For 715 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 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Lloyd's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Returned: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 I Wanna Marry Harry: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 715
715 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    Smart and delightful.
    • 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
    Even at its most obvious or ungainly, it's never less than interesting, and it's certainly not shy of conviction; no C.K. fan with an Internet connection and $5 to spare will want to pass it by.
    • 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
    • 90 Robert Lloyd
    The humor has as much to do with the form as the content, and much care and cleverness have been devoted to making these pieces look right, from film stock and lighting, to period graphics, to furniture and clothing; the art direction is exceptional, and as such, delightful throughout.
    • 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
    As a story about how the past became the present (which makes us, in relation to its characters, people of the future), it is very much in line with its subject, and has been made with much the same mix of enchantment and suspense.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Lloyd
    As much as I love what Lewis and Patinkin—as well as Baccarin and Saylor—do here, Danes is what makes Homeland remarkable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    For all the switchback plotting, the sudden revelations that bring some earlier plot or plotline to naught, the show never feels too obviously manipulative or out of control. This is in part because of the restrained way it's shot and acted.
    • 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.
    • 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.”
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The show is consistently clever and lively, well played and directed, its corners filled with nice throwaway lines and small visual jokes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    While it is funny, sometimes very funny, it also has the quality of a gift--a gift from the artists to themselves and one another as much as to their audience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It takes no time at all for the new team to establish its authority; the new "Who" feels at once traditional and fresh, and completely right.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Although the subject is epic, the approach is intimate, even informal.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It chokes a bit on its own whimsicality. But it stays on its feet.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The two episodes I've seen are very good--engagingly twisted, more invested in ideas than jokes, often funny, usually admirable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It's possible that, barring a confession, you will come to the end of The Jinx unsatisfied, wondering how it was you spent six unreclaimable hours in the company of a person you have decided is a creep. Either way, it's fascinating as it gets there.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The already evident lesson is that a moldy premise need not stand in the way of a good time. [22 Sept 2003, p.E1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Though many of the elements here are familiar from other tales of disappearance and reappearance--it’s a veritable genre--each scene and every player is authentic in turn.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It's too much to say that you can't go wrong with the fantastical or supernatural these days, but it's still a bet very much worth taking, and one that largely pays off here.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    [An] enlightening biographical documentary.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    A "heightened reality" show, one might call it, but one which makes its subject palpable and which, because it is made with care, lets you care too. It's the more artful portrait, paradoxically, that paints the truer picture.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    One of the season's best new shows.
    • 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
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    There are also familiar dialogues between the brain and the body (golden) and a bit of hand-in-the-Jello-bowl mugging (not so golden), but all in all, the special lives up to its name. Neither finished, nor diminished.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Costello (who has subbed for David Letterman) makes a fine host--a bit reverential at times, but never as pious as, say, James Lipton can become over at the similarly configured "Inside the Actors Studio."
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Terriers is a wonderfully well-conceived, well-made and well-played series about a pair of soft-boiled downmarket private detectives in over their heads in San Diego.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It is amiably absurd and mildly profane, entertaining in a dry, droll way.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It does bear the compromises and conventions that routinely afflict biographical dramas.... But it's no worse in this respect than most such films and better than many — rarely cornball and, indeed, conceivably less melodramatic than the life it portrays. And it's always well played.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Fresh Off the Boat may not be exactly the series of Huang's dreams, or completely true to the life he has sold to show business, but it's a consistently funny and even important one, with some lovely, nuanced performances.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    There is plenty of irony in Silverman's presentations, but her title is sincere.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The dialogue is always to the point, yet it gives even the bit players enough room to create something memorable.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    A delightful, knockabout new sitcom.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It was an exuberant, technically audacious staging.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    A few caricatures stick out among the characters, but the subtler conceptions, on the page and in performance, win out.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Branagh plays up the dark side of this town-in-the-country pastoral--partly by turning exposition into sometimes violent action, partly by trimming the banter--to deepen the romance. (He likes a pratfall, though.) Mostly it works.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    As madly tied to one another as they are, the Rayburns are, in the first few episodes, at least, a little hard to care about. Yet there is enough happening by the third episode that I will definitely watch the fourth, just to see what might or might not happen, what herrings might be red, and what surprises might be truly surprising.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The mood is whimsical; oddballs abound.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    [The taped linking] bits feel a little forced compared to the sketches, which are consistently smart and smartly acted and flow easily from ordinary premises to weird conclusions.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Lloyd
    Notwithstanding a certain stylistic chilliness and my sense of it having been pitched on the back of "Inception," it promised to be one of the year's best and most interesting new series. Having seen four episodes now, I'd say the promise has been largely kept.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    In the wonderful Family Tree, hangdog Chris O'Dowd, finding his life stalled after losing a girlfriend and a job in short order, goes in search of his roots and relatives.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Lloyd
    This may be the better work [than "No Direction Home"], for its depth of feeling and its relatively more forthcoming and knowable subject.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Lloyd
    Enlightened is to my mind the most interesting and ambitious series of the fall season.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The show has a nice sense of detail and a comic puckishness that every zombie police procedural needs. At times genuinely scary in the way it's meant to be, it's also moving in the way it's meant to be.
