Hank Stuever

Hank Stuever

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Washington Post
Total Reviews:
333

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
98% Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The beauty of Fargo is watching its plainspoken inhabitants from above, knowing full well who is responsible for what, and giggling as the worst of them dig themselves deeper and deeper into a hole. " — Washington Post
Posted Apr 15, 2014
85% Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015) " It's as watchable as ever. " — Washington Post
Posted Apr 11, 2014
96% Silicon Valley: Season 1 " It's a precise, sharply executed sendup of the high-tech, billionaire-making culture and economy of Facebook/Google/Apple/Amazon/Yahoo that has infiltrated contemporary life. Better still, Silicon Valley is also here to make you laugh. " — Washington Post
Posted Apr 5, 2014
98% Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " In terms of emotion, action, performance, visual storytelling and narrative payoff, Game of Thrones is the best TV show around right now. " — Washington Post
Posted Apr 3, 2014
48% Turn: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's a tall order. Where I admire Turn's ever-so-slight update to the style of stories about the War of Independence, others might find it not nearly snazzy enough. " — Washington Post
Posted Apr 3, 2014
10% Friends With Better Lives: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Friends With Better Lives isn't better than that show or any other half-hour comedy that's come along in the past five years or so. " — Washington Post
Posted Mar 31, 2014
66% Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Doll & Em is nevertheless an awkwardly funny and occasionally heartbreaking attempt to peel back the many meanings and layers of friendship. " — Washington Post
Posted Mar 18, 2014
61% Crisis: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Crisis is a prime example of just how much spaghetti a new drama is required to throw at the wall these days in order to get anything to stick. " — Washington Post
Posted Mar 14, 2014
38% Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Believe works best as a relentless chase scene. The first episode (directed by CuarĂ³n) has some limberness to its movement, but, like so much else in this particular genre, produces a lukewarm result. " — Washington Post
Posted Mar 10, 2014
52% Resurrection: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " With the arrival of yet another dearly departed Arcadian, Resurrection shifts gears and more comfortably settles into the steady and harmless nonsense of an episodic mystery, combining a whodunnit with the allure of a paranormal investigation. " — Washington Post
Posted Mar 7, 2014
29% Those Who Kill: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Although Sevigny brings some of her flair for playing stubbornly outrĂ© characters to this role, Those Who Kill fails to distinguish itself from Hannibal, The Following and so much else in TV's corpse-strewn imagination. " — Washington Post
Posted Mar 3, 2014
86% Bates Motel: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Season 2's opener feels slow and repetitive, as if Bates Motel is stuck on a loop " — Washington Post
Posted Mar 3, 2014
92% Vikings: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Vikings exceeds expectations, so long as those expectations aren't up in Game of Thrones territory. What could be a silly exercise in quasi-historical swordplay is instead an earnest, tightly told family drama. " — Washington Post
Posted Feb 27, 2014
97% The Americans: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " It's like a brutal Jane Fonda workout tape for us...who love to have our pulses quickened by a series of close calls and panicked, Breaking Bad-style encounters that threaten to unravel the ruse and expose the Jenningses for what they really are. " — Washington Post
Posted Feb 27, 2014
36% Mixology: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Despite an honest attempt at a fresh concoction, the results taste watered-down. " — Washington Post
Posted Feb 27, 2014
78% Vikings: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " In a way, it's all just another iteration of Tony Soprano, as Vikings emphasizes a core pride and nobility in this tribe of thugs and galoots. " — Washington Post
Posted Feb 24, 2014
77% About a Boy: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Once you strip down the predictable jokes, you're left with a banal arrangement of gender and social stereotypes. " — Washington Post
Posted Feb 21, 2014
36% Growing Up Fisher: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Creatively, the story of Me is an awfully stifling place to start. Network execs need to stop indulging this strange habit and ask writers and producers to look for pilot pitches someplace other than their home movies and photo albums. It's boring. " — Washington Post
Posted Feb 21, 2014
88% House of Cards: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " You don't want to like it, but a twisted part of you really does. " — Washington Post
Posted Feb 14, 2014
73% Hot in Cleveland: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " Surely White must have the willpower to decline some offers -- especially after the long and appreciative bask she's recently enjoyed -- and she could have let this job pass. " — Washington Post
Posted Jan 28, 2014
92% Herblock: The Black & the White (2013) " It's a factually accurate account of the man's work and its importance and meaning in (and beyond) the nation's capital, especially now, in all this bitterly partisan noise." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 27, 2014
81% Mitt " The film is a departure from similar, wonkier projects that have taken us into campaign war rooms and built their stories around the political machinery in action." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 24, 2014
80% Klondike: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It comes across almost like a musical without any songs, and before long, you're swept up in its crisp visuals and steady pace. " — Washington Post
Posted Jan 22, 2014
