TV Guide

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 57%

Legends: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The capers are so predictable in the early going that, when the ubiquitous Zeljko Ivanek shows up as a militia leader, you can't help but roll your eyes, itching for Martin [Sean Bean] to get back to the mystery of who he is. "

Posted Aug 13, 2014

Matt Roush

2 90%

The Wrong Mans: Season 1

" There are times when the series' many twists can be hard to keep track of, but the show's whip-fast pacing is also one of its greatest assets. "

Posted Aug 12, 2014

Sadie Gennis

3 89%

Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" More escapist and pleasurable, Outlander travels the high (or Highlander) road of historical-romantic fantasy in [this] appealing and gorgeously filmed [new series]. "

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Matt Roush

4 86%

The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The Knick is compulsively, crudely riveting, even when your natural instinct is to avert your eyes and demand to be released from this hellhole, stat. "

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Matt Roush

5 88%

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

" In a summer of TV abundance, this demanding and deliberately paced thriller stands apart and above the glut of original programming. With its urgently compelling mysteries and shocking reveals, it's the equal of last summer's brilliant Broadchurch. "

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Matt Roush

6 26%

Gordy (1995)

"Try the other white meat -- Babe." EDIT

Posted Jul 23, 2014

7 100%

The Whole Gritty City ()

"[The film is] part rhapsody, part elegy on those occasions when the dissonance of senseless tragedy undercuts the tuneful exuberance."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Matt Roush

8 39%

Rush: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Like House without heart, Rush wallows in the shallow antiheroics of its title character, a predictable train wreck of a gifted doctor (first in his Harvard class) whose self-destructively addictive tendencies have forced him off the grid in Los Angeles. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Matt Roush

9 56%

Married: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" A grisly wallow in domestic dysfunction that reaches for indie-film cred but collapses under a toxic barrage of bleak vignettes of gamy misery. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Matt Roush

10 77%

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

" A savage snark-fest. This is probably the last I'll ever see of Gretchen and Jimmy. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Matt Roush

11 82%

Satisfaction: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Provocative and sexily surprising, reminiscent at times of HBO's Hung, only more entertaining than depressing, the Trumans' story plays out with a funny-sad poignancy that rings true even when some of the details feel off. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Matt Roush

12 91%

The Sopranos: Season 6 (TV, 2006-2007)

" The Sopranos already breaks every rule in the TV book, with its intoxicating blend of family intrigue, psychological character study, dark humor and raw violence. "

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Matt Roush

13 97%

Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" The psychological richness of Masters of Sex positions it to be a worthy successor to the fast-fading (except in Emmy voters' eyes) Mad Men. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Matt Roush

14 78%

Ray Donovan: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Ray Donovan is a sun-bleached noir and a character actor's paradise. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Matt Roush

15 87%

The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The Strain may not be the most original thrill ride, but it's among the summer's most enjoyable, elevating its genre clichés with a pulp urgency that, like the monster's icky wormy offspring, gets under your skin and stays there. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Matt Roush

16 41%

Working the Engels: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Nothing about Engels works: the tired premise, the strained performances, the empty abyss of silence into which the groaning jokes dissipate. "

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Matt Roush

17 82%

Welcome to Sweden: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Luckily for us, and for the show's distinct sense of place, much of the dialogue spoken by the natives is subtitled, losing none of its wry humor in translation as Emma's family tries to make sense of this sheepish newcomer, and vice versa. "

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Matt Roush

18 83%

Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" While Extant lacks the sort of unforgettable "wow" moment provided by the severed cow in Dome's opener, the new series also seems less likely to lapse irrevocably into silly hysteria. "

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Matt Roush

19 69%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" An uneven yet at times emotionally engrossing series that hasn't quite figured out an appropriate or clear tone to dramatize this mystifying meditation on loss, sustained grief and tested, twisted faith. "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Matt Roush

20 46%

Reckless: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Merely witless, akin to a trashy and disposable beach read that should come with its own sunscreen - or perhaps a wet bar to distract us from the cheesy plotting and cardboard acting. "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Matt Roush

21 100%

Last Tango in Halifax: Season 2 (TV, 2013)

" His chemistry with Anne Reid as Celia, the woman he let get away some 60 years ago, is both delicate and deep, warming the soul. "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Matt Roush

22 80%

Vicious: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Vicious is a creepy, in style and attitude, retro serving of tea and hostility that's unworthy of the talents on board. "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Matt Roush

23 57%

Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The plotting is obvious, the characters broadly and shallowly drawn, and authenticity evaporates the moment you realize everyone in this land is speaking in clipped Faux-rabian British accents like out of some '40s melodrama. "

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Matt Roush

24 50%

The Musketeers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's a little cheesy, but never takes itself very seriously. "

