Ellen E Jones

Ellen E Jones

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Ellen E Jones's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Independent, Little White Lies, Total Film

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
52% American Odyssey: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "These characters move the plot along at a fast enough pace to outrun both audience boredom and any awkward continuity questions. It's nonsense, but it's glossy, well-executed nonsense. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jun 29, 2015
65% True Detective : Season 2 (TV, 2015) "It's early days, but one success Pizzolatto can certainly claim is consistency of tone. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jun 22, 2015
85% Wayward Pines: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's nice to see Eighties heart-throb Dillon back in a starring role, and his permanently confused facial expression is ideally suited to this series. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 15, 2015
100% Game of Thrones: Season 5 Episode 3 "Tywin Lannister got what was coming to him, but Game of Thrones undoubtedly lost something when actor Charles Dance exited in series four. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 27, 2015
55% The Goldbergs: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) "My advice? Keep it muted until at least episode seven. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 20, 2015
93% The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Unlike Serial, this show is working towards an ending as dramatic as anything a scripted police procedural might dream up. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 17, 2015
33% Tatau: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "So far Tatau is more like the sequel to MTV's Ex on the Beach. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 13, 2015
No Score Yet Call the Midwife: Season 4 (TV, 2015) "Call the Midwife has all the comforting warmth we expect on Sunday evening but its greater achievement is continuing to tackle real issues of maternity care and women's lives in the period. " ‐ Independent
Posted Mar 9, 2015
3/5 76% House of Cards: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "Even though the major plot twist of this opening episode is really only a reversion to the season two status quo, it's welcome. " ‐ Independent
Posted Feb 27, 2015
100% The Good Wife: Season 6 (TV, 2014-2015) "The Good Wife has been consistently good for long enough to justify an occasional lapse, as we were reminded by the press conference scene. " ‐ Independent
Posted Feb 27, 2015
88% Fortitude: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Richard Dormer made an impression as the truculent local sheriff, Dan Anderssen and it's always a treat to watch Stanley Tucci at work, even when that work involves playing a London police officer with an improbable American accent. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jan 29, 2015
80% Marry Me: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "Marry Me is a comforting nostalgia tale about long-term, intimate relationships - y'know, those things that used to develop when two people were in same room, communicating face to face. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jan 15, 2015
83% Girls: Season 4 (TV, 2015) "Oh, Marnie. In season four of Girls... this uptight, practically perfect character has become so heinous a human being it tested the limits of plausibility. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jan 13, 2015
No Score Yet Foyle's War: Season 9 (TV, 2015) "You don't have to pay close attention to Foyle's War, but it's worth it for the detail-rich historical context of Anthony Horowitz's plots, especially now the series has arrived in the murky moral fog of post-war London. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 86% Broadchurch: Series 2 (TV, 2015) "Will the series remain as compelling? On the evidence of last night's twist-packed opener, perhaps even more so. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jan 5, 2015
30% Marco Polo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "What charms this show does possess will be difficult to appreciate when propped up in bed with an 11-inch laptop on your knee. And that's the typical Netflix viewing experience, unfortunately. " ‐ Independent
Posted Dec 18, 2014
100% The Fall: Season 2 (TV, 2014) "Even without the crime thriller's favourite plot device, BBC2 series The Fall has kept us gripped, not only for the entire first series, but now also for most of a second series, too. " ‐ Independent
Posted Dec 5, 2014
63% The Big Bang Theory: Season 8 (TV, 2014-2015) "Actually, The Big Bang Theory is just the same as it ever was, which should reassure Sheldon at least. " ‐ Independent
Posted Oct 23, 2014
87% American Horror Story: Freak Show (TV, 2014) "Like the 1932 film Freaks which this series borrows from, AHS is capable of producing entertainment which is at once sensitive, silly and sensational. Exploitative? Perhaps, but so much else besides. " ‐ Independent
Posted Oct 21, 2014
88% The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "All 10 episodes of the series have been directed by Steven Soderbergh and his Oscar-winning eye tells in a detailed, but never finicky, evocation of the past. " ‐ Independent
Posted Oct 17, 2014
82% Homeland: Season 4 (TV, 2014) "Homeland without Damian Lewis. It's an intriguing premise and one we'll have the chance to explore in the fourth series of this once-great, long-since diminished drama series. " ‐ Independent
Posted Oct 14, 2014
90% Gotham: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "If half of the fun is in spending time in the city, the other half is in matching Gotham's denizens with their supervillain alter egos. " ‐ Independent
Posted Oct 13, 2014
No Score Yet Peaky Blinders: Season 2 (TV, 2014) "No, the show-off soundtrack, the roving accents, the clunky exposition haven't changed, but Peaky Blinders can now boast several more big-name actors to supplement the sterling work of Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Sam Neill. " ‐ Independent
Posted Oct 2, 2014
53% BoJack Horseman: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The humour is wry and bittersweet and there's also a really great theme tune by Jesse Novak, so while BoJack Horseman might not be an obvious candidate to sit alongside the Netflix greats, subscribers should give it a chance. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 25, 2014
