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 Louie: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 I Wanna Marry Harry: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 748
748 tv reviews
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Neither a disaster nor a triumph.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It has its good points and its less good points, but there's enough of the former to merit a look.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Like "Martha," in which she is required to appear interested in celebrities and to whip up the crowd, "The Apprentice" is not a perfect fit.
    • 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.”
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    That the story... snakes around a lot, tossing supernatural red herrings in its wake, keeps it oddly compelling, even as it grows increasingly preposterous, not only as regards the supernatural but as to how people really act.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    A more than usually steamy "Jane Eyre," it seems to have been made especially to appeal to viewers whose week peaks with "Grey's Anatomy." ... And yet, despite these passages, the production overall comes off as a little dry and dutiful.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    It feels thin, mechanical and confused.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    The show that premieres Sunday night, between "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" in the space formerly occupied by "King of the Hill," is weak--not hopeless, but given the pedigree, heavily disappointing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    All of the wives are more interesting than their husband. Paxton's character remains a problem for me and, as the pole on which this tent depends, a crucial one.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    It's not all bad, but nothing in it argues that it needed to be made other than to give the people who made it something to do. It's a mediocre misfire in which the odd good parts beg for a better home.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    As an attempt to tell the truth about an attempt to tell the truth about the state of domestic relations in a time of changing values, Cinema Verite fails--it cannot help but fail--as anything but a platform for some interesting performances and a few explicitly, loudly and briefly argued ideas about where one should draw the line when you point a camera into innocent people's lives.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    The screen version does express many of Kraus' philosophical points through lines of dialogue and bits of action, but these seem inserted into the action instead of arising from it. And, apart from Roberta Colindrez as Devon, a local who works for Dick and has creative aspirations of her own, few dimensional characters emerge. Hahn and Dunn are fine actors, but their Chris and Sylvère are annoying from the beginning, and pretty much to the end.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    All in all, it is pretty thin and flat; there are jokes that work, and the cast is able, but not in the service of anything substantial.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    The production values are extremely high. This may be trash, but it comes in an attractive can.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    There are good things in it, some well-written scenes and dynamic exchanges and excellent acting... But, ultimately, it doesn't cohere or quite convince.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It's a decent but not brilliant beginning.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Sinise, a real movie star and the co-founder of Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre, is a fine actor, and so are they all, all fine actors. But none has much to do here -- the dialogue makes "Dragnet" seem positively chatty.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Given the technical excellence of the production, your reaction will vary on your liking for the kind of people the filmmakers have chosen to focus on.... Nevertheless, after watching something like half the season, they strike me as unbearably tiresome and uninteresting.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It was an encouraging start.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    A pretty good new series.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    There are more than a few problems here.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    If it never rises above the artificial, it is not entirely without entertainment value--artificiality itself has its pleasures. It may not be worth the price of the subscription, if you don't already have one, but that is a decision you will have to make for yourself, viewer.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Most of the actors, who admittedly don't have much to work with, seem to be visiting rather than inhabiting their parts....All in all, a trip to the zoo will serve you better.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    I suppose there are women in the world as empty as the instantly beddable Maxim babes the producers habitually drape around their boys, but it would help to give them even something stupid to say -- it strikes a wrong note, this neo-retro sexism, even if it accurately reflects the world view of the characters or, indeed, their actual world. It's a failing that even the presence of Debi Mazar (great, as always) as Vince's publicist and the intriguing Samaire Armstrong (from "The O.C.") as Eric's budding love interest does not redeem. [17 July 2004, p.E1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    The film aims for a dry authenticity that only fractionally reflects the big, wild volume on which it's based, cutting away nearly all of its poetry and most of its madness.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Yet if Great News is mostly what one might call theoretically funny, it is certainly not unwatchable. It has its untaxing pleasures. It would not be a stretch to call it amusing.
    • 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).
