For 463 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 6% 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

  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Returned: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 Twenty Good Years: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 463
463 tv reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Though it is clearly based on research, with dialogue that scavenges the principals' own writing--it is never quite believable, either as history or drama.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Given that Spartacus does not stumble in what it sets out to do, one's objections to the show, if objections one has, will be moral, or simple matters of taste, to the extent that those two concerns can actually be separated.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    A production that tends to make everything look artificial, that freezes the air between the characters and keeps them distant.
    • 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.)
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    In most other respects, it is a standard three-camera sitcom, in which two bickering siblings in their mid-30s (Mitchell and Strahan) find themselves back living with their parents (Weathers and Pounder). Which is not to call it run-of-the-mill--it has some charm and personality and keeps its focus unusually tight on the four principals.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Viewers sad about the end of "Happy Town" and looking for another creepy municipal drama filmed in Canada may find this a port in the storm, though it is more cheaply appointed and less spectacularly cast. Still, it would be pointless to attack the show for not achieving things that are beyond its ambitions.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    I recommend the series, though Sunday's opening film, "Sidetracked," does present a bit of a stumbling block.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Pope is a likeable woman, smart and sensible. Although the Difficult Boss is a common feature of Bravo series, by network standards she is egoless as the Buddha. Indeed, as a protector of the almost-born from the fuzzy thinking and distracted inattention of their parents, she is a bastion of perspective.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    If nothing here screams New Dylan or Next Gaga, or bids in any way to rival the best of "Runway" or "Chef," the craft-under-pressure and problem-solving elements work as before. It's amazing what people can do in a day.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    As a stage actress, there was no way to regard [Underwood] as anything but an amateur--good enough, certainly, to convey the meaning of her lines, and sometimes better than that, but lacking weight and substance and the shadings she can bring to a song.... Stephen Moyer had the anger and the stiffness the role certainly requires, but not the humor it needs.... It was helpful, if you wanted to help, to regard this as really terrific community theater, rather than something professional and less than successful.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    I rather enjoyed the pilot. Perhaps it's a Canadian thing, but like "Flashpoint," Rookie Blue doesn't oversell itself. It is modest and plain in a way that makes even its less likely moments feel credible enough.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    I can't say I found much of Workaholics especially funny, but neither do I have it in my heart to hate it. On a craft level, it's very nicely made, the actors are weirdly appealing, and its spirit is not mean, but sweet.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Deception, in trying for something more "real" and not quite getting there, feels fake. There is little chemistry between the people who are supposed to have it.
    • 52 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.
    • 52 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Although we are meant to regard its dishonest protagonists as the epitome of contemporary cool, they come off as self-satisfied and pretentious.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Free Agents has its moments and fine performances--and also make one wonder about the long run.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    What they do have in common is wintry Canadian weather, a general lack of humor without having much serious to say and the fact that they are not particularly scary.
    • 51 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    I, the Jury, am still out on this one; it could go either way from here.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Whatever else you make of it--and it's enough to say that if you like this sort of thing, you will like this thing--it's all, or partly, for a good cause.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It has an appealing modesty that survives its bouts of aesthetic overexcitement--the occasionally lurching camera, hammering soundtrack, the sentimental pop song laid over the last couple of minutes as the principals silently end a long, hard day.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    As these things go, The Job is rather mild-mannered and amiable--everyone is on their best behavior, because there is no advantage in being nasty.
    • 79 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    The show, which goes, in its small parts and large arcs, where so many have gone before, is easy to mock. Yet within its bounds and even its baldly obvious analogies and soft political points, it is effective enough.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    The pilot is a minor thing but not an unpleasant one, once you get past the opening salvo of pubic-hair jokes.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    [Scott Baio's] naturally relaxed presence mitigates the show's more hectic leanings.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Almost everything that happens on camera here, outside the therapy sessions, feels uncomfortably contrived.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Although predictable in predictable ways, there are enough twists and turns and, relatively speaking, complexities of character to keep things interesting, and a pivot at the end that I did not see coming. Which bodes well.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    There is something satisfying about watching difficult things performed well, especially when the point is to make it look easy, and especially when the performer is a person who might reasonably be expected to fail.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    As is the case with pilots, the seams tend to show--the bountiful expository dialogue makes no effort to veil its purpose, and the production is a tad too insistent that we find these scamps charming. But they are fairly charming at that, and though the spy stuff is all unconvincing hokum, the company is easy to bear.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Eventually the mood relaxes, even as the slapstick amps up, and what may prove to be a charming comedy begins to emerge.
