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

Robert P. Laurence's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Six Feet Under: 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
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Robert P. Laurence
    Ferris Bueller, at least, confronts its source up close and personal in the opening scene and gets it out of the way. [22 Aug 1990, p.D-9]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Robert P. Laurence
    It is beguiling and original, yet awkwardly executed. [28 Jan 1988, p.D-6]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Robert P. Laurence
    If "Spenser" has a problem, it is that the detective's sensitivity is not treated very sensitively. As in most TV series, "subtlety" seems to be a foreign word. ... But the car chases and gunfights are staged pretty well, and some good stories and continued strong characterizations could help the show's appeal. [20 Sep 1985]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Robert P. Laurence
    Certain scenes are powerful, even exhilarating. Others don't work at all. [23 Sep 1990]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Robert P. Laurence
    "Sleepwalkers," a short-lived NBC series from two seasons back, also asked viewers to care about characters who only dreamed that they were in peril. The sleepwalkers only drew a yawn from viewers, and it turned out that NBC programmers who thought the audience might actually care about such a situation were the ones who believed in fantasy. Fox may be repeating the delusion. [8 Oct 1999, p.E-10]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Robert P. Laurence
    The only thing for sure about Quantum Leap is that it's a difficult show to explain to anybody, and that the more difficult it is to explain a show, the less likely it is to succeed. [25 Mar 1989, p.C-7]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Robert P. Laurence
    As time-travel stories go, Timecop is strictly by-the-numbers. [22 Sept 1997, p.E1]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Robert P. Laurence
    The Office has its moments, but it's just too loud and too clumsy...Like the original, the American The Office tries to pull off the most difficult comedy stunt of them all: getting laughs at the expense of a fellow who thinks he's funny but is pathetically, awkwardly, embarrassingly unfunny...The execution is less confident and less successful, more Spike Jones than Mozart. [21 Mar 2005]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Robert P. Laurence
    Leaving aside the question of whether Burnett, Trump and NBC are just oblivious to the growing gap between the rich and the not-so-rich in America, or whether they're intentionally rubbing it in, "The Apprentice" brings up another issue. With all his billions, why can't Donald Trump find a decent barber? [6 Jan 2004]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Robert P. Laurence
    In tonight's first episode of the new season, the head lawyer and star of the show is AWOL, so his employes simply invite in a substitute to take the boss' place. The plan defies all logic, but it's blithely and blatantly executed in one of the most clumsily conceived and poorly executed attempts ever made at saving a troubled TV show. [10 Oct 1996, p.E-1]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Robert P. Laurence
    The script often just doesn't make sense. [3 Jan 2005]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Robert P. Laurence
    O'Brien and second-half director Carl Schultz both bring some visual dazzle to the episode, but they cannot bring wooden actors to life. And although Flanery does bear some resemblance to how Harrison Ford may have looked as a youth, he is plainly well beyond 16. So far, George Lucas' great idea for a TV series built on Indiana Jones remains just that -- an idea. [3 Mar 1992, p.C-1]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Robert P. Laurence
    And the evidence is plain: Millions of Americans sense that terrorism is in their midst, and CBS doesn't mind kicking up that fear a notch for the sake of gaining a rating point or two. [23 Sept 2003, p.E-6]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Robert P. Laurence
    If you watched "The Larry Sanders Show," you'll find that Beggars and Choosers is weak tea. [18 June 1999, p.E-10]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Robert P. Laurence
    The story told in tonight's pilot is more of the same old TV stuff. [17 Sept 1995, p.TV6]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Robert P. Laurence
    The project as a whole reeks of self-indulgence and vanity. [13 Oct 2000]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Robert P. Laurence
    I lost interest in tonight's pilot when attention turned to a card-counter with an outside confederate. OK, they're cheating. [22 Sept 2003, p.D-5]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Robert P. Laurence
    Simply sweet, silly and innocuous. And where Hanks is one of the more talented comic actors around, Waring seems to be no more than one more journeyman performer...Macy is a capable comedian, but only Jackie Gleason is Jackie Gleason. [2 Apr 1987, p.C-11]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Robert P. Laurence
    "American Idol" boasts two new wrinkles. First, the performances are so tightly edited that each singer gets barely a minute onstage. ... The second innovation: The contest is rigged. [21 Jun 2002]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Robert P. Laurence
    It is based on the assumption, so common among show-biz people who meet each other for lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel, that they are not only the cultural center of the Western world, but the envy of everybody who is not part of their glittery ZIP code. The whole production just reeks of L.A. smugness. [4 Oct 1990, p.C-11]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Robert P. Laurence
    Tonight's new NBC sitcom from the producers of HBO's "Dream On" hands us still one more batch of self-consciously quirky, single, more-or-less charming twentysomething characters and lets them hang for a half-hour reading faux Woody Allen lines. [22 Sept 1994, p.36]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Robert P. Laurence
    So how come he knows absolutely everything, but some things he doesn't? You're not supposed to ask.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Robert P. Laurence
    When the hour is over, one is left with the distinct impression that the story could have been told just as well, if not better, on the original "Law & Order." And one is reminded yet again that network TV seems to be recycling old ideas just when it desperately needs new ones. [20 Sept 1999, p.E1]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Robert P. Laurence
    The premise of "Numb3rs" is as gimmicky as its typographically tricky title. [23 Jan 2005]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Robert P. Laurence
    Previously icy, menacing, aloof and fascinating, [Hawk] is now mostly noise and bluster, a swaggering, gun-toting pontificator, as ready with an aphorism as with a bullet, a "Shaft" rehash. ... Within the context of "Spenser," there was already a cartoonish aspect to the figure of Hawk. Now all restraint has been dropped, and Hawk has become a parody of himself. Brooks has done better work. [27 Jan 1989]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Robert P. Laurence
    As TV shows go, it may have the most convoluted, tortured premise on record. A new title could resolve its identity crisis: "The Fugitive From Outer Space." It is not so much based on the 1984 film which starred Jeff Bridges as a sequel to it...Even if you saw the movie, you may find the TV show confusing...If you didn't, you may be utterly bewildered.[19 Sept 1986, p.E-1]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Robert P. Laurence
    Hewett projects the right blend of acid wit and sympathy, but he gets little help from the rest of the project. [15 Mar 1985]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Robert P. Laurence
    Too gimmicky for my taste. [22 Sept 1986, p.D-1]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Robert P. Laurence
    The cliches just keep on coming, from crooked cops to a mobster's innocent daughter in law school (at UCLA, no less) to those great, great lines: "Come on, Sonny, let's go. [16 Sept 1987, p.F-9]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Robert P. Laurence
    So far there's little else to recommend Wings. [15 Apr 1990, p.TV-8]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune

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