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Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 34% The November Man (2014) " The movie fails to develop the most important people in Devereaux's life as characters, even obliquely, until the movie needs to terrorize or kill them to jack up suspense and sympathy." —
Posted Aug 27, 2014
3.5/4 83% L'homme de Rio (That Man from Rio) (1964) " We don't think of Belmondo as an action star per se, but that's what he is here, smirking like Steve McQueen and managing to keep a cigarette clamped between his lips even when he's navigating hairpin turns on a motorbike." —
Posted Aug 26, 2014
100% Justified: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " The series has never felt more kick-ass confident than during this recent season, which amounts to a summation of Justified's first four years. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 25, 2014
100% Justified: Season 2 (TV, 2011) " In season two, Justified really found its footing, especially as it moved away from a strict hero story for Timothy Olyphant's Raylan and toward a more ensemble vibe, and introduced one of the best villainesses in recent memory. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 25, 2014
91% The Sopranos: Season 6 (TV, 2006-2007) " It was vintage Sopranos, expected yet somehow surprising, and twisted and pathetic rather than superficially exciting. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2014
58% Legends: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " There are lots of "Remember this guy?" flashbacks to people you met five minutes ago. Cumulatively, they start to make Legends seem like the story of a guy who's secretly battling early-onset Alzheimer's. " — Vulture
Posted Aug 14, 2014
89% Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Outlander is never more engrossing than when a scene emphasizes Claire's reactions as she's forced to decide whether to say what she really thinks of a man's behavior or assertion or recitation of policy, or err on the side of silence. " — Vulture
Posted Aug 8, 2014
4/4 95% The Dog (2014) " "The Dog" is a humbly extraordinary film." —
Posted Aug 8, 2014
87% The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The Knick is the rare series that works through its themes in visual as well as literary terms. " — Vulture
Posted Aug 5, 2014
44% The Killing: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " The Killing has for four seasons been so full of itself, that could never do [its] two great characters justice, much less give us stories and supporting characters on the same level as the show's cinematography, editing, and sound design. " — Vulture
Posted Aug 1, 2014
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) " This is an impressive piece of work, absorbing provided that you're willing to meet it on its own storytelling terms. " — Vulture
Posted Aug 1, 2014
2.5/4 65% Finding Fela! (2014) " Feels like a rough draft for a very good movie." —
Posted Aug 1, 2014
89% Manhattan: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The show feels a little bit too nice, a little too PG - even an against-the-wall make-out session and a moment of woman-on-woman flirtation feel oddly chaste, even anthropological - but the show still fascinates. " — Vulture
Posted Jul 30, 2014
3/4 65% Lucy (2014) " You'd be hard pressed to identify one idea, scene or element in the picture that is not a cliche. But the total package feels fresh." —
Posted Jul 25, 2014
93% Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " The blood, the sweat, the muzzle flashes and the cumulus clouds of cigarette and cigar smoke all testify that Boardwalk Empire isn't interested in presenting life as it should have been, but life as it probably was. " — The New Republic
Posted Jul 23, 2014
2.5/4 63% Mood Indigo (2014) " Gondry has made a live action cartoon with a rather patchy plot and flat characters, most of whom (but Tatou and Duris especially) are way too old to be playing characters who might seem immature even if they were played by teenagers." —
Posted Jul 18, 2014
82% Satisfaction: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Emotionally, I'm not sure that a lot of Satisfaction makes sense at all, but a certain strain of dream logic holds it together. It has a vision, maybe. " — Vulture
Posted Jul 17, 2014
56% Married: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Married get[s] better as it goes along, eventually hitting a distinctive stride in its fourth episode, and there are some good bits along the way, and some excellent supporting performers. " — Vulture
Posted Jul 17, 2014
67% Matador: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The show is a compendium of high-octane clich├ęs, just clever enough that you can't call it stupid and just stupid enough that you can't call it clever. That's a sweet spot, maybe. " — Vulture
Posted Jul 16, 2014
87% The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " I liked watching it on a muggy summer night with somebody who didn't take it especially seriously, but was willing to admit that at certain points it was, in fact, quite scary, so much so that you should probably not start watching an episode too late. " — Vulture
Posted Jul 11, 2014
83% Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The lead performances are a tad opaque, and the script feels as though it's telling two separate stories that don't immediately seem as though they'll connect in a graceful way. " — Vulture
Posted Jul 11, 2014
4/4 99% Boyhood (2014) " The film ends and the credits come up and you ask the same question that you ask at the end of an evening spent with old, dear friends: where did the time go?" —
Posted Jul 11, 2014
3.5/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is loud, smart and ferociously committed to its premise, and it leaves an intriguingly bitter aftertaste." —
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2.5/4 68% Me and You (2014) " Bertolucci is indeed a master, and "Me and You" evidences numerous thematic connections to his earlier work as well as constant proof of his distinctive gifts as a stylist." —
Posted Jul 4, 2014
3.5/4 97% Life Itself (2014) " I love this movie." —
Posted Jul 3, 2014
