For 652 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 2.1 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: 29 out of 652
652 tv reviews
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    There's nothing here you couldn't imagine from the premise, but there's also nothing wrong with what's here: McGraw is a good foil for Grammer, and Grammer is good at what he does.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    The cleverest part of the show is that it makes the judges into contestants; they compete against one another for the right to invest in a business, and they haggle with the entrepreneurs over the terms of their investment.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Most of what doesn't work in the pilot happens when the production strives for a big effect or grand stroke, while all of what works best happens in the close space between the leads.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Painless at worst, and mostly better than that.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    When Believe tries to be meaningful, it's also at its most obvious, and the show could prove to be too willfully touching for its own good. But it doesn't seem impossible to me that they could get the mix right.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Except in the decorative details, it is exactly the same as every other gimme-a-job reality show ever made, with the contestants all banged up in a fancy dormitory from which they disappear one by one after themed weekly challenges.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    "Casanova" only gets into trouble when it wants to mean something, and the more pointedly emotional moments seem cooked up to the point of hokum, but it's fun when it wants to be, and most of the time it just wants to be fun.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It's probably enough to say that if you like this sort of thing, this is just the sort of thing you'll like. (If the tautology fits, wear it.) Rodriguez knows how this machine works as well as anyone alive. Whether such sensationalist kicks are good for us "as a people," or indeed as people in particular, is a question the culture and its guardians and gadflies have been batting around for years. A decision is not due any time soon.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Some of these women are troubled, certainly, but none of them seems like trouble. Indeed, I felt a little sad at times, watching--not as I usually do, for the society that could produce such a program, but for the actual women in it, as far as I could make them out.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    [Scott Baio's] naturally relaxed presence mitigates the show's more hectic leanings.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    It's just the same joke endlessly repeated--the everyday translated into geek-speak, and the obscure and difficult treated as if it were common knowledge.... These are perilous times for sitcoms, and Lorre & Co. may want to think up another.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    If he seems a little too dense at times, Kutcher has a good way with amiable idiots, and Masterson does well with bittersweet sarcasm. Still, it's Elliott and Winger (it's exciting just to see her working, I admit), coming from outside the genre, who make The Ranch feel at least a little new.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    At times it feels enough that the players seem to be enjoying themselves to enjoy it alongside them.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    While the performances are first-rate, and the film is never less than enjoyable, it doesn't quite take off.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Perfectly fine and nothing special.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Robert Lloyd
    Everyone onscreen does a good job. That some of the readings are a little stiff is not inimical to this sort of drama.... The fights, which are bloody, fast and squelchy, quickly become purely choreographic; they're like puzzles to solve in order for the narrative to proceed and, perhaps not oddly, the only time the show feels fun.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    [Gilbert] seems like a real person, even in such a cartoon as this is.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    The Comedians is a strangely mixed bag, which works or doesn't work from moment to moment and from mode to mode.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    If "The Class" feels calculated, unrelated to life outside sitcoms, and encased in amber, it's a competent American product, ultimately, no harder to watch than, say, a Dodge is to drive.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    It is less exciting than it sounds.
    • 56 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    It lurches in tone and an accelerated narrative that seems at times to leave holes in the storytelling, gaps that draw you up short where you should be just be sailing along. Still, if it's a bit of a mess, it's not an uninteresting one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    "Threshold" is a comic book, and passable as such.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.

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