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:
311

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 311
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
80% Hunted: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Created by X-Files/Lone Gunman/Millennium writer-producer Frank Spotnitz, Hunted succeeds as a fun, junky thriller. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 19, 2012
77% American Horror Story: Asylum (TV, 2012-2013) " A lot of the time, Asylum played like a cross between the work of directors Sam Fuller and Rob Zombie. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 17, 2012
93% The Walking Dead: Season 3 (TV, 2012-2013) " We have to take The Walking Dead on its own terms. And those terms are, I repeat: Killing zombies. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 14, 2012
92% Nashville: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " One of the great pleasures of Nashville is that it arrived fully formed, with a sure sense of what it wants to accomplish dramatically, and with a masterful command of atmosphere and setting. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 10, 2012
86% Arrow: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " Director David Nutter did a good job of keeping the color palette darkly saturated without straining for Batmanny noir. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 10, 2012
100% The Good Wife: Season 4 (TV, 2012-2013) " Who doesn't like to see rich professional people in economic straits, or Edward Herrman returning to the defendant's table as Lionel Deerfield, or James Urbaniak as a marvelously snotty judge? " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 30, 2012
97% Homeland: Season 2 (TV, 2012) " It is one of the measures of Homeland's hypnotic persuasiveness that it comes pretty close to forcing a viewer to wonder whether the price of national safety is worth the risk of sending our fragile hero around the bend again. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 30, 2012
31% Made in Jersey: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Taken on its own terms, Made in Jersey has a lot of energy in both its star and the pace of its storytelling. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 28, 2012
77% Last Resort: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " It's all shaping up to being ascribed to a conspiracy, a governmental putsch, that could either prove Last Resort's triumph or undoing as an ongoing compelling drama. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 27, 2012
83% Elementary: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " Miller and show creator Rob Doherty bring something new to the Holmes mythos: A sense of joy that shows in the quick grins and avid glances this Holmes gives to anyone he can draw into his life. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 27, 2012
32% The Neighbors: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " Hey, the show is, in general, better-acted than Two and a Half Men is these days, and I'd assert that it's funnier than another freshman show, Guys With Kids. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 26, 2012
81% The Mindy Project: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " Honesty and loopiness: They could work together in this character, in this show. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 25, 2012
74% Ben and Kate: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " Faxon's Ben could have been colossaly irritating; instead, by the end of the premiere, he was pretty damn lovable. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 25, 2012
—— Hawaii Five-0: Season 3 (TV, 2012-2013) " This is not the usual CBS procedural way of doing things. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 24, 2012
81% The Office: Season 9 (TV, 2012-2013) " With the end of the series in sight, it now has a renewed sense of purpose - to go out strongly, and perhaps paying off on a number of long-running subplots. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 20, 2012
60% Revolution: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " There's an intriguing overarching theme that could resonate with viewers. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 17, 2012
84% Boardwalk Empire: Season 3 (TV, 2012) " (Cannavale's) talents are being used to portray a gangster would have Joe Pesci's Goodfellas hot-headed character Tommy DeVito rolling his eyes in dismay. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 16, 2012
69% Glee: Season 4 (TV, 2012-2013) " Glee might be willing to slither past its self-imposed limitations for a few episodes into its new season. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 13, 2012
93% Parenthood: Season 4 (TV, 2012-2013) " A wonderful hour that demonstrated once again how engrossing this series can be, in no small part by dramatizing how irritating family members can be. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 11, 2012
59% Go On: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " I'd have to say I've rarely seen a show with such a gap between the abilities of its cast and the ideas at the heart of the series. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 11, 2012
85% Sons of Anarchy: Season 5 (TV, 2012) " It's a measure of how well this series structures itself that few plot-strands feel frayed or weak. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 11, 2012
53% The New Normal: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " It is a briskly-paced mishmash of the well-performed, the extravagantly sentimental, the insufferably self-congratulatory, and the witheringly sarcastic. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 10, 2012
B- 82% Major Crimes: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " [The character of] Raydor commands her unit with a nice brusqueness, gathers clues, and solves cases with airtight logic. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 13, 2012
B+ 75% Hell on Wheels: Season 2 (TV, 2012) " A measure of how absorbing Hell on Wheels is that each of the characters has evolved into someone we know and, in varying degrees, root for. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 12, 2012
