Mike Lechevallier

Mike Lechevallier

Agrees with the Tomatometer 0% of the time.

Publications:
Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
50

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 50 of 50
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 43% 1600 Penn: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " It's not that these are shoddily crafted personalities, it's that their predicaments have been done to death, and frankly, executed with much more thoughtfulness on other shows. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 17, 2013
2/4 72% Getting On: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Getting On is billed as a comedy, but the show's setting is such an overwhelmingly depressing environment that much of the offbeat humor ends up flatlining. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 21, 2013
2/4 69% Almost Human: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " Almost Human is a bargain-basement rehashing of various environments pilfered from a motley crew of science fiction forebears. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 14, 2013
1.5/4 14% Ironside: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Blair Underwood's oppressive, angrier portrayal of Robert Ironside... isn't quite the worst thing about this lackluster reimagining (that would be the clich├ęd cop-procedural plot structuring), but it's the most obvious one. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2013
2.5/4 90% Masters of Sex: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The series is at its best when it abandons its vaguely intimate depiction of sex and allows its subjects to become fully enveloped in the importance and strange beauty of the undiscovered frontier they're exploring. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2013
2.5/4 100% Eastbound & Down: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " Strangely, the fourth season of Eastbound & Down exudes a somber tone that flies in the face of the show's typically rambunctious tendencies. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2/4 57% Hostages: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " For a series that bills itself as a twisty, edge-of-your-seat drama, Hostages is relatively light on thrills. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2013
0.5/4 0% Dads: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " It's the sitcom equivalent of "Pull my finger": crude, outdated, and immodestly proposed. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2013
3.5/4 100% Futurama: Season 7 (TV, 2012) " Truly, not many other shows besides Futurama could pull off something as concurrently gross and sweet as this. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 5, 2013
3/4 96% Boardwalk Empire: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " The onrush of activity is merciless, and yet the show's pacing never suffers for it. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 5, 2013
3/4 100% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 9 (TV, 2013) " [The cast's] neurotic efforts to scheme their way to happiness, fame, and fortune continue to coincide with skewed views on a variety of real-world issues that blend well with the show's onslaught of crude, scattershot humor. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2013
2/4 45% Low Winter Sun: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Low Winter Sun too often lingers on Detroit's colorless evil more than its spirited righteousness, resulting in an overwhelmingly bleak narrative that feels as cold and lifeless as a corpse. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 9, 2013
3.5/4 100% Breaking Bad: Season 5 (TV, 2012-2013) " Directed by Bryan Cranston and written by Peter Gould, the episode, titled "Blood Money," is lean and highly stylized, wasting no time picking up where the jolting mid-season cliffhanger, "Gliding Over All," left off. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2013
1/4 26% Camp: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " NBC's new dramedy, Camp, can be likened to an overenthusiastic adolescent who signs up for too many extracurricular summer activities and fails at all of them. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 10, 2013
3/4 76% Ray Donovan: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The show's large ensemble is mostly free of stereotypes, and nearly every narrative shift feels authentic and punctual. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2013
2.5/4 90% Wilfred: Season 3 (TV, 2013) " The odd coupling of Ryan and Wilfred gives the series the majority of its emotive weight. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2013
1/4 37% Mistresses: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " This tacky, unattractively soapy drama stumbles hard out of the starting gate. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2013
1.5/4 21% Motive: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Unfortunately, this gimmicky premise quickly renders the show a "whocares?," " — Slant Magazine
Posted May 22, 2013
2/4 40% The Goodwin Games: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The Goodwin Games isn't a sophisticated comedy by any means, and memorable quips are few and far between, but its overall lightheartedness manages to save it from becoming completely dull. " — Slant Magazine
Posted May 13, 2013
0.5/4 13% Family Tools: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Not even the droll comedic stylings of the ubiquitous J.K. Simmons can free Family Tools from its chains of inferiority. " — Slant Magazine
Posted May 1, 2013
3/4 90% Rectify: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " It's the tender, realistic moments where Rectify thrives, distinguishing itself from the bulk of other series with similar subject matter. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2013
2/4 61% Defiance: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " This twofold, backstory-laden plot structure hampers the cohesiveness of Defiance's overarching futuristic chronicle, which comes off as an inchoate fusion of Battlestar Galactica and Mad Max. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2013
2.5/4 63% Da Vinci's Demons: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " When Da Vinci's Demons is barreling at top speed, unapologetically defiling history with its macabre absurdity, the show's faults, however obvious they may be, gradually fall by the wayside. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 9, 2013
2/4 56% Golden Boy: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Pity that Golden Boy wallows in the muck of its standard operating procedure for far too long for any of this to make much of a lasting difference. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2013