47% Flowers in the Attic (2014) " I was particularly delighted when the children figured out that their mother was trying to kill them with powdered rat poison sprinkled on donuts, but this should all be a lot more frightening - or at least more unsettling - than it winds up being." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 17, 2014
97% Sherlock: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " Soon enough, I am reminded of how quickly the show's nifty momentum becomes a distracting blur of euro-chic gimmickry. Sherlock moves swiftly and intelligently but also a little too coldly, like a long commercial for better WiFi. " — Washington Post
Posted Jan 17, 2014
89% Looking: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " For all its focus on sex, Looking is best when it's about the city. " — Washington Post
Posted Jan 17, 2014
72% The 100: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The 100 is a fine example of how a TV show can exceed its premise and slightly transcend the junk that its network typically serves up. " — Washington Post
Posted Jan 13, 2014
C+ 59% Star-Crossed: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " One imagines the screenplay being written in purple ink and very loopy handwriting, intercepted by the English teacher wearing the Battlestar Galactica T-shirt. " — Washington Post
Posted Jan 13, 2014
C- 58% Black Sails: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " At times Black Sails feels like it wants to be taken seriously as a complicated, premium cable drama (a la Game of Thrones). At other times, it feels more like cheesier, more niche material (a la Spartacus). " — Washington Post
Posted Jan 13, 2014
B+ 66% Rake: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Rake is easily one of the more confident network dramas to come our way of late. " — Washington Post
Posted Jan 13, 2014
D 81% The Spoils of Babylon: Season 1 " Part of the joke is that The Spoils of Babylon was utterly unwatchable, and that's why the network never showed it; it seems they achieved that goal a little too well. " — Washington Post
Posted Jan 13, 2014
B- 29% Killer Women: Season 1 " A fairly straightforward and briskly perfunctory affair. " — Washington Post
Posted Jan 13, 2014
C+ 36% Intelligence: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Intelligence trafficks in the usual request to suspend your disbelief and then some, " — Washington Post
Posted Jan 13, 2014
29% Chozen: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " None of this will come as a surprise to fans of Archer, the profane secret-agent spoof that crosses just about any line you care to draw concerning sex, drugs and violent imagery. But where Archer... stylishly crosses it, Chozen clumsily trips and falls. " — Washington Post
Posted Jan 13, 2014
87% True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014) " A beguiling and moody mess, a narcotic with nearly no addictive effects. " — Washington Post
Posted Jan 10, 2014
100% Shameless: Season 04 (TV, 2014) " Shameless's balance between humor and despicableness is a lesson in narrative wallowing that Girls ought to study. " — Washington Post
Posted Jan 10, 2014
89% Girls: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " We are talking too much about a show that is only about the hollowness of empty, despicable people. " — Washington Post
Posted Jan 10, 2014
69% Downton Abbey: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " Downton Abbey is one of those shows that is shielded from criticisms of predictability because predictability (read as reliability) is its hallmark, with occasional shockers thrown in to snap you out of your biscuit coma. " — Washington Post
Posted Jan 6, 2014
43% 1600 Penn: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " In another time - perhaps those fallow years after The West Wing - 1600 Penn would have been a pleasant respite. " — Washington Post
Posted Dec 17, 2013
40% The Sound Of Music Live! (2014) " What I liked about The Sound of Music Live was that, for a moment anyhow, it made me forget that it's 2013." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 6, 2013
65% Mob City: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The guns here are the kind that go "ho-hum" instead of "bang-bang." " — Washington Post
Posted Dec 6, 2013
35% Kirstie: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " If nothing else, the dialogue is sharply written and executed, pretty much always on-point. " — Washington Post
Posted Dec 6, 2013
100% Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (50th Anniversary Special) (TV, 2013) " Remains steadfastly niche. " — Washington Post
Posted Dec 3, 2013
95% An Adventure in Space and Time " It captures the chaos and experimental vibe that dominated early TV production. " — Washington Post
Posted Dec 3, 2013
93% Treme: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " It is, as always, beautifully filmed and patiently assembled. Everyone in it clearly believes in the project (and the city) down to their bones, even if the writers have shortchanged their best actors this time. " — Washington Post
Posted Dec 2, 2013
—— Sarah Silverman: We are Miracles " Brisk and pleasingly outrageous." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 22, 2013
62% Ja'mie: Private School Girl: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " I admit to being underwhelmed by some of Lilley's previous efforts, but Ja'mie is an enjoyably sick wallow in the evil that lurks in adolescence, as well as a formidable exercise in extreme portraiture. " — Washington Post
Posted Nov 22, 2013
72% Getting On: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Weirdly enough, Getting On is a witheringly efficient work of satire, easily confident about the humanity and absurdity it's trying to portray. " — Washington Post
Posted Nov 22, 2013
92% The Challenger Disaster " The film is an appropriately somber and smoothly told account of the Washington politics and cross-agency obfuscation that nearly derailed the commission's investigation into the disaster." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 18, 2013
72% Alpha House: Season 1 " It's all a little bit funny, but, again, it's not the sort of funny in which you repeat the best lines to your friends. " — Washington Post
Posted Nov 18, 2013
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