Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Linda Holmes's reviews do not count toward the Tomatometer. This is not a Tomatometer-approved critic, and this critic's reviews are not published on a Tomatometer-approved publication.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85% Trainwreck (2015) "Trainwreck ... has some very traditional romantic comedy elements, including a big, implausible finish. But even if you know where you're going to wind up, it takes interesting side trips along the way. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 17, 2015
59% Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "This story is treading again on territory that has been long ago stomped down by every other dark antihero show in cable's years-long parade of damaged men whose self-destructive behavior is revealed in fits and starts to hide a wounded soul. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 14, 2015
77% 7 Days in Hell "This is the kind of comedy special that stays afloat using the strategy people use if they're racing across a series of floating buoys: you move fast, you don't stop long enough to sink, and you don't try to do it for too long. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 13, 2015
64% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "The movie ... is so infectiously, brazenly pleased about literally everything that happens in it that it's hard not to leave in the same frame of mind. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 1, 2015
100% Silicon Valley: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "The surprise of the show's second season, which has been stronger than its first, has increasingly been that in addition to being reliably funny, it somehow feels familiar as a workplace show, despite being so much a creature of its bro-intensive world. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 12, 2015
81% Nightingale (2015) "The careful layering of the experiences and emotions that influence Peter's choices, along with expert massaging of the tension that exists from the start, make Nightingale a sad but satisfying film. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 4, 2015
97% UnReal: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "On the other side of that terrible title is a show that's both engaging and thoughtful - one that's fun and highly critical and skeptical, but still feels sympathetic to people who make reality shows, people who watch them, and people on them. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 1, 2015
92% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 14 "This is the close of seven seasons of a show that doggedly pursued its own vision. Its task is not to give you everything you want, or me everything I want. It's not a test, and the last episode isn't an answer key. It's a story that's over now. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 18, 2015
50% Grace and Frankie: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "I am hoping that the show will increasingly focus on the relationship between the women and their positions as people suddenly on their own, which is where the project's greatest strengths seem to lie. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 8, 2015
84% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) "For Muppet enthusiasts or just folks who like to hear about unusual jobs, it's worth seeking out. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 7, 2015
97% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 12 "It seemed to serve as a crystallizing hour for the themes that the show has returned to over and over, reaching no conclusions about those themes but turning them over and over in its narrative hands. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 4, 2015
100% Veep: Season 4 (TV, 2015) "These characters don't inhabit a great system that happens to be full of terrible people. They inhabit a system that provides perverse incentives that perpetuate dysfunction. It's a braver way to cut into political culture. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 13, 2015
96% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 8 "What was once a strictly corseted show about the dawn of the 1960s is becoming a much messier, sloppier-looking show (in an entirely intentional, meticulous way) about the dawn of the 1970s. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 6, 2015
96% Younger: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It has the interesting quality of actually being about something that not many shows are about: the push-pull of aging as a tough thing in some moments and a really fortunate, glorious thing in others " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 31, 2015
87% Community: Season 6 (TV, 2015) "Brewster is a versatile comic actress with a great feel for blasts of absurdity, and she quickly proves to be a great fit for Community's tendency to whip back and forth between banter comedy and straight-up foolishness. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 17, 2015
95% American Crime: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's well worth a watch for the exceptional acting and the solid writing and directing. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 5, 2015
84% The Last Man on Earth: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Despite the incredibly dark premise, what distinguishes the early stages of The Last Man On Earth is the light and sure-footed way that a lot of obvious logical questions are totally ignored, while a lot of human questions are embraced and explored. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 2, 2015
90% Fresh Off the Boat: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "There's a warmth to the show, though, that feels earned. It has promise. It's a family with a lot of rootable, likable people in it. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 4, 2015
62% Whitney "In the end, you really are better off with the YouTube videos. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 20, 2015
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's great to see somebody experimenting with what to do in those 22 or so minutes, even if it may take a little time to get all the wrinkles out. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 20, 2015
80% Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It is sort of hip-hop Nashville, but so what? Why not hip-hop Nashville? " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 7, 2015
80% Downton Abbey: Season 5 (TV, 2014) "This is a season heavily interested in the choices - particularly the love lives and sex lives - of women of all ages and classes. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 6, 2015
27% Annie (2014) "Despite any reservations about the music, it is a charming, lovely little movie. " ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 19, 2014