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Some of it is very enjoyable, some of it is silly but still enjoyable, some of it is too silly to be enjoyable, some of it is not silly enough to be enjoyable, and some of it is neither here nor there.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Neither the script nor the production is substantial enough to make the story quite stand on its own.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Though Baron Cohen is clever and amusing and quick on his feet, his humor boils down to a few endlessly repeated gambits: malapropisms, misunderstandings, and outrageousness in the guise of innocence. [17 July 2004, p.13]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 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
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    James and Lathan are appealing--you could build a decent episodic series around his by-the-book rookie and her hard-as-nails veteran quite easily--and while Shots Fired lumbers as an issue drama, it’s diverting enough as a cop show.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    As is often the case with melodrama, I find Revenge essentially unconvincing and also quite likable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Cult feels superficial as political commentary, its points so obvious and aggressively delivered that it feels at times close to self-parody. It’s hard to know how seriously to take it.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    While it's quite watchable if you don't expect much from it, and while even though the cast is good company... the show is not vivid or daring enough to overcome one's sense of having seen it all before.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Mixing teen themes and tropes is the source both of humor and drama, as when characters argue about their relationship as monsters stand waiting, with surprising patience, to try to kill them. ... But as TV storytelling it feels muddled and mechanical.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    "Carnivale"... moves like molasses and, for all its careful creepiness, generates very little actual suspense and precious few moments of unpredictable wonder.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Enlisted is an oddly quaint show, a stateside service comedy, if not quite a peacetime one.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    For all its apparent technical accuracy and some real-world name-dropping, "Justice" feels no more lifelike than "Perry Mason."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Though it is expertly made, with evident commitment and passion and art behind and before the camera, I also found it on the whole frustrating and unsatisfying. ... It feels that only half a story, the grim part, is being told.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Six of 10 episodes were made available for review; and over their course the truth-telling gets a little repetitious, a little annoying, a little dull; there are only so many bandages you can rip off to reveal other bandages you can rip off to get down to the skin you can peel back to get down to the bone.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    "Threshold" is a comic book, and passable as such.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    As a professionally discerning adult, I could not help but notice that the characters are fairly stock, the situations familiar and, some nifty digital backgrounds notwithstanding, the production continually felt more like an elaborate game of let's pretend than it did a window into some real other world. I didn't buy a second of it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Camp Rock isn't particularly good, but it's good at what it does. The product may be "inauthentic," if such a thing is even possible, but the way it will connect with a lot of little girls and more than a few little boys is real enough.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Though the TV version catches some of the tone and replicates the topicality of the big-screen originals, and shares executive producers, it lacks their grounded reality -- not too surprising, really, for a work of fiction based on a work of fiction -- as well as their warmth. [12 Aug 2005, p.E2]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    The historical documentaries are more successful than the cultural ones, for having a better story to tell, but all are made in a similar style, without written narration, driven by news clips and interviews (with scholars, participants and celebrity rememberers, Hanks naturally included).
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    It's solidly constructed and gives each actor a modicum of delightful moments — Wiest most of all. At the same time, there is something airless and artificial about the pilot.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Though it starts out with a fair bit of energy, in spite of regular paroxysms of royal lust and pique, it becomes less engaging as it goes on and grows finally rather dull.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Like a Hallmark card, it is a thing of prefabricated sentiment.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Ironically, given a show that so clearly wants to touch its audience--from that weighty one-word title on down--we have met, apart from Martin, hardly a single character who incorporates more than the hint of an actual person.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    While its cynicism about suburbia is superficially novel, the show itself is quite old-fashioned if not old hat: lame dad, smart mom, cute child, knowing child, strange neighbor. Door here, door there, couch in the middle.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    The fate of the kids on the ground is closely bound with the fate of the people in orbit, and vice versa. But it is hard to care about the people in orbit, as seriously as you're asked to take their predicaments and sacrifices. And it is not much easier to care about the people on Earth.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    It's a mixed bag of a series that can seem smart or silly from scene to scene and is less convincing in its epic poses than in its most ordinary moments.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    There is a professional efficiency to much of the comedy. (It is funny sometimes.)
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    None of this ever threatens to break into an interesting character study or story or examination of ideas.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Detroit 1-8-7 is, rather than a slice of life, very much a slab of TV. And yet, as currently constituted, the show's only way forward is through the unlikely Fitch; his emotional awkwardness is more interesting than the cases he works.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    It's a mixed bag--of melodrama and comedy, historicism and revisionism--that is always good to look at, if not always to watch.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Certainly, if the question is, can you make a dark, slightly depressing series starring the Muppets, the answer, obviously, is yes. Is this an inappropriate use of the characters? I don't know. Is it strange? Certainly.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    At times it feels enough that the players seem to be enjoying themselves to enjoy it alongside them.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    he two episodes offered for review, "Food Revolutionaries" (including Auguste Escoffier, Julia Child and Clarence Birdseye) and "Carnivores," hop around within their subjects with no particular direction, but lots of anecdote and opinion; the tone is hopelessly antic, marked with animations and sound effects and never landing on any image for longer than it takes to take it in.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.' "

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