David Bianculli

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For 135 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Bianculli's Scores

Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Spin City: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 What I Like About You: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 135
  2. Negative: 29 out of 135
135 tv reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    The feel is "Barney Miller," but the jokes and characters aren't. Gary David Goldberg, of "Family Ties" and "Spin City" fame, is behind this sitcom, so it's fair to hope for and expect very good things...In the case of this pilot, though, you don't get them. [23 March 2000]
    • New York Daily News
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 David Bianculli
    It's got the lush forest scenery, the well-chiseled actors and actresses, and lots of sorcery and hand-to-hand combat. What Beastmaster doesn't have in common with "Xena" are good scripts and actors. As Dar the Beastmaster, Daniel Goddard is about as charismatic as a Stairmaster. And while Monica Schnarre, as the Sorceress, and Natalie Mendoza, as Kyra, both look great, that's not reason enough to endure this witless silliness. [9 Oct 1999, p.75]
    • New York Daily News
    • 58 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    Kudrow must shoulder much of the blame. Her performance - her character - never becomes real, so you spend the time looking at Kudrow acting, rather than watching Valerie suffering.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 20 David Bianculli
    Murder One is dead on arrival...The first two episodes this year fail to generate any real interest in who's guilty or innocent. And if that's the case now, the final verdict on this series will be swift and just...If we don't care whodunit, why should wewatchit?
    • 44 Metascore
    • 12 David Bianculli
    It's a series so yawn-inducingly dull and maddeningly generic, it succeeds only in making its Latino family as bland as any other unmemorable TV sitcom clan. [27 Mar 2002, p.79]
    • New York Daily News
    • 55 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    If each hour of The Guardian represents one hour of its central character's 1,500-hour community-service sentence, Fallin should be Fallin short by about 1,487 hours. [25 Sept 2001, p.101]
    • New York Daily News
    • 60 Metascore
    • 37 David Bianculli
    It's not that Cohen, especially in his Ali G character, never gets off an amusing ad lib. It's just that his humor and his characters aren't nearly funny enough. And several times they cross the line into all-out meanness. It's an approach that's uncalled for, unimpressive and - as when he picks on a religious woman simply because she's overweight - horribly unfunny. [21 Feb 2003, p.139]
    • New York Daily News
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 David Bianculli
    If you're fascinated enough by their boorish behavior to return for more, you have a stronger stomach for tacky TV, and people, than I do. [21 Mar 2006]
    • New York Daily News
    • 64 Metascore
    • 12 David Bianculli
    Just because you can put something on TV doesn't mean you should. [3 Aug 2005]
    • New York Daily News
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 David Bianculli
    The young audience for which One Tree Hill is aimed may swallow all this unflinchingly. Yet if they learned anything from "Dawson's Creek," a much better and smarter show, they're more likely to gag. [23 Sept 2003, p.83]
    • New York Daily News
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 David Bianculli
    NBC has presented one installment of "The Biggest Loser" so far - and one was enough to dismiss it entirely. [25 Oct 2004]
    • New York Daily News
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 David Bianculli
    So many things about the CBS "Big Brother 2" series are genuine improvements over last year's version, from the set and cast to the producers and number of weekly episodes, that it's almost frightening this sequel still musters such a meager rating. Yet that's how horrid the original was. And even after these significant improvements, "Big Brother 2" is by no means worth watching. [7 Jul 2000]
    • New York Daily News
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 David Bianculli
    The difference between "Big Brother" and its more successful high-concept CBS predecessor, "Survivor," is the difference between storytelling and rambling. [14 Jul 2000]
    • New York Daily News
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 David Bianculli
    There's a danger, writing about the new WB series "Nikki," that's hard to avoid: In describing how bad the show is, it almost makes it sound worth watching. [6 Oct 2000, p.151]
    • New York Daily News
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 David Bianculli
    On its own, NBC's The Office is different, but it is neither daring nor funny; it's hard to imagine people taking enough of a liking to the characters to keep returning. And compared to the BBC version, in which every portrayal of those four key character types is utterly perfect, NBC's version is so diluted there's little left but muddy water. [23 Mar 2005, p.91]
    • New York Daily News
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 David Bianculli
    The jokes and the moral lessons are equally telegraphed, and instantly forgotten. [20 Sept 2002]
    • New York Daily News
    • 41 Metascore
    • 10 David Bianculli
    Even skateboard star Tony Hawk, in a guest appearance, is wasted - as your time will be, if you tune in. [20 Sept 2002, p.136]
    • New York Daily News

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