Derek Lawrence

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

TV Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B- 79% Big Little Lies: Season 2 - The Bad Mother (TV Episode) [The] troubling behind-the-scenes drama explains a lot about season 2, which could only coast so long on the charm and talents of the six leading ladies. And this report's timing didn't help The Bad Mother, the weakest installment of this short run. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
B 94% : Season 2 - Kill Me (TV Episode) I was all for spending more time with five of our finest actresses. But, now with only two episodes to go, I keep waiting for things to fully kick into gear. We're really going to need major payoff from some of these storylines to make them worth it. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
B+ 95% Big Little Lies: Season 2 - She Knows (TV Episode) She Knows brings us past the halfway point of this seven-episode second season, and anyone still skeptical about the merits of continuing the Emmy-winning limited series clearly doesn't enjoy watching six of our most gifted actresses do their thing. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
B 100% Big Little Lies: Season 2 - The End of the World (TV Episode) As much as I still love spending an hour with these characters and actors, it's the first time this season that I've wondered if the show is missing the mystery-element that was such a big part of the first installment. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
B+ 100% Big Little Lies: Season 2 - Tell Tale Hearts (TV Episode) Tell-Tale Hearts somehow managed to spotlight the five main women as well as Meryl Streep, Adam Scott, and even Young Sheldon himself. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
B+ 100% Big Little Lies: Season 2 - What Have They Done? (TV Episode) I think it was a great re-entry into this world, so I'm looking forward to what's to come (which is hopefully more Renata). - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
B+ 97% Narcos: Season 3 (TV, 2015-2017) Keeping Pascal was important in connecting the stories and keeping an interesting presence at the center of the series. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B 87% True Detective : Season 3 - Now Am Found (TV Episode) Unfortunately, True Detective's season 3 finale didn't feature a Woody Harrelson or Matthew McConaughey cameo, but it did provide what season 1 didn't: closure. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
B+ 100% True Detective : Season 3 - The Final Country (TV Episode) "The Final Country" will go down as one of season 3's stronger episodes, ending with a mysterious conclusion, but it will be best remembered for connecting this installment with the original series. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
B 73% Black Mirror: Season 4 - Black Museum (TV Episode) What happens when an anthology series does an anthology episode? The result is "Black Museum," the season 4 finale, which features three seemingly separate stories being told, only to culminate in a powerful twist. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
B+ 92% True Detective : Season 3 - If You Have Ghosts (TV Episode) THE BOYS ARE BACK! AGAIN!! - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
B- 69% True Detective : Season 3 - The Hour and the Day (TV Episode) The episode doesn't live up to the expectations and instead spins its wheels until an explosive ending. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
B+ 93% True Detective : Season 3 - The Big Never (TV Episode) A step up in quality from the second half of last week's premiere. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
B- 100% True Detective : Season 3 - Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (TV Episode) After starting the season with an intriguing mystery, the HBO series slows down and takes a step back. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
B+ 94% True Detective : Season 3 - The Great War and Modern Memory (TV Episode) Instead of two stars like in season 1 or four stars in season 2, Oscar winner Mahershala Ali has center stage all to himself. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
A- 95% Orphan Black: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2017) Orphan Black has always been most interesting and engaging when it comes to the bond between the sister clones. That continues here, even as the stakes increase and the sestras are more separated than ever. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
A- 89% Narcos: Mexico: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Wait a minute, is the narrator the one and only Scoot McNairy?!?! Oh, why yes it is. I was already all in, but now I'm ALL IN. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
No Score Yet Baby Daddy: Season 6 (TV, 2012-2017) The end of the series is bittersweet for the extremely close cast and crew. That bond was on full display. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
B+ 100% Power: Season 5 (TV, 2014) You know what that beautiful sound means: Power is back! - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
92% Insecure: Season 2 - Hella Perspective (TV Episode) Initially appearing to be completely built around Rae, Insecure became a three-headed monster, allowing Ellis and Yvonne Orji to fully shine on their own. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
B- 100% The Strain: Season 4 (TV, 2014-2017) Most of the worst aspects of this episode were things that have annoyed me throughout the series. And yet, there were plenty of facets of the series finale that worked really well - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
B+ 100% Shameless: Season 8 (TV, 2011) Hide your wallets and meth, because the Gallaghers are back! - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017