76% Maron: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "Maron's musings will be enough for some, but on the evidence of this uninspiring first episode, I'm inclined to agree with Dragonmaster's mean-spirited assessment: "If whining was jokes, Marc Maron would be a genius." " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 15, 2014
90% The Wrong Mans: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "It certainly looks as good as a Hollywood thriller. It's only a shame that the combination of ordinary blokes and extraordinary setting won't feel original to anyone who's seen Shaun of the Dead or any other Simon Pegg/Nick Frost collaboration. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 12, 2014
82% Almost Royal: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "This first episode of Almost Royal did elicit some chuckles, but it was never as satirical or as audacious [as Sacha Baron Cohen's work]. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 11, 2014
No Score Yet Jonah From Tonga: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The good news is, this was much funnier than Ja'mie: Private School Girl, the disappointing first spin-off from Lilley's cult mockumentary Summer Heights High. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 8, 2014
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014) "Masters of Sex is the show you want to love and yet with every passing episode, there's one less reason to try. " ‐ Independent
Posted Aug 8, 2014
90% The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "This political thriller is proving to be not so much about what's going on in the Middle East, as about the people who contemplate the Middle East from afar and wonder where their responsibility to it lies. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 25, 2014
83% Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "If this series makes good on the pilot's most intriguing threads, it should evolve into Rosemary's Baby meets Alien meets Homeland. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 10, 2014
72% The 100: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The 100 entertained. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jul 8, 2014
78% Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "There's no doubt about the quality of Penny Dreadful's constituent parts...Yet, as Dr Frankenstein might have told his new friends, reanimating parts as a whole isn't a simple matter of sewing them together. " ‐ Independent
Posted May 22, 2014
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 12 (TV, 2010-2011) "Even for hardened cop show viewers like myself, there are some plots so thoroughly nasty you feel unsettled for days after the have credits rolled. Last night's story was one of those. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 22, 2014
98% Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The new Fargo... seemed to be brimming with characters and stories all its own. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 21, 2014
96% Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014) "Even in a show with more than 200 characters, pleasingly, there's always room for more. " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 7, 2014
86% Call the Midwife: Season 3 (TV, 2014) "Call The Midwife and its ilk might include darker subjects from time to time, but lacking the nuance of serious drama they can never truly tackle them - so why bother? " ‐ Independent
Posted Apr 1, 2014
36% Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Logic gaps notwithstanding, Believe's pilot episode did successfully set up a case-of-the-week structure that's worked before. " ‐ Independent
Posted Mar 31, 2014
89% Girls: Season 3 (TV, 2014) "The characters still interact in ways that feel true, but the comedy is now sharp enough to entertain viewers who don't happen to be affluent twentysomething white women. " ‐ Independent
Posted Feb 6, 2014
57% Hostages: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) "We can enjoy the exhilarating ride you'd expect from exec producer Jerry "Blow 'em up" Bruckheimer. Say what you will about Con Air and Armageddon, but this guy knows how to hold an audience's attention. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jan 15, 2014
5/5 97% Sherlock: Season 3 (TV, 2013-2014) "The greatest satisfaction of this thoroughly satisfying season opener was confirmation that Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss (who penned the episode) knows us fans better than we know ourselves. " ‐ Independent
Posted Jan 2, 2014
100% Last Tango in Halifax: Season 2 (TV, 2013) "If you want real emotional depth and nuanced backstory - the stuff of real drama, in other words - try two pensioner protagonists. " ‐ Independent
Posted Nov 25, 2013
95% An Adventure in Space and Time "In Doctor Who, an end is always a beginning, and so it was with Mark Gatiss's cleverly resonant script. " ‐ Independent
Posted Nov 22, 2013
No Score Yet Light and Dark "The trouble with these physics documentaries: the more you learn, the less you understand. " ‐ Independent
Posted Nov 19, 2013
No Score Yet Borgen: Season 3 (TV, 2013) "This show is top-class political drama, a badge of middle-class belonging and, for the British, also a kind of utopian sci-fi fantasy. " ‐ Independent
Posted Nov 18, 2013
No Score Yet Bedlam: Season 3 "Determinedly optimistic, despite some very bleak circumstances. " ‐ Independent
Posted Nov 13, 2013
81% American Horror Story: Coven (TV, 2013-2014) "American Horror Story: Coven is a bubbling cauldron of lurid visuals, screaming rows and high-camp horror. The perfect antidote, in other words, to all that tepid teen stuff that currently dominates the genre. " ‐ Independent
Posted Nov 6, 2013
52% Dracula: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) "It wasn't really Dracula's hypnotic eyes or seductive whispering that drew us to the dark side; there just weren't any other characters worth rooting for. " ‐ Independent
Posted Nov 1, 2013
100% Ripper Street: Season 2 (TV, 2013) "It's testament to the richness of Ripper Street's police-procedural-meets-costume-drama premise, not to mention the seediness of the Victorian East End, that the writers are yet to run out of new ideas for gruesome crime plots. " ‐ Independent
Posted Oct 31, 2013
90% Masters of Sex: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "Mad Men has already explored similar territory with more elegance and subtlety. " ‐ Independent
Posted Oct 14, 2013
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