2/4 60% Out There: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Out There believes its characters can prosper, but doesn't collectively make an honest effort to portray their compassed journey in an imaginative fashion. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2013
3/4 76% Community: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " [Dan] Harmon may have left the building, but perhaps Community was secretly wanting for a shift in command. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2013
1/4 18% Do No Harm: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " It's a shame [the] message is buried beneath such ceaseless silliness. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 31, 2013
2.5/4 65% The Following: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " In a manner of duplicity that suits its alternating themes of unfulfilled desire and destruction, The Following begins as exceedingly pedestrian and evolves into something deeper. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 21, 2013
.5/4 92% Legit: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " From its very first scenes, the series is a nearly unbearable assemblage of recycled sitcom plots that aims to spotlight Jefferies's specific breed of unashamedly mean-spirited witticisms. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 17, 2013
3.5/4 94% Archer: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " Any possible trepidation that one of the smartest and funniest animated shows on television might be losing its superlative wit goes straight out the window. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 17, 2013
2/4 61% Banshee: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The scene in which Deva is left buried beneath the ravers' glowsticks screaming for help is demonstrative of Banshee as a whole: neither a clear message nor steady mood can be properly discerned amid the taxing commotion. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2013
3/4 100% The League: Season 4 (TV, 2012) " More than ever before, The League is full of such unusually affecting moments. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 11, 2012
3/4 100% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 8 (TV, 2012) " It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia has become the Energizer Bunny of cable TV sitcoms, a hyperactive, enduring burst of awkward hilarity and imprudently cooked-up schemes. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 11, 2012
2/4 60% Bullet in the Face: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Much like the clownish mask of its iniquitous protagonist, Bullet in the Face demands further reconstructive work to mend its various glaring imperfections. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 16, 2012
1.5/4 31% Perception: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Perception overstuffs its early episodes with far too many overwrought plot points. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 9, 2012
2/4 63% Wilfred: Season 2 (TV, 2012) " Due to its indiscreet mishandling of what's real and what isn't, Wilfred simply asks too much of its audience, requiring the endurance to look past its questionable narrative structure and the shaky delivery of its moral lessons. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 21, 2012
2/4 65% The Killing: Season 2 (TV, 2012) " The muddled and recurrently tedious Larsen case render The Killing a mystery show whose mysteries agitate and bore rather than mesmerize and astound. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2012
3/4 97% Game of Thrones: Season 2 (TV, 2012) " Season two must be admired for its gripping presentation of splintered families and unwavering ruthlessness. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2012
2.5/4 —— Eastbound & Down: Season 3 (TV, 2012) " Regardless of its shortcomings, Eastbound & Down can't be faulted for following through on its primary vision. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2012
3.5/4 96% Justified: Season 3 (TV, 2012) " Justified takes clich d action sequences and transforms them into intense, edge-of-your-seat affairs. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 17, 2012
2.5/4 78% Once Upon a Time: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012) " The series isn't very original, but that doesn't stop it from being relatively satisfying on its own terms. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2011
1/4 13% Allen Gregory: Season 1 (TV, 2011) " It's perplexing how the writers came to the conclusion that any of this would be funny. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2011
2/4 59% Grimm: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012) " It sacrifices the intelligence required to construct smart, puzzling crimes in order to spend more time attempting to enunciate its fantastical elements, which aren't all that fantastical, with amateurish CGI. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 28, 2011
2.5/4 60% The League: Season 3 (TV, 2011) " Every character on The League repeatedly commits ethically questionable, often idiotic acts, and within these acts of blind foolishness lies the show's black, arresting heart. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2011
2/4 71% Terra Nova: Season 1 (TV, 2011) " It's no mystery how the overproduced Terra Nova managed to turn out so drastically underwhelming. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2011
3.5/4 100% Parks and Recreation: Season 4 (TV, 2011-2012) " With a cast as ostensibly close-knit and in-tune as these actors are, season four of Parks and Recreation illustrates just how far the series has come and could very well take it to even greater, and funnier, places. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2011
3/4 —— Community: Season 3 (TV, 2011-2012) " A genre-defying encapsulation of everything that makes the show one of the strongest sitcoms on television. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2011
3/4 100% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 7 (TV, 2011) " It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia already has its target audience locked in, and if you aren't a fan of the show as it is, season seven will do little to change that. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2011
2.5/4 74% Alphas: Season 1 (TV, 2011) " What differentiates Alphas from some of its kin is just how quickly it establishes the struggles of its central characters. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 11, 2011
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