For 511 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 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Lloyd's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 I Wanna Marry Harry: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 511
511 tv reviews
    • 35 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Given the dark flavor of Shaun Cassidy's adult TV creations and his own experiences within the music machine, Ruby feels surprisingly ordinary and uninformed, put together out of scraps from the old sitcom drawer.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    I didn't find much of it funny, but on a kind of purely analytical level I can see how the jokes are supposed to work, and might well work on some.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    As is often the case with melodrama, I find Revenge essentially unconvincing and also quite likable.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    We get a glimpse of some intriguing characters that we don't, however, quite come to know--not in the episodes I've seen, anyway--because we are being pelted the whole time with exposition and explanation. We're rarely allowed just to look or listen in or to think for ourselves.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    If for the most part this Treasure Island does not shiver my timbers, at a running time of three hours (four with ads), some things are bound to work, if only by the law of averages.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Rays of charm do break through the haze of the ordinary and obvious, even if just for a line or a line reading.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    The only experiment actually being done here is the ongoing one of determining just how long people will watch this sort of thing. That is an experiment with no end in sight.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    There is a story to be made from this, about aspiration and achievement and what goes on in the gap between them, but that is not a story that television, or any other form of American mass culture, particularly likes to tell. Underemployed flirts with it but more often settles for flattering its audience, reflecting not only its hopes but also its resentments.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Neither the script nor the production is substantial enough to make the story quite stand on its own.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Enlisted is an oddly quaint show, a stateside service comedy, if not quite a peacetime one.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    If you even suspect you won't hate it, it's worth a look.
    • 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.