Hank Stuever

Hank Stuever

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

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Washington Post
Total Reviews:
393

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
A- 58% Madam Secretary: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " A particularly taut and well-structured pilot episode lays out McCord's essential struggles, while Leoni delivers a calm, cool and wry performance. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
A- —— Transparent: Season One (TV, 2014) " You'll know within five minutes if this deliciously morose dramedy is your kind of thing, and if it's not . . . well, I'm sorry to see you go, because Transparent is the best streaming-network pilot since Netflix's Orange Is the New Black. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
B+ 85% Gotham: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Gotham respectfully riffs on the DC canon, but it's a whole lot better when it experiments with -- and even subverts -- the oft-trod territory of Batworld. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
B+ 83% black-ish: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Depending on how far it's willing to press and poke at the issues it raises, Black-ish displays a welcoming sense of humor that might be illuminating in the present context. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
B+ —— Survivor's Remorse: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The cast is terrific, and some of the lines are screamingly funny, but there's also an empathetic, moral undercurrent to the story -- the usual cautionary tale about having all your dreams come true. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
B+ 33% Cristela: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Cristela wins the day with its easygoing attitude and superbly smooth cast. Alonzo has a bite to her wit that is reminiscent of the earliest, best days of Roseanne. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
B+ —— The Affair: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The acting is strong and the story is compulsively intriguing. The first thing you want from The Affair is to see where it leads. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
B+ 100% Jane the Virgin: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " When TV critics wish aloud for diverse programming that transcends niche demographics or pandering, Jane the Virgin is, in some key ways, the kind of show we have in mind. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
B 83% How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Even a schlock skeptic has to admire the ease with which Murder intuits its audience's need for speed and surprises. That's the draw. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
B 100% Marry Me: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's impossible to resist the fluidly written, sharply performed quips and pop-culture references that are effortlessly strewn across Marry Me's pilot episode. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
B 25% State of Affairs: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " State of Affairs feels like an honest NBC upgrade. After all, it was only six months ago that the network was airing that dumb drama about the bus full of kidnapped VIP Washington teenagers. Viewers asked for something better; here it is. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
B- 50% Forever: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Forever isn't the freshest new show this fall, but its classiness is appreciated. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
B- 71% Gracepoint: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " If you watched Broadchurch on BBC America last year, then it's going to be almost impossible to cast your doubts off that cliff and fully enjoy Fox's 10-episode American version of the moody, meticulously plotted mystery. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
B- 50% Bad Judge: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " There's a caustic wit to Bad Judge that, with a little help, might still rise above its more shallow laughs. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
C+ 88% The Flash: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Barry takes off so fast that a viewer hardly gets a chance to know him - or care much about where he's headed. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
C 71% NCIS: New Orleans: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The title tells you all you need to know... The rest is pretty much gumbo from a can. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
C 64% Selfie: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Selfie's addiction to topical techie satire tends to get in the way of Gillan and Cho's attempts to convey an unlikely chemistry that might help the show rise above a concept that already feels like yesterday's clicks. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
C- 43% Manhattan Love Story: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " [It] is aimed mainly at simple folk who understand romance only through the broad strokes of gender stereotypes. They're both adorable enough that you'll feel just the slightest twinge of remorse as you kick them to the curb. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
C- 55% A to Z: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " A to Z is also a prime example of the sort of perfectly acceptable yet thoroughly mediocre fall TV show that's all too easy to ignore. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
C- 14% Mulaney: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Although there are a few snarky laughs in the pilot, they can't compete with the uncomfortable feeling that Mulaney, bless his heart, isn't ready for prime time. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
D 50% The McCarthys: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Like too many sitcom-makers these days, creator Brian Gallivan bases this quickly forgettable series on his upbringing. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
F 23% Scorpion: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's a show about geniuses that gets stupider and stupider until it explodes. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
F 11% Stalker: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Stalker is unsparing with both its grisliness and its deeply negative regard for human nature. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2014
C- 23% The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The pilot is woefully lacking the nuance and inventive wit that would help make The Mysteries of Laura more worthy of her [Debra Messing] talents. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 17, 2014
D+ 57% Red Band Society: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's hard to imagine something more tone deaf to the realities of sickness and suffering, but here, Red Band Society thrives on the same ballad-drenched idea that 500 mg of platitude and hollow uplift cures all. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 17, 2014
