Robert Bianco

Robert Bianco

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

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USA Today
Total Reviews:
460

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
100% Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " The best news is that this intelligently complex, beautifully shot and performed series comes back in top form, with a perfect match of style to substance that explores Masters' and Johnson's different reactions to his appearance at her doorstep. " — USA Today
Posted Jul 11, 2014
4/4 79% The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The Strain has made it from page to screen with amazing and (one hopes) crowd-pleasing success, and that's enough. Turn those TV's on, and prepare to be very happy -- and very scared. " — USA Today
Posted Jul 11, 2014
3/4 100% The Sopranos: Season 3 (TV, 2001) " What's remarkable about [producer David] Chase's work on Sopranos is his ability to maintain the show's crucial duality: We don't want Tony to be caught and punished, but we always know he should be. " — USA Today
Posted Jul 11, 2014
3/4 84% Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " She [Halle Berry] brings a dignity and gravity to Molly, a projected intelligence that allows you to buy her as an astronaut and to see what has happened to her as frightening rather than ridiculous. Berry's all in, and you float along. " — USA Today
Posted Jul 8, 2014
2/4 69% The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " We sometimes seem to take perverse pleasure in seeing talented people stumble, but no one involved here has anything to be ashamed of: At worst, Leftovers counts as a noble failure. Still, sadly, a failure is what it seems to be. " — USA Today
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3/4 57% Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " In essence, Tyrant is a ruling-family variant on The Godfather, shifted from Italy and America to the Middle East. But don't dismiss the shift out of hand: That move is precisely what makes Tyrant so intriguing -- and so troubling. " — USA Today
Posted Jun 23, 2014
64% The Last Ship: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " TV outlets are better off leaving this kind of brain-free, woodenly performed, Michael Bay action adventure to the movies, where the characters and plot might be as hollow, but the explosions would at least look real. " — USA Today
Posted Jun 20, 2014
4/4 100% The Wire: Season 5 (TV, 2008) " David Simon's sprawling epic of urban decay is as good as this startlingly brilliant show has ever been - and it has always been among TV's best. " — USA Today
Posted Jun 3, 2014
—— Mistresses: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " There are shows that seem out of place in summer - and shows that belong nowhere else. If you like, think of it as the TV version of a beach read. " — USA Today
Posted Jun 2, 2014
61% Crossbones: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's too violent for children, and too childish and listless for adults. Let it sail into the sunset without you. " — USA Today
Posted May 30, 2014
2.5/4 79% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The plot takes a few satisfyingly clever twists, some of them possibly even fact-based. " — USA Today
Posted May 29, 2014
100% The Wire: Season 4 (TV, 2006) " Yes, it requires attention, as does any show that tries to tell a full-bodied version of the truth. But it repays every moment devoted in full. " — USA Today
Posted May 29, 2014
3/4 93% The Normal Heart (2014) " You will learn lessons that should not be forgotten about the fear, foolishness, prejudice and intentional blindness that doomed millions to die who might otherwise have been saved. But the anger that lesson should provoke is either muted or missing." — USA Today
Posted May 23, 2014
1/4 38% Undateable: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " In the first episode alone, you'll be told that Danny is "creepy," "douchey," and "annoying." Take the show, and NBC, at their word. Dump him. " — USA Today
Posted May 21, 2014
1.5/4 20% The Night Shift: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " A by-the-numbers medical drama that simply lifts wholesale from every series you've ever seen about a good-looking, rule-breaking rascal who's a genius professionally and a mess personally. " — USA Today
Posted May 21, 2014
2/4 41% Gang Related: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The real trouble with Gang Related is that it's so intent on being "dark" and "edgy" it forgets to be dramatic -- or in any way novel. " — USA Today
Posted May 21, 2014
82% The Wire: Season 1 (TV, 2002) " The Wire may just leave you with a slightly better understanding of people we spend most of our lives ignoring or avoiding. And that's reason enough to follow where [David] Simon leads. " — USA Today
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 79% Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Still, if Dreadful is a cluttered, unfettered mess, at least it's a lively and stylish one, graced with a convincing sense of period, a sly sense of humor, and (for the most part) a very strong cast. " — USA Today
Posted May 8, 2014
1.5/4 31% Rosemary's Baby: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " If you haven't seen the original? It won't take you long to recognize this inept remake for the dull, clumsy bore it is. " — USA Today
Posted May 8, 2014
92% Louie: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " The show remains inexorably linked to its creator's skewed view of the world, and for that, we can all be grateful. " — USA Today
Posted May 6, 2014
46% The Comeback: Season 1 (TV, 2005) " HBO could use a comeback all right, but this isn't it. " — USA Today
Posted Apr 29, 2014
25% Black Box: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Two questions, right out of the box. How could a show with Vanessa Redgrave be this terrible? And how could a show this terrible make it on the air? " — USA Today
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2/4 83% Medium: Season 1 (TV, 2005) " Most viewers, I fear, would have hoped for more from writer Glenn Gordon Caron, who gave us Moonlighting and Now and Again " — USA Today
Posted Apr 23, 2014
86% Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015) " Let's just say that if last season left you wondering whether the time had come to bail, tonight's premiere may convince you to wait at least a few more weeks before you decide. " — USA Today
