the greatest thing since sliced bread but rather a well-made sort of sliced bread, a thing you have had before but prepared with quality ingredients by bakers who know their business.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    If Burns' customary elegiac pace doesn't always work for his subjects--it is the opposite of everything we're told about Theodore Roosevelt, at least--he gives you time to really look at what he's brought to show you.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    "Curb" is a comedy of hostility, resentment, paranoia and obsessiveness. There are no feel-good moments, no life-brightening epiphanies, nothing, in fact, even vaguely resembling a resolution; things get as bad as you feared, and then the credits roll. [3 Jan 2004]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    There is little in the way of "action"--it is possibly the slowest, most deliberative show on television, which is one of the things that makes it so lovely and mysterious.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    There are no heroes or villains here, only people working out or being carried toward their individual destinies. And in who we root for and in what we root for them to choose, we also define ourselves.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Lloyd
    Instead of examining the moralizing titillation that fuels the gossip press, "Dirt" just follows its lead.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    At something more than five hours, Prohibition, while interesting from moment to moment, is longer than it needs to be, and made even longer by Burns' habitual stateliness.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It is all very beautiful.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It is cinematic in the sense that nothing in it looks quite real. But it works: This is not the London known as jolly and old, but the new chilly city of glass, a place of missed connections, of aliens and alienation. And the smart dialogue and warm performances--even Holmes has a discernible beating heart, or perhaps two--keep ice from forming on the production.
    • 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].
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    You will find things still generally a mess come Sunday, but now there is at least the possibility of light.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Despite its equivocal title, Almost the Truth beats any Python documentary yet made for comprehensiveness and depth.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Silicon Valley is a comedy, certainly, and a very funny one, but it doesn't spend all its time reminding you of the fact.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    More troubling, and the bulk of his case, is the testimony of former Scientologists, some of them high-ranked, some of them claiming inside knowledge. Defenders of the faith will say that they are lying now when they say they were lying then, but they seem quite credible and composed to me--amazed at the people they'd been, astonished by what they couldn't see, ashamed at their actions or inaction.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It is an homage and a celebration, with something of a high-class homemade feel.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Tyler Labine makes a most excellent wacky bearded sidekick, and Rick Gonzalez and Valarie Rae Miller round out the Scooby Gang. Auteur of slackerdom Kevin Smith ("Clerks") directed the pilot, which maintains a nice fairy tale tone even as it stresses the banality of the infernal.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    The play, and the production, might have been better served by rolling a few cameras into the theater, but I know that isn't how people like to do these things.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    The film as a whole is a strange case of mostly excellent parts that make an overlong and tedious whole.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Unlike many series--especially cable series--and despite the propensity of some family members to take undue advantage of Cam's new good fortune, the show is not broadly cynical about people or institutions, which makes it easy to like, despite its sometimes wobbly tone and occasional clumsy construction.
    • 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
    Artistically, it may be an unnecessary appendix, but I'm not complaining. More pie? I will make room somehow.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Fine character actors abound, playing people on the rural edges, but it's the main character and Olyphant's performance that lift the sometimes labored plot lines and carry them over the finish line.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Apart from a surfeit of split screen effects and some overbearing soundtrack selections, I have no quarrel with this series at all, and wore a lump in my throat through much of it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It is a suitably complicated and pictorially engaging work of period suburban mystery, with a large cast of characters
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Rick Beyer's fascinating, detailed and oddly delightful account of the World War II military camouflage artists whose job was not to hide men and materiel but to create battalions where none actually existed, drawing German eyes and ears to the wrong place.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    That the two men are in their 30s makes their perseverance more poignant--to somewhat overstate the case--and that they have no money places them in a long and honorable line of comedians who cannot put two cents together to buy a glass of seltzer.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    It delivers mixed signals. Because the language is elevated, the production assured and the acting fine, it can feel that something important is happening. But perhaps there is less here than meets the eye; maybe it's just a tricked-up mystery show. It comes on like satire, but it's too scattershot, too inconsistent, too over the top to make any significant points.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The goings-on feel fresh in the way that kids at play make spy or space stories their own, even as they repeat what TV and the movies have taught them. This is just that with a budget, some deeper experience and the help of Jennifer Saunders, Rebecca Front, Dougray Scott and David Harewood, among interesting others.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Themes from earlier Toy Story movies are also recycled, which should bother no one. Although Woody and Buzz get their screen time--with Jessie, they are the "Jules et Jim" of computer-animated cartoons about sentient playthings--it is the plucky cowgirl, facing her fears, whose story this is.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Given that it wants to seem edgy and quirky, "Saved" is remarkably rich in cliché... Still, it's no worse than average and has Tom Everett Scott in it, which is a nice thing for TV viewers.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    [Sontag's] personal magnetism is very much part of the story.... This alone makes for a highly watchable film, though Kates also dresses the screen with poetical visual interludes.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The real miracle here is how deftly the show avoids the soggy cliches of redemption so many of its forerunners have embraced. [26 Sept 2003, p.E1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It is, basically, good-looking fun, and if I say that much of this might have been written by a 12-year-old, you must understand that I mean that as a good thing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It's perhaps appropriate to the subject matter that the show's main appeal is sensual rather than cerebral, grounded in a host of superb performances.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Neither a disaster nor a triumph.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Community continues to achieve a tricky balance of cynicism, sentiment and surreality.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The leads are all marvelous, with a complementary elemental division of attitudes: Kemper, air; Burrell, fire; Kane, earth; and Krakowski, water, as I reckon it. They rise to the occasion and make it an event.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It's a little movie that feels big, without being self-consciously cinematic.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Though firmly in the Lucas tradition, this is also a Disney cartoon, for a Disney crowd and a Disney corporation--watching, you can almost feel the plastic and the plush--and whatever the characters are up to, however cute or sentimental the business, it is smartly designed and cinematically staged, and not hard to enjoy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Both as twisty mystery and armchair vacation, it's a good way to pass a summer night.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    There are people in this world who find flatulence mightily entertaining, and they should be happy here.
    • 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.

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