Kari Croop

Kari Croop

Agrees with the Tomatometer 100% of the time.

Publications:
Common Sense Media
Total Reviews:
109

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 80% Vicious: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Couple's relationship is groundbreaking, but jokes aren't. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Jul 8, 2014
3/5 69% The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The Leftovers puts a sobering spin on the popular post-apocalyptic genre, eschewing action to explore the remnants of a shattered society riddled with pain. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Jul 1, 2014
2/5 57% Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " An intriguing yet ultimately flawed final product that, for most critics at least, plays like a very expensive mistake. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Jun 30, 2014
3/5 50% The Musketeers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Even viewers who are just now meeting [Dumas'] iconic foursome will have some difficulties with this uneven BBC adaptation that begins with an overly complicated backstory and fails to fully make up for it with compelling characters and must-see action. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Jun 30, 2014
2/5 —— The After: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Sci-fi drama stocked with shocks, swears, partial nudity. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Jun 18, 2014
4/5 79% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Period tech drama is fascinating, but expect sexy stuff. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Jun 3, 2014
4/5 93% The Normal Heart (2014) " Although The Normal Heart is a work of fiction, the stories it tells about the emerging AIDS crisis in America are honest and heartbreakingly real, thanks to deeply affecting performances." — Common Sense Media
Posted May 29, 2014
4/5 79% Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " This thriller aims much higher than pulp with high-quality effects and effective scares that make for satisfying television with a cinematic feel. " — Common Sense Media
Posted May 12, 2014
4/5 84% 24: Live Another Day (TV, 2014) " The best news is, you don't have to be a 24 diehard -- or have encyclopedic knowledge of all things Jack Bauer -- to enjoy 24: Live Another Day. " — Common Sense Media
Posted May 5, 2014
4/5 61% Crisis: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Twisty hostage drama involves kids in danger. " — Common Sense Media
Posted May 5, 2014
2/5 71% Deadbeat: Season 1 " Druggy lead talks to dead people in a cloud of stereotypes. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Apr 22, 2014
4/5 98% Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Dark drama brings evil and violence to a small town. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Apr 15, 2014
3/5 50% Turn: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Turn gets points for bringing history to the small screen and shedding light on a little-known benchmark in American espionage. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Apr 14, 2014
3/5 96% Silicon Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Silicon Valley has shades of Judge's cult classic Office Space (sans the TPS reports) and largely nails the eccentricities of Bay Area tech culture. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Apr 8, 2014
3/5 64% Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Their thoughtful take on the complications of female friendship -- in which women can somehow compete with and complete one another -- feels very real indeed. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Mar 31, 2014
3/5 36% Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Believe gives us a compelling story, along with characters whose shadowy backstories promise seasons full of surprising revelations -- at least we hope. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Mar 17, 2014
3/5 52% Resurrection: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Cryptic drama raises complex questions about life and death. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/5 0% Saint George: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Saint George feels like a step down in quality, particularly for viewers who might be expecting more. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Mar 3, 2014
3/5 40% Cupid: Season 1 (TV, 2009) " Criticism aside, Cupid does pull off some effective tugs at the heart strings with scenes that evoke genuine emotion. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Feb 18, 2014
2/5 43% The Exes: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012) " Part of the problem is the ho-hum writing, disappointingly devoid of smart quips or zingy one-liners. But there's also a lack of comedic chemistry. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Jan 29, 2014
3/5 73% Hot in Cleveland: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " The set-up itself is a little forced, and the formula's hardly fresh, but it's a sitcom that succeeds in being funny. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Jan 28, 2014
3/5 58% Black Sails: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " That doesn't mean that Black Sails is solely about sex and violence. It actually has a lot more to offer, including a complex plot and a compelling roster of characters -- both fictional and factual -- that combine to create an effective fantasy world. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Jan 27, 2014
3/5 89% Looking: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Gay friends search for sex and fulfillment in San Francisco. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Jan 21, 2014
3/5 42% Bitten: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Soapy, sexy werewolf series gets gory. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Jan 21, 2014
3/5 29% Chozen: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Even if you could argue that the jokes on Chozen are impeccable (which they aren't), there would still be plenty of people who would find them far from funny. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Jan 15, 2014
