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 7.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Bianculli's Scores

Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
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
    • 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
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 David Bianculli
    It's a crossover series that works, and has the strong potential to lure crossover audiences as well. Expect this "Barbershop" to stay open for quite a few years.
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    • 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
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    The L Word succeeds precisely because it isn't exploitative, and because its sexy scenes are anything but gratuitous. [16 Jan 2004, p.121]
    • New York Daily News
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    Like casino chips sprinkled over a roulette table, the assets of this NBC show aren't being used very wisely, and are no guarantee of success. [22 Sept 2003, p.77]
    • 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?
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 David Bianculli
    After watching six episodes, I'm still not sold on the overall worth of this ambitious period drama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    For every talented performer or performance, there's one that doesn't quite work. For every scene that hits the right comedic or dramatic tone, there's another that tries too hard, tells too much or falls too flat.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    For its first three seasons, Rescue Me, starring Denis Leary as a haunted New York firefighter, was one of the funniest dramas on television. This season begins with a slight shift: It's now one of the most dramatic comedies. [13 June 2007, p.75]
    • New York Daily News
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    Rescue Me is one of the darker dramas on television, and also one of the darker comedies: Its humor is as brittle and brutal as its intense scenes, and, like everything here else, is memorably credible.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    It's as funny in some places as it is raw and touching in others. Make an effort to watch this premiere, and add it to your short list of must-see TV. [21 July 2004, p.80]
    • New York Daily News
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    Even more so than last season, we see an awful lot of Christian's bare backside. But the best scenes are when we see him naked emotionally, whether with his psychiatrist or with best friend Sean...This year, that's the core of Nip/Tuck, and it starts the season dynamically.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    The FX series begins its second year with assurance, inventiveness and more than a little boldness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    Nip/Tuck does not grab you like "The Shield," though, and does not ingratiate you to its quirky tone, like the network's comedy "Lucky." It's more artifice than art, and in everything from the performances to the dramatic contrivances, you can see the strain.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    When you care about everyone in a town like Deadwood, every hot argument, every passionate embrace, every sudden murder is liable to delight, disgust or surprise. Once a week, Deadwood is a phenomenal place to visit - but I wouldn't want to live there. [4 Mar 2005, p.127]
    • New York Daily News
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 David Bianculli
    Get past the language, though, and Deadwood slowly but surely draws you in. Keith Carradine, as Hickok, brings quiet stoicism and strength to a new level; Timothy Olyphant as Seth Bullock, who has hung up his lawman's badge to hang a hardware-store shingle in town, isn't far behind. [18 Mar 2004, p.101]
    • New York Daily News
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Bianculli
    Although some of the concepts in this premiere episode are clever - a blind white supremacist who doesn't know he's black, a training film at a Kinko's-type copying business that teaches how to alienate customers - the results aren't as sharp or funny as the ideas. [22 Jan 2003, p.74]
    • New York Daily News
    • 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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Bianculli
    One thing the witty pilot by Dottie Dartland and Chuck Lorre doesn't do is get the respective in-laws into the same scene but that's bound to happen soon. And when it happens, it's bound to be a real howl. [24 Sept 1997, p.70]
    • New York Daily News
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Bianculli
    The idea that both Lex and Clark have a destiny, and are somewhat uncomfortable with it, is central to Smallville, and is what makes this series start so engaging. [16 Oct 2001, p.98]
    • New York Daily News
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 David Bianculli
    "Carnivale" is so deliberate in its pacing - some would say plodding - it makes "The Wire" look like a breakneck action movie. [12 Sep 2003]
    • New York Daily News
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 David Bianculli
    A fully satisfying and fitting TV finale, and a show that really should be seen. It's acted as well as it's written and directed, which means it's just about perfect. [21 Oct 2004]
    • New York Daily News
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 David Bianculli
    It's dependent almost entirely on characters rather than plot - but, with such recognizable characters, "The Office" works beautifully. [10 Oct 2003]
    • New York Daily News

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