For 558 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 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Lloyd's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 True Detective: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 I Wanna Marry Harry: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 558
558 tv reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Lloyd
    Though Baron Cohen is clever and amusing and quick on his feet, his humor boils down to a few endlessly repeated gambits: malapropisms, misunderstandings, and outrageousness in the guise of innocence. [17 July 2004, p.13]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Almost everything that happens on camera here, outside the therapy sessions, feels uncomfortably contrived.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    It delivers mixed signals. Because the language is elevated, the production assured and the acting fine, it can feel that something important is happening. But perhaps there is less here than meets the eye; maybe it's just a tricked-up mystery show. It comes on like satire, but it's too scattershot, too inconsistent, too over the top to make any significant points.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Though it is expertly made, with evident commitment and passion and art behind and before the camera, I also found it on the whole frustrating and unsatisfying. ... It feels that only half a story, the grim part, is being told.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    The plot of the pilot, which begins with the discovery of a severed leg in a load of shrimp, is clever enough and manages to fit a lot of locations into its 40-minute hour. That time is also filled with cornball dialogue, shameless sentimentality and B-movie displays of toughness.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Sinise, a real movie star and the co-founder of Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre, is a fine actor, and so are they all, all fine actors. But none has much to do here -- the dialogue makes "Dragnet" seem positively chatty.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    One wants to like the show on Tipton's behalf, but there is no real spark between her and designated future boyfriend Peter (Jake McDorman). And Peter's own thoughts show him to be kind of a jerk — more of a jerk, I imagine, than we are meant to think him.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Whenever Chelsea Handler is on screen in the new NBC comedy Are You There, Chelsea?, in which she plays not the title character but her sister Sloan, we see the hint of the better sitcom it wants to become.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Walsh, an actress who has only grown more interesting with time, is worth watching, even as the show grows slack beneath her.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    While some jokes land, and some characters hint at what they might do once they get something to do, the show--which is to say, the pilot--never really lights up.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    It feels thin, mechanical and confused.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    For all its apparent technical accuracy and some real-world name-dropping, "Justice" feels no more lifelike than "Perry Mason."
    • 19 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Apart from the Oedipal twist, it seems to be pretty much your standard "Bachelor"-style hookup show, the women all bunged up together in a fancy dormitory.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Knight Rider is something for 12-year-old boys (and 12-year-old-boys at heart), undemanding, unsophisticated, no deeper than the thickness of a comic-book page.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    The fate of the kids on the ground is closely bound with the fate of the people in orbit, and vice versa. But it is hard to care about the people in orbit, as seriously as you're asked to take their predicaments and sacrifices. And it is not much easier to care about the people on Earth.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    [Josh Gad's] an adroit actor, and his breathy, singsongy way with Skip feels original, until it feels tiring--as that there's just a lot of him here. He obscures the view, or becomes it, and he can make the rest of the show seem sort of beside the point.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    None of this ever threatens to break into an interesting character study or story or examination of ideas.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Full-fledged human beings are slow to emerge; the characters are long on attitude but short on detail.... The show could use some of the quirkiness that has enlivened Kelley shows such as "Picket Fences" and "Boston Legal."
    • 40 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Glazer has built a beautiful edifice here, but he still needs to get some life into the place.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    Set now in New York, instead of Los Angeles, it is just more of the insane same--insaner, if anything--in a slightly nicer suit. As with John Heard, the ringer in the first installment, the picture manages to bring everyone in it down to its level. Or close enough.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    The production values are extremely high. This may be trash, but it comes in an attractive can.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Robert Lloyd
    There are good things in it, some well-written scenes and dynamic exchanges and excellent acting... But, ultimately, it doesn't cohere or quite convince.

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