2.5/4 94% CODE BLACK (2014) " The movie is at its best when it's immersing you in a series of conundrums and letting you feel what it's like to live with them, and wrestle with them." —
Posted Jun 25, 2014
69% The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " I'd be lying if I said The Leftovers didn't fascinate me. The totality of the suffering feels new. The scale of it overwhelms, so much so that nitpicking the dialogue, the performances, or the filmmaking seems petty. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 24, 2014
3/4 84% Coherence (2014) " "Coherence" is proof that inventive filmmakers can do a lot with a little." —
Posted Jun 20, 2014
2/4 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " You'd be hard pressed to imagine a more seemingly perfect match of director and material than Roman Polanski and "Venus in Fur." Too bad it isn't a wickeder, subtler, more imaginative movie." —
Posted Jun 20, 2014
95% Rectify: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Rectify sees every character's point of view and seems to feel for them while reserving judgment on their actions, and their justifications for those actions. It seems to see through the visible world, past time and flesh. It's truly Christian art. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/5 96% Justified: Season 5 (TV, 2014) " Justified has tended to concentrate the bulk of its action in and near Kentucky, but this season, right out of the gate, it's sending two of its main characters to faraway states. A show this smart doesn't make a change that big just for the scenery. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 17, 2014
3/4 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " It takes the homoerotic energy bubbling under the surface of buddy action pictures and raises it into the sunlight, where it can flex its pecs and growl." —
Posted Jun 13, 2014
97% Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " The missteps are easy to forgive because, in content as well as form, Orange is a modestly revolutionary show. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3.5/4 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " The rest of the cast has less to do because this is Tom Cruise's movie through-and-through, but they're all given moments of humor, terror or simple eccentricity." —
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 59% The Grand Seduction (2014) " It's graceful and sweet and wise where it counts, and often brilliantly acted, and it made me laugh." —
Posted Jun 1, 2014
78% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The problem is, once you get past the shock of a fresh premise and watch the pilot, the show starts to seem formulaic, with stock characters and what sounds like placeholder dialogue that was supposed to be filled in with good stuff later but wasn't. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 30, 2014
94% The Normal Heart (2014) " If anger and suffering were all there were to The Normal Heart, watching it would be torture. Luckily, it has heart to match its guts. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 29, 2014
3/4 48% Maleficent (2014) " A film of resonant gestures and dream logic, in which ancient and contemporary predicaments jostle against each other ..." —
Posted May 29, 2014
3/4 89% Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014) " A copy of it should be stored in a climate controlled vault, for the benefit of future generations who want to know what life in New York looked, sounded and felt like in in the early 21st century." —
Posted May 26, 2014
0.5/4 8% Don Peyote (2014) " The worst American film I've seen this year." —
Posted May 16, 2014
3.5/4 73% Godzilla (2014) " The sheer filmmaking craft on display here shames almost any comparably budgeted superhero picture you can name." —
Posted May 15, 2014
79% Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Its greatest and most surprising virtue is its sincerity. At no point does the show seem overly concerned with outsmarting viewers or putting air quotes around its situations or characters. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 13, 2014
31% Rosemary's Baby: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " In nearly every scene of this Baby, you're judging it against the Polanski version and wishing you were watching that one instead. The writing is jumbled, the photography often merely pretty, the direction often shockingly clumsy. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 9, 2014
86% Maron: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " As sitcoms about talented, self-defeating assholes go, though, Maron is pretty good, though it has yet to plumb the sublime depths of self-loathing showcased on the likes of Louie, Girls, and Veep. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 9, 2014
2.5/4 23% Devil's Knot (2014) " There are too many major characters and too many points of emphasis. As elegantly directed as it sometimes is, it feels disjointed, scattered." —
Posted May 9, 2014
84% 24: Live Another Day (TV, 2014) " Live Another Day's drone story extends Bush-era mechanized warfare into the age of Obama. It's another example of 24's knack for mixing left- and right-wing assumptions into a ferocious action film cocktail. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 5, 2014
92% Louie: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " C.K. finds the beauty in the real and the reality in the beauty. I'm glad this show exists. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 5, 2014
—— The Boondocks: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " It's a zombie show, like the Dan Harmon-less fourth season of Community. Something's off. You can't figure out exactly what, but you can feel it. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2.5/4 19% Transcendence (2014) " It's fine to want to explore and just sort of kick ideas around. Too often, though, the movie doesn't feel ambiguous or complicated, merely muddled and wishy-washy." —
Posted Apr 17, 2014
—— The Address (2014) " The movie feels too long, padded even, but its relaxed vibe and non-cloying tone are a tonic. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 16, 2014
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