Emily Nussbaum Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Emily Nussbaum

Emily Nussbaum
Emily Nussbaum's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100%

Rectify: Season 4 (TV, 2016)

"With its skewed insights into carceral cruelty, Rectify took the slot that "The Wire" used to occupy: it's the smart crime drama whose fans have trouble persuading others to watch, because it sounds too grim-or maybe too good for you."
Posted Nov 28, 2016
89%

Westworld: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"It's the kind of trippy conceptual project that would be unbearable if it weren't so elegantly made. So far, it works, mostly-not because it's perfect but because it gets under your skin."
Posted Oct 17, 2016
100%

Fleabag: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"Fleabag is an original. She's at once a mischief-maker and a figure of pathos."
Posted Sep 19, 2016
100%

Atlanta: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"The result is a series that is shrewd, emotional, and impolite, with a style that veers toward pretentiousness but never crosses over."
Posted Sep 12, 2016
73%

The Get Down: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"It would be cool if The Get Down evolved into some messy stealth masterpiece, its many mismatched octopus arms thrashing toward something tremendous. Six episodes in, outsized ambition isn't enough. As the Magic 8 Ball says, "Ask again later.""
Posted Aug 15, 2016
95%

Stranger Things: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"Stranger Things might feel like a mere retro roller coaster were it not for that slow drip of sorrow and trauma, the residue of Reagan-era anxiety about the nuclear family."
Posted Aug 15, 2016
100%

BoJack Horseman: Season 3 (TV, 2016)

"It does what BoJack Horseman does best, allowing the most heartbreaking parts of life to leach into the genre that's meant to soothe them. "
Posted Aug 1, 2016
64%

BrainDead: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"BrainDead is aggressively funny and a little sloppy, and it's that sick-joke aggression, the refusal to take itself seriously, that is the key to its appeal. "
Posted Jul 18, 2016
100%

Mr. Robot: Season 2 - eps2.0_unm4sk-pt1.tc (TV Episode)

"Mr. Robot may be self-serious, but it's also a rarity on TV, capturing a modern mood, an ambient distrust based on genuine social betrayals. For all its flaws, it feels like an alarm going off. It's worth paying attention to."
Posted Jul 18, 2016
97%

Orange is the New Black: Season 4 (TV, 2016)

"This season's smartest move was to interrogate empathy rather than treating it as a cure-all."
Posted Jul 5, 2016
100%

Downton Abbey: Season 2 (TV, 2012)

"There's no denying the show has aspirational fantasy as its hook: I've even heard the Crawleys compared to the Kardashians. But I prefer to think of Downton as an experimental take on Fiddler on the Roof."
Posted Jun 29, 2016
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Call the Midwife: Season 5 (TV, 2016)

"Call the Midwife takes tragedy seriously, dwelling in the promise that medicine might treat human suffering as something essentially spiritual, not merely mechanical."
Posted Jun 13, 2016
100%

Happy Valley: Season 2 (TV, 2016)

"Happy Valley miraculously manages to treat the ugliest behavior imaginable with humane insight, while never letting the perpetrators off the hook. It views crime as an act of weakness, not power."
Posted May 23, 2016
92%

The Night Manager: Miniseries (TV, 2016)

"An elegant but ultimately empty John le Carr� adaptation, starring Hugh Laurie. "
Posted May 23, 2016
100%

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"In Bee's welcome approach, "women's issues" are presented as inseparable from "real" politics, but it's her resistance to making nice that lends the show its jagged energy."
Posted May 1, 2016
100%

Broad City: Season 3 (TV, 2016)

"Broad City offers something zany, warmhearted, and sweetly liberatory, like a pi�ata spilling out Red Hots, Plan B, and pot snickerdoodles."
Posted Feb 29, 2016
73%

Billions: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"If becoming Axe requires a little insider trading, maybe you're a prig to object. Billions doesn't care about your politics, or abstractions about justice. It knows what you want."
Posted Feb 15, 2016
77%

Vinyl: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"Vinyl, in other words, is the Hard Rock Caf�: chaos for tourists. Still, if you squint, you can see what the creative team was going for-a deep dive into the muck of a long-lost Manhattan, all bets off, no safe places, no trigger warnings. "
Posted Feb 15, 2016
97%

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"An addictive, miraculously well-cast dramatization of the 1995 murder case."
Posted Feb 1, 2016
100%

Younger: Season 2 (TV, 2016)

"Younger has a disarming blend of brass and humility. The second season, judging from the first three episodes, is a real step up."
Posted Jan 19, 2016
96%

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"This is a ridiculously high level of difficulty for any new show, which makes it all the more miraculous that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, like its heroine, has such eccentric, slow-build charisma."
Posted Jan 19, 2016
97%

Transparent: Season 2 (TV, 2015)

"Jill Soloway's stealth masterpiece Transparent, which is now in its second season, on Amazon, is a different kind of seducer, a TV series that makes revolutionary art seem both irresistible and inevitable."
Posted Dec 29, 2015
93%

Marvel's Jessica Jones: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"In a genre format that is often reflexively juvenile about sexuality, Jessica Jones is distinctly adult, an allegory that is unafraid of ugliness."
Posted Dec 14, 2015
93%

The Mindy Project: Season 4 (TV, 2015)

"There's plenty to admire in the show's willingness to cross the wires, to resist giving the audience what it craves."
Posted Dec 9, 2015
98%

Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

"I scarfed the rest of the season down as if it were a sleeve of Thin Mints. No regrets. By the finale, Season 2 is stronger than Season 1, largely because it's more uncompromising about its characters, at once more nuanced and more damning. "
Posted Nov 17, 2015
100%

