Ben Travers

Ben Travers

Agrees with the Tomatometer 100% of the time.

Publications:
indieWIRE , PopMatters
Total Reviews:
25

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 25 of 25
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 79% Marry Me: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Marry Me is much more focused on its problematic core couple, but it's got a deep bench of supporting talent. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Oct 15, 2014
A- 79% Kingdom: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Like Friday Night Lights before it -- which, I should mention, none of the Kingdom writers worked on -- Kingdom puts its stories on an equal playing field, rolling all of its plots together in a concentrated effort to keep episodes humming along. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Oct 8, 2014
C 93% Survivor's Remorse: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " One gets the feeling Survivor's Remorse is too weighty a title for a show that wants to be lighter, and often is despite its content. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Oct 3, 2014
D 65% Gracepoint: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " By this point, I'm ready to turn off Gracepoint entirely and forever... But then I remember Nick Nolte is in this show....So I persevere, despite now knowing this show may truly kill me. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Oct 2, 2014
C+ 82% Homeland: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " Without a compassionate protagonist to latch onto, everything else seems adrift. We're waiting for something to happen, and, until it does, all we can talk about are big ideas. Here's hoping Carrie gets one soon. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Oct 2, 2014
B+ 98% Transparent: Season One (TV, 2014) " Transparent is anything but its title's most obvious definition -- and everything of its intended one. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Sep 24, 2014
B 90% Gotham: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Ben McKenzie capably anchors this cop drama with loads of potential, despite an uneven start. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Sep 22, 2014
C 53% Z Nation: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " While there's plenty to laugh at -- like Sharknado, Z Nation knows it's bad -- SyFy's latest original series doesn't take the creative leaps to surprise an audience already too familiar with how to kill zombies. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Sep 15, 2014
C+ 53% BoJack Horseman: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " If you feel like you've seen this before, you have. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 20, 2014
C+ 75% Deadbeat: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Despite its obvious flaws, Hulu's latest is a pleasant enough distraction, a casually engaging time filler with heaps of potential. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 7, 2014
B+ 78% Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " A tale told with such cinematic grandeur its meticulousness alone would entrance any film fan even if the judiciously rationed scares and tasteful gore somehow did not. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 7, 2014
A 84% True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Fans and speculative readers can rest easy: the finale of "True Detective" lived up to its foundation. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 7, 2014
C+ 71% Derek: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Though "Derek" still has moments of sweetness, much of the romance from its initial go-round has vanished, replaced by crude jokes. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 7, 2014
A 100% Veep: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " If you thought HBO's lean, mean political comedy moved quickly in its first two seasons, get ready for the ride of your life in Season 3. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 7, 2014
C 0% Californication: Season 7 (TV, 2014) " What makes the complacent ending sting is knowing that "Californication" was at one point a complex program with dark, human undertones and aninventive presentation. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 7, 2014
B- 60% Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " While its lack of political commentary may have been a conscious exclusion, "Tyrant" needs to find a voice somewhere. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 7, 2014
C+ 96% Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " "Game of Thrones" is a slog through fluctuating politics and random instances of gore with only brief moments of true excitement, when you can distinguish good from evil. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 7, 2014
A 95% Rectify: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Creator Ray McKinnon crafted something truly original a year ago, and he appears to have done it again a year later. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 7, 2014
D 82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " "Welcome to Sweden" is the antithesis to "Parks and Recreation." " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 7, 2014
B 88% The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " While it's a sight to see, Soderbergh is far enough above this rote material to anger a fandom wishing he would devote his precious time to a more original story. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 7, 2014
A- 70% The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Damon Lindelof ("Lost") and Peter Berg ("Friday Night Lights") actually form the perfect partnership for this complex parable. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 7, 2014
A- 90% The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The Honorable Woman is first and foremost an engrossing thriller, with its status as a notable feminist genre deconstruction coming in a distant second. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 31, 2014
B 82% The Good Son: The Life of Ray Boom Boom Mancini (2013) " The singular focus is not a fatal flaw. Not at all, really. It's merely a question haunting The Good Son even when its concentration steers the viewer away from it. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jun 30, 2014
A- 86% Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015) " Answers will come. Actions will be taken. We just don't know when, how, or by whom. Embrace the intrigue, the subtle shifts in character, and Weiner's careful plotting. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Apr 15, 2014
5/10 No Score Yet Californication: Season 5 (TV, 2012) " Season five was thankfully lighter fare, but the writers again felt compelled to throw in an unexpected and unwelcome curve right before the buzzer sounded. Some may still be waiting in anticipation, but I'm sick of waiting in dread. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 17, 2013
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