40% Intruders: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The real mystery is what possesses producers and writers to think of children so often in the context of malevolent messengers between here and the paranormal dimension. It's so tired. And so confusing. " — Washington Post
Posted Aug 21, 2014
53% BoJack Horseman: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Strange and somewhat delightful. " — Washington Post
Posted Aug 21, 2014
87% The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's as if someone looked up instructions for making a period cable TV drama and followed them to the letter - and wound up with something like a Boardwalk Empire-style story arc set in an old-timey E.R., only with a much weaker pulse. " — Washington Post
Posted Aug 7, 2014
90% Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Despite its pulp-romance trappings and slightly silly sci-fi premise, Outlander is serious business and it immediately behaves like a ship-shape television series. " — Washington Post
Posted Aug 7, 2014
56% Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) " As hard as we howled at the ghastliness being projected on the wall above us, I didn't see anyone at the Sharknado party who was giving the film his or her full attention, especially after the first 30 minutes." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 30, 2014
89% Manhattan: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Even with its flaws, Manhattan might find its formula. The second episode is already brisker and more subtly intriguing in places than the first - exciting, even. " — Washington Post
Posted Jul 25, 2014
56% Married: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " So much of the show is focused on Faxon, but it's Greer's performance as Lina (as well as Jenny Slate's supporting role as Russ's friend, Jess) that keeps Married alive. " — Washington Post
Posted Jul 16, 2014
79% You're the Worst: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " You're the Worst immediately finds what all comedies hope for: character chemistry and a certain zing to the writing, transcending its naughtiest nature with a disarming taste of sweetness. " — Washington Post
Posted Jul 16, 2014
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " It is intelligent, witty, quick-paced and surprising; it is tragic without being emotionally devastating. " — Washington Post
Posted Jul 11, 2014
87% The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Any saga about the spread of a disease necessarily involves multitudes; I've seen worse and better attempts to launch a TV series with this many people caught up in so many tangents. " — Washington Post
Posted Jul 11, 2014
86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2 (TV, 2014) " A year later, it's difficult to remember the show's many other entanglements, and good luck trying to keep up as Season 2 takes off in the dust. " — Washington Post
Posted Jul 9, 2014
83% Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " As with nearly every piece of sci-fi television programming that lands on my desk, Extant quickly runs up its credit cards when it comes to borrowing imagery and ideas from other classics. " — Washington Post
Posted Jul 7, 2014
62% Under the Dome: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " The way certain skeptics feel about climate change is the way I feel about the dome -- and everything under it. I just don't buy Under the Dome on any level. I think the story is a shambles and the concept is dumb. " — Washington Post
Posted Jun 30, 2014
80% Vicious: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Line-for-line, Vicious would seem depressingly outdated and especially boring if delivered with American accents; but it somehow takes on a whiff of Oscar Wilde-like charm simply because it's British. " — Washington Post
Posted Jun 27, 2014
60% Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Nothing could seem less appetizing at the moment than a clumsily written and stultifyingly acted TV drama stocked with tired and terribly broad notions of Muslim culture in a make-believe nation on the brink. " — Washington Post
Posted Jun 24, 2014
38% Dominion: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Dominion feels like it is unintentionally telling a separate story of a world in which humanity is held captive by quickie CGI. " — Washington Post
Posted Jun 18, 2014
A- 89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) " Having watched the first four absorbing episodes, I can report that "The Honorable Woman" is a slow-building but gripping story, regardless of where you stand on Mideast politics; Gyllenhaal delivers a remarkably measured and moving performance. " — Washington Post
Posted Jun 16, 2014
A- —— Virgin Territory: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Yet Virgin Territory isn't lurid or easily embarrassed. That's (sometimes) the wonderful thing about this social-network generation: They'll talk openly about anything, everything. " — Washington Post
Posted Jun 16, 2014
C 82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Unfortunately the show lacks a necessary zing; even the cameo appearances by Bruce's former clients (Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Will Ferrell, Gene Simmons) fail to generate many laughs. " — Washington Post
Posted Jun 16, 2014
B- 56% Legends: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The show seems a bit predictably structured, but Bean lends a strong and complex presence to the idea. It's worth watching for a few more episodes to see where it all leads. " — Washington Post
Posted Jun 12, 2014
C 64% The Last Ship: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " [There are] initial problems with pace and a bland idea of suspense. " — Washington Post
Posted Jun 12, 2014
B- 82% Almost Royal: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " There's a lack of conviction to [its] premise that means the funniest parts are only just mildly funny. " — Washington Post
Posted Jun 12, 2014
83% The Escape Artist: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " We could talk for days and still not land on the reason why a fairly pedestrian, certainly predictable and too-long-by-a-third contemporary legal thriller just looks and feels so much better when it's British. Who can explain this? " — Washington Post
Posted Jun 12, 2014
70% The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Despite the downer language of this review, the show delivers on an exceedingly intriguing premise, with some of the most beguilingly morose performances delivered this year. It's a strange but good wallow. " — Washington Post
Posted Jun 12, 2014
97% Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Long after running through all the episodes, you find yourself still thinking about these women. " — Washington Post
Posted Jun 4, 2014
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