Robert Bianco

Robert Bianco

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Robert Bianco's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): USA Today

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 42% Tut: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "What begins as an entertaining adventure devolves into a silly overstuffed Tut fest -- part Mummy, part Moses, part The King and I. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jul 17, 2015
3/4 59% Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The character is more than just a perfect fit for Leary. With his "classic" haircut and his well-lined face, he allows Leary to do something too many performers try to avoid: age. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2.5/4 74% Masters of Sex: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "The real issues tarnishing the luster of this once-sterling series are a loss of focus and an increasingly heavy hand when it comes to illustrating the complexities of Master's and Johnson's odd relationship. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jul 13, 2015
2/4 48% Zoo: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Many may balk at leaping into yet another show that may go on too long and become ludicrous. The book ended, and one fears you may quickly find yourself wishing Zoo would do the same. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jun 29, 2015
3.5/4 86% HUMANS: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "For all its allure as a sci-fi thriller, the real strength of Humans stems from its willingness to ponder our need to attach, and the risks and gifts that need creates. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jun 26, 2015
3.5/4 98% Mr. Robot: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Good show, terrible title. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jun 23, 2015
3/4 54% The Brink: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The show may err toward silliness, but the cast is uniformly good, and every so often a wry jab at American parochialism or some funny throwaway line will catch you by happy surprise. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jun 19, 2015
3/4 80% Ballers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Johnson, whose imposing physicality, outsized masculine charm and easy way with a line gracefully pull(s) us into Ballers' world. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jun 19, 2015
2/4 65% True Detective : Season 2 (TV, 2015) "True Detective was a one-off, and while the name returns, the actors, the story and the director are all gone. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jun 19, 2015
2/4 50% The Astronaut Wives Club: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "One of the great moments in American history is rushed through with the speed and depth of a mediocre primetime soap. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jun 17, 2015
1.5/4 59% Complications: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Despite the strenuous efforts of creator Matt Nix, Ellison also appears to be trapped in a story that wants to be a movie, and seems ill-equipped to support an eight-episode series. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jun 17, 2015
83% Wayward Pines: Season 1 Episode 5 "Here's a new Wayward Pines question: Do answers help if they seem, well, stupid? " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jun 13, 2015
3/4 75% The Whispers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Watch for the creepy scenes with the children and hope the rest eventually pulls together in a way that makes sense. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jun 1, 2015
2.5/4 56% Aquarius: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Aquarius, alas, doesn't hold water. " ‐ USA Today
Posted May 28, 2015
3.5/4 87% Bessie "Latifah doesn't just make us believe in Bessie Smith's claim to fame. She makes us feel for every gifted African-American singer and actor, from Smith to Latifah herself, who hasn't been given the roles and nurturing his or her talents deserve. " ‐ USA Today
Posted May 19, 2015
2.5/4 86% Wayward Pines: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The tone is ominous throughout in a show that provides its share of good jolts. " ‐ USA Today
Posted May 19, 2015
92% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 14 "It was a conclusion that was simultaneously hopeful and unsettling, happy and sad, somewhat surprising and very, very odd. And just maybe, fitting. " ‐ USA Today
Posted May 18, 2015
54% The Casual Vacancy: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "In the end, this dreary British import proves that the only thing more boring than agitprop drama is someone else's agitprop drama. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 28, 2015
30% Happyish: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's possible TV has overrated the comic potential of whining. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 24, 2015
47% The Messengers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's clearly a letdown, and while letdowns in TV are not exactly shocking, they remain unwelcome. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 21, 2015
52% American Odyssey: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The Odyssey odds don't look very good to me, but like our intrepid trio, you're free to take your chances. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 8, 2015
58% The Comedians: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Unfortunately, what FX got was a series that takes one good idea - pairing Billy Crystal and Josh Gad - and negates it with a show that plays like a sour, unamusing version of Showtime's Episodes, rewritten for Laurel and Hardy. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 8, 2015
42% Weird Loners: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The overwhelming problem with Weird Loners... is not so much that it isn't funny enough, often enough - though it isn't. It's that it's trying so hard to be different, the obvious effort becomes wearying. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 7, 2015
96% Younger: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The gimmick wears thin fairly quickly, but Foster is such a charmer, she practically wills you to invest in the premise. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 7, 2015
88% Better Call Saul: Season 1 Episode 10 "We have one more piece in the transformation puzzle that turned Jimmy into Saul: his betrayal by his brother. We also have one more good reason to trust [the] writers... because they knew Saul could carry this series when many others doubted it. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 7, 2015
