Ken Tucker

Ken Tucker

Agrees with the Tomatometer 88% of the time.

Biography:
New York Magazine film critic.
Publications:
Entertainment Weekly , New York Magazine/Vulture , NPR.org
Total Reviews:
314

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B+ —— Deadwood: Season 1 " Milch, the man who gave NYPD Blue its most pungent police dialogue, has come up with a horse opera that makes the West wilder than you've ever seen it, while retelling tales of legends like Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 27, 2014
90% Angels in America: Season 1 " Angels' plays like a classic while retaining an urgent timeliness. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 22, 2014
B+ 100% Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 4 (TV, 2004) " Let it be known that time has not mellowed our bald, bold, selfish hero -- nor has it enlarged his heart, which remains as small and hard (but not nearly as sweet) as a Skittle. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 16, 2014
100% The Sopranos: Season 5 (TV, 2004) " No, The Sopranos isn't the constant shock-of-the-new it once was; even its moments of abrupt, crazy violence are easily spotted. But there are still many scenes that are touching and devastatingly sincere. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 11, 2014
100% The Sopranos: Season 4 (TV, 2002) " The Sopranos' -- bursting with livid energy and daringly rotten at its core -- is full of scenes that'll leave you breathless in their audacity, goofball non sequiturs, and profound cynicism. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 11, 2014
A 100% The Sopranos: Season 3 (TV, 2001) " The nice thing about The Sopranos is that everything -- every subplot, every minor character, every musical cue (the premiere's highlight: Tony, singing along in the car to Steely Dan's ''Dirty Work'') -- yields results " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 11, 2014
A 92% The Sopranos: Season 2 (TV, 2000) " It keeps pulling you back in - back in on yourself, appealing to your basest instincts, to your fundamental urge to hear a bloody story well told. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 8, 2014
A 100% The Sopranos: Season 1 (TV, 1999) " The series is full of surprises. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 1, 2014
A- —— Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 2 (TV, 2001) " Sometimes the most intelligent people come up with the simplest ideas, and they work like a charm. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 9, 2014
A 75% Lost: Season 6 (TV, 2009-2010) " Some of those actors are giving superlative, career-high performances - no one on TV today is showing greater range and emotion than O'Quinn, for example. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 6, 2014
A- 100% Lost: Season 4 (TV, 2008) " Lost is currently better than most fantasy/sci-fi because it's as interested in character as it is in its alternate-world construct or its ideas about the time-space continuum. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 6, 2014
A 80% Lost: Season 1 (TV, 2004-2005) " Abrams, whom ABC lured to help exec producer-writer Damon Lindelof develop the project, injects elements that keep this crash epic, well, grounded. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 6, 2014
A+ 100% The Wire: Season 3 (TV, 2004) " The evolution of Bell is exhilarating, because he's a straightforward criminal who's used the intellect society never properly molded to form his own practice of capitalism. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 19, 2014
A+ 82% The Wire: Season 1 (TV, 2002) " The Wire's fifth episode is, well, funkin' amazing. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 15, 2014
C- 19% In the Motherhood: Season 1 (TV, 2009) " If I tell you that Hines' character communicates her lack of sexual activity by making a 
circular motion around her pelvis area and saying ''No one has seen this 
in a very long time,'' you get the level of the entire show. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 31, 2014
A 100% Friday Night Lights: Season 4 (TV, 2009-2010) " By the end of the opening hour, you're already engaged by Coach Taylor's challenge to turn the East Dillon stragglers into guys who can complete the phrase ''Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose'' without mumbling. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 31, 2014
B 81% The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: Season 1 " Drenched in sun-bright colors and the warmth of Jill Scott's beaming smile, The No. 1 Ladies' 
Detective Agency is feel-good television in a way that's startling from HBO. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 30, 2014
73% Hot in Cleveland: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " The jokes were wan, but the performances were plucky. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 28, 2014
43% 1600 Penn: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " The show gets better; by the third episode, I liked the characters and I was laughing. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 17, 2013
D —— Family Guy: Season 1 (TV, 1999) " What is laughable is the clunky animation, which makes the static, retrograde stuff pumped out by MacFarlane's old employer, Hanna-Barbera, seem state-of-the-art. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 26, 2013
100% Fringe: Season 4 (TV, 2011-2012) " Fringe works in the sci-fi, speculative-fiction genre to work out themes of unity and duality, the spirit and the soul, love and the agony of love's absence. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 26, 2013
100% Southland: Season 5 (TV, 2013) " This is a cop saga at once deeply satisfying (its roots in the best tradition of the oldest, most sere TV police procedurals, such as Dragnet and Naked City) yet stubbornly determined to unsettle viewers with stark frankness and emotionalism. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 19, 2013
92% Southland: Season 2 (TV, 2010) " Tremendously exciting second-season premiere. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 19, 2013
100% Justified: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " As a big fan of Ron Eldard's, I was delighted to see him enter as a menace-turned-friend-turned-menace with Boyd, and his no-reservations murder of another character was an explosion of funny-appalling-violence very much in the Leonard tradition. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 30, 2013
