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 Deadwood: Season 2
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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 David Bianculli
    Monk is a delight, a show that should be added to everyone's can't-miss list. [11 July 2002, p.96]
    • New York Daily News
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 David Bianculli
    The two-hour pilot is a wonderful show - the best start for a "Star Trek" series in its long and amazing history - and Bakula's instantly likable characterization is no small part of it. [24 Sep 2001]
    • New York Daily News
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    A lot less dreadful, and more imaginative, than it sounds. ... Oddly, and disappointingly, the runway portion of the episode is rushed - the dresses don't get enough screen time to register fully. [1 Dec 2004]
    • New York Daily News
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 David Bianculli
    The gimmick sounds dreadful. The series is anything but. It's actually one of the best and smartest new series of the season, and could survive just fine, on its acting and characters, even if the divine-intervention plot were removed. [26 Sept 2003, p.126]
    • New York Daily News
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Bianculli
    It's reinvigorated. The third season of ABC's "Housewives" begins Sunday night at 9 with an assurance and a knowing playfulness that was missing most of last year. [22 Sep 2006]
    • New York Daily News
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Bianculli
    We're now three episodes into the second season of "Housewives," and the show still doesn't seem to have any traction. ... What's wrong so far this season, for the most part, has been the tone. [11 Oct 2005]
    • New York Daily News
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 David Bianculli
    Stiller was a last-minute addition to the cast, and the series looks like it will be refocused as a result turning the spotlight his way, much like Jaleel White's Urkel pulled the rug out from the original concept of ABC's "Family Matters." CBS would gladly accept that eventuality if "The King of Queens" draws similarly large audiences, but any hopes of it turning into a modern-day "Honeymooners" are likely to vanish as a result. [21 Sept 1998, p.70]
    • New York Daily News
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Bianculli
    The new prime-time soap opera "Desperate Housewives" could be described as a guilty pleasure - but there's no reason for guilt. This show is an absolute pleasure - and the most entertaining new show of the fall season. [30 Sep 2004]
    • 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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Bianculli
    About as smart, charming and clever as comedy can get. [25 Sept 2001, p.100]
    • New York Daily News
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 David Bianculli
    The level of the writing ranges from juvenile... to fairly clever, but the performers are what really enliven '3rd Rock.' ... The cast is just right. The concept, though nothing new, fits just fine. I'd love to recommend this show unreservedly but until its scripts improve a notch, it's more like an extended sketch. [7 Jan 1996]
    • New York Daily News
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 David Bianculli
    '24' remains one of the most enjoyable dramas on TV. [7 Jan 2005]
    • New York Daily News
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 David Bianculli
    The most inspired aspect of this year's primary plot is that Jack is a man over the edge, not on it. [28 Oct 2002]
    • New York Daily News
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Bianculli
    '24'... isn't a TV show. It's a thrill ride - so intense and fast-paced, it ought to come with guardrails attached. [5 Nov 2001]
    • New York Daily News
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Bianculli
    As Buster Poindexter once sang, they're hot, hot, hot...If Charmed gets more savvy, scary and sexy as weeks go on and it's a good bet it will falling under its spell will be an easy thing to do. [7 Oct 1998, p.93]
    • New York Daily News
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Bianculli
    The biggest yet most easily adjusted problem is that of tone. In many scenes, Arli$$ hits everything just right; a scene in next week's episode, with Arliss conducting a high-pressure negotiation with the owner of a pro basketball team, is Wuhl and Arli$$ at their best...In other scenes, though, the laughs are hit too broadly, and even the soundtrack and editing punch the punch lines much too aggressively. "The Larry Sanders Show" knows to let the laughter find its own level; in time, I hope, Arli$$ will also. [9 Aug 1996, p.115]
    • New York Daily News
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 David Bianculli
    When it comes to her new CBS sitcom premiering tonight, though, [Middler is] the only element jolting the show out of disastrously ho-hum status. [11 Oct 2000, p.96]
    • 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
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Bianculli
    Tim Daly is miscast as Richard Kimble in this new CBS remake of the classic '60s series. It's worth seeing once, though, just to see the effort. [6 Oct 2000, p.150]
    • New York Daily News
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 David Bianculli
    Even if you're confused when tuning in as a first-timer, it's a lot better than not tuning in at all. [4 Nov 2004, p.103]
    • 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
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 David Bianculli
    The final minutes of the show, when the rejects got to display their disappointment, were the hour's best, but that was only the beginning. [9 Jan 2003, p.91]
    • New York Daily News
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Bianculli
    Even if the supply of waterproof matches ran low, these 16 abrasive Americans can be counted on to generate sparks merely by arguing with one another. If drama equals tension, Survivor is drama distilled - and addictive. [1 June 2000, p.100]
    • New York Daily News
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    All glamour and glitz and surface. The show is intended as a prime-time soap to appeal to those who watched "Beverly Hills, 90210," "Dawson's Creek" and "Felicity" - and for them, The O.C. ought to connect quickly. [5 Aug 2003, p.66]
    • New York Daily News
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 David Bianculli
    After watching five hours of preview tapes, I'm interested to see how The Wire turns out. But without characters to care for, much less root for, I'm not exactly burning with curiosity -- the way I am with most of HBO's other series...When it comes down to The Wire, this show falls short.
    • New York Daily News
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 David Bianculli
    Sheen has no problem grounding the show, and encouraging viewers to laugh at his character. It's Cryer, though, who brings the more delightful offbeat energy to Two and a Half Men. When complaining about his wife's change of heart, he seems genuinely anxious and betrayed - but always manages to inject a flustered comic edge that makes the pain amusing, as well as real. [22 Sept 2003, p.77]
    • New York Daily News
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Bianculli
    It's a bumpy, wild ride that has all the dark humor, surprising twists and sudden outbursts of violence of a "GoodFellas" or a "Casino" high praise and tough comparisons, but The Sopranos lives up to them. [8 Jan 1999, p.116]
    • New York Daily News
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 David Bianculli
    Yet as a dramatic series, it moves too swiftly through churning waters to be compelling. The conflicts it introduces are good; the rapid resolutions are not. [16 Sept 2002, p.75]
    • New York Daily News

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