David Bianculli

David Bianculli

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

David Bianculli's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Daily News, NPR

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
65% True Detective : Season 2 (TV, 2015) "There's no predicting what they'll do, which ones to trust, or even which ones will survive. It's the beauty of the miniseries form, and True Detective uses it expertly. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 17, 2015
54% The Brink: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "This series really takes chances with its casting, and those chances really pay off. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 17, 2015
80% Ballers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Ballers feels like the football equivalent of the hip-hop music world of Empire - just as entertaining, and even less predictable. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 17, 2015
58% The Comedians: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Gad and Crystal have yet to convincingly mesh or clash the way The Comedians needs them to. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 9, 2015
97% Louie: Season 5 (TV, 2015) "Louis C.K., like Jack Benny and Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, can make a simple trip to the store a very memorable experience. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 9, 2015
100% Better Call Saul: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Better Call Saul not only stands right alongside Breaking Bad as a stunningly entertaining TV series, it stands on its own. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 4, 2015
3/5 90% Friday Night Lights: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) "It's the best high school coaching drama since The White Shadow, and deserves a chance. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Feb 3, 2015
60% The O.C.: Season 1 (TV, 2003-2004) "[It] looks like it'll hit the mark with the young target audience, and this early-summer start will help generate buzz, as it did when 90210 took off. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jan 29, 2015
75% Episodes (US): Season 4 (TV, 2015) "There's a lot of competition for your Sunday night TV viewing attention - but Episodes, most definitely, belongs on your short list. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 7, 2015
96% Olive Kitteridge: Season One (TV, 2014) "By focusing on the little things over a long period of time, Olive Kitteridge reminds us that the little things add up, in the end, to the biggest things of all. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 31, 2014
82% Homeland: Season 4 (TV, 2014) "It's clear that Homeland, this many years in, is just like Saul: It still has things to say, and ideas to explore, even if they're not always comfortable to absorb. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 3, 2014
98% Transparent: Season One (TV, 2014) "Transparent is a drama/comedy series that could, in theory, make the Emmy nominations next year in either of those categories. It's that good. " ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 29, 2014
66% Madam Secretary: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "While I love the cast of Madam Secretary, almost every role is played by someone who's done excellent work on TV, the writing and the unfolding storylines just keep spiraling downward and becoming more disappointing. " ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 19, 2014
100% The Chair: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The filmmaker's journey in The Chair -- that's a reality TV show I can actually, and heartily, endorse. " ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 5, 2014
No Score Yet Agatha Christie's Poirot : Season 13 "Since these are, absolutely, the last TV episodes featuring Suchet as Poirot, they do provide a satisfying conclusion to a very long-running viewing experience. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 13, 2014
88% The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Getting into The Knick ...will take two or three episodes. But once you check into this particular TV hospital, and stick around for a while, you'll care about the characters, their stories and their amazing new inventions. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 7, 2014
90% The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Politically, The Honorable Woman doesn't take sides - it comes at you from all sides. And all sides are given motivations and conflicts, which makes this miniseries both a rare and a rewarding viewing experience. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 31, 2014
100% The Whole Gritty City "We return to this scene at the end of the documentary. By then, we know a lot more about these local bands, and how much music means to the kids, and how they even inspire each other. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 18, 2014
87% The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Del Toro's love of special effects and genuine scares, and his delight in mixing humor and horror, run throughout The Strain. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 14, 2014
5% The Avengers (1998) "This Avengers film is so horrendously, painfully and thoroughly awful, it gives other cinematic clunkers like Ishtar and Howard the Duck a good name. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jul 8, 2014
4/4 100% The Sopranos: Season 1 (TV, 1999) "Talk about hitting a high note: The Sopranos, the mob comedy-drama series... is the first gotta-watch, gotta-love, Gotti-like TV series of 1999. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jul 1, 2014
89% Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 1 (TV, 2000) "Not too shabby for a show that isn't even scripted. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jun 9, 2014
30% Rosemary's Baby: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "To be honest, I'm not sure why NBC has remade this at all. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 9, 2014
78% Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Showtime's Penny Dreadful is scary, seductive, surprising, and smart. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 9, 2014
