For 708 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 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Lloyd's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Homeland: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 I Wanna Marry Harry: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 708
708 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Is it good? Sure it is. Does it better its predecessor? Your cherished memories aside, that is a bar set low. So, yes, it does better them--by quite a lot and, at the same time significantly, not by too much. That is to say, for all its improvements in form and content, it has not sacrificed fundamental candy-colored cheesiness for fashionable dark modernity.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It has a kind of sunny charm, a premise fit for a novel, and is built upon a pair of strong female leads, a rare enough thing in sitcoms. Poehler and Jones have a nice, contrapuntal rhythm. I stamp this show: approved.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Like the women in it, the show is solid and professional and holds together well.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Clearly flung at the Spike's male demo–-"Get More Action" is the network tagline, which implies a viewership not getting as much as it would like--it has a slightly sour edge that some will just read as The Way Things Are.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The cast is excellent, and there's potential here, even though tonight's opening episode, as pilots will, tries a little too hard.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The pilot works a little hard--not one but two characters get catchphrases, which happily evaporate by the second episode--but plenty of good things come out in the effort, and better things seem likely to come.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The mechanics of the cases (again, par for the genre) might squeak or grind here or there, but Backstrom really stumbles only when it strains too hard for seriousness--and it is not a fatal fall, in any case.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The premiere felt a little tense; the host is still learning how to relate to the camera, how to occupy television. Nevertheless, he proves a friendly presence.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    As holiday gifts go, Telenovela, starring Eva Longoria as a Miami-based soap star, is a happy one: appealing, sweet, witty, traditional in its bones, modern in its complexion.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Its pleasures are simple and familiar. There is the usual mix of boastful losers and shy winners, of tiresome cutting remarks and delightful delighted approval.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The Address is ragged and homely; it feels homemade, even amateurish at times.... But it is full of life and feeling; its rawness suits the subject, and helps rather than hinders Burns' cause.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The series is sassier than the book.... Moving pictures require something different; messianic folderol is best served there with a little sex, and a little seltzer. That has been provided.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    While supercool science may be the hook, the real draw of Eleventh Hour is Sewell.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    With a little tweaking, the series just as easily could be set in some large corporation, or on a college campus, and engage most of the same interpersonal issues — what women do for men and for one another.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Fortunately, Gamble and Hoggart can be quite funny in their pretended confusion. Their strategies are sometimes too obvious, but often the humor takes a nicely absurdist turn.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    On the basis of its pilot--the sole episode available for review--it's a pleasant show, a little on the old-fashioned side formally. With a quality cast that includes Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, Ron Funches, Alan Tudyk and Christina Kirk, it seems crafted to sit compatibly alongside the returning "Superstore."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    The cartoon show is the least of his series, but it is generally amusing and pretty to watch, and I like the way it rambles.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Hall is out of practice himself but has already proved himself good at this job, and he remains likable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It is loud and manipulative and ugly to behold, but it isn't dull.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Pretty Little Liars managed to find an organic groove, and there's reason to think this close cousin can also find its feet and walk.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    It starts well enough, with effects-filled flashbacks to Roswell 1947 and a call from Assistant Director Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) that brings the old team back together--Scully in her scrubs helping put ears on earless children, and Mulder an Internet-perusing recluse who dresses himself from the Travis Bickle Catalog for Men. But it collapses into poorly motivated, out-of-nowhere speechifying, accompanied by stock footage of old puzzling phenomena. Fortunately the other two episodes push the right buttons.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Produced by Morgan Neville and directed throughout by Eddie Schmidt with an expensive-looking creaminess, each episode spends upward of an hour going back and forth through the subject, in different ways: conversational (Handler hanging out with friends, some of them also famous, some of them also comedians, to discuss the matter at hand, or talking to experts in the relevant field); confessional (one on one with a clinical psychologist); and experiential, as she puts herself into different environments, or experiments on herself, to learn something new.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    That it’s shot and scored (and much of the time acted) as if it were a drama--not exaggeratedly dramatic, with a wink, but played straight--gives the silliness some substance and makes watching a pleasure.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    Both as twisty mystery and armchair vacation, it's a good way to pass a summer night.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    There are people in this world who find flatulence mightily entertaining, and they should be happy here.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Lloyd
    [Jason Isaacs] is not the only reason to recommend it, but it is by itself sufficient; indeed, it overwhelms any small arguments in its disfavor.

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