Tom Conroy

Tom Conroy

Agrees with the Tomatometer 25% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
50% The Casual Vacancy: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Much of the subject matter - social climbing, sexual dysfunction, overweening ambition - is usually the stuff of comedy. But Rowling's sympathy with the characters means that we rarely laugh at them and usually suffer with them. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Apr 28, 2015
31% Happyish: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " We're left with a funny, original comedy - not enough to counter the absurdity of life but probably enough to make us forget it for a half hour. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Apr 28, 2015
33% Tatau: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " The tropical scenery and the convincing portrayal of beach-bum life are pleasantly diverting. Perhaps they signal that Tatau is meant to be enjoyed like a vacation: We should have as much fun as possible and let the important stuff slide. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Apr 20, 2015
No Score Yet Cedric's Barber Battle: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Cedric's Barber Battle could probably cut the jokes without losing anything, but The CW could probably cut Cedric's Barber Battle without losing anything either. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Apr 20, 2015
No Score Yet Polka Kings: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " It wouldn't be surprising if the band doesn't exist at all. But if the entire show were that fake, it would be funnier, right? " ‐ Media Life
Posted Apr 13, 2015
98% Marvel's Daredevil: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Marvel's Daredevil gets the balance right. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Apr 13, 2015
100% Banana: Series 1 (TV, 2015) " Straight viewers might find themselves hooked on a Logo show for the first time. Folk are queer that way. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Apr 13, 2015
90% Cucumber: Series 1 (TV, 2015) " The actors live up to the writing. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Apr 13, 2015
58% The Comedians: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " By giving it their all, the old pro and the young pro generally make The Comedians funnier and more engaging than the premise would suggest. That's showbiz! " ‐ Media Life
Posted Apr 7, 2015
No Score Yet Your Family or Mine: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Given the choice between Your Family or Mine and not Your Family or Mine, most of us will choose the latter. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Apr 7, 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " You can't come this late to the game with nothing new. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Apr 6, 2015
40% The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " If we're misreading the show's intentions and we should be treating it as a drama, we should point out that it isn't mysterious and spooky either. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Apr 2, 2015
55% American Odyssey: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Judged by a lower standard, the series is an average broadcast action drama. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Apr 2, 2015
58% A.D. The Bible Continues: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " The padding can only get worse as the miniseries goes on. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Mar 30, 2015
No Score Yet Olympus: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " This sort of show makes one nostalgic for the herky-jerky monsters created by Ray Harryhausen for sunny, straightforward movies like Jason and the Argonauts and the original Clash of the Titans. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Mar 30, 2015
33% The Dovekeepers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " In the end, The Dovekeepers has too many mixed messages but not enough of a point. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Mar 30, 2015
42% Weird Loners: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " More often than not, the clich├ęd characters drag the action down. There's enough real weirdness out there. Why do TV shows keep faking it? " ‐ Media Life
Posted Mar 30, 2015
96% Younger: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " If we want to enjoy a sitcom, we often have to ignore a few wrinkles. Even if we squint, Younger just has a few too many. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Mar 24, 2015
73% Big Time in Hollywood, FL: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " The boys' stupidity and Jack's sociopathic selfishness grow tiresome. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Mar 24, 2015
No Score Yet Neighbors With Benefits: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " When the shock wears off, most viewers will remember that they're already committed to series with which they have much more satisfying and meaningful relationships, and they won't stray toward Neighbors With Benefits again. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Mar 24, 2015
74% Bloodline: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Even without a murder, the characters would be interesting enough to keep us watching. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Mar 19, 2015
18% One Big Happy: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Although Ellen DeGeneres is an executive producer of the show, her influence is undetectable. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Mar 18, 2015
91% iZombie: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " It even uses comic-book-style illustrations and graphics at the start of some scenes. But one can enjoy this show without channeling one's inner fanboy. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Mar 18, 2015
28% The Royals: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " The show leaves the impression that the writers have never met a British royal or aristocrat and have never seen how a ruling class rules. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Mar 18, 2015
94% Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Though we're all trapped in that pop-culture cage, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt rattles it hilariously. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Mar 10, 2015
66% The Returned (US): Season 1 (TV, 2015) " It needs either to be more eerie and otherworldly or to address the social and psychological consequences of its premise squarely. As is, it isn't sufficiently dead or alive. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Mar 6, 2015
