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Dan Fienberg

Dan Fienberg

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
59% Scream Queens: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Fortunately, while Scream Queens boasts overlapping AHS talent on both sides of the camera, the Fox series is lighter, livelier and favors comic gross-out moments over the manipulative primal terrors of its FX cousin. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 17, 2015
64% The Muppets: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The Muppets never have lacked for emotional nuance, but in exploring the reality of their lives, a demystifying occurs that isn't always for the best when it comes to the Muppet legacy in your mind. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 17, 2015
26% Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Perhaps some notes in modesty needed to be taken from the title of the original series the show is based on, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 16, 2015
31% Moonbeam City: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Ersatz animation aside, Moonbeam City lacks a clear comedic point of view because several episodes in, its characters remain cyphers. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2015
C- 46% A Walk In The Woods (2015) "With no physical progress and almost no stakes other than the increasing redness of Nick Nolte's face, it's impossible for A Walk in the Woods to gain any momentum. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Sep 2, 2015
B 76% People Places Things (2015) "People, Places, Things has cuteness and comic timing in abundance. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Aug 10, 2015
B+ 86% A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile (2015) "Even though The Amina Profile works as a cyber-thriller of sorts, I think it's much more wide-reaching than that, a story about online identity, but also about the danger of media-constructed narratives. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Jul 20, 2015
C- 54% The Brink: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "This is Jack Black at his most grating, a reminder of how frequently when he isn't feeling the material, his instinct is just to shout, raise an eyebrow and beg for laughter. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Jun 20, 2015
B- 50% The Astronaut Wives Club: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's odd that a TV show with so many main female characters struggles so mightily to pass the Bechdel Test. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Jun 20, 2015
A- 85% The Wolfpack (2015) "It's partially a story of the role cinema can play in helping connect viewers to the world, of helping people get find and hold hope, but it's also a capturing and catalyst for developing hope. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Jun 8, 2015
C- 74% The Whispers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) ""The Whispers" is a frustratingly hollow experience, an assortment of familiar genre cliches and a stubborn insistence that its primary mystery will remain enticing for us even without hints or the gratification of answers that would elevate the stakes. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Jun 1, 2015
B- 55% Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "If you're hoping for insights into Monroe's life that you've never heard before, you're almost certain to be disappointed, but if you're looking for a sexy, nuanced lead performance and a few other highlights? There are reasons to watch. " ‐ HitFix
Posted May 30, 2015
92% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 14 "Either it's a happy ending that feels hollow or a happy ending that feels cynical. Either he's sold happiness to himself, or he's about to sell happiness to the world. I guess I know which one seems right. " ‐ HitFix
Posted May 18, 2015
No Score Yet Undateable: Season 2 (TV, 2015) ""Undateable" is an intriguingly concept-less wonder. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Mar 17, 2015
18% One Big Happy: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Basically every punchline involving Cuthbert's character revolves around her being a lesbian and having lesbian footwear and clothes and interests. If there's any additional room for Cuthbert-generated punchlines, they involve her OCD or neatness. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Mar 17, 2015
30% Dig: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The absurd thing is that if anybody in Hollywood knows the importance of writing with the stakes upfront, it's Tim Kring. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Mar 5, 2015
63% Empire: Season 1 Episode 6 "This wasn't my favorite "Empire" episode so far, but 43 TV minutes with Cookie is consistently better than most 43 TV minutes that don't include Cookie. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Mar 1, 2015
A- 85% The Last Man on Earth: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "I found myself taken by the way that the stillness in the landscape and the stillness in one side of Forte's performance also accentuate a sadness and humanity. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Feb 27, 2015
B+ 100% Vikings: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "Vikings is reliably badass, if you like that sort of thing. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Feb 19, 2015
A- 94% The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Each of these nesting narratives is completely fascinating and Jarecki, Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier approach the layered fabulation with the confidence of people who have put seven years of work into this and know how they want every beat to play out. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Feb 9, 2015
A- 91% Fresh Off the Boat: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Fresh Off The Boat is significant for the vacuum it fills in a TV landscape that is belatedly being forced to realize that if you fill a vacuum you can make money. But maybe you should just watch Fresh Off The Boat because it's funny. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Feb 4, 2015
B+ 100% Mom: Season 2 (TV, 2014-2015) "Everything I like about Mom remains intact and rather than de-emphasizing the emotional bumpiness, Thursday's premiere is adding more layers. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Oct 30, 2014
92% Frost/Nixon (2008) "Many viewers will just go along with Frost/Nixon because of how great Sheen and Langella absolutely are. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Oct 28, 2014
B+ 90% The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "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. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Aug 1, 2014
