Willa Paskin

Willa Paskin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Publications:
Salon.com , Slate
Total Reviews:
151

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
100% Orphan Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " There is not a better performance-magic trick?-on television right now than watching Maslany break herself into a multitude that's learning it might be one. " — Slate
Posted Apr 18, 2014
98% Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " All of these characters and all of these stories frequently add up to something handsome, funny, and weird. But Fargo is missing the spark of originality that would make it great. " — Slate
Posted Apr 15, 2014
48% Turn: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Instead, I'll turn the channel to HBO's Game of Thrones, a show about a fictional rebellion with more at stake than the creators of Turn can locate in a real one. " — Slate
Posted Apr 7, 2014
96% Silicon Valley: Season 1 " Mike Judge's sharp, very funny new HBO comedy Silicon Valley, about the absurdities of startup culture, feels like a satire. " — Slate
Posted Apr 4, 2014
66% Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " I liked Doll & Em quite a bit, in no small part because it is a very reliable deliverer of certain genre pleasures. " — Slate
Posted Mar 19, 2014
61% Crisis: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Sometimes the only way to save a stupid TV show is to make it more stupid. This, anyway, is my note to the creators of Crisis. " — Slate
Posted Mar 17, 2014
77% Veronica Mars (2014) " I don't know how much money Veronica Mars will make, or how much money it has to make to be deemed a success, but as means of fan-satisfaction it is a needle to a major vein." — Slate
Posted Mar 13, 2014
38% Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The lack of clarity didn't leave me eager to find out more. " — Slate
Posted Mar 10, 2014
52% Resurrection: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Ideally, shows should be judged on their own terms-but The Returned is Resurrection's own terms. It is everything that Resurrection could be, and is not quite. " — Slate
Posted Mar 7, 2014
100% Hannibal: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Somehow it has become an engrossing, psychologically dense show that is also visually stunning. Hannibal is the kind of gem seldom found on network TV. " — Slate
Posted Feb 26, 2014
97% The Americans: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " It is a kicky, swift-moving ride that uses its double agent protagonists to explore the divided loyalties and self-delusions that plague all humans, not just extremely attractive and bad-ass Soviet spies. " — Slate
Posted Feb 24, 2014
88% House of Cards: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Harping on the outlandish and silly mechanics of House of Cards' political plots feels like taking it in the wrong spirit. " — Slate
Posted Feb 13, 2014
57% Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " This makes for an action-packed, boudoir-filled miniseries that incidentally enervates Fleming's imagination. " — Slate
Posted Jan 29, 2014
95% Broad City: Season 1 " Broad City's Ilana Glazer, one of the show's two stars, makes IDGAF look both easy and fun, a kind of ecstatic, contagious IDGAF! " — Slate
Posted Jan 23, 2014
66% Rake: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The title of the show is not a pun, just a reference to its leading man's alleged personality. Unfortunately, that leading man is played by Greg Kinnear. " — Slate
Posted Jan 23, 2014
97% Sherlock: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " The third season is looser, funnier, more emotional and also significantly less logical than what has come before. " — Slate
Posted Jan 17, 2014
89% Looking: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " If representation is important, Looking is doing some important representing. But what elevates Looking above being a "symbol of serious progress," is that it is not content to be just that. " — Slate
Posted Jan 17, 2014
47% Flowers in the Attic (2014) " Flowers in the Attic acts as if it is just another life-affirming Lifetime movie about surviving terrible situations. " — Slate
Posted Jan 16, 2014
81% The Spoils of Babylon: Season 1 " The Spoils of Babylon is both a loving and completely silly send-up of a certain sort of dead-serious period piece, full of bad acting, over-the-top twists, and a swelling score. " — Slate
Posted Jan 9, 2014
89% Girls: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " Girls has come a long way: It's the sharpest show out there about the self-justifications of the self-obsessed and the immense power even of decaying friendships. That's the price Girls paid for beating the haters at their own game: It learned to hate. " — Slate
Posted Jan 9, 2014
87% True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014) " There is something invigorating about watching a show this searching. Its mood, its details, its performances, its genre pleasures are so exacting and exceptional that it can be fearlessly eggheady. " — Slate
Posted Jan 9, 2014
100% Justified: Season 5 (TV, 2014) " Justified is slumming it: not nearly as sharp or rich as it has been or could be, but still much more clever and enjoyable than its procedural peers. It's begging to be graded on a curve, when it should be setting it. " — Slate
Posted Jan 8, 2014
69% Downton Abbey: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " The inhabitants of Downton, at their core, remain almost exactly as first written. Some of the characters were initially conceived with complexity. " — Slate
Posted Jan 8, 2014
92% Community: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2014) " The first three episodes of the new season contain no genre-bending, just some light meta-commentary about Community's resemblance to the final season of Scrubs and a heavy dose of pathos. " — Salon.com
