Sarah Rodman

Sarah Rodman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 89% of the time.

Publications:
Boston Globe , Boston Herald
Total Reviews:
65

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
87% The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The horror-disaster-supernatural mashup thriller... is creepily captivating but most assuredly not for the squeamish, or for nervous fliers. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 11, 2014
83% Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " All [cast members] do a good enough job in the first episode with a tantalizing premise - and lot of grade A special effects - to make Extant worth checking out before it becomes extinct. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 11, 2014
62% Under the Dome: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " For those who hung in, and may be considering heading back Under, there are glimmers of hope for season two. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 30, 2014
46% Reckless: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Reckless is executed competently enough, with everyone holding up his or her end of the bargain by being hot and trying to enliven the routine premises " — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 27, 2014
69% Mystery Girls: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " There are certainly a few nostalgic laughs to be had in the pilot. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 25, 2014
57% Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Given the executive producers' resumes... and the stronger moments of the pilot, Tyrant" is worth a chance. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 24, 2014
41% Gang Related: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Gang Related... offers up what feels like the dregs from the same pan in which many, many cop show predecessors, both better and worse, have been cooked up, including more intense series like The Shield or The Wire. " — Boston Globe
Posted May 22, 2014
31% Rosemary's Baby: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " If viewers are meant to be reminded of the evils within or to be wary of the seductive power of making Faustian bargains as a shortcut to success, well, here's a tip: Resist the temptation to see this "Baby." " — Boston Globe
Posted May 12, 2014
84% 24: Live Another Day (TV, 2014) " The first two episodes are a welcome invitation to the same old song and dance, but everyone involved will need to freshen up the choreography. " — Boston Globe
Posted May 5, 2014
98% Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " Each of the actors rises to that challenge, whether playing opposite one person or a multitude of extras. " — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 7, 2014
68% Surviving Jack: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Even though Surviving Jack could use a few tweaks, Christopher Meloni wears the part of Jack Dunlevy on the new Fox sitcom like a suit perfectly tailored to his imposing frame. " — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 28, 2014
64% Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " There are definite laughs and tears to be wrung from Doll & Em, but the actresses' own inherent likability and warmth toward each other, oddly enough work against the premise. " — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 18, 2014
65% The Red Road: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Based on the first few episodes, it may be a path worth traveling down. " — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 4, 2014
84% True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Everything about the fraught situation is deftly captured by the actors: the awkward silences, the flash flare-ups, the comic moments and inside jokes that happen over time in spite of friction, the solidarity in the face of a common problem. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 10, 2014
85% Enlisted: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Between the silly and sweet of the hijinks the writers weave a couple of serious threads about the grim realities associated with the military life, including loved ones left at home and the issues faced by returning soldiers. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 10, 2014
69% Downton Abbey: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " The engrossing two-hour premiere reminds us of where we left off... and sets the table for where the season is going as modern times continue to encroach on old traditions. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 7, 2014
92% Community: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2014) " As a charter member of this particular church choir, there are enough laughs and positive character choice signposts to have faith in Harmon returning to the altar. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 2, 2014
43% 1600 Penn: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " The series does not focus on politics, but rather how public figures struggle with private issues. " — Boston Globe
Posted Dec 17, 2013
65% Mob City: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " It may tell an ugly tale, but Mob City is gorgeous. " — Boston Globe
Posted Dec 4, 2013
69% Almost Human: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " The pilot episode at least, balances that sense of dread with intrigue, humor, and emotion. " — Boston Globe
Posted Nov 18, 2013
56% Reign: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " It's hard to know where to begin describing the many ways in which Reign falls flat in its attempt to sex up history for its demo, which deserves better than this. " — Boston Globe
Posted Oct 17, 2013
65% Vegas: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " With so many exciting elements - top-notch cast, setting, and writer, not to mention a fantastic-looking re-creation of the old strip - why does Vegas feel so dull? " — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 9, 2013
13% The Bible: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The Bible takes a familiarly earnest and plodding approach with a lot of overwrought acting by a cast of a thousand accents. " — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 28, 2013
78% Downton Abbey: Season 3 (TV, 2012) " It is by turns high-minded and lowbrow, hilarious and heartbreaking, and filled with heartfelt performances by actors who are clearly enjoying not only digging into their characters but playing off of one another. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 6, 2013
