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David Sims

David Sims
David Sims's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Atlantic, AV Club

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 2 (TV Episode) Twin Peaks remains the nightmare fuel it always has been.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 1 (TV Episode) Sunday's return of Twin Peaks was everything fans might have expected: as confounding, horrifying, and furtive as its co-creator David Lynch's (relatively) recent work, but not entirely lacking in the homespun charm of the original network-TV series.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
95% Twin Peaks: The Return (TV, 2017) Twin Peaks remains the nightmare fuel it always has been.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
96% Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 3 (TV, 2017) Still, if you're a fan of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, as I am, you won't come out fully disappointed. The show still has its usual wacky appeal, dialed-up performances, and rapid-fire jokes that come and go so quickly that they all but require a rewatch.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
97% Five Came Back: Miniseries (TV, 2017) Five Came Back is, in the end, a compelling examination of propaganda-its purpose, its effectiveness, and its drawbacks. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
86% Sense8: Season 2 (TV, 2017) This nakedly political show somehow manages to be free-spirited, rather than dull or polemical; its good intentions often border on goofy naiveté in a way that's charming rather than grating.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
56% The President Show: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The President Show looks to be a surprisingly robust, well-produced work with ambitions greater than scoring cheap hits.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
100% Silicon Valley: Season 4 (TV, 2017) There are plenty of other side-plots to revel in from the three episodes provided to critics. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
B+ 100% The Good Wife: Season 3 (TV, 2011-2012) The Good Wife is back, and it's sexier than ever!‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
90% Legion: Season 1 (TV, 2017) It tries so hard to dazzle that it forgets to tell a meaningful story.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
100% Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2 (TV, 2016) At its best, the series evokes classic 30 Rock (it's hard to think of a higher compliment).‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2016
B+ 100% The Good Wife: Season 2 (TV, 2010-2011) There's minimal melodrama and lots of icy stares and backroom deals; in other words, it's the show I grew to love last year.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
85% Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (TV, 2006-2016) A Year in the Life won't necessarily convert new viewers-like any revival, it's making a play for a loyal fanbase... But as a salvage attempt after Gilmore Girls' original bittersweet ending, it feels wholly justified.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
45% The Great Indoors: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The show's ignorance feels totemic, though-there's nothing wrong with poking fun at younger folk, of course, but it's can't be the premise of an entire television series, certainly not one with any hope of a future.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
94% High Maintenance: Season 1 (TV, 2016) High Maintenance pulls audiences in by depicting the grinding routine of life, then delighting in the little moments that can still surprise. It's a comedy of human interaction, with a slightly voyeuristic thrill.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
57% Son of Zorn: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) Son of Zorn does well to avoid the argument that something has been lost in this new, progressive world-Zorn is very much a buffoon from start to finish-but the gag has nonetheless started to wear thin by the end of the first episode's 22 minutes.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
93% Pitch: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Pitch isn't afraid to lean into the tear-jerking tropes of its genre, or to embrace the Cinderella narrative that SportsCenter hosts love so much. But its main appeal lies in its heroine Ginny.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
85% Designated Survivor: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) If Designated Survivor can get audiences to stomach the utter bleakness of its core premise, it could be the kind of gripping political make-believe viewers are looking for.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
90% The Good Place: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It's a laugh-out-loud sitcom that nonetheless strives to investigate its storylines on deeper metaphysical grounds.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
100% You're the Worst: Season 3 (TV, 2016) Season three managed to find a surprisingly cheerful starting point-even if all signs indicate that You're the Worst is once again bravely heading into some grim unexplored territory.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016
93% One Mississippi: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) Like Notaro's stand-up, One Mississippi leads with the tragedy-but it's the way it guides viewers through that tragedy that makes it memorable.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
95% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 3 (TV, 2016) This is a show that merges a gorgeous aesthetic with grounded storytelling, that talks about big-picture ideas while never betraying its core characters.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
100% Documentary Now!: Season 2 (TV, 2016) The show's stars, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, elevate every episode with their performances, but it's a comedy that wrings laughs mostly with its rigorous attention to detail.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
94% Better Things: Season 1 (TV, 2016) With Better Things, [Aldon's] crafted a show about trying to have it all in Hollywood-make money, book gigs, and raise children-that somehow feels utterly original.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
89% Westworld: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) Westworld is thrillingly threading a tight needle: It's resolutely aware of its formula while simultaneously trying to puzzle out the dark impulses behind it. If that's the future of the HBO drama, it's an exciting one.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
50% Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Any Given Wednesday does have some direct-to-camera monologuing, but its host is aiming much gentler humor at an audience of deep sports nerds, and, at least in this opening episode, sticking to his strengths.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
91% Time Traveling Bong: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Time Traveling Bong is as silly as it sounds and makes little sense as a television event, much less one intended to celebrate the subversive joys of weed.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
100% Full Frontal With Samantha Bee: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) In fact, Full Frontal's first episode was such a welcome jolt of energy that you might wish the show was airing every day.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2016
83% You, Me and the Apocalypse: Series 1 (TV, 2015) There may not have ever been a good show buried in all these misfiring elements, but even so, Hollands has picked a poor way to tell his story.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
68% Madoff: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Madoff feels like a network-TV attempt at something much darker and deeper, but outside of its charismatic leading man, there isn't much to recommend it.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2016
77% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) The biggest takeaway from Noah's first swing at succeeding Jon Stewart was the new host's energy and exuberant confidence-something most take weeks, if not months, to find.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
100% The Carmichael Show: Season 2 (TV, 2016) The Carmichael Show is back for a longer season , and it hasn't lost a step-it's still one of the most audacious comedies currently airing.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
67% The Real O'Neals: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Like The Middle or The Goldbergs, the show is a sunny, single-camera comedy with occasional flights of fancy, but like Black-ish, it's not afraid to go after tougher issues in a funny way.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
26% Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris: Season 1 (TV, 2015) To his credit, Harris is aiming in an entirely different, and much more peculiar, direction.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
75% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 - Monster (TV Episode) Fear the Walking Dead is already doing a better job than the original of examining how civilization-rather than a small band of survivors-reacts to and evolves during the crisis.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
72% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 (TV, 2016) Fear the Walking Dead is already doing a better job than the original of examining how civilization-rather than a small band of survivors-reacts to and evolves during the crisis.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
100% Master of None: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Master of None belongs in the teeming pile of great TV worth the time, and hopefully marks the beginning of a new and excitingly improved chapter in Ansari's career. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2015
18% Wicked City: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Hollywood has long casually mixed sex and violence in poor taste, but Wicked City feels especially egregious: It's a desperate play to be a dark, adults-only story that comes off instead as purely childish.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2015
57% Limitless: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) With this new series, CBS seems to have squandered the potential of a weird, compelling premise by cramming it into an average procedural crime-show mold.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2015
64% The Muppets: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) And even if you prefer the good old days, there's nothing you're missing from skipping this latest entry, the most monotonous Muppet caper of all.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2015
78% Narcos: Season 1 (TV, 2015) It's a worthy effort, to be sure, but worthy doesn't always equal entertaining.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2015
97% Show Me a Hero: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Simon's work always has a polemical edge that he couches within warm characterization and attention to detail. Show Me a Hero is an intensely political work that never drops the thread of the human lives in the balance.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2015
100% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - The Winds of Winter (TV Episode) There was a tremendous sense of momentum to "The Winds of Winter," a feeling of ends being tied up and of story threads dovetailing in satisfying fashion, with plenty of murder and darkness mixed in, of course. I loved it.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2016
59% Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll feels like a lame rerun of Leary's better hits, lacking any of their authentic fury.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2015
98% Mr. Robot: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Despite airing on a typically stodgy network and being saddled with a ridiculous title, Mr. Robot is an angry, surprisingly effective screed against the current inequities of the world.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2015
99% The Americans: Season 4 (TV, 2016) While the show remains as complex and nuanced as ever, the new season of the FX drama begins with a hint of serious escalation for both its central couple and viewers.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2016
43% Heroes Reborn: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) Heroes Reborn reintroduces a world clogged with new characters and conspiracies to unravel, but it's so hell-bent on being convoluted that those mysteries quickly lose their appeal.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015
65% The X-Files: Season 10 (TV, 2016) Don't be discouraged by the utter incoherence of the first hour: The spirit of the show is still here, waiting to be drawn out, and each installment is better than the last.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2016
75% Masters of Sex: Season 3 (TV, 2015) Masters of Sex eventually finds its groove in Bill and Virginia's work, which continues to explore new ground, only this time under more intense public scrutiny following their bombshell book.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2015
45% Powers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) With this end-product, it's finally clear why Powers has had such a tortured path to the small screen.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2015