For 654 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 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Lloyd's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 I Wanna Marry Harry: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 654
654 tv reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Some of this is schematic, to be sure, but it grows more organic as it goes along, helped by a strong cast.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    As madly tied to one another as they are, the Rayburns are, in the first few episodes, at least, a little hard to care about. Yet there is enough happening by the third episode that I will definitely watch the fourth, just to see what might or might not happen, what herrings might be red, and what surprises might be truly surprising.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    With Dice, he's allowing himself to be flawed and fearful in a way that his stand-up comedy never could. Clay has remade his career and his persona for the better, handling the complexities with ease, and it's genuinely funny. There is still the same obsession with sex and, particularly, male genitalia as metaphor, but in a context that makes it somehow less toxic, more pathetic--"poignant" might even be the word.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The elegance of its production and mostly measured pace, though it may confound those who prefer the supernatural served fast and furious, keeps the drama persuasive.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It is a smart, affable, mostly unpredictable ensemble comedy that reminds us that in the 500-channel universe, fine things can happen in unlikely places, as long as you are clever about budget, commit to a sensible number of episodes--in this case 10--write well and cast right, and that what matters ultimately to heaven is not the eminence of the venue but the quality of the work.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It's a little movie that feels big, without being self-consciously cinematic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Hotel Babylon is willfully bright and sexy--like the Parker's d├ęcor, it updates a '70s sensibility--but also has a nice eye for detail, good minor characters and well-flowing dialogue.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The TV version preserves the form and excited tone of the podcast, with better production values and a bigger stage.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    "Curb" is a comedy of hostility, resentment, paranoia and obsessiveness. There are no feel-good moments, no life-brightening epiphanies, nothing, in fact, even vaguely resembling a resolution; things get as bad as you feared, and then the credits roll. [3 Jan 2004]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Fresh Off the Boat may not be exactly the series of Huang's dreams, or completely true to the life he has sold to show business, but it's a consistently funny and even important one, with some lovely, nuanced performances.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Apart from a surfeit of split screen effects and some overbearing soundtrack selections, I have no quarrel with this series at all, and wore a lump in my throat through much of it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The goings-on feel fresh in the way that kids at play make spy or space stories their own, even as they repeat what TV and the movies have taught them. This is just that with a budget, some deeper experience and the help of Jennifer Saunders, Rebecca Front, Dougray Scott and David Harewood, among interesting others.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The series is a better-heeled, better-paced and, within the bounds of its own Portland-ish modesty, a more ambitious extension of the occasional videos that Armisen and Portland resident Brownstein have posted online over the past few years under the name ThunderAnt.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    If Burns' customary elegiac pace doesn't always work for his subjects--it is the opposite of everything we're told about Theodore Roosevelt, at least--he gives you time to really look at what he's brought to show you.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    That the funniest straight-ahead sitcom of the American fall television season is a 2-year-old British import airing on a basic-cable network is because of a few things: a dearth of new American sitcoms, the availability of road-tested foreign product, and the ongoing expansion of the vast tracts of basic cable into the kind of programming that has traditionally defined broadcast television.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It feels productively mysterious. The show tells you covertly a lot about the characters, building them up through bits of behavior and stray remarks that can seem contradictory at first but do start to cohere into something more complex.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    For a crime story it is unusually gentle and generous toward its characters; it is not cynical or despairing--indeed, it is in the end a love story, or rather, several interlocking love stories set in contrast to the pathological mockery of one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    More troubling, and the bulk of his case, is the testimony of former Scientologists, some of them high-ranked, some of them claiming inside knowledge. Defenders of the faith will say that they are lying now when they say they were lying then, but they seem quite credible and composed to me--amazed at the people they'd been, astonished by what they couldn't see, ashamed at their actions or inaction.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Even if you don't particularly feel for Selina--you don't root for her, particularly, or against her--there is continual pleasure in watching the actress make her go.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    The pilot is an especially persuasive hour of action-adventure, but subsequent lower-budget episodes preserve the esprit and suspense.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It is cinematic in the sense that nothing in it looks quite real. But it works: This is not the London known as jolly and old, but the new chilly city of glass, a place of missed connections, of aliens and alienation. And the smart dialogue and warm performances--even Holmes has a discernible beating heart, or perhaps two--keep ice from forming on the production.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Only Julianna Margulies on "The Good Wife" is carrying a comparable load, and though Roughness is a more fanciful construction than that CBS show, with more obvious emotional victories, it feels just as honest. It worked on me as intended.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It's an accomplished piece of work. And it gains heft from a number of impressive cameos.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    I haven't seen ancient ordinary life so well represented since "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," and I am not being funny.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    I like this a lot.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    [Political Animals is] a high-class, relatively naturalistic, behind-closed-doors soap opera that plays in fairly obvious yet also fairly affecting ways with the space between public face and private pain and is made highly watchable by an excellent cast that finds the human among the hokum.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    Creator Ian Edelman keeps his characters on the right side of caricature and avoids the kind of melodramatic confrontations their relations might typically suggest.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    It is an homage and a celebration, with something of a high-class homemade feel.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    [Sontag's] personal magnetism is very much part of the story.... This alone makes for a highly watchable film, though Kates also dresses the screen with poetical visual interludes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Lloyd
    As produced it is more like a trip to the zoo, with the scribes imported into a set that suggests a writers' room (white board, bulletin board, index cards, big table, coffee) as a lion cage might simulate the veld. Even so, it feels like a glimpse of the real thing. Rash makes an excellent host-moderator.

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