86% Arrow: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " Arrow isn't quite a bullseye on its first shot, but it hits the target. " — Boston Globe
Posted Oct 10, 2012
71% Veep: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Ruling this particular office space is veteran comic actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer, who is firing on all of her Emmy-winning cylinders. " — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 25, 2012
65% Game Change (2013) " A compelling, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant dramatization of the behind-the-scenes machinations of the Republican side of the 2008 presidential campaign that is unlikely to sway already entrenched opinions on both sides." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 3, 2012
100% Breaking Bad: Season 5 (TV, 2012-2013) " The creeping sense of dread has been part of what has made Breaking Bad so engrossing. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 15, 2012
21% Anger Management: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " If the series was actually a disaster, that might at least be captivating, but as is, "Anger Management" is just an average sitcom with a few good laugh lines here and there. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 28, 2012
46% The Newsroom: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " It is a behind-the-scenes look at an interesting, hectic professional environment with a strong ensemble cast who must navigate gushing waterfalls of dialogue. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 24, 2012
3/4 —— Cure For Pain: The Mark Sandman Story (2012) " "Cure for Pain" is a loving and candid look at Sandman's life and artistry." — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 21, 2012
57% Dallas: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " The J.R. one-liners tend to satisfy, but everything else is boilerplate, which hampers the younger cast. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 13, 2012
95% Girls: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Ties the grimaces and grins together with a comedic sensibility that allows you to see these characters as they are with all their irritating and contradictory behavior, but still root for them as they feel their way into adulthood. " — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 15, 2012
91% Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Unlike some of the more uneven odd-couple series that have premiered in recent years, Apartment 23 could turn into a trustworthy address for laughs. " — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 11, 2012
89% Scandal: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " It's a satisfying, fast-paced, well-acted hour with flashes of humor. " — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 5, 2012
53% Magic City: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " There is plenty of nudity as well as adult language and sex, but it all feels genuinely organic to the world of the show. " — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 30, 2012
97% Mad Men: Season 5 (TV, 2012) " After such a long wait, it feels like a luxury to have the whole season to find out just how a change is gonna come. " — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 25, 2012
64% Touch: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " There is a sense of adventure and uplift in Touch that is rare in current procedurals. " — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 22, 2012
43% Missing: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " It may not be groundbreaking, but for Judd fans, Missing isn't the worst way to lose an hour. " — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 15, 2012
45% GCB: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Tonally it's as though they're all in a different show - moving from drama to camp to soap to sitcom. " — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 4, 2012
81% Awake: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " When I got the screener that contained the first four episodes, I gobbled them all up in almost one sitting. " — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 1, 2012
60% The River: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " The creators deserve credit for one thing: There is nothing that looks like this show on television right now. " — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 7, 2012
57% The Finder: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Fans of quirky procedurals will likely find "The Finder'' a dependable way to lose an hour. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 20, 2012
19% Are You There, Chelsea?: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " The whole affair is less cuttingly comic than Handler actually is. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 11, 2012
41% The Firm: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " The cast is a major factor in drumming up interest in what happens next. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 8, 2012
100% Downton Abbey: Season 2 (TV, 2011) " Viewers are likely to be reaching for the tissue box more often on this go 'round. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 8, 2012
55% House of Lies: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " This House' is mostly built on Cheadle's shoulders and the actor appears sturdy and engaged. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 8, 2012
100% Portlandia: Season 2 (TV, 2012) " Portlandia can be howlingly funny when it hits its targets head-on and adds an element of surprise. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 6, 2012
5% Work It: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " In addition to ethnic stereotyping there are cheap, lazily constructed jokes about women taking over the workforce resulting in a "mancession,'' the apparent indignity of a man grocery shopping for his family. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 3, 2012
50% Angry Boys: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Crassness, poignancy, social commentary - is a hard one to master, and Lilley doesn't always succeed in tying them together in a way that is funny beyond the amusing cringe of recognition. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 1, 2012
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