58% A.D. The Bible Continues: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Anyone who loved The Bible and yearned for a sequel is likely to find A.D. satisfying. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 3, 2015
96% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 8 "Circumstances are once again forcing Don Draper (Jon Hamm) to ponder what he has and who he is. The beauty of the show, and of Hamm's performance, is the craft with which they convey that crisis through silence and visual cues. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 2, 2015
4/4 100% Wolf Hall: Series 1 (TV, 2015) "This quietly compelling Masterpiece production introduces us to the issues, conflicts and competing advisers swirling around Henry's court. Just as importantly, it introduces an American TV audience to Rylance, one of the great actors of our age. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 2, 2015
2/4 74% Bloodline: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Been there, not bingeing that. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 23, 2015
100% Empire: Season 1 Episode 11 "So much of it seemed fresh, from the pulsing music to Cookie's swagger to Jamal's gay-pride crooning - which helped make Jussie Smollett the show's other breakout star. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 19, 2015
86% Empire: Season 1 Episode 12 "We haven't seen a show go so gloriously, steadfastly over the top with such panache or confidence since the glory days of Dynasty. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 19, 2015
91% iZombie: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "In a TV universe that leans to the grim, there's a nice, light approach at work here. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 16, 2015
18% One Big Happy: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "One idea does not a sitcom make. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 16, 2015
86% Broadchurch: Series 2 (TV, 2015) "There's no denying it's a pleasure to revisit this cast and to once again share both the pain of this English village and the scenic glory of its seaside setting. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 5, 2015
35% CSI: Cyber: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's as if the entire show were designed to send a subliminal message: "Watch or Die!" Which is, at least, a new flourish for the CSI team. It's just not a very good one. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 5, 2015
30% Dig: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Aside from bored, you'll most likely leave tonight's Dig premiere feeling a newfound appreciation for Dan Brown, whose Da Vinci Code this ten-part series is designed to evoke. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/4 95% American Crime: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "This is America as we seldom see it -- presented in a way we've never seen. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 4, 2015
2.5/4 36% Secrets and Lies: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Caught in this Kafkaesque nightmare, Phillippe struggles to retain some sense of reality, and he almost achieves it. But the script and his fellow actors derail him at every turn, and what begins as disquieting quickly morphs into comical. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3.5/4 85% The Last Man on Earth: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "In the wrong hands, [it] could have easily been either grim or silly. Instead, Forte and The Lego Movie's Phil Lord and Chris Miller have adeptly walked a middle line, taking a comic approach to a scary subject, but keeping the humor grounded in reality. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/4 95% Battle Creek: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The cast is strong, and in a season where so many series (some of them excellent) lean toward the grim, Creek's sunnier approach makes for a nice change. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Feb 26, 2015
1/4 24% The Odd Couple: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The result is a laugh-free, thought-free enterprise that wastes talent, time and the benefits of a Big Bang lead-in. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Feb 19, 2015
1.5/4 67% The Slap: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " It's as if every line in the script was written in capital letters -- with the exception of the even more ludicrous narration, which was no doubt printed in florid italics. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Feb 12, 2015
3.5/4 100% Better Call Saul: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The writing, with its sudden shifts from drama to comedy and its sympathetic view of its bumbling characters, is so stellar. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Feb 9, 2015
2.5/4 90% Fresh Off the Boat: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The show's largest problem is Eddie himself. Building a show around your most abrasive character could be a workable choice, but Fresh hasn't yet figured out how to present him: " ‐ USA Today
Posted Feb 4, 2015
2.5/4 47% Allegiance: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The methods employed go from the violent to the clever to the absurd, but they're seldom boring. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Feb 4, 2015
3.5/4 90% Friday Night Lights: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) "Lights has a rare ability to portray life in small-town America without being condescending or sentimental. Those are rich fields to explore, and Lights shows promise of doing so with both warmth and intelligence. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Feb 2, 2015
4/4 100% The Americans: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "What sets The Americans apart is the weight it gives to the other side and its ability to make us feel it. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jan 27, 2015
2/4 35% Backstrom: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Wilson might be worth watching in another show, depending on whether his style works for you. But together in Backstrom? Sorry, but no. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jan 21, 2015
3/4 80% Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Some of the show's best moments come from its exploration of the homophobia that lurks in the music industry. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Jan 7, 2015
89% Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas "The story is sweet, and the special is still a good choice for family viewing. " ‐ USA Today
Posted Dec 16, 2014
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