    • 49 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    In a world without cable dramas, Chicago Fire would be considered television at its more compelling and realistic. As it is, it walks the line between shameless entertainment--hot guys, hot girls, the fires within, the fires without--and intelligent storytelling.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Watching it, you feel as if you have seen it all before, and will again, until eternity ends.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Perfectly fine and nothing special.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It was an encouraging start.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It's a premise that seems more appropriate to a mid-'90s theatrical romantic comedy -- something with Sandra Bullock or Meg Ryan -- than to a TV series, and indeed, given how much transpires in the pilot, you could bang an extra hour of complications and resolutions onto the end and have a spiffy little chick flick.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Lloyd
    Jerry Bruckheimer's Chase, which premieres Monday on NBC, delivers just what its name promises, and not much more. It consists mainly of that very thing we are often aphoristically asked to cut to, with just enough banter and back-story to let you know that these are in fact humans we are watching and not just exceptionally well-coordinated robot drones.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Sadly, these factors [Kevin Nealon, Catherine O'Hara and puppet animation] only amplify my disappointment in what, on the basis of one episode and a handful of clips, looks to be a weak and wheezy show.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    There is something mechanical and arbitrary about the plotting, as if a mess of gears that didn't actually go together had been smashed into some semblance of a working order.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    It is the sort of neither-here-nor-there sitcom that can make me feel faintly sad for the form, and by extension for the health of the nation, and yet it is no worse than so many others that come and go and sometimes, to my surprise, come and stay.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    For all its flaws, there's something attractively amiable about Harry's Law. A little more grit, a little less speechifying, and a better verdict might yet arrive.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Ryan prompts the patrons to talk, but the stories don't really develop into much; and although the arms-buying demographic is indeed wider than one who has not spent much time in a gun store might imagine, their reasons for buying tend to be variations on the same few themes: I was robbed; I don't want to be robbed; guns are fun to collect and shoot.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    It feels thin, mechanical and confused.
    • 47 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Yet if the pilot is generic and wan, it is at least sweet-tempered and not completely offensive (though this is somewhat at odds with its cinematic heritage).
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Once known, this fact [the series is based on the lives its creators] lends to the project an authenticity that might not otherwise be apparent, so steeped is it in the rhythms and conventions of the 20th century sitcom.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    This is only an average situation comedy, but even the great ones have worn that makeup.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Shedding for the Wedding is a plate-load of empty calories, a lot of huffing and puffing we're meant to take as compelling even though there's little compelling in the presentation; it is just speedy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Outsourced seems to me the most deftly realized sitcom of the new season. It is no closer to reality than any of its Thursday night neighbors ( Ken Kwapis, of "The Office" and other good things, developed it and directed the pilot), but it has a top-flight cast, characters who show you who they are rather than telling you, smart writing, sure rhythms and a cheerful attitude.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    It is so far minor stuff, inconsistent in tone and not particularly original yet fundamentally sweet and, if not stared at too hard, appealing.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    [Slater's] new show also needs to find its voice. Still, if there is something in its premise that recalls the straining-for-effect, too-clever-to-start setups of series like USA's "Psych" and "Suits," the first of those managed to run eight seasons in the end, and the latter has already been renewed for a fourth.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    This Prisoner is as much about Two as it is about Six and that the actor seems to be enjoying himself makes his scenes pleasant to watch even when they don't add up to much; there is a music to his readings even when the lines are obscure.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    The film goes along quite well, with the usual grabs and gotchas no less effective for being so familiar, as long as no one is talking.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Though a stray remark of substance here and there escapes into the narrative, the six-part series, which premieres Sunday, has nothing much serious on its mind.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    It's a decent enough show, a soap opera essentially, playing around with heavy themes and life-changing events but lightweight enough not to make you think too hard or keep you glued to the television when you decide you want something from the refrigerator — the TV equivalent of a beach book.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Lloyd
