HitFix

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 59%

A to Z: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The best thing A to Z has going for it are leads. They're bright and appealing, whether together or separately. "

Posted Sep 30, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

2 30%

Manhattan Love Story: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" For most of the first two episodes, [Analeigh] Tipton seems like a prisoner of the crummy show around her, while Greek alum [Jake] McDorman has a character no actor could make likable. "

Posted Sep 30, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

3 100%

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" It just felt so pleasing to have this show back. Hell, I was just glad to have the opening credits sequence back. "

Posted Sep 29, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

4 25%

Bad Judge: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Bad Judge has been noted into oblivion. She's [Kate Walsh] no longer quite so bad, but she's also not anything else. She's just... there. "

Posted Sep 29, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

5 46%

Selfie: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Eliza is such a broad caricature of everything Kapnek finds annoying about social media that she's unbearable -- and not just to the other characters on the show. "

Posted Sep 29, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

6 87%

Gone Girl (2014)

"Casting Affleck as Nick is a master stroke, and Affleck gives one of his smartest, most nuanced performances in the role."

Posted Sep 29, 2014

Drew McWeeny

7 84%

How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Viola Davis is a star, and it's long overdue that she got to frontline a show like this. It'd be a shame if that show winds up underusing her because it didn't trust that she'd be enough through the sheer brute force of her personality. "

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

8 98%

Transparent: Season One (TV, 2014)

" I think Amazon executives know that Transparent" is that good -- it's the best new TV show debuting anywhere this fall, by a long stretch. They're throwing down a gauntlet and saying, "This is us. Not bad, eh?" "

Posted Sep 25, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

9 85%

black-ish: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There are other shows this fall that made me laugh louder and more often (even if not always at moments designed for laughter), but Black-ish arrives as a comedy that knows what it's about, and how it wants to be about it in a very smart way. "

Posted Sep 23, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

10 36%

Scorpion: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There are shows this fall that I expect to be much better in the long run than Scorpion, but there aren't many pilots I ultimately enjoyed more -- I even genuinely pumped my fist at one point. "

Posted Sep 23, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

11 64%

NCIS: New Orleans: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The pilot leans cartoonishly on the local color -- it takes only until the third scene for Bakula to mention his gumbo -- to make sure we understand how things are different down in the Tremé (and adjacent neighborhoods). "

Posted Sep 23, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

12 56%

Forever: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's all fairly disposable. "

Posted Sep 23, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

13 81%

Bad Turn Worse (2013)

"More than anything, this is a great showcase for what the Hawkins brothers can do on a very tight budget."

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Drew McWeeny

14 91%

Gotham: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The pilot itself is among the best you'll see this fall. It looks great, the two leads have instant chemistry, and everything hums along nicely as a slightly larger-than-life crime saga. "

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

15 66%

Madam Secretary: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The problem is that Madam Secretary, at least through its first three episodes, is a pretty clunky enterprise. "

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

16 33%

Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014)

"Hector and the Search For Happiness may not unlock all of the secrets of the universe, but it does offer a welcome glimpse at how important the search is for all of us."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Drew McWeeny

17 100%

New Girl: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" Liz Meriwether said one of the goals for getting the show back on track would be to simplify the storytelling and put her characters in position to be funny as often as possible. "The Last Wedding" is a strong example of that approach at work. "

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

18 59%

Red Band Society: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There can be very good days in there, and I have hope that Red Band Society can find a way to diagnose its strengths and weaknesses and adjust accordingly. "

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

19 78%

The Mindy Project: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" But the core of the show is Mindy and Danny more than ever before and the premiere suggested that core is enough to carry the show as a whole as it continues its never-ending tinkering around the margins. "

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

20 23%

The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" With a show as loaded with lazy cop tropes as The Mysteries of Laura, it's tempting to bust out a few TV critic clichés in kind. Maybe I could suggest that the series is in the running for the best new fall show of 1984. "

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

21 62%

The Maze Runner (2014)

"I just wish it didn't feel like it had been made with a checklist open next to it, each box ticked, because storytelling should always trump franchise management, no matter how nimble."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Drew McWeeny

22 100%

Beyond the Lights (2014)

"Bythewood has purposely taken on an almost impossible scenario and made it something special."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Gregory Ellwood

23 100%

Top Five (2014)

"Happily, at the ripe young age of 49, Rock has hit a career high with his new film Top Five."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Gregory Ellwood

24 82%

Nightcrawler (2014)

"There's not an ounce of fat on the film. It gets in, it tells the story as well as it possibly can, and it cuts out perfectly."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Drew McWeeny

