James Poniewozik

James Poniewozik

Agrees with the Tomatometer 86% of the time.

Publications:
TIME Magazine
Total Reviews:
270

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
88% Boardwalk Empire: Season 2 (TV, 2011) " You could say Boardwalk Empire out-Game of Thronesed Game of Thrones. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2014
96% Boardwalk Empire: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " Season 4 was even more sprawling, and arguably more disjointed, and yet it was richer overall. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2014
60% The Lottery: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Whatever potential The Lottery has to look at the connection between fertility and power is wasted with flat characters and flimsy political intrigue that plays like a duller version of Scandal. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2014
90% The Divide: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " There's a certain amount of melodrama in the premiere (which is all that was previewed for critics), but the beginning fits a fair amount of nuance into a package that could have been a soapbox. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2014
82% Satisfaction: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " If USA wants to pull off the kind of story others have already told well, it'll need to really commit to the premise, rather than just have a fling. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2014
56% Married: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Married is not trying to be The Cosby Show, but if it keeps on this track it could become a show that strikes a balance between making you wince and making you laugh. Maybe hard enough to pee a little. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2014
87% The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " An oozy, disgusting vampire drama that is just as ridiculous as it should be. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 11, 2014
83% Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's way too soon to say whether this jumble works, but it's promising that Extant's premiere seems confident enough to play it cool and mysterious rather than hammer us with holy-crap moments. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 9, 2014
69% The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The show's melancholy is gorgeous, and Theroux's Kevin has a kind of exasperated honor, like FNL's Coach Taylor after a few rough years. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2014
57% Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It promises to explore another world, but instead it's like a tour from inside a speeding limo, the air-conditioning blasting, the tinted windows rolled up. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 24, 2014
97% Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " What season 2 does give us is OITNB getting bigger, both in its cast and its themes: Having built out dozens of colorfully named characters (Taystee, Yoga Jones, Black Cindy), the sprawling Orange is like Game of Thrones: Prison. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 5, 2014
100% The Wire: Season 5 (TV, 2008) " The odds are good that you have not yet watched the first four seasons of The Wire... and that means that I as TV critic have failed you. Mea culpa. " — TIME Magazine
Posted May 30, 2014
93% The Normal Heart (2014) " Some 30 years later, this movie-strident, passionate, frenetic, and aching-is a reminder, as Memorial Day weekend begins the summer, of all those empty spots the plague left on the beach." — TIME Magazine
Posted May 23, 2014
100% The Wire: Season 2 (TV, 2003) " More than a crime writer or social dramatist, Simon is a poet of beautiful losers " — TIME Magazine
Posted May 15, 2014
82% The Wire: Season 1 (TV, 2002) " Cheers to these cable cops for exercising their right to make some noise. " — TIME Magazine
Posted May 15, 2014
31% Rosemary's Baby: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " This Rosemary's Baby is like a lifestyle show that gradually turns into a slasher movie. " — TIME Magazine
Posted May 8, 2014
79% Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It plays its outlandish premise entirely straight, and its all the more entertaining for it. " — TIME Magazine
Posted May 8, 2014
92% Louie: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " Louis CK controls almost all the levers of Louie-writing, editing, camera work, casting, acting, I assume he makes the craft-service sandwiches-he can make the TV-comedy equivalent of what standup does. " — TIME Magazine
Posted May 2, 2014
75% 24: Live Another Day: Season 1 " As long as all you ask of it is more familiar twists and backstabbing, you'll probably be happy with it. " — TIME Magazine
Posted May 1, 2014
98% Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " FX's Fargo uses landscapes better than any TV drama since Breaking Bad; its frozen lakes and snowpack vistas and boundless blue skies feel exposed, as if an all-powerful eye is constantly watching. And maybe it is. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2014
86% Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015) " The show has never been about wrapping up a plot, catching a criminal, or solving a riddle. It's simply about taking a certain group of characters over a set span of time-the 1960s-and showing us who they are at the beginning and the end of it. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2014
96% Silicon Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Part of Silicon Valley's strength is in showing how the locus of cultural cred has shifted. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Apr 4, 2014
98% Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " As stirring in its action, as rich in characters, and more sweeping in scope as ever. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Apr 3, 2014
85% House of Cards: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " It remains a delight to watch Spacey pump the humid breath of life into House of Cards' arid Capitol chill. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Feb 12, 2014
97% Game of Thrones: Season 2 (TV, 2012) " While Game of Thrones is steadily expanding-just look at the new pit stop on the map flyover in the credits-"The North Remembers" began hustling off steadily and confidently. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Feb 7, 2014
100% Parks and Recreation: Season 6 (TV, 2013-2014) " This isn't the first time that Parks has closed a major episode on a scene that felt like a great series-ender. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Feb 3, 2014
