Mike Hale

Mike Hale

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Publications:
New York Times
Total Reviews:
369

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
75% The Cosmopolitans: Season One (TV, 2014) " Evanescent or perhaps just wispy, it seems to melt out of your mind as you're watching it, and it's hard to imagine that it could be turned into a series. But it's quite amusing, especially at the beginning, and not as arch as you might expect. " — New York Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
100% Happy Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Happy Valley, in addition to being a smart and absorbing thriller, is a morality play, one in which the mystery is secondary (we know who did what all along). " — New York Times
Posted Aug 20, 2014
100% Garfunkel and Oates: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The point is really the smart, deadpan jokes and the surprisingly elaborate and usually smutty songs. " — New York Times
Posted Aug 6, 2014
100% Black Jesus: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's pretty funny if you give it some time. " — New York Times
Posted Aug 6, 2014
44% The Killing: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " Ms. Enos and Mr. Kinnaman are reliably good; Gregg Henry reprises his restrained, credible portrayal of the veteran Detective Reddick. " — New York Times
Posted Aug 4, 2014
89% Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " [The characters] seem to be having a good time, and if you have a weakness for muskets, accents and the occasional roll in the heather, you probably will too. " — New York Times
Posted Aug 1, 2014
—— The Newburgh Sting " The film builds a credible circumstantial case for the entrapment defense. It does so through the standard techniques of true-crime documentary." — New York Times
Posted Jul 21, 2014
67% Matador: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Matador is definitely B-level -- serviceable dialogue, not-quite-cartoonish characters, gimmicky editing - but it's not grindhouse. " — New York Times
Posted Jul 15, 2014
86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2 (TV, 2014) " It has a lot of the pieces it needs to actually be a compelling murder mystery - some good performances in key roles; an evocative, sun-blasted look; and an ability to concoct creepy, suspenseful scenes. " — New York Times
Posted Jul 9, 2014
83% Endeavour: Pilot (TV, 2012) " Whether the Endeavor pilot, which drew an impressive 8.2 million viewers in Britain, will delight the die-hard Inspector Morse fan is questionable. " — New York Times
Posted Jun 10, 2014
97% Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " The show can be applauded for giving opportunities to a wide range of talented actresses and for representing a multiplicity of ethnicities and orientations in its characters. " — New York Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
50% Jennifer Falls: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The network. TV Land proves again that no one in basic cable does a more proficient, professional job of executing and packaging traditional sitcoms. " — New York Times
Posted Jun 4, 2014
—— Rogue: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " The emotions have been dialed down, while the showrunners still supply decent neo-noir atmosphere. Consider it an adventure - a journey down an unmarked path, with an undiscovered piece of gold at the end. " — New York Times
Posted May 27, 2014
100% In The Flesh: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " It's a family drama - a sensitive, moving and sneakily humorous one - in horror story makeup. " — New York Times
Posted May 9, 2014
86% Maron: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Maron may not have the depth and adventurousness of Louie or the crude energy of Jim Jefferies's Legit, but it's consistently well written (or improvised) and smartly cast. " — New York Times
Posted May 7, 2014
—— Moone Boy: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " One of the many amusing things about Moone Boy... is the way it pays attention to the logic of the imaginary-friend relationship. " — New York Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
97% Orphan Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Every futuristic mystery could benefit from having Max Headroom in the cast. " — New York Times
Posted Apr 22, 2014
71% Faking It: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Faking It isn't anything more than a smarter-than-average high school comedy, but there's a freshness to it, perhaps because so many of the key people involved are relative newcomers. " — New York Times
Posted Apr 22, 2014
—— The Boondocks: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " The thrill is gone. " — New York Times
Posted Apr 21, 2014
—— Blue: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " In the new Blue there's suddenly capital-D drama. " — New York Times
Posted Mar 28, 2014
72% The 100: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The question is which is more dangerous, the guy in the bone helmet with the big club or the writer providing the leaden dialogue. " — New York Times
Posted Mar 18, 2014
73% Sirens: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " In seven seasons of Rescue Me, Denis Leary proved he could do drama with humor. In his new show, Sirens, he changes it up, proving he can do comedy without humor. It's not clear why you would want to do this, but there it is. " — New York Times
Posted Mar 5, 2014
29% Those Who Kill: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Judging by the first episode, it may already have started a one-way walk down a dark alley. " — New York Times
Posted Mar 3, 2014
59% Star-Crossed: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Star Crossed, with its gloomy-doomy vibe, its comic-book appropriation of big themes and the way it makes an alien encampment look like St. Marks Place on Halloween, may have trouble reaching beyond the teenage demographic. " — New York Times
Posted Feb 17, 2014
47% The Following: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " It should be a pleasure to watch Mr. Bacon in his first starring TV role, but his character is no more three-dimensional than any of the others. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 27, 2014
58% Black Sails: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's reasonably interesting but not particularly fun or involving. Sometimes you just want a good yo-ho-ho. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 24, 2014
