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 Boomtown: 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
    • 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
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Robert P. Laurence
    It's that tongue-in-cheek, lighthearted mood that elevates "Charmed" from the dreary, self-important solemnity that hangs like a pall over so much so-called fantasy and science fiction. [6 Oct 1998, p.E-1]
    • 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
    • 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
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Robert P. Laurence
    I'm still not sure what's going on. It may be more or less than meets the eye, but I'm sure I want to see more. [14 Sep 2003]
    • 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
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Robert P. Laurence
    Fresh, sharp and witty...It certainly offers a brisk antidote to the syrupy sentimentality that has lately taken over "The Cosby Show." It's "The Honeymooners" with an '80s spin, a sardonic look at a couple who love each other -- except for when they don't. [5 Apr 1987, p.TV-6]
    • 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
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert P. Laurence
    A mature, beautifully realized piece of drama, it shows little evidence of the neutering, sanitizing process that usually compromises television storytelling. ... "China Beach" is "M*A*S*H" seen through a darker, bloodier lens. [26 Apr 1988]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Robert P. Laurence
    "ER" achieves speed and grit but at the expense of depth. [22 Sep 1994]
    • 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
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Robert P. Laurence
    There is much good to be found in "The Outsiders," which marks still another example of the Fox network's willingness to take chances on unconventional stories told in unconventional ways. The actors' performances are unfailingly excellent, the production polished and stylish. More than that, despite the surplus of violence in the pilot film, it is refreshing to see a television drama about young people in which the protagonists are doing something besides drugs, in which their concerns run deeper than clothes and dates...It could get terrific. [24 Mar 1990, p.D-9]
    • 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
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Robert P. Laurence
    A likable, even enjoyable, but hazily defined series with no clear sense of where it wants to go. [28 Sept 2001, p.E-12]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Robert P. Laurence
    On merit, Frasier seems more likely to succeed, largely thanks to a strong supporting cast, headed by the man who plays the father, John Mahoney. [16 Sept 1993, p.ND42]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Robert P. Laurence
    Much of Popular is just silly, but much of it is also poignant and true. Consider Carmen (Sara Rue), who wants desperately to be a cheerleader. Carmen's a heavy girl, but a terrific dancer. [28 Sept 1999, p.E-1]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Robert P. Laurence
    Cold Case pours an old formula into a new bottle and mixes up an amiably entertaining hour that could attract both young fans and those who are still wondering where Jessica Fletcher went. [28 Sept 2003]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert P. Laurence
    The rest of the cast lends excellent support, particularly Bitty Schram as Sharona, Ted Levine as the admiring police Capt. Leland Stottlemeyer and Gail O'Grady ("NYPD Blue") as the politician's wife, who sizes up Monk's more obvious hang-ups. [7 July 2002, p.TV-6]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Robert P. Laurence
    "Platinum" may be just the black drama that TV has been waiting for. ... It's considerably more fun, irreverent, ironic and energetic than its predecessors. [14 Apr 2003]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert P. Laurence
    Suffers from excessive ambition, but only through the best of intentions. [10 Sept 1993, p.E-1]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Robert P. Laurence
    Comparisons will be made to ABC's "Desperate Housewives," but "Weeds" is meaner and sharper, eschewing the chirpy attitude that blunts the sting of most plot turns in "Housewives." [5 Aug 2005]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert P. Laurence
    The clipped dialogue, the scientific detecting, the camera tricks, the computer gamesmanship, the back-and-forth progression of the stories -- the bricks that really matter in the construction of a TV show -- are all quite the same [as CSI]. [26 Sep 2002]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Robert P. Laurence
    The Net provides a whole lot more fun, thanks to the sprightly Brooke Langton, cast in Bullock's role as Angela Bennett, a free-lance computer fixer who one day receives a mystifying bit of electronic mail. [17 July 1998, p.E-12]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert P. Laurence
    Huff occasionally descends into mere bitchiness but more often offers keen insights into the psyche of its main character. And it's frequently funny and thought-provoking. [5 Nov 2004, p.E-11]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Robert P. Laurence
    Cheeky but likable. [7 Oct 2004]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert P. Laurence
    The finished product is passably entertaining, intermittently involving, tolerably well acted by an all-English cast, and offers enough kinky sex and graphic violence to satisfy all but the most depraved tastes. [22 Aug 2005, p.D-1]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert P. Laurence
    Not to quibble about issues of plausibility in a story about a boy with superhuman powers who arrives on Earth on a spaceship from an alien planet, but the star of Smallville is just too beautiful to be believed. As a geek, that is. [16 Oct 2001, p.E-3]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Robert P. Laurence
    It's hard not to believe Craig T. Nelson. He's one of the most versatile actors anywhere, equally at home as the perpetually flummoxed Hayden Fox in the ABC sitcom "Coach," or in any number of dramatic roles in made-for-TV and theatrical films. [7 Oct 2000, p.E-8]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Robert P. Laurence
    Whether in visions of falling steel balls or in plot twists that capture the imagination without unduly stressing credulity, it's those fanciful, Kelleyish touches that make "Ally McBeal" so watchable. [8 Sep 1997]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Robert P. Laurence
    A promising, solidly crafted comedy series. [3 Mar 1997]
    • San Diego Union-Tribune

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