    • 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
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It will help to have at least a high tolerance for profane, scatological and sexual comedy and not to mind bad words spoken by actual children. (That the juvenile humor is appropriate to the characters provides cover for the adult exercise of juvenile humor.) This may not be for you. At the same time much of the comedy is quiet, settled in lines that just turn in odd ways.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Lloyd
    This is a markedly less ambitious work than its namesakes. ... In the end you don't feel like you've been anywhere but inside a TV movie. But it is a very long TV movie and proportionately the worse for it. [26 Jan 2004]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Hotel Babylon is willfully bright and sexy--like the Parker's décor, it updates a '70s sensibility--but also has a nice eye for detail, good minor characters and well-flowing dialogue.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    While the narrative never quite coheres into a compelling whole, there are enough independently arresting, unexpectedly moving moments to carry you through, hopping from one to the next like stones in a river, on the way to a strenuously tidy conclusion.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The pilot is an especially persuasive hour of action-adventure, but subsequent lower-budget episodes preserve the esprit and suspense.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    An engaging new period melodrama.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It's a sweet summer treat.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Lloyd
    It is astonishing to me that a television show that stars Rob Morrow, Sabrina Lloyd, David Krumholtz and Judd Hirsch, four of the most interesting and attractive and amusing actors television has ever beamed into a living room, would turn out to be a show that -- on the basis of its pilot, at least -- I would not ever care to watch again.
    • 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
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    I'm not wholly convinced by the American Life on Mars.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It's very good, although as sad and disturbing as the mustache implies.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It doesn't all make perfect sense, especially where the action departs from or adds to the book, and the players, as talented and likable and natural as they are, sometimes seem to be actors on the job rather than people whose fate has brought them to such and such a pass; the script keeps them busy, without (so far) bringing them to life. They're good, but not compelling company. But it's always wonderful merely to behold.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    A dark and splendid "Dr. Who" spinoff with overtones of "Men in Black" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    There is a lot of talk--practical and philosophical--about comedy, and Crashing is very good with the details of low-level nightlife. But what most makes the show entertaining are Pete’s episodic adventures with characters who will help form him, challenge him and wake him from his self-satisfied sleep into a better sort of happiness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It's funny, but it doesn't go for big laughs so much as a mood of whimsical parody.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    For a crime story it is unusually gentle and generous toward its characters; it is not cynical or despairing--indeed, it is in the end a love story, or rather, several interlocking love stories set in contrast to the pathological mockery of one.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Lloyd
    The American Farmer is more... American: another intermittently nasty competition dating show, with stunt challenges and a ritualized elimination at the end of every episode.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    As produced it is more like a trip to the zoo, with the scribes imported into a set that suggests a writers' room (white board, bulletin board, index cards, big table, coffee) as a lion cage might simulate the veld. Even so, it feels like a glimpse of the real thing. Rash makes an excellent host-moderator.

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