B- 59% 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. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Jul 31, 2014
B 78% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) "Every subject in the doc has a stake in the case and they each yell their truth to the sky, with the certitude of somebody whose next meal depends on being heard the loudest. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Jun 26, 2014
B+ 100% The Battered Bastards Of Baseball (2014) ""Bastards" works because it has two storytellers with a personal desire to tell a story that nobody else seems to have wanted to tell. So what if it's a glorified home movie? " ‐ HitFix
Posted Jun 26, 2014
C- 14% Blended (2014) ""Blended" is far from the worst movie to come out of a studio-subsidized Adam Sandler vacation. " ‐ HitFix
Posted May 22, 2014
C 30% Rosemary's Baby: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "I'm not holding "Rosemary's Baby" against anybody, even if it took up three hours of viewing time and yielded little more than a pleasant reminder that Paris is a lovely city. " ‐ HitFix
Posted May 11, 2014
C 72% The 100: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "I'm still struggling to find a single character whose fate I'm even vaguely invested in, but my outright antipathy towards some of the characters ha[s] begun to fade. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Mar 19, 2014
D- 36% Mixology: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The "Just another night at the bar" conceit of Mixology induces a prolonged shrug, because whatever happens in this night would probably happen tomorrow and plausibly with a more interesting group of patrons. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Feb 27, 2014
40% Cupid: Season 1 (TV, 2009) "If you didn't like Cupid in its first incarnation and you weren't predisposed to like it now for a litany of behind-the-scenes reasons, ABC's new Cupid is instantly forgettable and disposable " ‐ HitFix
Posted Feb 18, 2014
B- 90% Private Violence (2014) "It has a tremendous lead character in domestic violence advocate Kit Gruelle, a heartbreaking main case study and genuinely difficulties telling its actual story. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Feb 17, 2014
B+ 85% Watchers of the Sky (2015) "Social justice is a hard and often nebulous concept to depict in a documentary Belzberg actually revels in the elevated aspects of the discussion. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Feb 17, 2014
B+ 93% The Return To Homs (2014) "There are shades of Kubrick to the long, uninterrupted shots that take us through bombed out buildings, a labyrinth of ruins that still have poignant ties to our heroes. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Feb 17, 2014
67% Harper's Island: Season 1 (TV, 2009) "I didn't think the Harper's Island pilot was good, but I thought it was fun. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Feb 12, 2014
B+ 63% Rudderless (2014) "Crudup is as good as it gets when playing impaired, almost always making choices that are unexpected and manage to be funny without minimizing the depth of intoxication. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 27, 2014
B+ 98% The Overnighters (2014) "The Overnighters is, until it falls on its face narratively, a really well-made documentary. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 27, 2014
B+ 93% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) "A really wonky documentary and it's full of smart, socially awkward people trying to make it easy to process the case's key jargon. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 27, 2014
A- 97% Life Itself (2014) "Surely critics would be the first to lob insults at a Roger Ebert film that fell short. Life Itself does right by Ebert, it does right by people who love movies. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 24, 2014
B+ 80% Land Ho! (2014) "It's a funny and moving film about aging, but it's also a wacky journey across Iceland with two characters who are instantly likable and ultimately quite lovable. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 24, 2014
A- No Score Yet Marmato "This is a good yarn -- unlike so many Sundance docs, it doesn't wear its Importance on its sleeve, even if there's ample thematic heft -- and also a good film. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 24, 2014
B 71% Web Junkie (2014) "Web Junkie is a little sad, a little funny and a little scary. I'd say that I wish it had been a little more provocative, but I'm sure conversations after screenings will serve some of that purpose and those are conversations worth having. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 22, 2014
B- 81% Mitt "Just because the grand reveal on Mitt Romney is that he's not a spectacularly interesting man doesn't mean that Mitt is uninteresting. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 22, 2014
100% My Prairie Home "[It] doesn't overstay its welcome and doesn't strain for profundity. It just happens to be a length that was simultaneously easily satisfying and left me yearning for just a bit more. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 22, 2014
B 89% Happy Valley (2014) "Bar-Lev is a good filmmaker and on all technical levels, Happy Valley has polish and momentum. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 22, 2014
B+ 72% The Voices (2015) "The film's ability to go back and forth between absurdity and actual creepiness is also at least somewhat tied to Reynolds' performance, which has an air of menace mixed with its comedic simpleness. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 22, 2014
D+ 52% Dracula: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) "Strip away the name and this is the story of a man trying to tear apart an oil monopoly, which makes Dracula every bit as scary and sexy as the Sherman Antitrust Act. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Oct 25, 2013
C- 81% American Horror Story: Coven (TV, 2013-2014) "When something tries to shock me consistently for 43 minutes, I'm pretty much never shocked by anything, or scared by anything. I'm usually just exhausted. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Oct 9, 2013
B 50% A.C.O.D. (2013) ""A.C.O.D." is sitcom-y, but in the sense that it's a neatly arced comedy w/a steady stream of jokes, delivered by a professionals who efficiently hit every punchline. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Oct 4, 2013
40% Rizzoli & Isles: Season 1 (TV, 2010) "The crime-driven material is familiar and, because of the book condensing, hurried and mystery-free, while at least in the early going, attempts at levity aren't working at all. " ‐ HitFix
Posted Sep 19, 2013
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