David Bianculli

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For 130 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Bianculli's Scores

Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 3
Lowest review score: 10 What I Like About You: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 130
  2. Negative: 28 out of 130
130 tv reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    If this show has a future, it's got to be a bit more imaginative about its past and present.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 David Bianculli
    The pilot script manages to poke fun at more ethnic groups than the average episode of "All in the Family," but without any of the wit. Most of the jokes, like most of the characters, just sit there.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 David Bianculli
    The new cop series Hawaii isn't your father's "Hawaii Five-O." It's probably not yours, either, or your child's, or anyone's. It's awful.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 David Bianculli
    Tonight's premiere looks a little bleak and proceeds a little predictably but this may well be due to the amount of exposition necessary to establish the world Carter and company will be exploring. [8 Oct 1999, p.144]
    • New York Daily News
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 David Bianculli
    The good news is, Beggars and Choosers has plenty of premise, and plenty of targets for satire. [18 June 1999, p.149]
    • New York Daily News
    • 58 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    The series itself, though it has a stylized look and interesting set design, begins with a lethargic lack of wonder. [9 Oct 2002, p.87]
    • New York Daily News
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 David Bianculli
    Me, I have enough fun just watching the show, thanks. Interactive is too much work. With so much going on in "Push, Nevada," I'm happy with active.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    Black Scorpion is good bad - fun to watch as a tacky diversion. [5 Jan 2001, p.109]
    • New York Daily News
    • 29 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    A lesson in how a sitcom can use fast-paced visuals, snappy music, antic editing and sexy fantasy sequences and still look tired.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    Karen Sisco, from the very first frame, is a stunner - and a keeper.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    Tarzan isn't as horrifyingly awful as the WB's recent remake of another cultural icon, "The Lone Ranger," but few things are. Even so, it's asking a lot even to wait around [for Lucy] Lawless to show up...Fact is, this "Tarzan" series dies on the vine.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    Feels like a cross between a Hollywood writing assignment ("Write a version of 'The O.C.' in 80 pages or less, and don't forget to use a carnival as a backdrop like that show did") and a preachy "ABC Afterschool Special: The Next Generation." [7 Oct 2004]
    • New York Daily News
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    The comedy dominates so much that the forcefully dramatic situations - when O'Toole's character explodes with a verbal or physical outburst, for example, or when they're put in physical jeopardy - seem woefully out of place, almost like spoofs. And even those don't seem to be taken seriously by the characters, so why should viewers react any differently? [26 Jul 2000]
    • New York Daily News
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Bianculli
    Lots of fun. It's the TV equivalent of a good summer read light, unpredictable and highly entertaining.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 David Bianculli
    USA's The Dead Zone takes its concept and characters seriously, without any playful subtext or comic relief. So does Hall, who plays his character as David Janssen played "The Fugitive": rarely smiling, always nervous, and only occasionally believed by those around him. There is reason to believe, though, that this Dead Zone may be the real thing.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 David Bianculli
    The acting and special effects are equally unconvincing. The human beings in the story don't look remotely real, and the dinosaurs can't act. [27 Nov 2002]
    • New York Daily News
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 David Bianculli
    It has a few naughty jokes, lots of good-looking youngsters, and is watchable family-entertainment. [17 Sep 2002]
    • New York Daily News
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 David Bianculli
    It's not as novel or successful a concept as "Curb Your Enthusiasm," the HBO series from "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David. But based on the first two episodes, "Watching Ellie" is exponentially better, and more daring, than the derivative vehicles churned out by [Michael] Richards and [Jason] Alexander. [25 Feb 2002]
    • New York Daily News
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    The change of format doesn't bring with it any sense of assurance. To amp up the canned laughter while simultaneously lowering the intelligence level of the humor isn't a recipe for success. [14 Apr 2003]
    • New York Daily News
    • 66 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    It doesn't have a style. It has lots of them: hip-hop MTV one minute, "NYPD Blue"-style hand-held confrontation the next, with a lot of stutter-step editing, loud soundtrack music and thuggish posturing the next. Because its premise bears such promise and because it boasts at least a trio of strong performers, "Platinum" is a particularly stinging disappointment. [14 Apr 2003]
    • New York Daily News
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    The TV pilot, like the theatrical film, is long on hardware and gunplay and short on logic. [24 Jul 1997]
    • New York Daily News
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 David Bianculli
    This new "Magnificent Seven" is so far from magnificent, it's almost depressing. ... There's no sense of drama, humor or urgency. [2 Jan 1998]
    • New York Daily News
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    The shocker is that this third variation on the formula, made for American TV, is the best yet. [26 Jan 2004]
    • New York Daily News
    • 40 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    The opening episode of the TV sequel to the big-screen hit wasn't impressive, or even particularly amusing, either. [26 Feb 2003, p.75]
    • New York Daily News
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    Williams, though, in both Sunday's telemovie and the subsequent Tuesday-night regular episode time-slot at 8, is too reserved and colorless. [15 Sept 1995, p.127]
    • New York Daily News
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Bianculli
    Some of the conflicts and characters in Dangeous Minds are diluted. Language, by necessity, is a lot less raw, camera work is unnecessarily gimmicky, and most conflicts are resolved more neatly...However, the TV version's writers (including Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider of "Northern Exposure") take as much care as did the movie to not resolve everything nicely or neatly. [30 Sept 1996, p.67]
    • New York Daily News
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    Anyone who thinks Silverstone's charm wasn't the major factor in the movie has only to watch the TV version. With Blanchard at the center, Clueless doesn't have the same flair and in this appearance-is-everything Beverly Hills comedy, flair is everything.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    T.W. King in the title role just isn't at all involving. Frankly, my dear, I don't give a Van Damme.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    Less understandable is why this TV version also reaches to "Alien Nation" for inspiration, which it does by pairing Easton's David Hume with an android partner played by Karl Pruner. Also baffling is the under-utilization of Cynthia Preston as Hume's wife, although doubtlessly she will figure more prominently in later episodes. [5 Mar 1999, p.117]
    • New York Daily News
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    Miramax will release the winner's movie next year. Its value, at this moment, is a question mark, but Project Greenlight is an impressive exclamation mark. [28 Nov 2001, p.101]
    • New York Daily News

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