David Canfield

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

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T-Meter Title | Year
B- 78% This Is Us: Season 3 - Her (TV Episode) Her is a decent episode of This Is Us. Expecting anything more as a cap to this stretch of the show would have been unrealistic. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
B+ 100% This Is Us: Season 3 - R & B (TV Episode) [It's] an episode carried by two of the best actors working in TV today, but also a well-crafted, insightful, and complex piece of storytelling in its own right. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
B 86% This Is Us: Season 3 - Don't Take My Sunshine Away (TV Episode) "Don't Take My Sunshine Away" contrasts expectation and reality, and finds each of the Big Three making compromises and accepting life's imperfections. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
C No Score Yet This Is Us: Season 3 - The Waiting Room (TV Episode) Maybe I'm being harsh, but as This Is Us' third season enters the home-stretch it's disappointing to be given such a monotonously grim episode. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
C+ 57% This Is Us: Season 3 - The Graduates (TV Episode) This Is Us is clearly trying to test them. But is the show, like Rebecca or Deja, too afraid of real change and growth? "The Graduates" indicates that may be the case. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
A- 100% This Is Us: Season 3 - Our Little Island Girl (TV Episode) It's a stunningly acted moment by Susan Kelechi Watson (Beth), who in "Our Little Island Girl" gets the showcase she's long deserved. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
B+ 100% This Is Us: Season 3 - Songbird Road: Part 2 (TV Episode) "Part Two" shifts the focus to Rebecca, with both the past and the present timelines moving forward a day each. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
C+ 70% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - James McAvoy; Meek Mill (TV Episode) It's a bad sign when multiple bits in a given Saturday Night Live episode lean on the host's accent. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
A- 100% This Is Us: Season 3 - Songbird Road: Part One (TV Episode) A darker, deeper story than any of them could've expected. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
B+ 90% This Is Us: Season 3 - The Last Seven Weeks (TV Episode) A layered puzzle even by This Is Us standards, working off of 2018's twists as well as its own opening's cryptic teases. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
B 91% This Is Us: Season 3 - The Beginning is the End is the Beginning (TV Episode) The show seems unable to live with a new dynamic or plot turn for more than an episode or two. But one thing's for sure: This show knows how to reel you back in. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
B 100% This Is Us: Season 3 - Six Thanksgivings (TV Episode) This Is Us again experimented with form this week in "Six Thanksgivings," offering a collection of short-stories before tying them together - inevitably, effectively - in a big, emotional montage. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
A- 100% This Is Us: Season 3 - Sometimes (TV Episode) Sometimes is a deeply haunted episode of This Is Us. And in refining its focus to three rich story lines... -- it also happens to be one of the best of the season so far. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
B 100% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - Jonah Hill; Maggie Rogers (TV Episode) The biggest takeaway from Weekend Update, however - really the whole episode of SNL is - is how Davidson closed things out... he instead struck a serious, sincere tone. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
B 100% This Is Us: Season 3 - Kamsahamnida (TV Episode) It's becoming an emotional procedural with neat episodic arcs designed to make us cry but miss the deep, rich storytelling this show has proven capable of at its best... while stronger overall than what preceded it, [Kamashamnida] exemplifies this. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
B- 64% This Is Us: Season 3 - Toby (TV Episode) "Toby" is an unusually scattered installment of This Is Us, advancing nearly every major storyline that the show has going right now but without a cohesive, unifying idea. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
B 78% This Is Us: Season 3 - Vietnam (TV Episode) The show moves more aggressively toward the past as it hurtles toward its conclusion. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
B 100% This Is Us: Season 3 - Katie Girls (TV Episode) The Jack-Rebecca early days are making for a more engaging season throughline than I expected. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
B+ 89% This Is Us: Season 3 - A Philadelphia Story (TV Episode) It's one of those well-observed, low-key, character-driven episodes that This Is Us doesn't get enough credit for. You won't find any twists or intense tear-jerking scenes here. It's for the best. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
81% This Is Us: Season 3 - Nine Bucks (TV Episode) To prove it's still in its prime, the Dan Fogelman-created drama offered plenty of what it does best: heartrending speeches, crushing disappointments, sweeping montages, and cryptic reveals that only have us asking more questions. It's good to be back. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
B+ 96% Pose: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Sappy or sugary as that may sound, and it may have been at times, Pose's first season stayed true to its mission to the end. And as Blanca's deserved victory shows, that's something to cheer. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
B+ 73% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - The Word (TV Episode) "The Word" is a frequently terrific episode of The Handmaid's Tale, blending gorgeous cinematography with strong character work - not to mention plenty of suspense. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
A- 64% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - Postpartum (TV Episode) ...as sweet a moment as you'll get in this show... - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
B+ 96% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - The Last Ceremony (TV Episode) It's fascinating the way both Serena and Fred lash out most viciously when June asks for their decency, for a good deed - to be treated as human. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
A- 100% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - Smart Power (TV Episode) Handmaid's works best at its most humane and this meditative, quietly devastating episode is, accordingly, one of the season's very best. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
