Robert Bianco

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For 975 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Bianco's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Transparent: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Lucky Louie: Season 1
Score distribution:
975 tv reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 68 Robert Bianco
    Quirky and unlike any current TV comedies, it’s got smart, dumb-funny humor and a great comedic turn by Mr. McDermott.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    You got two hours that were often gorgeous, sometimes goofy, frequently disturbing and far more graphically violent than the original--filled with performances that ranged from amusing to disquieting to the flat-out amateurish.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    To say they (Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes) have no onscreen chemistry is to minimize the problem: You actively want to get Baby away from him.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    As with any show built around a high-concept gimmick, there’s a danger here that the trick will wear thin; that we’ll tire of Martin’s low-energy observations. (Ned, at least as filmed, is the most morose dog on the planet.) But for now, be content with how much this Dog has going for it, starting with the gentle way it ambles along, speaking softly rather than barking at us, and including the sweet chemistry between Neff and Tolman.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    I Love Dick will not speak to everyone. But for those inclined or willing to listen, there’s a fascinating story here about the power of art to open our eyes, and the power of an artist to transform herself and the world around her.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    well-written, well-directed, and well-acted by an appealing young cast. ... Even for a show that revels in absurdist humor, it can be too glib (as in the reaction to the discovery of a dead student), and a bit too reliant on subsidiary characters who are too clueless and too Clueless. Still, in the end, those are minor quibbles with a show that is as entertaining as it is valuable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Whittle’s role feels slightly underwritten in the first half of the season, but he’s an attractive, empathetic hero, a strong man who is smarter than he looks. And McShane is a pleasure to hear, biting into dialogue with the same enormous vigor and skill he brought to Deadwood. Together, they’re taking us on a road trip with no destination or clear purpose in sight. But the scenery is startling and the company’s great. And for fans of the book or Fuller, that is likely to be enough.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The cast combines for a few laughs each week, and outside of the stray fart or feces joke, little of it is bad enough to make you cringe. But goodness, this is Andrea Martin we’re talking about. Surely some network can find something better for her than "not terrible."
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    This is a series chock full of great characters, male and female, that exudes wit, intelligence and a palpable desire to entertain. It’s possible, of course, that this latest Fargo will sag in the middle or fall apart at the end. But neither of the other two seasons did, so here's betting this one won’t either.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Come for the fancy costumes, drafty castles, barbed glances and backstabbing power grabs. Just don’t come for the story, because Princess doesn't have much of one to tell.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    The characters get lost in a tale that meanders between violent episodes (beatings, scalpings, and the occasional ear removal among them), interrupted by dialogue that may have read well in the book, but clunks and sputters when spoken aloud.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Coherence and a respect for reality, of course, were never Prison's strengths--which makes you wonder whether this is really a show we want muddling around in Yemen, a country suffering from a civil war in which our military has become entangled. Unfortunately, to no great surprise, Prison makes no effort to get the facts or parties straight, or to avoid a single ugly Middle Eastern stereotype.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Yes, it's a fantasy, but it's an oddly off-putting one.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    [Powerful] moments are diminished by the mechanics of the plot, and by a few too many performances that seem to have wandered over from In the Heat of the Night. In the end, you can't help feeling that what you're really watching is a good, small movie idea that got buried under the avalanche of a major TV project.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    Is it too late to make her [Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick)] Iron Fist? Because the current guy doesn’t have the right mettle to defend anything.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    A good percentage of the show's jokes land, and the show’s structure (it's effectively a 13-episode miniseries, with each episode ending with a trial-specific cliffhanger) is a welcome variation on the conventional sitcom form. Plus you have Lithgow, giving another master class in comedy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    The show is fresh and amiable throughout, and Pally, Meester and Lester make for excellent time-traveling companions.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Robert Bianco
    Time is an attempt to put a new twist on a conventional network-TV mystery series, and on its own minor terms, it largely works, The cast is attractive, the story is told with some wit, and the first hour, at least, moves along nicely. The main problem is one that haunts many such adaptations: The story still seems better suited to a movie (which it was) than a series.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Feud's focus seldom wavers from Lange and Sarandon, and rightly so. Neither woman really looks or sounds much like the person she’s playing, but that doesn’t matter: You accept the Davis and Crawford you’re seeing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Robert Bianco
    Nothing in Sunday's time-slot premiere gives any reason to either hope for better or fear for worse than the franchise already provides.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    Taken takes the worst traits of your garden variety big-screen action clunker and repackages them for home viewing. Inane, loud, violent, and littered with directorial flourishes meant to distract you from the sloppy plotting and largely indifferent acting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    [The first two installments] are Rise's best, most concise episodes, yet even they try to do too much, falling prey to an "and then this happened" narrative, a slew of distracting (and often badly bewigged) cameos and a rushed pace that is particularly ill-suited to the segment on the AIDS crisis.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    Once again, personal stories weave around and reflect upon weekly cases; and once again, the Kings use those cases to skillfully tackle social issues, with an added emphasis here on ageism, racism and privilege. And as always, they tell their cleverly structured stories with wit, lace them with ambiguity, and sprinkle them with twists that are all the more enjoyable for being believable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Whatever deeper point is being made here is obscured both by Lies' labored attempts to keep us guessing about the murder and, paradoxically enough, by the same star power that makes it worth watching in the first place. Still, assuming you're willing to sit through yet another story about the sad travails of rich, spoiled people, there is entertainment value to be found in the feuds and the gloss.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Doubt isn't art, but it's a well-done piece of popular entertainment that, for Heigl, represents a welcome return to form.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Robert Bianco
    If any show deserves your patience, it’s Legion. Rewards await.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 37 Robert Bianco
    It's the same old story TV has told a thousand times, with the same plot holes sloppily covered over by coincidence and computer hacks.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Robert Bianco
    Odds are that for most who have fond memories of the show, the good will outweigh the bad. But there’s no doubt that for others, the scale will differ.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Bianco
    Death as it appears in all its gory glory in Netflix’s sparkling new comedy Santa Clarita Diet can also be a stomach-wrenching experience. But for those who can muscle through, the reward is one of the most joyous, hilariously dark comedies to come our way in many a season.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Robert Bianco
    It doesn’t work.

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