Posted Apr 11, 2014
90% Friday Night Lights: Season 2 (TV, 2007-2008) " For the most part, the show is back in top form, particularly when it comes to the central dynamic between Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his wife, Tami (Connie Britton). " — USA Today
Posted Apr 8, 2014
98% Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " HBO's lavishly and expertly produced fantasy returns with a lightning-fast opener that skillfully, sometimes amusingly, and eventually violently resets the characters, putting them in place for the season to come. " — USA Today
Posted Apr 7, 2014
4/4 96% Silicon Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The ability it has to make you actually laugh, not just when you watch it, but days later as you recall the jokes - well, that's something very few HBO comedies even attempt, let alone accomplish. And with times as they are, that's something to cherish. " — USA Today
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2/4 50% Turn: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The problem is that for all its talk of Washington and Redcoats and all its shots of British warships in New York Harbor, nothing in Turn ever leaves you with any true feel for the period. " — USA Today
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 68% Surviving Jack: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " In an industry devoted to failing up, learning from mistakes is the exception rather than the norm. So it's nice to see Halpern apply some lessons he learned in failure to Surviving Jack. " — USA Today
Posted Mar 26, 2014
3/4 72% The 100: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Give 100 time. It gets better, digs deeper and reaches farther than anyone might have predicted. " — USA Today
Posted Mar 18, 2014
3/4 61% Crisis: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The main characters are well-drawn and well-played, particularly by Mulroney, Taylor, Gross and (as you'd expect) Anderson, and the structure already seems reliably sturdy. " — USA Today
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2.5/4 36% Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Maybe this will be the one child-saves-the-world show that finally works. But I'll believe it when I see it. " — USA Today
Posted Mar 11, 2014
2.5/4 52% Resurrection: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " In what is no doubt a drive to keep us returning every week, the show buries its philosophical questions under melodrama and soap opera antics. Worse yet, Resurrection just stops in mid-event, with no answers and no resolution. " — USA Today
Posted Mar 7, 2014
2.5/4 73% Sirens: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Think of Sirens as Rescue Me Lite. Which isn't such a terrible thing to be. " — USA Today
Posted Mar 5, 2014
86% Bates Motel: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " The show is very well-acted and, for those who like such things, suitably scary. " — USA Today
Posted Mar 3, 2014
100% Hannibal: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Hannibal is a terrifically performed, stylishly shot TV series that does, in stellar fashion, exactly what is sets out to do. " — USA Today
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3.5/4 97% The Americans: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " That kind of duality is the central joy of The Americans, which mixes the suburban mundane with sudden bursts of spy-movie sex and violence. " — USA Today
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/4 25% Mind Games: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " A complicated premise is not a fatal flaw as long as you're able to set it up and move on. The deeper problem for Mind Games and creator Kyle Killen, is that it's awash in explanation, not just of the premise, but of the plot. " — USA Today
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/4 81% Vikings: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " If you're not too picky about historical accuracy, and not too put off by cheap-looking computer effects, you'll find much to enjoy in this entertaining adventure, bolstered by a terrifically engaging performance from Travis Fimmel. " — USA Today
Posted Feb 24, 2014
3.5/4 76% About a Boy: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Boy is by far the most promising sitcom NBC has debuted this season, but it has to work harder to avoid a too-common sitcom rut. " — USA Today
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2/4 36% Growing Up Fisher: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The stories streaming around him [Simmons] are so obvious and plodding, you can practically hear the plot's wheels churning. It doesn't matter if they're true. They're dull. " — USA Today
Posted Feb 20, 2014
1/4 50% Happily Divorced : Season 1 (TV, 2011) " The act is tired, and at times more than a little inappropriate. " — USA Today
Posted Feb 18, 2014
2/4 40% Cupid: Season 1 (TV, 2009) " Paulson's an appealing actress, but she's stranded in a clich├ęd character in a show that offers the worst of both worlds. " — USA Today
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3/4 100% Friday Night Lights: Season 3 (TV, 2008-2009) " Even a reduced Lights is better than most TV series, and a reduced Lights was all we were going to get. " — USA Today
Posted Feb 4, 2014
3/4 100% Friday Night Lights: Season 4 (TV, 2009-2010) " Much that was great remains - in the cast members who carry over, and in the show's desire to detail the struggles of everyday life in small-town America. " — USA Today
Posted Feb 3, 2014
3/4 67% Harper's Island: Season 1 (TV, 2009) " On Harper's Island, odds are you'll enjoy the executions more than the execution. By far spring's most interesting, if not best realized, TV experiment... " — USA Today
Posted Jan 31, 2014
1/4 19% In the Motherhood: Season 1 (TV, 2009) " Perhaps it's time for an ABC sitcom intervention. " — USA Today
Posted Jan 31, 2014
71% Barrymore (2012) " Think of it as one great performer saluting another." — USA Today
Posted Jan 31, 2014
2.5/4 76% The Unusuals: Season 1 (TV, 2009) " The Unusuals garners some rooting interest simply for hosting the welcome TV return of Joan of Arcadia's Amber Tamblyn. " — USA Today
Posted Jan 30, 2014
81% The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: Season 1 " Be ready to be beguiled. " — USA Today
Posted Jan 29, 2014
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