25 44%

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

"... an audience-friendly white people's problems movie with an absolutely spot-on cast making the most of the material."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Drew McWeeny

26 46%

Men, Women & Children (2014)

"The reason why "Children" can be captivating at times, though, is its impressive ensemble. Elgort is the real standout here."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Gregory Ellwood

27 88%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 (TV, 2014)

" In any era, and any location, Tim Van Patten continues to shoot the hell out of this show, and I liked seeing the transitions...from present to past. "

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

28 61%

The Equalizer (2014)

"... a dull film, and when you're making a giant action movie franchise about a former intelligence agent... dull seems like just about the worst thing it could be."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Drew McWeeny

29 50%

The Judge (2014)

"... ['The Judge'] features more endings than "Return Of The King," and it feels like a movie the younger, rowdier Robert Downey Jr. would have made fun of mercilessly."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Drew McWeeny

30 85%

The Imitation Game (2014)

"Cumberbatch does a wonderful job bringing this characterization to life and it's often his performance that overcomes some of the film's melodramatic tendencies."

Posted Sep 3, 2014

Gregory Ellwood

31 78%

The Cosmopolitans: Season One (TV, 2014)

" There's wry banter and a fantastic sense of place. I like Stillman's work enough (and am glad to see Brody in a regular series again) that I'll watch more if Amazon orders this to series. "

Posted Sep 2, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

32 72%

The Boxtrolls (2014)

"It's unlikely to become a cultural juggernaut on the level of something like Frozen, but I think it is as enjoyable."

Posted Sep 2, 2014

Catherine Bray

33 100%

Red Army (2015)

"There is some genuinely emotional material here, and like the very best sports documentaries, this uses the sports story to discuss society, human behavior, politics, and modern history."

Posted Sep 2, 2014

Drew McWeeny

34 44%

The Killing: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" Season 4 amps up the misery, assuming that it's inherently the same as profundity. Bleakness doesn't inherently make something deep and compelling, especially not when your central character isn't well-drawn enough to support all this unhappiness. "

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

35 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"To be clear, I think this new chapter in the series also has some weird issues, but it does indeed feel like each time they make one of these, they get closer to getting it right."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Drew McWeeny

36 56%

Legends: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Legends opens with Martin wrapping up a six-month assignment, but after that, the structure seems to be for him to assume and discard identities in rapid order in a way that removes much of the intrigue and emotional danger of the premise. "

Posted Aug 13, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

37 90%

Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It knows the stories it wants to tell and the strongest way to tell them. "

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

38 87%

The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" In a time of abundant greatness, it is very good - and gorgeously shot - but it's not as revolutionary as the men and women whose work it depicts. "

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

39 90%

The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)

" It wants to yield a difficult yarn and it does, but it also wants to make sure you don't fall behind so that when you're guessing, you're puzzled by the things Blick wants you guessing, not by broader things. "

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Dan Fienberg

40 56%

Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)

""Sharknado" was far from the most amateurish of the Syfy originals, but it had a "Let's put on a show" roughness. "Sharknado 2" at times threatens to look like a real movie."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Dan Fienberg

41 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"What's safe to say is that 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' is the most charming Marvel movie so far."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Drew McWeeny

42 5%

Paranoia (2013)

"Paranoia is professional in every way, but there's no pulse to it. It is entirely adequate, livened up only by a few supporting turns."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Drew McWeeny

43 89%

Manhattan: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The opening scene is gorgeous, and his style blends perfectly in with the period. There are many scenes of characters walking and talking, but also sequences that are extremely tense, or surprising, or strange, simply for the way Schlamme shoots them. "

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

44 82%

Satisfaction: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Satisfaction feels like a misguided bid to get into the prestige drama business, only without a clear vision beyond the idea of doing away with the formula. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

45 39%

Rush: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It has [a clear] sense of what it is and what it's good at, even if it's not one I imagine I'll watch frequently. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

46 56%

Married: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The whole thing is every bit as joyless, airless and uncomfortable as the marriage it's depicting -- a show filled with miserable, unlikeable characters that doesn't provide them with writing remotely sharp enough to compensate. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

47 79%

You're the Worst: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" This one, at least, has the potential to be something more than it is at the moment. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

48 87%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 3 (TV, 2012)

" That's Boardwalk Empire. It may not have the mystery or emotional depth of The Sopranos, but it lays out its story and makes sure all the pieces fit together very, very well at the end. And when you get to the end, that can feel awfully satisfying. "

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

49 97%

Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Masters of Sex has much more on its mind than simply the tumultuous relationship between its two famous central characters. But if it just had those two, it would still be among the best things you could watch on television this summer. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Alan Sepinwall