86% Top Five (2014) "It's fun to watch Chris Rock; it's just fun. And there are parts of this film where it's fun to watch him in exactly the ways he wants it to be. " ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 12, 2014
26% State of Affairs: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "What you wind up with here is a kind of half-baked version of everything the show is trying to be: it's a half-baked spy show and a half-baked character study and a half-baked political drama. " ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 17, 2014
100% Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 2 (TV, 2014-2015) "The interplay between the steely, unsmiling Braugher and goofy try-hard Andy Samberg has brought out great things in both of them. " ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 10, 2014
80% Marry Me: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "I tend to gravitate toward it because it has both good jokes and lots of jokes, because I love the cast, and because I've followed Caspe into Weirdsville before and never, ever been sorry. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 14, 2014
96% The Flash: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "What executive producers Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti have settled on here is a kind of family-friendly action-adventure show with a solid sense of humor about itself as well as a strong streak of sentiment about the things that really matter. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 7, 2014
17% Mulaney: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "Mulaney is a comic, but he is not an actor. He could in theory grow into one, but he seems very, very ill-suited to it in the early episodes, awkward and stiff reading lines instead of talking to an audience. This is not his wheelhouse. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 3, 2014
20% Bad Judge: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "This seems like a show exceedingly unlikely to succeed, but it won't be because Walsh isn't funny. It will be because even good shows often suffer from too much tinkering, and not-so-good shows can suffer even more. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 2, 2014
66% Gracepoint: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "if you really want to enjoy Gracepoint, consider watching it with a friend who doesn't yet know the story.Because the best way to experience this reimagined story is through fresh eyes. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 2, 2014
67% A to Z: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "Once you get past all the stuff that's being used to make the show stand out - the show is pretty good. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 2, 2014
21% Stalker: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "It's not creepy or eerie or even all that scary, it's just mean and boring, and you have better things to do, no matter how little you have to do. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 1, 2014
57% Selfie: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The first half is really awful and the second half is like watching a lighter flicked and flicked and flicked, where it refuses to produce a flame but feels like it could. " ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 30, 2014
88% Gone Girl (2014) "If the production is slightly too atmospheric, the performances are bracingly specific, led by Affleck, whose task is complex. " ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 30, 2014
41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) "A very ordinary film, particularly for one adapted from such a thoughtful and tonally tricky book. " ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 19, 2014
59% Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) "Because they put the pedal to the metal and go full, screaming, bedazzled monkeypants crazy from beginning to end, it sort of works. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 31, 2014
91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) "There's plenty of heart in Guardians, but it gets its emotional heft largely from the warmth that this kind of comedy inherently contains. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 31, 2014
69% They Came Together (2014) "The problem with They Came Together is that what it settles on as the parody-able thing about romantic comedy is how generic it can feel. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 27, 2014
23% The Other Woman (2014) "A conceptually odious, stupid-to-the-bone enterprise ... " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 24, 2014
26% Brick Mansions (2014) "It is a hoot to watch, even if, to be honest, there's little reason for it to exist. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 24, 2014
87% Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015) "It's beautiful to look at, and yes, it's full of things to unpack. And there will be time for that. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 14, 2014
44% The Sound Of Music Live! (2014) "It was something I hope they try again. Because in truth, it wasn't good, but I enjoyed it. " ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 12, 2013
100% Burton And Taylor (2014) "Bonham Carter has a firm hand on a fundamental conflict within Taylor, which is that she seems like such an impossibly elegant, self-possessed woman at some moments and like such an infuriating flake at others. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 23, 2013
83% Begin Again (2014) "For a movie that could have come off like a Hollywood version of something beautiful and tiny, it's actually quite successful. " ‐ NPR.org
Posted Sep 13, 2013
82% The Double (2014) "It's a very odd, genuinely offbeat film (there were a noteworthy number of walkouts, though that can have as much to do with the timing of other screenings as the reaction to the film), but it burbles and crackles with imagination. " ‐ NPR.org
Posted Sep 13, 2013
98% Before Midnight (2013) "Now that we know what was coming, nine years later and then nine years later, Sunrise is like a six-sided die turning into a 20-sided die. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 23, 2013
97% Paul Williams Still Alive (2012) "What makes Paul Williams Still Alive successful is the relationship between Kessler and Williams. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 23, 2012
90% Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012) "It remains a story at all times - there's a moment at a book signing that will give you a big smile and goosebumps - and it keeps throwing great things to look at up on the screen. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 15, 2012
96% Brooklyn Castle (2012) "It would be easy for this film to be a very obvious, very shallow story in which the moral is that even kids from the worst possible circumstances can succeed. That's not what it's about. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 15, 2012
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