For 68 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Rorke's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Downton Abbey: Season 4
Lowest review score: 25 Wayward Pines: Season 2
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 68
  2. Negative: 3 out of 68
68 tv reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Rorke
    The first two episodes--which track the night of the June 12, 1994, murders and the day after--are the best of the six (out of 10 total) available to reviewers.... A first-rate cast makes the procedure [the trial] seem as dramatic as possible.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    [An] intensive and exhaustive new documentary series by Ken Burns bowing Sunday night on PBS.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    These rather didactic scenes [of meetings] contrast with more relatable ones that detail the lives of Yonkers’ disenfranchised minority citizens, whom you know will clash with their white counterparts. Isaac receives excellent support from a large cast.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    The twists and turns on Making a Murderer are so crazy and real that the series stands on its own.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Rorke
    Catching Escobar then becomes an exciting and suspenseful story arc, and makes Narcos the first cool show of the new season.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    The script, by Berlanti, Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg, is a by-the-numbers affair that offers the character’s origin story up front, introduces the villain at just the right moment, throws in the requisite unexpected complication at the three-quarter mark and saves one twist for the final moment. Yet, there are some redeeming, clever touches, primarily whenever Kara (Melissa Benoist) has a scene with Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), her obnoxious media-mogul boss.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 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.”
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    Viewers willing to lose themselves in this rich tapestry of a bygone world will not be disappointed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    Stephen Colbert made a rousing, late-night debut.... His jokes were hit and miss.... Colbert really hit his stride, though, during an interview with presidential candidate Jeb Bush.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    [Lange and Bates] are the only reason to watch.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    Vinyl will leave you dancing to the music, but may leave you wondering why you should care.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    Giamatti has one of his best roles as Rhoades, a kinky avenger who will not compromise his principles even if it means sending a widower with two children to prison. At first, Lewis seems miscast as Axelrod. We really do not believe that he’s the guy who grew up in The Bronx, and his presence begs the question whether any New York-born actors were considered for the role. Still, Lewis is such a good actor, with a sleek, flinty edge that gives him a believable authority.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Rorke
    Public Morals gets better as the activities of the Irish Mob become more ominous and the show represents an overall advance for TNT.
    • 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.

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