Robert P. Laurence

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For 134 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert P. Laurence's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Shield: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Freddy's Nightmares: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 134
  2. Negative: 24 out of 134
134 tv reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Robert P. Laurence
    Befitting its title, "The Sopranos" plays out like an opera; sweeping, subtle currents change directions gradually but powerfully. [16 Jan 2000]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Robert P. Laurence
    Chiklis is chillingly effective as the brutal, sinister Mackey, a vigilante cop with a lot more than attitude. As the star of The Shield, the first original drama series from cable channel FX, he's prime time's most magnetic, complex and troubling cop since Dennis Franz introduced Andy Sipowicz on "NYPD Blue" back in 1993. [11 Mar 2002, p.D-6]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Robert P. Laurence
    One of TV's most adult, provocative, outrageous and thought-provoking dramas -- and the bloodiest and most sex-drenched -- Nip/Tuck doesn't just push the envelope, it heaves it clear over the cliff. In an age when the FCC's rabbit-ears are more attuned than ever to what it considers issues of "decency," creator-producer Ryan Murphy and the FX channel are either incredibly brave or impossibly foolhardy. [22 June 2004, p.E-1]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Robert P. Laurence
    It's apparent that "The Sopranos" is back in top form. [2 Mar 2001]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Robert P. Laurence
    The smartest and most entertaining new series on the fall schedule. [3 Oct 2004]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Robert P. Laurence
    Refreshingly original and unusual, an all-too-rare drama that will keep you guessing about the outcome of an episode until the last few minutes. In brief, it's TV's most interesting and compelling -- and therefore the best -- new show of the fall. [29 Sept 2002, p.T6]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Robert P. Laurence
    A sprightly, beguiling series from NBC and the best new show of this fall season. People say one thing and mean another, as they sometimes do in actual life, and keep talking while they try to figure out what they really mean. [8 Oct 2000, p.TV-1]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Robert P. Laurence
    The pace is fast from start to finish, the situations believable, the actors are obviously enjoying their work, the production is excellent. If there's any justice in the TV business (talk about a reckless assumption), ABC, a network that desperately needs a new hit show, should have one in Sports Night. [22 Sept 1998, p.E-1]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Robert P. Laurence
    You're going to love Felicity. You don't think so? Well, what's not to love? Felicity has everything we always say we want in a TV show -- reality seen through a romantic eye, beguiling characters, talented actors, smart script, superb production, irresistible story. [27 Sept 1998, p.TV6]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Robert P. Laurence
    Looks like the best new TV series of the fall season, filled with fascinating people, ingenious turns of plot, strong, offbeat drama, an unmistakable air of realism and some delicious bits of black comedy. [15 Sept 1986, p.C-1]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Robert P. Laurence
    TV's most magnetic, compelling new leading actor in years, Benzali is unusual in the medium because he knows that understatement can carry more impact than shouting and scenery chewing. [19 Sept 1995, p.E-1]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Robert P. Laurence
    Too dark, too true, too uncompromising for the network audience...It isn't really, of course. The suits make a habit of underestimating the American television audience, then they wonder why it keeps leaving. [1 June 2001, p.E-1]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Robert P. Laurence
    NYPD Blue is telling a tough, engrossing story about several fascinating characters...Chief among them is the grimly determined but not humorless Kelly, played by David Caruso with an irresistibly cool, understated intensity. Caruso's performance is the perfect counterpoint to that of Dennis Franz as the constantly fuming, embittered Detective Andy Sipowicz, Kelly's partner. [19 Sept 1993, p.TV-6]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Robert P. Laurence
    The opener is a dandy little puzzler, opening with what appears to be a certain suicide in view of a crowd. [30 Nov 1987, p.D-9]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Robert P. Laurence
    By telling one or two stories well, from beginning to end, "Chicago Hope" gets a tighter grip on the viewer's emotions [than "ER"]. [22 Sep 1994]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Robert P. Laurence
    "Roseanne" is without a doubt one of the brightest new entries of the season, one of the most unusual of any season, and one of the most welcome. [18 Oct 1988]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 Robert P. Laurence
    It will inevitably be compared with "The Golden Girls," NBC's hit from last year about four older women sharing a house in Miami...But this entry from CBS is considerably different and, for my money, funnier and better...It is the best new show CBS is offering this season. [28 Sept 1986, p.TV-6]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Robert P. Laurence
    Dangerous Minds is the most appealing and meaningful new drama of the season. And, to borrow a word from the title, it's also the most dangerous. [30 Sept 1996, p.E-1]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Robert P. Laurence
    For the second straight time, the cable channel has rejuvenated a stale, weary TV format, taking a genre that appeared to be staggering under the debilitating effects of old age and overuse and giving it new life. [20 July 2003, p.TV-6]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Robert P. Laurence
    It's not your father's "Cheers." [3 Aug 2005]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Robert P. Laurence
    Witty and interesting. ... If comedy dialogue, slapstick and emotional moments continue to be handled with the skill displayed in the pilot, "Will & Grace" could emerge as one of the season's survivors. [21 Sep 1998]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Robert P. Laurence
    One of the most compelling and elegantly produced new series of the season. [10 Oct 2000, p.E-7]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Robert P. Laurence
    Band of Brothers could use a little more humor, a bit more of the irreverence and profanity that frequently arises in groups of men alone, to break up its almost unrelievedly somber atmosphere. If Spielberg and Hanks have erred, it is not in taking the men of Easy Company seriously, but in taking themselves and their film too seriously. [7 Sept 2001, p.E-1]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Robert P. Laurence
    In the self-doubting Tony, his sullen kids, not-so-patient wife, querulous mother and incompetent business associates, Chase may have accomplished what seemed impossible -- he's created something new in the Mafia-movie genre. [10 Jan 1999, p.TV6]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Robert P. Laurence
    Oddly affecting. [25 Sept 1999, p.E-7]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Robert P. Laurence
    The funniest, hippest and most imaginative new comedy on any network this fall. [31 Oct 2003, p.E-11]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Robert P. Laurence
    The latest incarnation is, if anything, more complex and interesting than the first two. [25 Jan 2004]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Robert P. Laurence
    Sharply written by Aaron Sorkin, the new drama from NBC adroitly mixes political machinations with personal peccadilloes and keeps the action in both areas moving smartly. Easily the best of a mediocre fall harvest of new network series, The West Wing offers moments of serious debate on a few issues in American public life, as well as bits of petty political bitchery to spice up the proceedings. Much of the dialogue not only sounds clever, but rings true. [22 Sept 1999, p.E-8]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Robert P. Laurence
    The newest version of The Fugitive from CBS is as much fun as ever, a first-class, fast-paced, smoothly executed production packed with suspense, thrills and style. [6 Oct 2000, p.E-1]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Robert P. Laurence
    As was "Ally," "Legal" is rated "Q" for quirky. Wacky characters abound, clients look askance at the goings-on, usually with good reason. One lawyer appears in coat, tie, shirt, and nothing else. [2 Oct 2004]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune

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