Robert Lloyd

Robert Lloyd

Agrees with the Tomatometer 93% of the time.

Publications:
L.A. Weekly , Los Angeles Times
Total Reviews:
251

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
50% Deliverance Creek " Characters and conflicts pile in as if this were the last bus off the island, and arrive at nothing that constitutes either an ending (to any of its many strands) nor, in its inconclusiveness, a statement about life, or people, or ambiguity or anything." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 16, 2014
77% The Cosmopolitans: Season One (TV, 2014) " There are not a lot of Stillman movies around - he has made four since 1990, his most recent being 2011's Damsels in Distress - so this addition to the oeuvre feels like a gift. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
40% Intruders: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It labors under the weight of some tired tropes - secret societies guarding secret knowledge through the ages, people willing to do anything to live forever. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 25, 2014
90% The Wrong Mans: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The goings-on feel fresh in the way that kids at play make spy or space stories their own, even as they repeat what TV and the movies have taught them. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 12, 2014
90% Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Indeed, though it is not something that, on paper, I would expect much to care for, as made flesh by Moore and his exceedingly talented company, I like Outlander very much. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 11, 2014
87% The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Some will want to watch - and, for all my reservations, I do recommend giving The Knick a try - with a head turned half from the screen. I did, anyway. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 8, 2014
100% Garfunkel and Oates: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " There are excellent small details. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
100% Black Jesus: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " I'm not saying it's particularly deep, and it is filled with language that cannot be reproduced in this newspaper, but it's good-natured and, compared with a lot of what's on television, the comedy is gentle and hopeful. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
25% Partners: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's funny at times, as it would almost have to be. But it's more often vexing, like an out-of-tune guitar. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 5, 2014
56% Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) " Ridiculousness. Super-ridiculousness. Mega-ridiculousness. Meta-ridiculousness. Love. Fireworks." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 4, 2014
89% Manhattan: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The show... is a solid, involving big-canvas drama that plausibly re-creates a time and place and fills it with some original characters. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 28, 2014
53% The Lottery: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The pilot is smack dab in the middle of all right. The action is active, the suspense tense, the actors game. It seems a little silly at times, but meet it halfway and the hour passes painlessly. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 21, 2014
100% The Whole Gritty City " It is a look at life, rather than a structured argument; or rather, the argument is made continually, with casual eloquence." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
29% Backpackers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " This may be how it is among the backpacking young nowadays; surely, we are meant to see them as passionate, in their individual ways. Yet the whole business feels a little shallow. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 15, 2014
67% Seed: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " You've seen it all before. But there's a reason it keeps coming around again. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 15, 2014
67% Matador: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The culture is acknowledged, but it's never the point. It matters and it doesn't matter, and there's a sort of progress in that.- " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 15, 2014
100% The Almighty Johnsons: Season 1 (TV, 2011) " As in Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Xena: Warrior Princess, the epic and preposterous blend profitably with the commonplace and casual. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 11, 2014
83% Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It is an elegant and well-appointed production, with some nice Cinematic Moments " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 9, 2014
80% Vicious: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " As a jazz musician might do something lovely even with a banal melody, McKellen and Jacobi - baritone to tenor - make beautiful, dissonant music together. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 1, 2014
46% Reckless: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Reckless...is a summery crime-soap, just complicated enough to be diverting without taxing brains addled by the sun. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 1, 2014
70% The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Though it is expertly made, with evident commitment and passion and art behind and before the camera, I also found it on the whole frustrating and unsatisfying. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 27, 2014
82% Girl Meets World: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Though it is not exactly in the spirit of the original, it should satisfy any "Boy" fans eager to see it. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
82% Almost Royal: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Fortunately, Gamble and Hoggart can be quite funny in their pretended confusion. Their strategies are sometimes too obvious, but often the humor takes a nicely absurdist turn. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 24, 2014
100% Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 4 (TV, 2004) " We are facing a fourth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David's brilliant, cinema verite-style, semi-improvised sitcom, in which the Seinfeld co-creator plays what he calls, incredibly, a "more likable" version of himself. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 20, 2014
97% Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " There is tension, but of a quiet sort, and much sweetness " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
44% Power: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " If this sounds like your idea of a summer entertainment, by all means dig in; you will not be disappointed. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
83% Endeavour: Pilot (TV, 2012) " It is a suitably complicated and pictorially engaging work of period suburban mystery. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 10, 2014
50% Jennifer Falls: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's a fine cast, and one wishes they had something a little more focused to do, something a little less predictable, something that wove the isolated good moments into a consistent whole. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
20% The Night Shift: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " I have watched eight episodes with little pain, and ... I have watched eight episodes. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 28, 2014
96% Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (2013) " Many of you will not have heard of him. (All the more reason to watch Tom Bean and Luke Poling's affectionate, at times intoxicating documentary.)" — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 16, 2014
92% Louie: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " Everything here is made with an extra degree, or several extra degrees, of care and ambition. I can't think of another television comedy, ever, as visually acute or sensitive to mood or staging. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 6, 2014
76% Playing House: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The humor gets low at times, but the characters themselves do not; which is not to say that they keep their dignity. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 1, 2014
75% Deadbeat: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's a series I look upon, out of my fondness for Labine, with quasi-paternal indulgence. I recommend it, in spite of its failings. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 9, 2014
94% Silicon Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Silicon Valley is a comedy, certainly, and a very funny one, but it doesn't spend all its time reminding you of the fact. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 7, 2014
10% Friends With Better Lives: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " There are breast jokes, genital jokes, a long oral sex joke, an alcoholic-sorority-girl-defecating-in-a-closet joke. A few hit, many miss. The war goes on. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 31, 2014
72% The 100: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " There are, to be sure, some suspenseful moments and effective sequences. (Homemade knives occasionally give it the air of a 1950s juvenile delinquent film.) There are luminous butterflies to marvel at and strange beasts to contend with. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
78% From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 1 " The characters, the sympathetic ones, are rounded enough so that you feel for them a little when things threaten to go or go bad. It has more of a moral center. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 12, 2014
36% Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " If the show were less pulpy - if it offered its grab bag of old tropes as jewels rather than as cupcakes - it would also be less good. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 10, 2014
0% Saint George: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " His series stands a good chance of success, I would guess, in spite of the fact that creatively it is a bit of a mess. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 7, 2014
25% Mind Games: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The show's salvation, creatively at least, may be in such occasional failures more than in the mandated victories. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 3, 2014
65% The Red Road: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The show tells you covertly a lot about the characters, building them up through bits of behavior and stray remarks that can seem contradictory at first but do start to cohere into something more complex. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 3, 2014
36% Mixology: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The end is a long way away, however, and I am tired of this bar. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 26, 2014
50% Happily Divorced : Season 1 (TV, 2011) " I find it easy to root for Drescher, whose sweetness seems genuine. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 18, 2014
59% Star-Crossed: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Within its bounds and even its baldly obvious analogies and soft political points, it is effective enough. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 18, 2014
—— Spies of Mississippi (2014) " No matter how many times you've seen the history documented, it remains eye-opening; no matter how many times you've heard it, it's worth hearing again." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 12, 2014
76% The Unusuals: Season 1 (TV, 2009) " The cast is excellent, and there's potential here, even though tonight's opening episode, as pilots will, tries a little too hard. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 30, 2014
57% Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Despite its troublesome subject, the series succeeds, moderately, in letting you know that it knows that Bond, as his creator conceived him, is a relic, and that Fleming's pulp-novel aspirations are worth skewering. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 29, 2014
73% Hot in Cleveland: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " Like the women in it, the show is solid and professional and holds together well. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 28, 2014
—— The State Of Arizona " What The State of Arizona does do is give a sense of the issues as lived on the ground, of the energies marshaled by each side - so often missing from the reported news - and the human consequences of policymaking." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 28, 2014
58% Black Sails: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Black Sails depiction of daily life among the pirates is plausibly authentic and workaday, and the Nassau through which they roam feels real and well-peopled. These things draw you in as much as the slow-blooming intrigue. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 27, 2014
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