—— Mike & Molly: Season 2 (TV, 2011-2012) " After her break-out film performance in Bridesmaids and copping a surprise Emmy, McCarthy is looking like a big fish in a small, slightly fetid sitcom pond. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 30, 2013
B+ 100% The Big Bang Theory: Season 3 (TV, 2009-2010) " Let's face it, what lifts The Big Bang Theory into frequent excellence is its one constant from the start: the brilliantly nuanced performance of Jim Parsons. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 27, 2013
B+ 100% The Big Bang Theory: Season 2 (TV, 2008-2009) " Prickly Sheldon has become a character to love, and Parsons is doing something rare on network TV: making intellectualism admirable, even heroic. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 27, 2013
100% Parenthood: Season 2 (TV, 2010-2011) " As the series has proceeded, what initially looked like a bunch of talented but disparate actors has cohered into a believable clan. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 20, 2013
B- 43% Two and a Half Men: Season 8 (TV, 2010-2011) " With Sheen - who truly gives a fine performance, full of sly glances, artful double takes, and more subtle line readings than most of his costars - a subtext of danger laces the show with some suspense. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 16, 2013
83% South Park: Season 15 (TV, 2011) " South Park is frequently at its best when it is most ferociously obvious; this was merely obvious obvious. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 11, 2013
71% South Park: Season 14 (TV, 2010) " Me, I liked the Two and a Half Men joke best. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 11, 2013
65% Vegas: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " Lots of people, including me, are straining mightily to like Vegas, given its stars and its pedigree. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 9, 2013
B+ 100% The Good Wife: Season 3 (TV, 2011-2012) " The Good Wife regularly snaps back into first-rate storytelling. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 20, 2013
60% Mockingbird Lane " I left the episode wanting to see more of where Fuller and company wanted to take these Munsters, which is a good thing - leaving your audience wanting more is a positive, obviously." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 14, 2013
B 57% Melrose Place: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) " For this version to work, all the subplots and characters have to keep moving with precision, and the first episode does a skillful job of that. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 12, 2013
100% Southland: Season 10 " This is a cop saga at once deeply satisfying (its roots in the best tradition of the oldest, most sere TV police procedurals, such as Dragnet and Naked City) yet stubbornly determined to unsettle viewers with stark frankness and emotionalism. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 13, 2013
56% Smash: Seaon 2 (TV, 2013) " My pleasure in watching Smash has to do with an admiration for the Harold Hill-like hustle and jive the TV show tries to pull off on its audience. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 5, 2013
81% House of Cards: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Fincher's stamp is all over this production, the way his camera conveys a sense of firm gravity even as it glides smoothly across a scene, an all-seeing, all-knowing instrument of knowledge and drama. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 1, 2013
90% The Americans: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " My guess is that it will be a critical smash but perhaps not be a huge ratings hit. But you gotta love the network for taking a flier on a concept like this. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 30, 2013
94% Dallas: Season 2 (TV, 2013) " Dallas came back with back-to-back season premiere episodes that confirmed that this reconfiguration of Dallas Classic is potent stuff. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 28, 2013
67% Continuum: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " If Continuum can maintain its focus on its action and the principles that motivate them, it'll be worth continuing to watch. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 22, 2013
65% The Following: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Both Bacon and Purefoy are so intensely earnest, the show quickly supercedes its patent Silence of the Lambs set-up. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 21, 2013
78% Life Unexpected: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " Life Unexpected is indeed a charming new show, all the more refreshing for its smiles and unaffected grimaces on the CW. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 19, 2013
93% Enlightened: Season 2 (TV, 2013) " This half-hour co-created by co-stars Laura Dern and Mike White is extraordinarily good: funny and moving and constantly surprising. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 13, 2013
61% Banshee: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " It's already established itself as an eccentric, propulsive show unlike other crime shows on TV right now. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 11, 2013
78% Downton Abbey: Season 3 (TV, 2012) " Certainly the best aspect of the new season is the way the sometimes harsh new world is intruding upon sheltered lives. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 6, 2013
33% Liz & Dick (2013) " Taylor and Burton deserved better, and Lohan should have shed her protective shell and made an effort to try and understand a psyche other than her own." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 26, 2012
—— Whitney: Season 2 (TV, 2012-2013) " It almost made me nostalgic for Paul Reiser. Almost. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 14, 2012
22% Malibu Country: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " There's a chance Malibu can find a different way to arrange these characters and build a show that could be the sitcom alternative to ABC's Nashville. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 10, 2012
80% Dexter: Season 7 (TV, 2012) " The current season [of] Dexter was going along pretty well for a while. But this week - hoo, boy...I'll tune in next week to see how this plays out, but unlike Dexter, my heart's not really in it. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 4, 2012
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