1.5/4 53% The Comeback: Season 1 (TV, 2005) "There's a feeling that the makers of The Comeback have been too busy making comedy TV to watch much reality TV, so they aren't that attuned to the genre. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Apr 29, 2014
98% Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "This new Fargo is a worthy companion piece to the film. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 17, 2014
87% Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015) "It's well-written, and beautifully framed, and we see some characters who have evolved considerably already, and are on clear paths to change even more, along with the times themselves. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 14, 2014
1.5/4 63% Kurt and Courtney (1998) "We do get a strong sense that Love is a loose cannon with a short fuse. But in a freewheeling documentary about a drug-addled rock-star couple that hardly qualifies as a news flash. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Apr 11, 2014
90% Parenthood: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2014) "Family dramas always have been one of television's most difficult genres to do properly, without getting too sweet, too overwrought, or much too predictable. Parenthood, like Friday Night Lights, is as good as the family drama genre gets. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 8, 2014
64% Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Even though it's easy to predict at every turn where Doll & Em is going, it still ends up being a pleasant-enough trip. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 25, 2014
61% Crisis: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Crisis may wind up being only half as long as a season of 24, but it also may wind up being just as intense - and just as good. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3.5/4 94% Dark Days (2000) "Moving and memorable. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Mar 3, 2014
85% True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014) "True Detective is very smartly written and structured, and artfully photographed. But it's the performances that dazzle me the most here. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 8, 2014
81% The Spoils of Babylon: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The Spoils Of Babylon isn't a drama, and isn't even must-see - but it's fun. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 8, 2014
69% Downton Abbey: Season 4 (TV, 2013) "When you think about what Downton Abbey has achieved, and is continuing to pull off, it's actually pretty remarkable. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 8, 2014
61% Dancing on the Edge: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "The five episodes... are brimming with twists, surprises, delightful set pieces - and some very unexpected performances. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 23, 2013
2.5/4 78% Two and a Half Men: Season 1 (TV, 2003-2004) "Two and a Half Men isn't a great sitcom. But it's a solid, well-acted and occasionally funny one - and this season, that puts it ahead of the largely disappointing pack. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Sep 16, 2013
3/4 71% Weeds: Season 1 (TV, 2005) "The plots veer everywhere from marital betrayal and life-threatening illness to cruel pranks and stoned behavior, but Parker keeps it all grounded. Watch Weeds not for the humor, necessarily, but for her. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Sep 12, 2013
90% Lights Out: Season 1 (TV, 2011) "FX gives us Lights Out - which may well end up, 50 weeks from now, as the best new drama series of the year. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 11, 2011
89% Nip/Tuck: Season 5 (TV, 2007-2009) "After a few years of serial killers and skinheads, it's good to visit the lighter side of this series. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 30, 2007
84% Chuck: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2008) "Chuck is a winner. My guess is that the ratings will proclaim it one, too. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Sep 24, 2007
59% The Tudors: Season 1 (TV, 2007) "Even though "The Tudors" adds another jewel to the crown Showtime has been forging of late, this particular jewel isn't all that dazzling. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Apr 1, 2007
83% 24: Day 6 (TV, 2007) "24 continues to do everything right. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jan 14, 2007
50% Brothers & Sisters: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) "Bottom line: Like the actors. Don't like the show. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Sep 24, 2006
4/4 97% When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006) "It's something to make a point to see. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Aug 22, 2006
50% Psych: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) "There are holes to fill, though, before this show gets up to Monk level. What's encouraging is that it starts solidly and has a chance to find itself. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jul 7, 2006
69% The New Adventures of Old Christine: Season 1 (TV, 2006) "Louis-Dreyfus herself tries hard - sometimes too hard - and deserves better. So do viewers. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Mar 21, 2006
9% Ghost Whisperer: Season 1 (TV, 2005-2006) "If TV really wants a success built around this actress, someone in Hollywood should pay attention to her chameleonic and comedic role in "Heartbreakers," and give her a role that plays to those strengths, instead of something this translucent. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Sep 23, 2005
80% One Tree Hill: Season 1 (TV, 2003-2004) "The young audience for which One Tree Hill is aimed may swallow all this unflinchingly. Yet if they learned anything from Dawson's Creek, a much better and smarter show, they're more likely to gag. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Sep 23, 2003
83% Sex and the City: The Complete First Season (2000) New York Daily News
Posted Jul 17, 2003
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