    I imagine that there is some sort of mathematical correctness to the plot, but as a viewing experience it is vague, confusing and preposterous to the point that by the time all was revealed--or nearly all, since the film ends on an unresolved note--I had long ceased to care.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    While much of it is silly, corny or clichéd and relies more on easy effects — the power ballad, the overwrought sex scene — than on the subtle explorations of people and place that the pilot seems to promise, the series is, on the whole, highly digestible summer fun.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    The Bible according to Burnett and Downey is a handsome and generally expensive-looking production, but it is also flat and often tedious, even when it tends to the hysterical, and as hard as the Hans Zimmer soundtrack strains to keep you on the edge of your sofa.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    There is a professional, even a grim efficiency to the jokes.... There are breast jokes, genital jokes, a long oral sex joke, an alcoholic-sorority-girl-defecating-in-a-closet joke. A few hit, many miss.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    If you even suspect you won't hate it, it's worth a look.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Apart from Underwood, who has class-A TV-star appeal, the show is nothing special. No worse than or much different from your average character-driven cop show.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    It is not a train wreck; it's just a train--chugging along from A to B, carrying the people, delivering the freight.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It's too schematic by half, the banter rarely ascends to the level and wit, and it contains barely a believable moment... but it is not without a certain energy and cast-based charm.
    • 43 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.
    • 43 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Their [Gethard and Parnell] interplay, once things get moving, is appealing, if not quite compelling, but what sold me on the pilot was the moment when 14-year-old Dylan Blue, as Gethard's beyond-the-law kid brother, revealed his dark side, and his gun; I was a little frightened.
    • 42 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Lloyd
    Patinkin looks especially unnatural in these scenes — just give that man a song to sing, I say, and let him do what he was born to.
    • 42 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
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Though my tolerance for tear jerking in-your-face, feel-good makeover shows is comparatively limited, I don't want to come down too hard on Breakthrough, however much it commodifies misfortune or stage-manages reality.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    The series is not so different from, or significantly worse--or better--than the network's other two season premieres, "Melrose Place" and "The Vampire Diaries," which also affix stock characters, played mostly by good-looking young folk, to standard plot lines sexed up with pop songs and different flavors of visual glamour. Because they do not aim particularly high, they pretty much hit what they aim at.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    In spite of some talented actors, it all seems more scripted than lived, referring not the world but a world of things you've seen on TV, handled well enough to make Mercy passable, but never exceptional, television.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    The deal you make with a series like this is, if it doesn't ask too much of you, you won't ask too much of it.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    With a host of performers skilled in delivering Big Effects, the evening regularly delivered top-grade professional pop music, though it was rarely thrilling in a way that made you reconsider an act or decide to change your life.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Sunday night I mostly felt I was watching funny people being less funny than they are in their day jobs. What should have appeared spontaneous came off, even when it clearly was spontaneous, as worked-over, the fun seemed insisted upon.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    An ideal summer entertainment for armchair travelers.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    The pilot half aims for the exaggerated, other-worldly tone of "Arrested Development" and misses.... The second episode, by contrast, has a healthy dose of the ordinary mixed in and is actually about something: the invisibility of the working class.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Robert Lloyd
    Instead of examining the moralizing titillation that fuels the gossip press, "Dirt" just follows its lead.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Neither a disaster nor a triumph.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Once in a while, he sounds like a little boy. This much works, but whether it can sustain a series is a fair question.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Notwithstanding a few apparently real tears and a bleeped expletive spoken in possibly real anger, the show is made of clearly concocted crises nearly from takeoff to landing, with little to offer beyond a long, though not penetrating, look at its attractive leads.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    "Surface" is steeped in Spielberg, and is better Spielberg than Spielberg has managed in quite some time.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Despite such bloody activity, it's a long trudge through the desert to the Promised Land.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    It's a somber, often leaden affair, beset with stiff dialogue.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Like a Hallmark card, it is a thing of prefabricated sentiment.