For 47 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 70% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Rorke's Scores

Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Olive Kitteridge
Lowest review score: 30 Hostages: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 47
  2. Negative: 1 out of 47
47 tv reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Rorke
    One of the many excellent things about Downton Abbey is the variety of rich female characters creator Fellowes has fashioned.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Rorke
    With her pitiless, clear-eyed gaze, McDormand is a marvel as Olive, capturing not only the character’s indomitable spirit but her fears as Olive’s world begins to crumble.... The film, directed by Lisa Chodolenko, recalls those ’70s films like “A Woman Under the Influence” and “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” that weren’t afraid to take the full measure of a woman’s life.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Rorke
    This is a 12-week 24, so loyal fans can expect twice the action in half the time. You won’t want to miss a minute.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Rorke
    Orange Is the New Black is a cultural phenomenon and worthy crowd-pleaser--and is the one series everyone should watch this summer.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Rorke
    Hamm--never a showboater like some of those guys who keep winning Emmys--does some of the finest acting he’s ever done in the series. It’s subtle and sublime. The rest of the cast is in top form.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Rorke
    The contrast between the laid-back romanticism of the West Coast and the formality of New York is palpable in scene after scene.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Rorke
    Sinatra: All or Nothing at All is a fascinating look at a man who wielded a lot power--obviously too much--but whose artistic legacy thankfully will prevail over his baser interests.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Rorke
    Spacey plays Underwood with his usual unctuous aplomb, and Claire’s crazy controlled persona is on full display, but with private moments of longing and neediness that are wonderful to behold.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Rorke
    The Affair is told from two points of view, Noah’s and then Alison’s, and memory being the imperfect mechanism that it is, their versions of the story don’t match, in tantalizing ways.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Rorke
    The third-season premiere [of] Homeland delivers a strong episode that repairs much of the damage done last season to this excellent show.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    [An] intensive and exhaustive new documentary series by Ken Burns bowing Sunday night on PBS.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    Even when the production is heavy-handed, the cast, led by Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman, contributes enough good performances to make the story worth watching.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    [Lange and Bates] are the only reason to watch.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    Rhys Meyers already has his fans, but he’s likely to win over skeptics as this new Dracula makes a seduction out of death.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    Like the Carringtons on “Dynasty” and the Ewings on “Dallas,” the Lyons play dirty and fight dirty. How far they go to control their musical Empire should be fun to watch. As long as Cookie’s the underdog, this show will have plenty of bite.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    Drug cartels, a room of shrink-wrapped bills (worth $60 million), body bags and buckets of blood are just some of the intriguing elements in this uniquely Mexican-American drama, where the layers of corruption on both sides of the border seem impenetrable.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    The Levys nicely develop their fish-out-of-water concept by showing how the family tries to fit in out of necessity.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    Although a little sluggishly paced, this miniseries, based on the eponymously titled book by J. Randy Taraborrelli, makes a decent attempt to show why Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson, was never comfortable in her own skin.... Garner gives a surprisingly confident, spunky performance as the Monroe.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    When Masters stops himself from punching Johnny, Sheen--who has the least showy role here--has his finest moment. The exquisite Caplan, on the other hand, is given many chances to shine, and doesn’t let any of these moments slip away.... Season 3 promises to be the show’s wildest year yet.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    Allegiance takes a potentially preposterous situation and makes it provocative.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    Hannah’s finally growing up, and how she deals with the inevitable betrayals of people she placed too much trust in will provide Girls with a worthy season arc--and give the aspiring novelist inside the hipster some real material to come.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    It’s a good start for a series that’s already been renewed for a second season--and will have time to grow.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    We already know things are going to go wrong; it’s just a tantalizing question of when and how.... In a TV season where some seriously lazy casting is hindering the new shows, [Hannah Ware is] a breath of fresh air: she’s subtle, assured and has an ethereal allure.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    When the jokes work, they’re hilarious.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    The Orange cast is still bringing the same freshness to their performances to which we’ve become accustomed. And that may be the one reason to stick with the series.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    More entertaining than its network stablemate “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ” Agent Carter is a lighter, welcome addition to the ranks of TV’s kick-ass women, from Kalinda Sharma on “The Good Wife” to Carrie Mathison on “Homeland.”
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    Even if we know how Manson’s story eventually ends, this is one cop show that will chart a tantalizing path to that grim conclusion.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Rorke
    If you’re not already a fan of the story, Constantine has some kinks to iron out before the unenlightened will willingly follow this master of the dark arts.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Rorke
    The Red Tent would have benefited from more subtlety--hardly Lifetime’s stock-in-trade. Still, it is a major step up from the network’s usual fare of films.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Rorke
    Having established the exaggerated and predictable weirdness of all white people, Fresh Off the Boat seems to have run through its one topic--and one joke.

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