Mike Hale

Mike Hale

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Publications:
New York Times
Total Reviews:
370

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 370
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
89% The Paradise: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " If soap opera could be sold by the yard, The Paradise would be a bolt of beaded polyester chiffon. It's not silk, but if you're looking for something a little sexy on a budget, it'll do. " — New York Times
Posted Oct 8, 2013
52% Hello Ladies: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " Hello Ladies is a diverting curiosity, nice to look at and good for a few squirmy laughs. " — New York Times
Posted Sep 30, 2013
70% The Michael J. Fox Show: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " That throwback quality isn't the show's downfall... The problem is the feeling that you're watching a long and expensive public service announcement. " — New York Times
Posted Sep 26, 2013
86% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " In Week 1, the series doesn't demonstrate the imagination or verve it needs to break its comic-book narrative out of the bonds of budget and weekly format. " — New York Times
Posted Sep 24, 2013
88% Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " Mild, affable and familiar, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a show the whole family can snicker at. " — New York Times
Posted Sep 17, 2013
100% Foyle's War: Season 7 (TV, 2010) " This grayer, chillier Foyle's War may not suit everyone, but it's admirable, and a bit remarkable, that Mr. Horowitz has moved the show forward in a way that makes historical and dramatic sense. " — New York Times
Posted Sep 16, 2013
65% Derek: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Why Mr. Gervais, so refreshingly nasty in the original Office, felt the need to make this potty-mouthed Hallmark card of a show is anyone's guess. " — New York Times
Posted Sep 12, 2013
65% Vegas: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " I wouldn't bet against Mr. Quaid's relaxing into the role and turning in one of the more watchable performances of the new season. " — New York Times
Posted Sep 9, 2013
84% Luther: Season 3 (TV, 2013) " Mr. Elba... is a perfect match for the troubled-genius cop who towers over everyone, physically, intellectually and morally. " — New York Times
Posted Sep 3, 2013
80% Silk: Season 1 (TV, 2011) " The real problem... is the tiredness and predictability of the material - the sense that we've seen it all before and didn't really believe it the first time. " — New York Times
Posted Aug 26, 2013
—— The Lady Vanishes (2014) " It forgoes the crackling pace, light touch and surprisingly sophisticated sexual banter of the original, opting for melancholy, ominousness and sentimentality. " — New York Times
Posted Aug 16, 2013
83% Endeavor " 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 Aug 14, 2013
90% Broadchurch: Series One (TV, 2013) " While Mr. Tennant is the marquee name, Broadchurch really belongs to Olivia Colman. " — New York Times
Posted Aug 6, 2013
86% Teen Beach Movie (2013) " The film's time-warp, movie-nerd conceit is just clever enough to keep you entertained." — New York Times
Posted Aug 2, 2013
44% High School USA!: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " High School USA!, a broad and dull spoof of the Archie gang, slides down the wall quickly. " — New York Times
Posted Jul 19, 2013
70% Axe Cop: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The animation is serviceable, and the show gets a vital boost from the voice performance of Nick Offerman. " — New York Times
Posted Jul 19, 2013
93% Orange is the New Black: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " [The] ensemble may be enough reason to spend 12 hours or so at the fictional Litchfield prison, even if the drama occasionally lags. " — New York Times
Posted Jul 10, 2013
83% Moone Boy: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Moone Boy is the most charming new television comedy to arrive in America this year. " — New York Times
Posted Jul 9, 2013
40% Endeavour: Series 1 (TV, 2013) " Given another opportunity to wallow, tastefully, in nostalgia for its predecessor, the new show doesn't miss a beat. " — New York Times
Posted Jul 5, 2013
—— King: Season 1 (TV, 2011) " If you look past the singularly uninspiring title, there are a few things about "King" that set it apart from the summer's other lightweight, paint-by-numbers police dramas. " — New York Times
Posted Jul 4, 2013
82% Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013) " The filmmakers... add a crucial humanizing element, by focusing on the women's conflicted but supportive parents" — New York Times
Posted Jun 10, 2013
60% Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic " The film's inevitable compressions, made worse by the amount of empty, self-congratulatory celebrity blathering, mean that every Pryor fan will have omissions to complain about." — New York Times
Posted Jun 3, 2013
88% The Fosters: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " With luck, The Fosters will parlay its charming cast and spark of humor into something more. " — New York Times
Posted Jun 2, 2013
78% Arrested Development: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " Everything feels slowed down and dragged out at the same time that it feels forced and overly complicated. " — New York Times
Posted May 26, 2013
21% Motive: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Murderers may be this uninteresting in real life, but on TV they need to step it up. " — New York Times
