Diane Pershing

Diane Pershing
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Malibu Times

tv Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% I Am the Night: Miniseries (TV, 2019) Pine is that rare truly handsome actor who can not only act but whose comedic timing is delicious. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
91% Sex Education: Season 1 (TV, 2019) If you are a fan of films about modern teenagers, British wit-a lot of it-and fast-paced satire, you will most likely enjoy the eight episodes. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
85% True Detective : Season 3 (TV, 2014) Ali's character, Detective Wayne Hays, a Vietnam vet, a loner with a suspicious nature, is another of Ali's indelible characterizations, an absolute must-see. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
74% Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: Season 1 (TV, 2018) This eight-parter has a whole new storyline, one not based on one of Clancy's books, and it's a good one... I got hooked right away. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
94% Ordeal by Innocence: Miniseries (TV, 2018) Fine acting, especially by Anna Chancellor and Matthew Goode; a good script; and competent direction make it a worthwhile three-hour binge. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
90% The Sinner: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2018) In eight episodes, what the show did well was to establish a running sense of dread, set up questions that got answered -- sort of -- but set up new questions, until even the finest mystery buffs had to be scratching their heads in confusion. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
77% Safe: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Still, this is a British mystery made for TV, and the form is a winner, despite some overwrought music that supplies more tension than the script calls for. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
99% Barry: Season 1 (TV, 2018) I have no idea how Hader and co-creator Alec Berg came up with the concept or how the hell they managed to make it work, but boy, did they! - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
83% Marvel's Jessica Jones: Season 2 (TV, 2015) I'm happy to be back in the world of Jessica Jones. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
100% Babylon Berlin: Season 1 (TV, 2017) I couldn't get it out of my head for a day afterward. For TV that makes you uneasy and challenges your perception of good and evil, Babylon Berlin is for you. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
93% Manhunt: UNABOMBER (TV, 2017) Paul Bettany is a standout as Kaczynski, haunted, manic, arrogant, brilliant and-at last-tragic. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
97% Five Came Back: Miniseries (TV, 2017) This reviewer found the three hours uplifting, informative, upsetting and well worth it. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
97% Mindhunter: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Do see this chilling, well-written and -acted (especially the amazing actors who depict the murderers) new series. You won't regret it. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
98% Broadchurch: Season 3 (TV, 2013-2017) Broadchurch, a character-driven mystery set in a small coastal English town, had an excellent first season, a so-so second season, but is back to "very good" in this, its last season. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
93% Big Little Lies: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Big Little Lies captured my attention right away. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
88% I Love Dick: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) I Love Dick is sexually graphic...Often funny, and wildly original...But I watched four of the eight episodes to give it a chance and was left cold and uncaring...I admire boundary-pushing originality...this time Ms. Solloway didn't do nearly as well. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
91% This Is Us: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Nevertheless, I'm a fan. I care about these people... but I could do with a little less poignancy and leaking tear ducts. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
67% The Kettering Incident: Season 1 (TV, 2016) I'm hooked, but I don't know if the suspense can be sustained. We'll see. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
95% Orphan Black: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2017) Orphan Black, which is finishing its fifth and final season, will forever remain a brilliant and inspired, creepy and funny, sort of sci-fi with overtones of it-could-really-happen. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
65% BrainDead: Season 1 (TV, 2016) If you haven't already, give BrainDead a chance. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
100% Bosch: Season 3 (TV, 2014) After a second-season letdown, Bosch is back and filled with energy and quirky characters, continuing some previous story-lines and mining the books for some new ones. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
94% Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Even though it has its moments of not-quite-ready-for-the-big-time, I'm hooked. Stand-out performances from the always-stellar Alfre Woodard and Mahershala Ali help. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
90% The Crown: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) If the current Queen Elizabeth seems a not-very-exciting monarch who favors hats, watch The Crown and see who she really is. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017