Robert P. Laurence

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For 135 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert P. Laurence's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Desperate Housewives: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 21 Jump Street: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 135
  2. Negative: 24 out of 135
135 tv reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 37 Robert P. Laurence
    "Dad" is even spottier than "Family Guy," a nearly random collection of blackouts in search of a story. [29 Apr 2005]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 64 Metascore
    • 37 Robert P. Laurence
    TV comedy at its most conventional and least interesting. [17 Sep 1991]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 54 Metascore
    • 37 Robert P. Laurence
    Criminal Intent should make the bird's tail-feathers droop with embarrassment. [29 Sept 2001, p.E-6]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 70 Metascore
    • 37 Robert P. Laurence
    A very conventional, old-fashioned cop-private eye caper, the only difference being the gender of the officer in question. [1 Oct 2003, p.F-7]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 58 Metascore
    • 37 Robert P. Laurence
    Ominously dark, loaded with splashy visual special effects and soundtrack whooshes and vrooms, with costumes by the Frederick's of Hollywood Martial Arts Division, Birds of Prey bogs down early in lengthy and tedious exposition, the sort of back-story explanation that scriptwriters call "laying pipe." [8 Oct 2002, p.E-6]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 63 Metascore
    • 37 Robert P. Laurence
    Every situation, every character is a cliché, whether from the Western story shelf or the discount sci-fi stock. Judging from the dusty, rocky scenery, it might have been shot on the planet Borrego.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 37 Robert P. Laurence
    There's a lot going on with Gilmore Girls, and once the writers can sort it all out, they might find an interesting series in there somewhere. [5 Oct 2000, p.E-9]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 33 Metascore
    • 37 Robert P. Laurence
    Miserable excuse for comedy. [19 Sept 2003, p.E-11]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Robert P. Laurence
    Baby Talk plays like "Look Who's Talking XII," as if the producers just skipped right over the inevitable decline in quality to be expected in a long series of sequels and dove straight for the dregs at the bottom of the barrel. [8 Mar 1991, p.E-19]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Robert P. Laurence
    What we've got here is a standard family sitcom, with an extra character thrown in when he's needed to move the plot along, and thrown out when he's not needed. You know, if Rin Tin Tin and Lassie could have their own TV shows, why couldn't Mike? [25 July 1987, p.C-11]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Robert P. Laurence
    "Brewster Place" is dominated by a feeling of softness. A sweet gentleness pervades the air and issues are avoided, rather than confronted head-on. The characters that gave the original drama its sharpest bite, including the desperate welfare mother and the lesbian couple, have been dropped entirely. [1 May 1990]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Robert P. Laurence
    Overlaying Working Girl is a subtle, cynical atmosphere of class snobbery...The writers' assumption seems to be that their viewers share their elitist values and viewpoint. [15 Apr 1990, p.TV-8]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Robert P. Laurence
    It's not a laughing matter. [22 Sept 1987, p.E-7]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Robert P. Laurence
    Or maybe that line just seems funny, because it's one of the few that's about anything but you-know-what. [24 Sept 2002, p.E-6]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Robert P. Laurence
    Shooting a comedy in real time may be an interesting exercise for the producer, but it doesn't make the story more interesting, or add to the laugh ratio. In fact, that little timer is downright distracting. [26 Feb 2002]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Robert P. Laurence
    The humor of "3rd Rock" is of I-can't-believe-how-bad-this-is quality. [9 Jan 1996]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Robert P. Laurence
    Goofy, silly, trying to be hip, lighthearted and loose, but ending up merely stupid, a dopey mix of inane dialogue, hints of sex, gunfire and blood. [29 Aug 2004, p.TV-6]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Robert P. Laurence
    Conspiracy and backbiting are the only constant themes, and the overwhelming sense of claustrophobia and the unremitting nastiness of many of contestants make the show nearly unwatchable. [17 Jul 2001]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Robert P. Laurence
    Where the film began on a distinctly glum note, then built toward a spirit of renewal, the pilot episode of the sitcom starts out noisy and stays that way. In other words, a bewitching and intriguing movie has been trashed once again in the making of a har-de-har sitcom. [30 Mar 1990, p.E-17]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Robert P. Laurence
    Cassidy is a decently capable dancer, but the routines performed by the troupe at the resort seem utterly tame, so mild that Stevenson's fuddy-duddy objections seem only puzzling. They are not nearly as puzzling, however, as CBS's decision to pencil Dirty Dancing onto the network dance card. [29 Oct 1998, p.D-15]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 53 Metascore
    • 10 Robert P. Laurence
    A mean, miserable, nasty-minded excuse for a comedy. [29 Jan 1999]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • tbd Metascore
    • 0 Robert P. Laurence
    A bloody bore. ... Even by the relaxed standards of horror movies, "Freddy" is a sloppy, simplistic, amateurish, abysmally acted, incompetently written production that would be more at home on a cable-access channel than in national syndication. [8 Oct 1988]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 21 Metascore
    • 0 Robert P. Laurence
    One of the true, noteworthy duds of the 1990 fall schedule...A lamebrained enterprise, a witless, obvious, often self-contradictory attempt at comedy. [10 Sept 1990, p.C-1]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 13 Metascore
    • 0 Robert P. Laurence
    Pointless gimmicks, dire stupidity, rotten acting and gratuitous violence abound, and, in the opening episode, so does implicit racism. The treatment of blacks in 21 Jump Street marks a new and unwelcome chapter in TV's history of on-screen racism; they are unquestionably portrayed as savage, violent figures threatening vulnerable whites. [11 Apr 1987, p.D-13]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune

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