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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 66%

Rake: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Unlike the many criminals and cads that have come through cable television over the last several years, Rake's protagonist lacks the appropriate edge to create compelling or amusing drama. "

Posted Jan 27, 2014

Jessica Johnson

2 95%

Broad City: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There's plenty of promise here, but the show still appears to be feeling its way about. "

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Jessica Johnson

3 89%

Looking: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's refreshing that Looking offers a view of the young, gay lifestyle that isn't set in the midst of the AIDS crisis or focused primarily on the experience of coming out. "

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Jessica Johnson

4 ——

Suburgatory: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" Full of charm and wit, Suburgatory is still one of ABC's best kept secrets. "

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Jessica Johnson

5 29%

Chozen: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" What could have been an ambitious comedy succumbs to plays for cheap laughs. "

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Jessica Johnson

6 42%

Bitten: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Bitten is packed with angst and soapy drama, but not a lot of pleasure. "

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Jessica Johnson

7 100%

Archer: Season 5 (TV, 2014)

" Packed with its usual share of action and comedy, Archer's refresh injects some welcome energy into the adrenaline-fueled animated series as it continues to be one of the funniest shows on TV. "

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Jessica Johnson

8 89%

Girls: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" While the new season isn't quite as daring as the last, these first six episodes may be the funniest Girls has ever been. "

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Jessica Johnson

9 ——

House of Lies: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" Aside from the unclean feeling felt by entering into this world, House of Lies faces one other great problem: It's just not that funny. "

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Jessica Johnson

10 100%

Shameless: Season 04 (TV, 2014)

" Even shrouded in darkness, they're still a joy to watch. "

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Jessica Johnson

11 84%

True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" True Detective is a fascinating portrait of two broken men that offers its lead actors an amazing opportunity to showcase their talents. "

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Jessica Johnson

12 85%

Enlisted: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's a surprisingly touching and layered comedy that's wildly entertaining. "

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Jessica Johnson

13 81%

Helix: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" On the surface, Helix has all the makings of an intense, nail-biting thriller, with each episode representing a single day of in-universe time, but the execution of these ideas totally face-plants. "

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Jessica Johnson

14 36%

Intelligence: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The series seems like it's been cobbled together from pieces of other shows and movies and resulting product is not equal to the sum of its parts. "

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Jessica Johnson

15 57%

Chicago PD: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" While it may borrow heavily from some of the gritty cable dramas that have come before, Chicago PD is a surprisingly well done cop drama that builds upon Dick Wolf's large stable of procedurals. "

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Jessica Johnson

16 29%

Killer Women: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The show comes of as painfully unoriginal and dated. "

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Jessica Johnson

17 ——

Cougar Town: Season 5 (TV, 2014)

" Like a warm blanket, it's nice to cozy up to this show once again. "

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Jessica Johnson

18 96%

Justified: Season 5 (TV, 2014)

" A major joy of Justified as it gets older is watching it sit back and celebrate the large ensemble of colorful characters it's built up over the years. "

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Jessica Johnson

19 56%

The Assets: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The Assets might have passed as merely boring, but following on the heels of FX's riveting Cold War series The Americans, it is hopelessly feeble. "

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Jessica Johnson

20 92%

Community: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2014)

" If you were anxious for Community to return to form, then you will be very satisfied. It's nice to have you back, Greendale. "

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Jessica Johnson

21 100%

Sound City (2013)

"When getting into the nitty-gritty of tapes and tracks, Grohl makes a strong case for music docs directed by musicians."

Posted Dec 16, 2013

A.A. Dowd

22 65%

Mob City: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Filled with scenes of characters speaking in hushed tones over long cigarette drags in dimly lit rooms, Mob City has the film-noir style down pat. "

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Jessica Johnson

23 71%

The Motel Life (2013)

"This debut film does establish a fragile mood that lingers like a morning fog."

Posted Dec 2, 2013

Sam Adams

24 69%

Almost Human: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The show has some blind spots but Ealy and Urban lift Almost Human out of mediocrity and elevate it to solid popcorn entertainment. "

Posted Nov 18, 2013

Jessica Johnson

25 89%

White Reindeer (2013)

"I's a rare Christmas movie whose uplift, such as it is, feels earned."