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Matt Roush

25 64%

The Last Ship: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It has the feel of a summer page-turner, sturdy as the title vessel but also just as stodgy. "

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Matt Roush

26 95%

Rectify: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" It's hard not to be moved by Rectify's unique approach to a redemption story, with an aching tenderness cloaked in a suffocating sadness. "

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Matt Roush

27 40%

Dominion: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" An unnecessary sequel to 2010's Legion. "

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Matt Roush

28 83%

Endeavour: Pilot (TV, 2012)

" A treat for the faithful. "

Posted Jun 10, 2014

Matt Roush

29 61%

Crossbones: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" As summer burn-offs go, it's at least more peculiar and memorable than the generic medical drama (The Night Shift) and rom-com (Undateable) NBC introduced earlier this week. "

Posted May 30, 2014

Matt Roush

30 78%

Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" First impression is that Halt is fresh and fraught with calculated promise. "

Posted May 30, 2014

Matt Roush

31 100%

The Wire: Season 4 (TV, 2006)

" The Wire reclaims its place in the top tier of American drama. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Matt Roush

32 93%

The Normal Heart (2014)

"Teeming with anger, sorrow, passion and purpose, this powerful and harrowing movie is part tragic love story in plague times, part agitprop manifesto and tribute to tireless activism."

Posted May 23, 2014

Matt Roush

33 31%

Rosemary's Baby: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The devil made them remake it. What other excuse can there be for NBC's glossy but laborious two-part revisiting of the Ira Levin supernatural classic Rosemary's Baby? "

Posted May 9, 2014

Matt Roush

34 79%

Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The casting is uneven, with Josh Hartnett exceptionally uninteresting as an American sharpshooter recruited by spiritualist Eva Green and vampire hunter Timothy Dalton (both suitably hammy) in their quest to unearth a demonic mystery. "

Posted May 9, 2014

Matt Roush

35 100%

In The Flesh: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Flesh aims high as an allegory of social prejudice and political extremism. "

Posted May 9, 2014

Matt Roush

36 84%

24: Live Another Day (TV, 2014)

" 24: Live Another Day seeks to prove that less is more, slowly revving up the comfortably formulaic engine while visceral split-screen editing once again intensifies the literally explosive twists. "

Posted May 6, 2014

Matt Roush

37 92%

Louie: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" Embracing with raw, unsettling honesty the random absurdities that regularly befall this urban dweller, Louie brilliantly mines the all-too-human comedy of anxiety, insecurity and disappointment - in himself and others. "

Posted May 5, 2014

Matt Roush

38 76%

Playing House: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Expectations couldn't be lower for this unrequested reunion, which is why it comes as such a nice surprise that Playing House, while hardly anything new, provides a much happier showcase for these gals' effortlessly snarky chemistry. "

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Matt Roush

39 ——

Moone Boy: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" You're not imagining things if you find yourself mooning over Moone Boy. "

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Matt Roush

40 25%

Black Box: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The storytelling on Black Box is so clumsy, obvious and pretentious that one's own brain can't help but shut down as a defense mechanism. "

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Matt Roush

41 58%

Bad Teacher: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Unlike the film's Cameron Diaz, whose charismatic veneer could mask the avarice, Graynor is so obviously vulgar a man-eater that there's no charm to her bawdy smarm. "

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Matt Roush

42 54%

Salem: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Salem sets the witches loose in a lurid and often ludicrous free-for-all of graphic sexuality and violent retribution. "

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Matt Roush

43 97%

Orphan Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Beyond a provocative premise and blistering pace, Orphan Black is a terrific showcase for one of TV's great performances. "

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Matt Roush

44 98%

Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" I'm almost halfway through and still have no idea where the next hour will take me. What delicious anticipation. Fargo may not be your dream destination, but I bet you'll want to go to there. "

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Matt Roush

45 100%

Warehouse 13: Season 5 (TV, 2014)

" It's a sci-fi/fantasy "who's who" as Warehouse 13 pulls out all the stops in a time-tripping free-for-all that opens the condensed fifth and final season on a boisterous note. "

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Matt Roush

46 86%

Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015)

" In the often bleak world of Mad Men, the women are stealing the spotlight, and that's not such a bad thing. "

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Matt Roush

47 67%

Nurse Jackie: Season 6 (TV, 2014)

" Watching Jackie go back on the drugs, lying to her support group as well as her current better-than-she-deserves cop boyfriend Frank (Adam Ferrara), you can't help but get a dispiriting feeling of been-there, snorted-that. "

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Matt Roush

48 71%

The Bletchley Circle: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" It's like watching Nancy Drew grow up into Wonder Woman. "

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Matt Roush

49 94%

Silicon Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" These Valley boys somehow make being uncool seem cool. They may not have game, but Silicon Valley most definitely does. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Matt Roush

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