4/5 84% True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Unsettling crimes make for a compelling character study. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Jan 14, 2014
2/5 29% Killer Women: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " This "gal-can-do-it-all" drama does everything but make us want to keep watching. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Dec 24, 2013
2/5 43% 1600 Penn: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " The writers have a long way to go until 1600 Penn can be a viable candidate in the race for prime time ratings. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/5 62% Ja'mie: Private School Girl: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Lilley's Ja'mie...is a tongue-in-cheek critique of the extremes of modern girl culture. But what's impressive -- and a little scary -- is how squarely he nails it. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Dec 3, 2013
3/5 72% Getting On: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Its approach is so bleak - in spite of its penned-to-offend dialogue - that most viewers will be too bummed to keep watching. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Nov 22, 2013
3/5 73% Atlantis: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " [Atlantis] was engineered to entertain families with older kids, and it pulls that off with reasonable success thanks to a trio of likeable do-gooders, an ever-rotating stable of evil-doers, and a much-needed splash of comedy. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Nov 21, 2013
4/5 100% The Wrong Mans: Season 1 " Average Joes get pulled into violence, accidental espionage. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3/5 52% Dracula: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " Blood, sex, and plot twists revamp a classic horror tale. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Oct 15, 2013
3/5 56% The Originals: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " Vampire spin-off is as steamy, bloody as the original. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Oct 8, 2013
3/5 52% Hello Ladies: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " Shallow protagonist hits the clubs to find love -- and sex. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Oct 1, 2013
4/5 90% Masters of Sex: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Titillating period drama shows the sexier side of science. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Oct 1, 2013
4/5 82% The Blacklist: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Twisty plots save violent crime drama from predictability. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Sep 24, 2013
4/5 56% The Goldbergs: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " Loud look at '80s family life has positive takeaways. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Sep 24, 2013
2/5 78% Two and a Half Men: Season 1 (TV, 2003-2004) " With Mel Brooks' pen it might work, but instead, Two and a Half Men falls into the dreaded sitcom trap of predictable story lines about boys chasing girls, and lame jokes about hookers and phone sex. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Sep 16, 2013
3/5 45% Low Winter Sun: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The ensemble is well-cast and believable, but most impressive is London-born leading man Strong, who's reprising the role he played in the original series, this time swapping his character's Scottish accent for an American one. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Sep 6, 2013
4/5 88% Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " For anyone who's up to their eyeballs in dark, gritty crime dramas, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is bound to feel like a breath of fresh air. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Sep 6, 2013
4/5 90% Broadchurch: Series One (TV, 2013) " You're...effectively hooked, thanks to thoughtful pacing and an intriguing ensemble of characters who make for a high-quality whodunit. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Jul 27, 2013
4/5 90% The Bridge (FX): Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Thanks to deft work from Homeland writer Meredith Stiehm, there's plenty of payoff if you stick with it to see how the seemingly unconnected story lines shake out in the end. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Jul 12, 2013
3/5 81% Under the Dome: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " This highly anticipated television adaptation miniseries of Stephen King's novel of the same name gets points for an intriguing premise and eye-popping visuals that make you want to keep watching. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Jun 24, 2013
3/5 44% King & Maxwell: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " What saves King & Maxwell from being a forgettable take on an all-too-familiar formula is the casting. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Jun 10, 2013
3/5 69% Graceland: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The real draw is the plot twist that sets the stage for a gripping game of cat and mouse. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Jun 6, 2013
3/5 21% Motive: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Motive's format isn't a completely original concept (the long-running TV mystery Columbo did for decades), but it definitely feels fresh among a crowded schedule of genre competitors. " — Common Sense Media
Posted May 20, 2013
4/5 76% Family Tree: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Family Tree marks Guest's first foray into small-screen comedy, and he's delivered all the goods we've come to expect from his subtly hilarious feature films. " — Common Sense Media
Posted May 8, 2013
4/5 81% Bates Motel: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " A gripping series that - at least in terms of art direction and costume design - stays surprisingly reverent to its roots with thoughtful references to the film that inspired it. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Mar 15, 2013
3/5 20% Red Widow: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Compared to other TV shows about strong women, Red Widow feels tepid at best. " — Common Sense Media
Posted Feb 22, 2013
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