Darren Franich

Darren Franich

Agrees with the Tomatometer 100% of the time.

Darren Franich's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Entertainment Weekly

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
83% True Detective : Season 2 Episode 7 "I can't think of anything less compelling than a scene in the penultimate episode when three fringe characters we barely care about all hug the main character and tell her that, deep down, underneath that haircut, she's really a swell person. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 3, 2015
79% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 10 "I thought this episode got things moving in a big way. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 30, 2015
83% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 11 "It was relatively action-free, but I thought the show finally created a nice sense of simmering tension - the scenes at the prison really did feel like a squad in the trenches, unsure if they could survive the upcoming battle. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 30, 2015
83% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 8 "It was the best of Dead, it was the worst of Dead: A midseason finale which left me feeling a bit grumpy, but which also had me on the edge of my seat, yelling at my TV set. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 30, 2015
100% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 12 "For my money, "Clear" was another shining moment for the series. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 30, 2015
73% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 13 "This was a curious episode of The Walking Dead: Slow-moving but rife with drama, filled with some great off-handed moments and some less-great Big Moments. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2015
87% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 6 "This was a manic Walking Dead episode, with various chess pieces moving into position for the final two episodes of this half-season. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2015
67% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 14 "It was a scary way to end the episode, but it also felt inevitable. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2015
81% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 15 "Every character on the show suddenly decided to make every possible bad decision they could make. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2015
100% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 5 "This was probably the quietest episode of the season so far. It amounted to a deep dive into various characters' psychology - albeit with plenty of zombie-killing along the way. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2015
50% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 16 "As a longtime fan of the show - a skeptical fan, but a fan nevertheless - I couldn't help walking away from the season finale feeling a bit disappointed. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2015
100% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 3 "The meat of this episode focused entirely on a new character. That's a thrilling risk for a show to take - and if you ask me, it's a risk that paid off for Dead. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2015
93% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 2 "Fellow viewers, that was a dynamite second episode of the season. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 28, 2015
83% The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 10 "This is brave new territory for Walking Dead: Characters are actually confronting each other with dramatic situations, instead of just sitting around in a pass-aggro depressive haze " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 28, 2015
100% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 1 "That, fellow viewers, is how you do a freaking season premiere. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 27, 2015
73% The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 8 "It ... I think, is the first time that the show has really nailed the apocalyptic Peckinpah tone since the series premiere - the sense that laughter and smiles are just a cover for impending bloodshed. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 27, 2015
92% The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 7 "To me, last night's episode was the show's finest hour since its series premiere, and I think it's because the show has finally decided to stop going for realism and embrace its inner melodrama. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 27, 2015
73% The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 6 "You gotta admit: The stage is set for a hell of a midseason finale next week. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 27, 2015
83% The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 3 "The Hanging Zombie captured everything that's great about The Walking Dead: It was horrifying, it was sad, and it was actually kind of hilarious. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 23, 2015
93% The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 1 "It was certainly a daring way to end a season premiere - you could practically hear the show's creators proudly yelling, "This ain't broadcast TV!" " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 22, 2015
100% The Walking Dead: Season 5 Episode 9 ""What Happened and What's Going On" starts off with a series of unlinked images, guaranteed to resonate with longtime Dead viewers-while simultaneously confusing them. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 9, 2015
58% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 13 "There was something disingenuous at the core of this finale, I think. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 22, 2015
50% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 12 "In hindsight, a better title for this season would've been American Horror Story: Emma Roberts' Intestines. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 21, 2015
83% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 11 "I'm convinced that this season of American Horror Story only really makes sense if you admit that the latest iteration of Denis O'Hare is Jedi mind tricking everyone. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 21, 2015
67% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 9 "Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, to witness the eighth wonder of the world! Sarah Paulson...and Sarah Paulson...are Sarah Paulson...in Paulson v. Paulson: Dawn of the Emmy. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 21, 2015
83% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 8 "When you title an episode of American Horror Story "Blood Bath," you know it's definitely figurative and you worry it might be literal. Then you see that "Blood Bath" is credited to AHS demon lord Ryan Murphy, and you know it's definitely literal. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 21, 2015
55% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 7 "The body count on Freak Show has been relatively light thus far -- certainly compared to the resurrection-happy Coven. Are we just being set up for a huge mass-murder of lead cast members in the back half of the season? " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 21, 2015
64% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 6 "This episode of American Horror Story basically becomes a showcase for Mat Fraser and Jessica Lange. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 21, 2015
80% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 4 "Mordrake's method for collecting involves requiring all applicants to reveal their life story, which doubles as a nice way to get to know our characters. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 21, 2015
70% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 3 "It's Halloween in Florida, which means clowns and clowns and clowns. It's also that very special time of year when people who've lived rough lives somehow discover a new low. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 21, 2015
82% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 2 "The second episode of Freak Show was directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, whose sensibility is garish and loopy but also precise and formalist, like Wes Anderson directing a snuff film. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 21, 2015
100% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 1 "Freak Show threw several balls into the air in its first hour-the nice girl from the Zodiac scene is being held captive by the clown, alongside a little boy; we haven't even gotten to Angela Bassett and Michael Chiklis yet. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 21, 2015
44% Houdini: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Brody is fully committed, and the role plays into his hammier instincts. Connolly's great, and Houdini could make for a raucous night with your friends if you drink whenever Mrs. Houdini drinks. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 2, 2014
88% Boardwalk Empire: Season 2 (TV, 2011) "If Boardwalk Empire just wants to be a ridiculously well-acted version of Set Designer's Wet Dream: The Series, that's fine. But most other successful HBO series have figured out a consistent theme, a basic foundation. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 16, 2014
C 52% Resurrection: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Resurrection stumbles mainly because it takes a creepy idea and then defaults to heartwarming goop. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 17, 2014
B- 36% Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Do you prefer your supernatural dramas flavored with liberal-humanist spirituality and eerie god-children? Then you're in luck, weirdo! " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 17, 2014
B+ 77% Sleepy Hollow: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) "The show's vibe is just right. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 22, 2014
B 89% Looking: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Looking feels both thrillingly expansive and dangerously shapeless. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 21, 2014
95% An Adventure in Space and Time "Gatiss has written several Doctor Who scripts, and it's striking to see how he adapts the story behind the story into a vintage Who tale: A tale of misfits triumphing over long odds. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 7, 2014
75% Southland: Season 3 (TV, 2011) "Every crime--murder, bank robbery, changing lanes without signaling--is a mini-masterpiece of L.A. noir. But the real draw is the cast. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 19, 2013
D 4% Scary Movie 5 (2013) "A film composed almost entirely of jokes that were much funnier when you read them on Twitter years ago. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 12, 2013
20% Red Widow: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "The premiere felt a bit bland, as if the producers couldn't quite figure out just what tone they were going for. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 4, 2013
C- 3% Playing for Keeps (2012) "Playing for Keeps takes place in a tonally incoherent universe, constantly shifting between rom-com farce and mawkish family drama. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 7, 2012
B+ 78% Dredd (2012) "Urban manages to give a credibly wry performance using little more than his gravelly, imitation-Eastwood voice - and his chin. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 20, 2012
60% Spartacus: Gods of the Arena: Unknown Season "The miniseries is a prequel, a narrative format that mainly lends itself to relentless wheel-spinning. So it was a pleasure to find out that the Gods of the Arena premiere was such a surprisingly enjoyable hour of television. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 22, 2011
75% Southland: Season 8 "Every crime--murder, bank robbery, changing lanes without signaling--is a mini-masterpiece of L.A. noir. But the real draw is the cast. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 4, 2011
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