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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
50% ER: Season 4 (TV, 1997-1998) The best event episodes of ER have an electric, cinematic quality that network TV rarely manages to achieve. Yet they wouldn't work without the show's sterling ensemble. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
100% The Simpsons: Season 7 (TV, 1995-1996) The publicity, hype and fan attention from the genius cliffhanger of "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" was at fever pitch, but the show's status as a self-aware comedy meant that pretty much any answer would be a good one.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
100% Black Mirror: Season 2 (TV, 2013) I'm very sad to bid goodbye to Black Mirror, and I'm very hopeful that Brooker can produce more episodes for a third season sometime in the future.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
77% Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (TV, 2017) It's clear that, for all the goodwill generated by the original movie, the Wet Hot well has now officially run dry.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
67% 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
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
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% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4 (TV, 2017) Halt and Catch Fire succeeds by making its tech narrative not a dry history lesson, but rather a battle of wills between four very flawed, compelling characters.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
69% The Walking Dead: Season 8 (TV, 2017) This new season of The Walking Dead should be more fun to watch almost by default.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
83% Star Trek: Discovery: Chapters 1 & 2 (TV, 2017) As the medium of television evolves, it's comforting to know that Star Trek is there to evolve right along with it.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
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
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
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
80% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Beyond the Wall (TV Episode) It quickly became apparent that the episode was geared toward one big, memorable image -- zombie dragon -- and it didn't care how much nonsense we had to endure to get it.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
90% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Queen's Justice (TV Episode) After the slightly ponderous opening to the season, I was utterly delighted by this episode, one that I felt had a real respect for the years we've all put into these characters and this wonderfully convoluted world.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
94% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Dragonstone (TV Episode) "Dragonstone" was the kind of table-setter Game of Thrones always prefers for its season premiere, promising carnage to come but mostly using the first hour to push the pieces into place. And, in this case, to give us a good old-fashioned bedpan montage.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2017
84% Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (TV, 2017) 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
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
88% 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
94% Twin Peaks: The Return (TV, 2017) Twin Peaks remains the nightmare fuel it always has been.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
88% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 18 (TV Episode) Presented with the challenge of finding a suitable conclusion to his dazzling, incomparable 18-hour odyssey Twin Peaks: The Return, the director gave viewers the best of both worlds.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
95% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 17 (TV Episode) The first hour of Sunday's two-episode finale was as clean an ending as fans could have expected from a series that so often defied the most basic concepts of television plotting.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
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
B+ 90% 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
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
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
94% 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
88% 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
71% 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
71% 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