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

Robert P. Laurence's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Sports Night: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Uncle Buck: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 135
  2. Negative: 24 out of 135
135 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 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
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Robert P. Laurence
    It's apparent that "The Sopranos" is back in top form. [2 Mar 2001]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Robert P. Laurence
    Dark, sly, ironic, subtle, brilliant. ... A taste for British humor comes in handy in watching "The Office," though. If you're bothered by deliberate (but tongue-in-cheek) bad taste, raging political incorrectness, sexual innuendo or comedy involving large sexual toys, or if you just don't get satire, "The Office" may not be right for you. [24 Oct 2003]
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Robert P. Laurence
    Has Goldberg found anything new to add to the territory? Not really, but he's fashioned a cozy, enjoyable television show of his own, with a script that sounds like the truth, only more so. [20 Sep 1991]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Robert P. Laurence
    Oddly affecting. [25 Sept 1999, p.E-7]
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 86 Metascore
    • 63 Robert P. Laurence
    Most of Rescue Me rings true. One would hope, though, that after an interval of nearly three years, real New York firefighters focus a little less on the events of Sept. 11, 2001, than is depicted here. [21 July 2004, p.F-6]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Robert P. Laurence
    Young fans of, say, the "American Pie" movies may enjoy it. Parents may get a little queasy at the sight of so much beer being guzzled at the freshman dorm party. [25 Sept 2001, p.E-6]
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Robert P. Laurence
    Some of their humor is bizarre, and some is even more bizarre. [21 July 1989, p.E-3]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Robert P. Laurence
    It has captured much of the original magic. Right off the launching pad, Roddenberry has sent his crew into a dandy, suspenseful story with an original and satisfying ending and even some romance. [29 Sep 1987]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Robert P. Laurence
    As it was before, it's a wonderfully quirky show, funny and warm and all that good stuff. [8 Apr 1991, p.C-7]
    • 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
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Robert P. Laurence
    More compelling than the general run of fictional drama, and often funnier, sadder and more poignant, Cops at first seems to be an unassembled jigsaw puzzle...This is a documentary being pieced together before our eyes. There is a strong, undeniable element of tabloid TV in Cops, of sensationalism and exploitation. But there is more. There is a picture of the toll this kind of work takes on the human beings who do it. Cops may also make television stars of its subjects.[11 March 1989, p.C-11]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Robert P. Laurence
    No, Dharma & Greg does not live up to the screwball comedies of the 1930s. But this new sitcom about a bright, young, slightly mismatched couple has enough of the same charm and daffiness to make it fairly appealing in its own right. [24 Sept 1997, p.E-7]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 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
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Robert P. Laurence
    The project as a whole reeks of self-indulgence and vanity. [13 Oct 2000]
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.

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