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Sam Wollaston

Sam Wollaston

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Sam Wollaston's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
73% Billions: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Hell it's fun though, even if I feel ever so slightly naughty -- guilty even -- for enjoying it so much. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 13, 2016
No Score Yet The Hollow Crown: Season 2 (TV, 2016) "Chopped and changed, galloping, leaping... Perhaps chopped isn't the right word, though. It suggests crudity, and this is top-notch swordsmanship, cut with great thought and precision to leave no scar. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 11, 2016
90% And Then There Were None: Miniseries (TV, 2015) "I think the queen of crime would approve. I certainly do. Mass murder rarely gets as fun as this. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 10, 2016
90% Downton Abbey: Series 6 Episode 9 "The person who really seems to be enjoying himself in all this is the man who created Downton and who must now dismantle it, Julian Fellowes. He's got these loose ends that need dealing with but he's not going to tie them off neatly. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 7, 2016
92% The Night Manager: Miniseries (TV, 2016) "No need to recruit me, I'm already thoroughly signed up for the duration. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 24, 2016
87% Love: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "It's addictive, infuriating, hilarious, dumb, smart, all over the place, giddy, gross... and maybe a bit like love. Hey. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 22, 2016
100% Happy Valley: Season 2 (TV, 2016) "Just because it's believable and human doesn't mean it's mundane or boring. There is still plenty going on: misery, splitting up, plus a cracking cop show, and even a few good laughs. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 11, 2016
64% The X-Files: Season 10 (TV, 2016) "Perhaps it's because television - and the world - has changed in the past 14 years, and what hit a nerve then doesn't so much any more. Like going back to a house that gave you the creeps when you were a kid and wondering what all the fuss was about. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 9, 2016
97% Wolf Hall: Series 1 (TV, 2015) "There has been loads of good drama this year, most of which I can't remember. Wolf Hall still lingers and haunts. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 17, 2015
No Score Yet Peep Show: Season 9 (TV, 2015) "Underneath the mutual destruction, the bickering and sordidness, there's mutual dependence, the tiniest ember of genuine warmth, of companionship, of - whisper it - actual friendship. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 19, 2015
100% River: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's more than just crime drama - it's about personal tragedy, demons; it's a study of loss and grief (which it shares with the greatest Nordic noir of them all: the first series of The Killing). It's also a study of that - killing - and why people do it. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 17, 2015
80% Bloodline: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "If it can continue to blend the two - family and crime - as successfully as the opening episode suggests, then Bloodline may be one more nail in the coffin of Netflix resistance. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 12, 2015
89% Downton Abbey: Series 6 (TV, 2015) "It's loop-the-loop loopy, but also exciting; the fun Fellowes is having is infectious. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 10, 2015
92% The Last Kingdom: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Most importantly of all, it's a ton of fun. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 23, 2015
100% Fargo: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "Excruciating, shocking and hilarious, it sends mixed messages to the stomach muscles; I'm tensing and squirming and properly belly-laughing, all at the same time. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 23, 2015
87% Homeland: Season 5 (TV, 2015) "We're starting afresh, a little slower, which may prove to be wiser. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 14, 2015
79% Arthur & George: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It has been translated sympathetically and successfully to the screen, with fine performances. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 8, 2015
100% Agatha Christie's Poirot : Season 13 "It's exactly as Agatha Christie - and Poirot - should be. I'm totally in the dark, in every way, but having fun. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 8, 2015
39% Tut: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's still tosh. But it's quite jolly tosh. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 3, 2015
88% HUMANS: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Humans is set not some time in the future, but some time around now. It's sci-fi for the non sci-fi fan, sci-fi that has more than a foot in sci-fact. It's also a clever, high-energy thriller. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 18, 2015
92% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 14 "Mad Men never had the kind of narrative momentum that requires a crash or at least some very heavy braking to bring it shuddering to a halt. Apt then, and cool, rather than undramatic or underwhelming. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 26, 2015
90% The Affair: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The Affair becomes less and less obvious and more and more interesting as it goes along. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 14, 2015
77% House of Cards: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "Screw you, Mr President, for messing with my job. How so? Because he, Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), and it, House of Cards, are so damn good they've changed the way we watch TV. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 2, 2015
89% Fortitude: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "What I'm not feeling yet is an enormous amount of humanity, or individuality, or soul. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jan 30, 2015