47% Flowers in the Attic (2014) " The last thing you want to do is play it straight. Unfortunately, that's the only way Lifetime knows how to play it" — New York Times
Posted Jan 17, 2014
—— Golan The Insatiable: Season 1 " The show is passably amusing, but nothing that's likely to stick with you. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 16, 2014
—— Lucas Bros Moving Company: Season 1 " [The show] meets the challenge posed by Fox's Animation Domination High-Def format - how to do something of substance, or at least tell a story, in 10 to 11 minutes of running time - with a disarming sweetness and a clever, stylized casualness. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 16, 2014
84% True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Despite [the] positives, things start to go off track as early as the second episode. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 13, 2014
36% Intelligence: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " [Josh Holloway's] charm isn't inexhaustible, but there's more than enough of it to meet the character's limited demands. There isn't a lot else to like, though, about Intelligence, whose title makes a promise the show doesn't keep. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 7, 2014
94% Last Tango in Halifax: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " What makes Last Tango watchable... is another distinguishing feature, a crackerjack cast headlined by Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as the doughty lovebirds Alan and Celia. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 3, 2014
92% Community: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2014) " It seems too simple, too easy somehow, but there's no denying the evidence before our eyes: Community is a worthwhile show again now that Dan Harmon, its creator, is back in his office doing whatever it is he does so obsessively. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 2, 2014
—— Turbo F.A.S.T: Season 1 " The storytelling is synthetic but intelligible, the snail characters formulaic but ever so slightly endearing. And the move from the film's generic 3-D animation to the series's 2-D is an improvement " — New York Times
Posted Jan 1, 2014
—— Lilyhammer: Season 2 (TV, 2013) " It combines affectionate sendups of gangster-film conventions with culture-clash satire that cuts both ways, making fun of the Scandinavian welfare state while tacitly critiquing American rapaciousness. " — New York Times
Posted Dec 13, 2013
43% The Exes: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012) " There's pleasure in observing the professionalism of everyone involved, and the crackerjack timing it.ensures. " — New York Times
Posted Dec 9, 2013
61% Bonnie & Clyde: Season 1 " A lot of trouble and expense appear to have gone into making the period details persuasive, but there's still an artificial, playacting quality that may have to do with the actors or may be an inevitable consequence of high-definition viewing. " — New York Times
Posted Dec 6, 2013
93% Treme: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " It's to the credit of the show's creators, David Simon and Eric Overmyer, that these characters have become so familiar and alive in only 30-plus episodes. " — New York Times
Posted Dec 5, 2013
35% Kirstie: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Mr. Richards essentially reprises his performance as Kramer in Seinfeld, and it's still indefinably hilarious: the twitches, the triple takes, the furious wrestling with inanimate objects. " — New York Times
Posted Dec 4, 2013
95% An Adventure in Space and Time " Adventure aims for poignant but more often lands on solemn or maudlin." — New York Times
Posted Nov 25, 2013
3.5/4 80% Betas: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " While it lacks some features found in big-budget television sitcoms, and it can be glitchy when it comes to racial and sexual humor, it provides a better user experience than a majority of online series. A solid three-and-a-half stars. " — New York Times
Posted Nov 21, 2013
100% Southland: Season 5 (TV, 2013) " Southland still gets it right most of the time, and stands above the more popular police and forensic dramas that satisfy our appetite for predictability while insulting our intelligences to greater or lesser degrees. " — New York Times
Posted Nov 19, 2013
92% Southland: Season 2 (TV, 2010) " No show advertises its desire to be taken seriously - its bid for instant-classic status - as insistently as this visually austere account of the daily lives of Los Angeles patrol officers and detectives. " — New York Times
Posted Nov 19, 2013
90% The Wrong Mans: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Give James Corden the right material, and he can make anything funny. He demonstrates this repeatedly in The Wrong Mans, his new spy-comedy series for the BBC and Hulu. " — New York Times
Posted Nov 11, 2013
52% Dracula: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " Despite the requisite blood and gore and the frequent couplings of Dracula and an enforcer for the Order, the production is wrapped in the kind of genteel dullness that used to indicate quality in British television imports. " — New York Times
Posted Oct 24, 2013
56% Reign: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " Reign looks good (the pilot was shot in Ireland), moves smoothly and features CW's characteristic bland but competent performances. Alas. " — New York Times
Posted Oct 16, 2013
100% Scandal: Season 3 (TV, 2013-2014) " Ms. Washington continues to give the same tightly wound performance she's given from the start, one that's weirdly limited yet undoubtedly largely responsible for the show's fanatical following. " — New York Times
Posted Oct 15, 2013
89% The Walking Dead: Season 4 (TV, 2013-2014) " While the mood generally ranges from somber to grim to despairing, the show has its own brand of humor. " — New York Times
Posted Oct 15, 2013
59% Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " If we could get high enough, maybe we could see some reason to sit through this Disneyfied pastiche of Lewis Carroll and "1,001 Nights." Or maybe not. " — New York Times
Posted Oct 10, 2013
45% The Tomorrow People: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " What it lacks, at this point, is any kick in its storytelling: There are alienation, daddy issues and a looming love triangle, but they're all pro forma. " — New York Times
Posted Oct 9, 2013
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