B 93% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - Women's Work (TV Episode) "Women's Work" reveals, gruesomely if also skillfully, that no woman in Gilead is truly free. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
A- 100% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - First Blood (TV Episode) "First Blood" is an episode intimately focused on the relationship between June and Serena, and thus it's a quieter, discomfiting episode that revels in manipulation and passive-aggressiveness. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
B 88% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - Seeds (TV Episode) "Seeds" plunged the show into its bleakest depths. It's not unrealistic, given where the show's primary characters are right now, but it doesn't exactly make for the most satisfying viewing. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
A- 93% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - Other Women (TV Episode) The Handmaid's Tale is rarely so content, to just push through the necessary plot points without any added artistry or complexity. Indeed, this week provides some vital character work. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
B+ 94% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - Baggage (TV Episode) The episode is framed around the most difficult questions relating to escape: what it means to be free, for a person who's been through so much and who yet would still have to leave so much behind. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
B- 100% Timeless: Season 2 (TV, 2016-2018) So far, the show still has plenty of the B-movie gunfights and ridiculous anachronisms which characterized its initial appeal. Let's just hope the mounting conspiracies and exhausting twists don't dilute the retro-escapist vibe. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
A- 95% This Is Us: Season 2 - The Wedding (TV Episode) And as this tender, wise season finale of This Is Us reminds, life will go on. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
B+ 91% This Is Us: Season 2 - Vegas, Baby (TV Episode) There's an interesting thread here between the Pearson siblings as kids and as adults: In the episode, we that they're blind to the desires and needs of those around them. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
A 100% This Is Us: Season 2 - This Big, Amazing, Beautiful Life (TV Episode) It's remarkable the degree to which such a herculean effort succeeds. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
B 100% This Is Us: Season 2 - The Car (TV Episode) The Car" also takes on the sheen of a car commercial, and it's hard to know just how intentional that is...This Is Us is usually better than this at balancing the saccharine with the resonant. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
B 100% This Is Us: Season 2 - Clooney (TV Episode) The revelations about William in this episode - his good-heartedness, his ability to write and draw so beautifully - aren't exactly surprising. More unexpected is the way Miguel moves toward the show's center this week. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
B+ 100% This Is Us: Season 2 - That'll Be the Day (TV Episode) It's an insanely dramatic way to end things, not least because the rest of the episode progresses in a much lower key. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
A- 100% This Is Us: Season 2 - Number Two (TV Episode) It's an emotional installment, but at least the ending of "Number One" gave us an idea of what we'd be in for. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
B 89% This Is Us: Season 2 - Number Three (TV Episode) Quite a bit of "Number Three" seems stuck between providing an in-depth character portrait, in the vein of the past two episodes, and serving as an appropriate midseason finale. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
A- 100% This Is Us: Season 2 - The Fifth Wheel (TV Episode) The midseason finale foreshadowed a kind of family reckoning, and "The Fifth Wheel" provides just that. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
B 100% This Is Us: Season 2 - Brothers (TV Episode) It's both the least subtle and most engaging episode of the second season so far. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
B+ 89% This Is Us: Season 2 - The 20's (TV Episode) While each of the siblings in the present day have plenty of problems to deal with, in "The 20's," we see just how far they've come in the past nine years. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
C+ 67% This Is Us: Season 2 - The Most Disappointed Man (TV Episode) Maybe its title serves as a warning, but "The Most Disappointed Man" is an unusually drab episode of This Is Us. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
B+ 90% This Is Us: Season 2 - Number One (TV Episode) The show has been unsparing in its depiction of [Kevin's] descent - and at times, it's been downright unpleasant to watch. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
B- 67% This Is Us: Season 2 - Déjà Vu (TV Episode) Yet the outsize nature of his appearance inevitably detracts from the heavy, emotional, complicated stuff he's walking in on, creating a strange mixture of stargazing and therapy session that goes down a little, well, Rocky. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
B+ 89% This Is Us: Season 2 - Still There (TV Episode) This week in "Still There," we're provided with a potent reminder that Rebecca comes from an even more dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship - and it's one that we get to watch play out at its ugliest. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
100% This Is Us: Season 2 - A Father's Advice (TV Episode) This is not the pulse-pounding, heart-wrenching season premiere that was marketed, but it is something a little more assured and subtle: a chance to get back into the This Is Us rhythm, check in on the characters, and grapple with some of the bigger ideas - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
B+ 100% This Is Us: Season 2 - A Manny-Splendored Thing (TV Episode) "A Manny-Splendored Thing," the show digs a little deeper. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
B+ 95% UnReal: Season 3 (TV, 2015-2018) The show is back - and eager to leave the past behind. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
A- No Score Yet Queers: Miniseries (TV, 2017) Of course, given that the show's format is single-person monologues, the quality of acting is its most crucial element. Fortunately -- and, given the level of talent involved, rather expectedly -- Queers excels in that regard. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017