For 665 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Lloyd's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Show Me a Hero
Lowest review score: 0 I Wanna Marry Harry: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 665
665 tv reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    It is almost a given that shows like this, which invent variety anew for every new host, start on shaky legs, and Why? did not buck the trend. Still, it came out of the gate strong, before stumbling a little in the stretch.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    A light dusting of Milton notwithstanding, its pitch is mainstream and middlebrow. A decently made series that is neither particularly original nor entirely predictable.
    • 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
    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
    It has the aggressively prettified look, rather, of an ad for beer or a new Ford truck, and you sense that you are being sold something, rather than told a story, let alone the truth.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Undemanding viewers (not a judgment) may find Containment diverting nonetheless. If nothing here seems the least real, the series' flaws, from its underpowered budget to its overripe dialogue, are those of innumerable, sometimes beloved B-, C- and D-grade pictures before it — not excluding the high-toned epigrams, from Socrates and Matthew and such that introduce each episode with a sheen of classy meaning.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Perfectly fine and nothing special.
    • 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
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Every so often the production does wake up, with a sudden brawl or assassination attempt--these scenes at least have energy and sometimes emotion--before settling back into a state of mildly agitated, interwoven intrigue.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    By current standards the show isn't particularly graphic or brutal and, indeed, works best the closer it comes to comedy and romance. When it tries to go deep or dark, it feels overwritten and overwrought; as light entertainment, it's passably diverting, not without charm.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Through the tommy-gun edits, paced to create a sense of Fun! and Excitement! the forced marches and arranged meetings, one gets an occasional glimpse of real people having some form of a real experience, and exchanging sincere thoughts.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Though some of it is effective, much of it is not, for all that it strong-arms the viewer with dark atmosphere and upsetting events. (Watch out for that cat.) It is, in its opening hours at least, a moody muddle.
    • 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
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    This is only an average situation comedy, but even the great ones have worn that makeup.
    • 46 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).
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    A summery crime-soap, just complicated enough to be diverting without taxing brains addled by the sun. ... I can't exactly recommend it, and yet I must admit I watched many more episodes than was strictly necessary to write this review.
    • 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.
    • 45 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 45 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    In some ways, it is like a placebo, lacking substance, but not ineffective. In others, it is a kind of gaily packaged generic equivalent to some better-known brand.
    • 44 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.

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