Posted May 19, 2013
—— Seeking Asian Female " What keeps this 54-minute film consistently engaging is Sandy herself, wary, pragmatic and... an absolute natural in front of the camera." — New York Times
Posted May 6, 2013
90% Rectify: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " It resembles nothing so much as a bad indie film, the kind of slow and tepid bummer that used to fill Sundance's late nights and afternoons when it was a full-time movie channel. " — New York Times
Posted Apr 21, 2013
61% Defiance: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " What Defiance lacks, though, is any shred of originality, or any of the conceptual audacity that could keep you involved in Battlestar Galactica or Stargate Universe despite their ticky-tackiness. " — New York Times
Posted Apr 14, 2013
68% Hannibal: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " At this point the only thing that would make "Hannibal" memorable would be an Anthony Hopkins - someone who knows how to make a meal out of this kind of tripe. " — New York Times
Posted Apr 3, 2013
100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 (TV, 2013) " They're all fun to watch, even when their characters don't have anything in particular to do besides relay information that we need to keep up with the story or keep straight the seven (so we're told) warring families. " — New York Times
Posted Mar 28, 2013
100% Bunheads: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " Bunheads, beyond being a charming and funny show, has the great merit of being unlike anything else on television at the moment. " — New York Times
Posted Mar 13, 2013
20% Red Widow: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Enjoy it while you can. " — New York Times
Posted Mar 1, 2013
100% Southland: Season 10 " 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 Feb 26, 2013
56% Golden Boy: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The actor who could make Golden Boy matter is Mr. James, and he's not quite up to it. " — New York Times
Posted Feb 25, 2013
60% Out There: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The success of Out There will hinge on Mr. Quincy's ability to come up with interesting new adventures for Chad, but his acute observation of the milieu bodes well. " — New York Times
Posted Feb 21, 2013
38% Cult: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The scariest thing about this mildly ominous thriller may be the shameless heights to which it takes network self-promotion. " — New York Times
Posted Feb 18, 2013
42% Zero Hour: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Mr. Edwards provides a reason to watch, especially if you have a taste for Clue-meets-the-apocalypse mind games. " — New York Times
Posted Feb 13, 2013
76% Community: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " Apparently the new producers know what we want, but they won't, or can't, give it to us. " — New York Times
Posted Feb 6, 2013
56% Smash: Seaon 2 (TV, 2013) " There are not many signs that the show is taking a turn toward anything better - more realism, more audacity, less sentimentality. " — New York Times
Posted Feb 4, 2013
3.5/5 100% Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2012) " The new film, despite the astounding story it tells, is the most conventional, least urgent and, cinematically, the least interesting of the three." — New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2013
—— Tent City, Usa (2012) New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2013
63% The Carrie Diaries: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " It's not relationship material, but you wouldn't feel guilty about spending a night with it. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 14, 2013
61% Banshee: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Through two hours this all feels more artificial and cooked up than involving, " — New York Times
Posted Jan 10, 2013
81% The Hour: Season 2 (TV, 2012) " It may get the surfaces right, but its devotion to cocktail shakers, tight dresses, vintage cars and the amber hues of tumblers of whiskey can't make up for the highly unlikely story lines and the tinny platitudes about the power of the press. " — New York Times
Posted Nov 14, 2012
88% Happy Endings: Season 3 (TV, 2012-2013) " Happy Endings fans, help me out here. What am I missing? I see a situation comedy that has dispensed not just with jokes, but also, for the most part, with any straight-ahead attempt at comedy " — New York Times
Posted Oct 23, 2012
77% American Horror Story: Asylum (TV, 2012-2013) " At this point, aside from Ms. Lange, they don't have a lot to work with. Asylum would be better off if Briarcliff Manor had more furniture for them to chew. " — New York Times
Posted Oct 17, 2012
26% Emily Owens, M.D.: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " The problem is more likely to be the generic nature of Emily's misadventures, and the soap opera implausibility of the medical stories, which is extreme, even for the genre. " — New York Times
Posted Oct 16, 2012
93% The Walking Dead: Season 3 (TV, 2012-2013) " The Walking Dead takes a different route, couching its comic-book violence in a slow, melancholy story of survival and camaraderie much like an old Hollywood western. " — New York Times
Posted Oct 14, 2012
92% Nashville: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " Nashville is the best of the fall pilots, if only because of [Britton's] presence. " — New York Times
Posted Oct 10, 2012
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