100% Last Tango in Halifax: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "Last Tango in Halifax is so beautifully written and observed. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 29, 2014
67% Atlantis: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) "Are those the screams of the Therans as their breastplates are punctured by those nasty, pointy Colchian swords? Or the screams of classical scholars as their beloved stories are torn apart, smashed like Grecian urns, then stuck back together all wrong? " ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 18, 2014
39% Intruders: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "If you're thinking Life on Mars, forget it. Intruders is more Tin Machine-era Bowie - harsher, grungy, utterly unfathomable. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 28, 2014
84% Homeland: Season 4 (TV, 2014) "If in seasons two and three Homeland occasionally lost direction and momentum, it's back with renewed purpose. And a bang. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 13, 2014
80% Downton Abbey: Season 5 (TV, 2014) "The downstairs people are starting to look at those stairs with thoughts of ascending. Even Daisy is considering bettering herself. While above, the toffs are beginning the long slow slide towards irrelevance. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 23, 2014
81% The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Yes, The Leftovers is baffling... There is a beauty about it too, though. Plus promise - that if you put the effort in you will be rewarded, with a drama that is more about people after a catastrophic event, than the event. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 17, 2014
44% Houdini: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "(Brody) drowns in the dreariness of the script; and in his own tiresome voiceover, which spells out what the drama has failed to put across; and the oppressive, unrelenting score. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 8, 2014
90% The Wrong Mans: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "A comedy thriller that's too silly to be thrilling and not funny enough to be funny. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 12, 2014
100% Veep: Season 3 (TV, 2014) "It's rapid-fire smart with some of the best gags you'll hear on TV at the moment. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 28, 2014
94% Silicon Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "A beautifully observed, beautifully performed, beautifully written, extremely thorough lampooning of a world that was so ripe for it that a cloud of lampoon wasps was gathering over the entire Valley. And - crucially - it's very funny too. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 28, 2014
84% 24: Live Another Day (TV, 2014) "It's hard not to want more. Four years of being clean, then a double hit - hmmm, that's good - and yeah, I'm back too. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 9, 2014
97% Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "What could have been a disaster, enraging Fargo aficionados, is a respectful homage, and should quench a thirst they had half forgotten they have. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 21, 2014
89% Girls: Season 3 (TV, 2014) "Girls is no longer shocking just for the sake of shocking. Even a bit grown up, maybe. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jan 21, 2014
97% Sherlock: Season 3 (TV, 2013-2014) "There may be hashtags, blogs and motorbikes, but the spirit remains in keeping. I think Sir Arthur would approve, enjoy it too. Hard not to really. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jan 8, 2014
95% An Adventure in Space and Time "Mark Gatiss's drama, An Adventure in Space and Time, is a lovely way to kick off the (50th Anniversary) celebrations. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 25, 2013
52% Hello Ladies: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) "Not ground breaking, but nice. Which sounds less enthusiastic than I meant it to. It's very likable. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 16, 2013
84% Homeland: Season 3 (TV, 2013) "It's hard to say yet whether it's back on track. But this opener is certainly intriguing. It builds not just in pace but in intensity and excitement too. Hell, I'm in. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 7, 2013
69% Downton Abbey: Season 4 (TV, 2013) "There's a dustiness and a mustiness about the place, a sense of same-old, same-old. Downton Drabbey. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 23, 2013
92% Orphan Black: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "It's...smart, sometimes funny, stylish to look at, and intriguing enough to persevere with. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 23, 2013
56% Treasure Island (2012) "They've changed it, not just unnecessarily but unquestionably for the worse, and that's a travesty. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 14, 2013
100% Family Guy: Season 11 (TV, 2012-2013) "So jam-packed with lols I enjoyed it as much the second time. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 21, 2013
76% Family Tree: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "It simply isn't very good. It's not bad, it's just kind of all right. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 18, 2013
76% Ray Donovan: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "It's well packed, it's tight, it's fast, and I can see that it wouldn't take an awful lot more to get you properly hooked. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 17, 2013
78% The White Queen: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "Mmmm, steamy. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 17, 2013
90% The Americans: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "It works, once you've figured out what the hell is going on. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 2, 2013
No Score Yet Case Histories: Season 2 (TV, 2013) "Cluttered doesn't begin to describe it. It's like the home of one of those hoarders Channel 4 likes, where it's impossible to see what's what, or know what to focus on. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 19, 2013
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