Posted Nov 18, 2013

Ben Kenigsberg

26 77%

4 (Chetyre) (2006)

"Khrzhanovsky and screenwriter Vladimir Sorokin have both the grim ideas and the little sideways winks in perfect equilibrium in the brilliant first half hour of this strange film. The rest of the film is certainly memorable, if increasingly impenetrable."

Posted Nov 5, 2013

Hank Sartin

27 52%

Dracula: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" It's official, folks, vampires are over. With this new interpretation of Bram Stoker's iconic blood-sucker, creator Cole Haddon proves that the undead can be frightfully dull. "

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Jessica Johnson

28 56%

Reign: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" It won't help you pass any history tests, but as a steamy, thrilling soap, Reign is a delectable guilty pleasure. "

Posted Oct 21, 2013

Jessica Johnson

29 59%

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is a disappointment, focusing more on the chintzy tableau of the candy-colored Wonderland than on giving its actors anything interesting to do there. "

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Jessica Johnson

30 77%

Sleepy Hollow: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" While the premise of Sleepy Hollow is campy and quite ridiculous, it's also surprisingly enjoyable to follow it down the rabbit hole of an ever-expanding occult mythology that's sure to provide many monster-of-the-week plotlines. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jessica Johnson

31 0%

Dads: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Dads is a whiny, mean-spirited sitcom about two grown men who spend most of their time blaming their fathers for everything wrong in their lives. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jessica Johnson

32 88%

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" With Brooklyn Nine-Nine, creators Dan Goor and Michael Schur have created a hilariously fun new workplace comedy that just happens to be set in a police department. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jessica Johnson

33 67%

Mom: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Mom's set-up is the stuff of maudlin Lifetime movies, but believe it or not, everything here is played for laughs, generally to great effect. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jessica Johnson

34 57%

Hostages: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The plot of CBS's new thriller Hostages could easily be mistaken for the first act of a box office flop or the opening chapters of an airport paperback. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jessica Johnson

35 82%

The Blacklist: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The Blacklist makes for a fairly cheesy thriller, but in the end, a joyful one. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jessica Johnson

36 56%

The Goldbergs: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Just because something's honest, doesn't mean it's going to make for good television. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jessica Johnson

37 73%

Trophy Wife: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" There's a tremendous energy to Trophy Wife, making it a delightful comedy that's far more wholesome than its title implies. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jessica Johnson

38 29%

Lucky 7: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" With a humongous ensemble, Lucky 7 fails to make any of its characters particularly memorable or interesting. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jessica Johnson

39 52%

Back in the Game: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" There's no denying that Back in the Game is heavy on charm, and feels very at home on the Disney-owned ABC. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jessica Johnson

40 70%

The Michael J. Fox Show: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" While it doesn't yet feel like The Michael J. Fox Show has earned the name of its endearing lead actor, there's enough charisma and humor at the start to make it worth sticking around. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jessica Johnson

41 8%

Betrayal: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" This copycat is lacking in any redeeming qualities. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jessica Johnson

42 90%

Masters of Sex: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Masters of Sex is an incredibly strong show and a lot of that power comes from its immensely talented lead actors. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jessica Johnson

43 4%

We Are Men: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" We Are Men joins the ranks of other recent sitcoms about arrested masculinity, following a foursome that's far more whiny than funny. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jessica Johnson

44 14%

Ironside: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" While Underwood does his best to add bite to the title character, he can't overcome the recycled feel of Ironside. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jessica Johnson

45 22%

Sean Saves the World: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Don't be fooled by the show's overly ambitious title: This series can't save itself, let alone the world. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jessica Johnson

46 42%

Welcome to the Family: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Welcome to the Family finds greater interest in watching its characters scream at each other than in trying to get them to operate as a family. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jessica Johnson

47 46%

The Millers: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" With an incredibly talented cast and a creator who's excelled at family comedy recently, it's surprising that The Millers is such a misfire. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jessica Johnson

48 45%

The Tomorrow People: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" There's no humor or sense of enjoyment in this world and it drags everything down. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jessica Johnson

49 56%

The Originals: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" For die-hard Vampire Diaries fans this could be heaven, but for the uninitiated, it's an exhausting ordeal. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Jessica Johnson

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