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Darren Franich

Darren Franich

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Darren Franich's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Entertainment Weekly

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 90% Game of Thrones: Season 6 (TV, 2016) "Few shows on television look better than this one, but it's coming up on great-drama retirement age. Game of Thrones is getting older. But it's not dead, yet. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 26, 2016
A- 81% The Girlfriend Experience: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Finally, Steven Soderbergh's 2009 experiment in sexless eroticism gets the TV spin-off some weirdo somewhere possibly asked for! Confession: Je suis that weirdo. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 11, 2016
B+ 81% The Detour: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "The fun and challenge of The Detour is how it seems to be going for comedy in every direction, from delicate character comedy to sight gags to gross-out humor to full-fledged farce. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 11, 2016
C 40% Flaked: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Flaked is another horrid post-Togetherness dramcom that's too cute to be serious and too lame to be funny. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 11, 2016
B+ 37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) "God help me, I laughed. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 10, 2016
A- 100% Full Frontal With Samantha Bee: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "We've been needing someone who's this smart and this wacky, someone with the well-honed ability to fire a chaingun array of zingers that can all hit their marks with sniper precision. And she happens to be a female woman? That's cool, too. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 9, 2016
A 91% Grease: Live (2016) "Grease: Live reconfirms all the possibilities of the live musical event as a genuine transcendent pop experience: Clever, funny, rapturously huge in a way showbiz used to only want to be. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 1, 2016
B 58% The X-Files: Season 10 (TV, 2016) "Now that every show is serialized, the stand-alone X-Files episodes actually look better, and stranger. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 20, 2016
63% American Horror Story: Hotel Episode 12 "Solving a haunting with Twitter is by far one of the funniest and most believable things American Horror Story has ever come up with. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 14, 2016
82% American Horror Story: Hotel Episode 11 "So: VAMPIRE < WITCH < GHOST, turns out. Not sure where ALIEN fits in there, but we'll no doubt find out later this year when we watch American Horror Story: Flying Saucer. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 7, 2016
86% American Horror Story: Hotel Episode 10 "It's a bold idea and not one I saw coming. This whole season, the Cortez has been a setting for strange sinful behavior, a reckoning between different forces of evil. Could such a setting really be changed -- transformed, evolved into something better? " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 17, 2015
64% American Horror Story: Hotel Episode 9 "We are nominally in the home stretch of episodes -- the point of an American Horror Story season when the players on the final-act chessboard start moving into position. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 10, 2015
B+ 100% Doctor Who: Season 9 (TV, 2015) ""Magician's Apprentice" is a confident hour of television... and it proves once again that Moffat is great at situating a bold new Doctor Who direction within the half-century mythology of Doctor Whos past. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 7, 2015
B 66% Krampus (2015) "If you love Gremlins but don't feel like rewatching Gremlins, consider Krampus a worthwhile diet caffeine-free alternative. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 3, 2015
36% American Horror Story: Hotel Episode 8 ""Everything's chaos," John says, the best thing Wes Bentley says in tonight's episode and a good preview of coming events. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 3, 2015
58% American Horror Story: Hotel (TV, 2015) "Gaga practically invented the whole tone of American Horror Story before American Horror Story was a thing. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 23, 2015
100% American Horror Story: Hotel Episode 7 "I would take a whole episode of American Horror Story that was just every member of the cast stepping into the spotlight on a darkened stage, clearing their throat, and intoning: "I couldn't pick my butthole out of a lineup." " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 19, 2015
86% American Horror Story: Hotel Episode 4 "The dinner is a real kick, especially because the eternally underrated Seth Gabel gives an already-underrated performance as Dahmer. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 29, 2015
77% American Horror Story: Hotel Episode 1 "There's a long and gloriously unhinged musical montage, set to "Tear You Apart" by She Wants Revenge. We meet a pair of perfect decadents who reside in the hotel's penthouse. They are Lady Gaga and Matthew Bomer. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 15, 2015
83% American Horror Story: Hotel Episode 2 "There's an evocative grabbiness to the idea of Gaga-Bomer-Wittrock as party people and diseased infected people. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 15, 2015
84% True Detective : Season 2 Episode 7 "I can't think of anything less compelling than a scene in the penultimate episode when three fringe characters we barely care about all hug the main character and tell her that, deep down, underneath that haircut, she's really a swell person. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 3, 2015
79% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 10 "I thought this episode got things moving in a big way. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 30, 2015
83% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 11 "It was relatively action-free, but I thought the show finally created a nice sense of simmering tension - the scenes at the prison really did feel like a squad in the trenches, unsure if they could survive the upcoming battle. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 30, 2015
83% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 8 "It was the best of Dead, it was the worst of Dead: A midseason finale which left me feeling a bit grumpy, but which also had me on the edge of my seat, yelling at my TV set. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 30, 2015
100% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 12 "For my money, "Clear" was another shining moment for the series. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 30, 2015
73% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 13 "This was a curious episode of The Walking Dead: Slow-moving but rife with drama, filled with some great off-handed moments and some less-great Big Moments. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2015
87% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 6 "This was a manic Walking Dead episode, with various chess pieces moving into position for the final two episodes of this half-season. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2015
67% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 14 "It was a scary way to end the episode, but it also felt inevitable. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2015
81% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 15 "Every character on the show suddenly decided to make every possible bad decision they could make. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2015
100% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 5 "This was probably the quietest episode of the season so far. It amounted to a deep dive into various characters' psychology - albeit with plenty of zombie-killing along the way. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2015
50% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 16 "As a longtime fan of the show - a skeptical fan, but a fan nevertheless - I couldn't help walking away from the season finale feeling a bit disappointed. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2015
100% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 3 "The meat of this episode focused entirely on a new character. That's a thrilling risk for a show to take - and if you ask me, it's a risk that paid off for Dead. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2015
93% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 2 "Fellow viewers, that was a dynamite second episode of the season. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 28, 2015
83% The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 10 "This is brave new territory for Walking Dead: Characters are actually confronting each other with dramatic situations, instead of just sitting around in a pass-aggro depressive haze " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 28, 2015
100% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 1 "That, fellow viewers, is how you do a freaking season premiere. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 27, 2015
73% The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 8 "It ... I think, is the first time that the show has really nailed the apocalyptic Peckinpah tone since the series premiere - the sense that laughter and smiles are just a cover for impending bloodshed. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 27, 2015
92% The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 7 "To me, last night's episode was the show's finest hour since its series premiere, and I think it's because the show has finally decided to stop going for realism and embrace its inner melodrama. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 27, 2015
73% The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 6 "You gotta admit: The stage is set for a hell of a midseason finale next week. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 27, 2015
83% The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 3 "The Hanging Zombie captured everything that's great about The Walking Dead: It was horrifying, it was sad, and it was actually kind of hilarious. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 23, 2015
95% The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 1 "It was certainly a daring way to end a season premiere - you could practically hear the show's creators proudly yelling, "This ain't broadcast TV!" " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 22, 2015
100% The Walking Dead: Season 5 Episode 9 ""What Happened and What's Going On" starts off with a series of unlinked images, guaranteed to resonate with longtime Dead viewers-while simultaneously confusing them. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 9, 2015
58% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 13 "There was something disingenuous at the core of this finale, I think. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 22, 2015
50% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 12 "In hindsight, a better title for this season would've been American Horror Story: Emma Roberts' Intestines. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 21, 2015
83% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 11 "I'm convinced that this season of American Horror Story only really makes sense if you admit that the latest iteration of Denis O'Hare is Jedi mind tricking everyone. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 21, 2015
67% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 9 "Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, to witness the eighth wonder of the world! Sarah Paulson...and Sarah Paulson...are Sarah Paulson...in Paulson v. Paulson: Dawn of the Emmy. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 21, 2015
83% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 8 "When you title an episode of American Horror Story "Blood Bath," you know it's definitely figurative and you worry it might be literal. Then you see that "Blood Bath" is credited to AHS demon lord Ryan Murphy, and you know it's definitely literal. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 21, 2015
55% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 7 "The body count on Freak Show has been relatively light thus far -- certainly compared to the resurrection-happy Coven. Are we just being set up for a huge mass-murder of lead cast members in the back half of the season? " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 21, 2015
64% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 6 "This episode of American Horror Story basically becomes a showcase for Mat Fraser and Jessica Lange. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 21, 2015
80% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 4 "Mordrake's method for collecting involves requiring all applicants to reveal their life story, which doubles as a nice way to get to know our characters. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 21, 2015
70% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 3 "It's Halloween in Florida, which means clowns and clowns and clowns. It's also that very special time of year when people who've lived rough lives somehow discover a new low. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 21, 2015
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