17% Animal Practice: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " I'd suggest we all hope that Animal Practice is canceled quickly so that everyone involved can move on to better projects. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 12, 2012
A- 65% Game Change (2013) " Game Change does stress a theme that applies to both sides of the aisle." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 3, 2012
46% The Newsroom: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " For all its flaws, The Newsroom is well worth watching, every week. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 24, 2012
57% Dallas: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " The new TNT version of Dallas is a rare example of an artistically successful - well, entertainingly successful, at least - TV-classic update. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 13, 2012
100% Bunheads: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " Brims with smarts, sass, and a secret agenda: smuggling dance and musical-comedy theatricality onto that network's line-up of troubled, sensitive teens and Pretty Little Liar junior-harridans. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 11, 2012
B+ 82% True Blood: Season 5 (TV, 2012) " Swift and streamlined, lean and mean, the fifth season of True Blood has commenced with gratifying energy. "
Posted Jun 10, 2012
B+ 67% Hatfields & Mccoys: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Hatfields & McCoys is engrossing, and enlightening about a feud that proves to be a lot more than the bumpkin brawl of pop legend. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 25, 2012
78% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 12 (TV, 2011-2012) " In general, CSI has become a richer series. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 9, 2012
95% Girls: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Girls, how much do I love you? Let me count the ways. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 15, 2012
B+ 100% Nurse Jackie: Season 4 (TV, 2012) " Has entered a new, welcome phase. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 8, 2012
A- 97% Game of Thrones: Season 2 (TV, 2012) " It's difficult enough to hook a viewer like me, who resists sprawling, noncontemporary narratives; it's another level of pop culture wizardry to make such storytelling seem so vivid, so vital, and just plain fun. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 1, 2012
B- 53% Magic City: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Magic City burns with ambition. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 30, 2012
97% Mad Men: Season 5 (TV, 2012) " The show launched at least four rather magnificent set-piece scenes that remind you not just how good the series can be, but also how different it is from anything else TV has seen " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 25, 2012
64% Touch: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " I'm not sure I'm going to get hooked on a show that, every week, will present some variation on Jake making connections between disparate people, effecting good in the world, and then it's off to the next Fibonacci sequence " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 22, 2012
81% Bent: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " It's well-acted, it has a distinctive point of view. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 21, 2012
45% GCB: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " I respect all the talent that's both on screen and behind it, but I think I'll be opting out of GCB as regular weekly viewing. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 4, 2012
B+ 60% The River: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " The performances are good but constrained by the parameters of scary-story acting: " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 23, 2012
A- —— Eastbound & Down: Season 3 (TV, 2012) " What I'd call extreme comedy, willing to risk alienating a mass audience in favor of a devoted cult. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 19, 2012
—— Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 13 (TV, 2011-2012) " The whole thing was as seamy as the series usually gets - the tale was echt SVU, but this one with better dialogue. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 8, 2012
83% Lilyhammer: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Lilyhammer splits the difference between lightness and the dark. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 6, 2012
80% Smash: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Smash is often enjoyable. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 6, 2012
87% Luck: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012) " The series just keeps getting better and better - more exciting, more finely detailed, more suspenseful, more moving. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 29, 2012
96% Justified: Season 3 (TV, 2012) " I've seen a few more episodes of Justified, and I can tell you, things only get better. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 17, 2012
58% Alcatraz: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " I'm not bowled over by Alcatraz, but I'm intrigued enough to keep watching for a while. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 16, 2012
D+ 19% Are You There, Chelsea?: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Numerous remarks about being drunk and approximately 79 euphemisms for the word "vagina," all of which substituted for jokes. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 11, 2012
55% House of Lies: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " The show's crucial weakness is its dead language: The lines have no comic lilt; no exchange between any two characters gives off sparks. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 8, 2012
B+ 100% Downton Abbey: Season 2 (TV, 2011) " This Downton Abbey frequently works, as the first one did, as a peppery little trifle. Except now it's a big trifle. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 8, 2012
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