95% American Crime: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " The cast deserves one of those ensemble SAG Awards. Viewers' favorites will likely depend on their own life experience, but Felicity Huffman and Caitlin Gerard are particularly good at portraying their often infuriating characters. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Mar 6, 2015
30% Dig: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " When a show keeps settling for ready-made tropes, that's a bad omen. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Mar 4, 2015
35% CSI: Cyber: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " CSI: Cyber makes the formula work once again. Fans of the genre will be satisfyingly riled by the crime but sufficiently calmed down by the resolution that they can sleep soundly when the episode ends. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Mar 2, 2015
84% The Last Man on Earth: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " The Last Man on Earth approaches issues like loneliness and the need for a human connection but then pulls back hilariously. Too often, TV shows that take risks also take some effort on the viewer's part to enjoy. This one is just fun. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Feb 27, 2015
36% Secrets and Lies: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Since the plot and some of the other performances are sufficiently compelling to pique our interest, Secrets and Lies is worth sampling for a few episodes. But if it doesn't get stronger at its center, viewers are going to drift away. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Feb 26, 2015
70% The Jack and Triumph Show: Season One (TV, 2015) " Is it fair for a comedy to mock others for milking an old act when the comedy itself is milking an old act? Probably not, but it can be funny. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Feb 25, 2015
95% Battle Creek: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Battle Creek might be able to survive on the strengths of its two charismatic lead actors, but the perfunctory mystery in the premiere suggests that the lack of creativity will do them in. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Feb 25, 2015
No Score Yet Kosher Soul: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " The subject matter- a racially and religiously mixed marriage-€” is relatively fresh, and the show's light, jokey approach is inoffensive and occasionally amusing. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Feb 24, 2015
24% The Odd Couple: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " As it turns out, Perry is fine as Oscar, but the show is only intermittently funny. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Feb 16, 2015
72% Bosch: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) " There must have been something in the books that got lost in adaptation. Never having read them, we can't say that Bosch was botched, but it could have been better. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Feb 12, 2015
67% The Slap: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " NBC's new version of The Slap is a worthy substitute, with a strong cast and a vivid script that preserves the virtues of the original while sharpening the issues and drama for stateside viewers. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Feb 11, 2015
50% Schitt's Creek: Season One (TV, 2015) " After a few episodes, viewers could stop expecting Schitt's Creek to have a point or a direction and thus could get a few chuckles out of it, but most viewers won't get past the first episode. It's too hard to watch a show float around without a paddle. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Feb 9, 2015
93% The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " To be truly judged, The Jinx has to be watched in its entirety. But the first two episodes earn it the benefit of the doubt. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Feb 9, 2015
100% Better Call Saul: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Fans of Breaking Bad will be pleased to hear that AMC's new prequel to that show, Better Call Saul, is a Frasier. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Feb 9, 2015
47% Allegiance: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " For the foreseeable future, the family drama will dominate Allegiance. Unfortunately, the sleepers are a bit of a snooze. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Feb 4, 2015
90% Fresh Off the Boat: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The writers find the common humanity in the ethnic particularities, eliciting a few laughs and smiles along the way. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Feb 3, 2015
88% Fortitude: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " What we're most likely to get from Fortitude is simpler: a good, well-told mystery. That's another way to get through those long, cold winter nights. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Jan 29, 2015
58% Sons of Liberty: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " History probably could have drawn just as big an audience with Sam Adams: Vampire Hunter. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Jan 23, 2015
No Score Yet Nightwatch: Seaon 1 (TV, 2015) " When most viewers see documentary footage with flashing lights and sirens, they change the channel. They should give Nightwatch a chance. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Jan 21, 2015
35% Backstrom: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " On Backstrom, neither the character-driven byplay nor the mystery-driven suspense is award worthy, but together they kill an hour pleasantly. Is that a crime? " ‐ Media Life
Posted Jan 21, 2015
61% 12 Monkeys: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " 12 Monkeys, like much classic science fiction, is aiming for our intellect, not our emotions. Genre fans are advised to geek out while the geeking is good. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Jan 15, 2015
81% Man Seeking Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Man Seeking Women is hilarious because it's both sweet and crude. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Jan 14, 2015
75% Babylon: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The slow transition of Babylon from comedy to drama makes the series itself something of a public-relations problem. Fortunately, we don't need to spin or label it, other than to say that it's good. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Jan 9, 2015
92% Togetherness: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " The series has a sharp take on the anxieties of being in one's late '30s. " ‐ Media Life
Posted Jan 9, 2015
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