Posted Jan 2, 2014
43% 1600 Penn: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " 1600 Penn is ostensibly a comedy, but it has those early-days-of-a-sitcom symptoms, where one recognizes a situation on-screen as amusing, but has no corresponding impulse to laugh. " — Salon.com
Posted Dec 17, 2013
61% Bonnie & Clyde: Season 1 " It's an uninspired melding of Lifetime movie and biopic, with none of the virtues of a Lifetime movie (not campy enough) and none of the virtues of a biopic (it is egregiously fictionalized). " — Slate
Posted Dec 6, 2013
65% Mob City: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " I don't want to give the impression that Mob City is a great noir. It's just adequate, but adequate noir can really enliven an otherwise tedious gangster story. " — Slate
Posted Dec 4, 2013
72% Getting On: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " It's almost as impossible to believe, without seeing it, that such a show could be both very funny and occasionally uplifting without ever resorting to cheap sentimentality. But it is. " — Slate
Posted Nov 22, 2013
72% Alpha House: Season 1 " Alpha House may be Amazon's first original program, but it doesn't feel all that original. " — Slate
Posted Nov 15, 2013
82% The Blacklist: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The Blacklist is both utterly shameless and, in its way, genuinely (if cynically) sophisticated. " — Slate
Posted Nov 4, 2013
100% The Returned: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " If a subtitled show is bad, you'll turn it off, but if it's good, it envelops you more swiftly and wholly than the very good show in English you check your email while watching. The Returned is very good. Let it have your brains. " — Slate
Posted Nov 1, 2013
52% Dracula: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " A Dracula on NBC is never going to be as dark or sexual or violent as it could be were it on cable: If it would just stop trying, it might be the last vampire show worth watching. " — Slate
Posted Oct 25, 2013
100% MasterChef Junior: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The best competition show on television stars 11-year-olds. " — Slate
Posted Oct 22, 2013
81% American Horror Story: Coven (TV, 2013-2014) " Whatever else happens in the new season, Bates and Lange will be chewing scenery together. " — Slate
Posted Oct 9, 2013
45% The Tomorrow People: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " The pilot is a pretty shameless rip-off of The Matrix, but without the intriguing virtual reality component. " — Slate
Posted Oct 9, 2013
55% Reign: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " It's a promising premise-at the very least. " — Slate
Posted Oct 9, 2013
46% The Millers: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " The Millers is lowbrow and simpleminded, but it's not the farts' fault. " — Slate
Posted Oct 4, 2013
33% Super Fun Night: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " A gloppy mish-mash of incomplete characterizations, uplifting messages, and fat jokes. " — Slate
Posted Oct 2, 2013
90% Masters of Sex: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " It belongs to a cohort of shows... that noodle on the themes that have so far defined the golden age of TV (masculinity, power, ethics), but with a bunch of new licks. " — Slate
Posted Sep 27, 2013
84% Homeland: Season 3 (TV, 2013) " I hope the rest of the season lives up to the promise of these episodes, but watching Homeland has made me paranoid. " — Slate
Posted Sep 26, 2013
70% The Michael J. Fox Show: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " t looks great, moves along at a clip, has a welcome self-awareness and a surprisingly prickly sense of humor. " — Slate
Posted Sep 25, 2013
86% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " What's that on your TV? Not a bird or a plane, but a canny cash grab. " — Slate
Posted Sep 24, 2013
73% Trophy Wife: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Akerman bumps into things with abandon and just the right glimmer of grace. Her knees knock and her limbs fold up like a newborn colt, learning to walk. But her show, anyway, already has legs. " — Slate
Posted Sep 24, 2013
67% Mom: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " Mom is one of the very few sitcoms on television... to feature characters who are not thoughtlessly affluent. " — Slate
Posted Sep 23, 2013
39% Two and a Half Men: Season 9 (TV, 2011-2012) " Two and a Half Men without Charlie Sheen will soldier on, only moderately less sleazy than before. " — Vulture
Posted Sep 17, 2013
88% Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " What Brooklyn Nine-Nine has, unlike many of the other new fall comedies, is intelligent design. " — Slate
Posted Sep 17, 2013
0% Dads: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " Dads, a show about two annoying grown men's extremely fraught and contentious relationships with their two unbearable fathers, is sourer than fermented lemonade, and that's before it turns acrid with the taste of casual racism. " — Slate
Posted Sep 16, 2013
93% Top of the Lake: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Top of the Lake, like the best crime series, is about so much more than solving a crime. " — Salon.com
Posted Sep 13, 2013
65% Derek: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Derek... swiftly tracks a course from sweet to cloying to sugar coma. " — Slate
Posted Sep 11, 2013
65% Vegas: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " Vegas is willing to go pretty far to commit to its setting and themes, but not all the way. " — Salon.com
Posted Sep 9, 2013
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