76% The Unusuals: Season 1 (TV, 2009) " It's the kind of setting that befits a cop show more focused on characters than cases, and The Unusuals delivers there: in particular, Harold Perrineau and Adam Goldberg are brilliant together. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2014
81% The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: Season 1 " Ladies doesn't generally preach this happy Afrocentrism as much as it embodies it: simply existing, as a diverting detective caper set in Africa, is enough. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2014
73% Hot in Cleveland: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " Hot in Cleveland... is like an artificially created rerun, as if someone discovered the masters of a sitcom that had been locked up in a vault since 1987. And I don't mean that in a good way. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Jan 28, 2014
66% Rake: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " While tonight's first episode of Rake is-well, rakishly-amusing, it's not really enough to give a sense of what kind of show this will be, and whether it's worth sticking with. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Jan 24, 2014
81% Mitt " Anyone who followed the '08 and '12 elections will not be surprised by how Mitt's story plays out. But it's an interesting footnote, a spin-free picture of the personal cost of campaigning; I found it humanly sympathetic regardless of political sympathies." — TIME Magazine
Posted Jan 24, 2014
95% Broad City: Season 1 " Together, they give the early episodes an off-kilter sense of fun that recommends sticking around for more. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2014
89% Looking: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " This low-key, stealthily charming half-hour is not any of its predecessors... it's less overtly comic than even Girls, there's no ha-ha flamboyance, no melodramatic coming-out story, no self-aware feeling of transgressiveness. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Jan 16, 2014
89% Girls: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " It's not necessarily admirable, but Girls and Lena Dunham have decided that there's more fascination-and more comedy-in having its characters be messed up than in having them be likeable. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Jan 13, 2014
85% Enlisted: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Like its noncombat soldiers, Enlisted may not be taking big shots. But it knows what it is, and it's proud to serve. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2014
84% True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Whatever you'you've heard about Matthew McConaughey's astounding performance as Rust Cohle is true, and maybe even sells it short. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Jan 9, 2014
92% Community: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2014) " The series' future is as uncertain as ever, but in its return at least, Community is once again broken in the right places. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Jan 6, 2014
100% Eastbound & Down: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " I regret thinking that it was pointless to bring the show back after the seeming finality of its third season, because the evolution of media star Kenny was the best thing the show had done. " — Slate
Posted Jan 3, 2014
100% The Good Wife: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2014) " There are no showy directorial flourishes; and yet the scene, with simple, workmanlike visuals, takes us inside Will's head as effectively as any dream sequence. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Dec 2, 2013
72% Alpha House: Season 1 " Alpha House's problem, so far, is that it's set its story among its own Neidermeyers: broadly stereotyped, largely unsympathetic characters it scores points off like bumpers in a rigged pinball machine. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Nov 15, 2013
100% The Returned: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " It's moody and emotional, a real world nudged just a few degrees surreal, and it's grounded by some excellent, plausible performances. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2013
81% American Horror Story: Coven (TV, 2013-2014) " So far, the first episode of Coven is a stylish introduction (complete with black hats). The two seasons before give reason to bet it will throw a lot more in this cauldron, and to hope for some strange magic. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2013
84% Homeland: Season 3 (TV, 2013) " Carrie's isolation and frustration at being unable to defend herself or find the real culprits is searing, and the viewer feels as caged as she does. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 27, 2013
90% Masters of Sex: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Masters of Sex is nuanced, intelligently acted, and swellegantly directed, and I highly recommend it. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2013
70% The Michael J. Fox Show: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " The show as currently conceived is a situation comedy in the most disappointing sense: situations occur not so much to advance any character but because hijinx will ensue. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2013
29% Lucky 7: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " It's the kind of show in theory I'd like networks to make more of-dramas with stakes other than crime-so I wanted it to work. But over its first hour, wanting felt too much like trying. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2013
73% Trophy Wife: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " The charming pilot swerves quickly from the expected Bravo-reality-show-catfight scenario and becomes something more complicated and rewarding. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2013
56% The Goldbergs: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " What I'm seeing so far is too much like the kind of broad family sitcom I'd hope we'd left behind in, well, the '80s. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2013
86% Modern Family: Season 2 (TV, 2010-2011) " I don't feel there's as much of a meaty theme to discuss in this finale, but that's all right; it was a strong reminder of why the show is still worth carving out time for on a Wednesday night. And why I'll be eager to get back in the pool next fall. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 20, 2013
39% Two and a Half Men: Season 9 (TV, 2011-2012) " I've liked Kutcher as a comic actor since That '70s Show, and I liked his performance here. I'm not convinced, though, that that performance makes sense for this show. " — TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2013
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