Getting On: Season 3 (TV, 2015)

"Getting On, which is based on the acclaimed British original, and which is now in its final season on HBO, lingers in my mind as much as, if not more than, almost any other dark comedy, even in this era of exceptionally good options. "
Posted Nov 16, 2015
100%

Deutschland 83: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"It's a slinky thriller, well scored, well paced, cast with beautiful faces."
Posted Oct 16, 2015
100%

Catastrophe: Series 1 (TV, 2015)

"The show's crass, often filthy jokes are delivered so adroitly they feel elegant instead of juvenile."
Posted Oct 14, 2015
97%

You're the Worst: Season 2 (TV, 2015)

"The first two episodes of the new season struggle slightly, now that Gretchen and Jimmy are living together... And yet your fingers are crossed for the show to make the leap. In TV, as in love, some things are worth the commitment."
Posted Sep 14, 2015
91%

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"These integrated ads (call 'em what they are) are surely a job requirement... But that doesn't mean they're not gross"
Posted Sep 10, 2015
96%

Orange is the New Black: Season 3 (TV, 2015)

"Orange is always, damningly, about how institutions crush the illusion of the individual."
Posted Aug 31, 2015
97%

Show Me a Hero: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"The show's wonkiest policy debates are also its liveliest scene."
Posted Aug 28, 2015
94%

Halt and Catch Fire: Season 2 (TV, 2015)

"It's not that the show is revelatory art-a plot about Gordon receiving a diagnosis of brain damage verges on bathos. But it doesn't need to be. It's effective doing what it does best, which is to be a platform for a fascinating, buried period of history."
Posted Aug 3, 2015
98%

UnReal: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"UnREAL takes a fresh route into the subject matter by dramatizing the lives of the producers, especially Rachel, who, despite appearances, considers herself a feminist-she's the type who might watch Everlasting, but from an ironic distance. "
Posted Jun 29, 2015
97%

Hannibal: Season 3 (TV, 2015)

"It's possible, of course, that I love the show because it confirms my worst suspicions about food culture. "
Posted Jun 22, 2015
91%

Cucumber: Series 1 (TV, 2015)

"The single best episode, the sixth, is like nothing else I've seen this year; I won't spoil it, but will say that it made me sob."
Posted Jun 2, 2015
92%

Mad Men: Season 7 - Person to Person (TV Episode)

"I don't think the show was saying that real change is impossible. In fact, nearly everyone around Don changed quite a lot, and in ways that ring true for people living through decades-a real rarity in a TV show."
Posted May 18, 2015
100%

Inside Amy Schumer: Season 3 (TV, 2015)

"This self-mockery could turn into masochism, but somehow it never does, in part because the sharpness of the jokes is itself a form of self-assertion."
Posted May 4, 2015
54%

The Casual Vacancy: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"Perhaps the greatest contribution comes from the performance of someone who barely appears: Rory Kinnear... whose Barry is a poignant, meaningful figure, a do-gooder whose loss is real for the town's most vulnerable residents."
Posted Apr 27, 2015
97%

Wolf Hall: Series 1 (TV, 2015)

"The show's deliberately paced six hours turn out to be riveting, precisely because they are committed, without apology or, often, much explanation, to the esotericism of their subject matter."
Posted Apr 27, 2015
97%

Better Call Saul: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"Like its predecessor, Better Call Saul has a mordant wit: it's full of quotable put-downs and promising themes about the fuzzy line between legal and illegal skills."
Posted Apr 7, 2015
95%

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"It's not the type of experience that you'd think would inspire comedy, but that's the key to Kimmy Schmidt's ambition: by making horrible things funny, it suggests that surviving could be more than just living on. It could be a kind of freedom, too. "
Posted Mar 25, 2015
75%

Being Mary Jane: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

"As provocative as the show's themes are, Being Mary Jane keeps wavering in its perspective on the title character, a problem that deepens as the first season goes on. Do we root for Mary Jane? Or roll our eyes?"
Posted Mar 20, 2015
100%

The Americans: Season 3 (TV, 2015)

""The Americans" is a bleak show that ends each episode with heartbreak. It's also a thrilling, moving, clever show about human intimacy-possibly the best current drama out there."
Posted Mar 18, 2015
94%

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

""The Jinx" is wickedly entertaining: funny, morbid, and sad, at once exploitative and high-minded, a moral lasagna of questionable aesthetic choices (including reconstructions of ghastly events) and riveting interviews."
Posted Mar 11, 2015
91%

Fresh Off the Boat: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"Fresh Off the Boat is unlikely to dismantle the master's house. But it opens a door."
Posted Mar 4, 2015
86%

black-ish: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

"The series has transformed from hokey formula into one of the goofiest, most reliably enjoyable comedies around."
Posted Mar 4, 2015
83%

Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"The show is a pleasure in another way, too: since it's set in a largely African-American industry, it has an easy, organic platform on which to play out stories about race and class, ones that rarely show up on network TV."
Posted Jan 21, 2015
95%

Mozart in the Jungle: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

"There's a silly montage of various musicians and their sexual styles; hot maestros are besieged by crowds of autograph hounds. Yet the silliness can be infectious."
Posted Jan 21, 2015
100%

Black Mirror: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

"For all the show's inventive storytelling, its true provocation is its righteous outrage, which shares something with Mike White's whistle-blower series Enlightened, although it's overlaid with a dark filter. "
Posted Jan 7, 2015
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