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Eric Eidelstein

Eric Eidelstein
Eric Eidelstein's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Magazine/Vulture

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% The Americans: Season 6 - Jennings, Elizabeth (TV Episode) The idea of the male anti-hero has felt stale for some time, which is one reason why Elizabeth's journey-which hits its highest stride in this penultimate episode...is among the most exceptional character arcs in the history of TV.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 6 - START (TV Episode) The parking-garage scene reminds us why [the Jennings] been able to get away with everything for so long: They haven't treated their years in America like an act.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 6 - The Summit (TV Episode) Elizabeth is disillusioned and as hard-headed as usual, but [Phillip's] questioning actually strikes a chord.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 6 - Harvest (TV Episode) At its core, "Harvest" double downs on the Jenningses' most primal motivations: Elizabeth will do anything for country, and Philip will do anything for Elizabeth.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 6 - The Great Patriotic War (TV Episode) Philip realizes that Elizabeth is out of control...‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 6 - Rififi (TV Episode) While Elizabeth is suspiciously absent, Stan, newly enraged after the murder of Sofia and Ginaddi, gives a rousing toast to American exceptionalism. His obliviousness has never looked so sad.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 6 - Urban Transport Planning (TV Episode) The juxtaposition between Elizabeth's operations with Philip's problems are stark. He is supposedly living the American Dream-but with all the challenges of capitalism that come with it and none of the romanticized comforts.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 6 - Mr. and Mrs. Teacup (TV Episode) Erica's determination to teach Elizabeth marks a shift in a woman who usually is about action first, thought later.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
92% The Americans: Season 6 - Tchaikovsky (TV Episode) [Elizabeth is] doing it all without Philip now, she has Paige-a real agent-to consider, and everything is clearly taking its toll.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 6 - Dead Hand (TV Episode) With Philip in retirement, the women lead the fight against the Americans, but the essence of this season premiere is that everything has become quite muddled. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
93% The Americans: Season 5 - The Soviet Division (TV Episode) Season finales can often feel like a post-climax reflection, but "The Soviet Division" has plenty of energy in its twistedly romantic gem of an ending. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 5 - Dyatkovo (TV Episode) For all of this season's talk about wheat, a distraction in "Dyatkovo" is welcome.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 5 - Lotus 1-2-3 (TV Episode) Not only is the KGB's error horrifying, but Matthew Rhys's reaction to the truth is one of his finest moments on the show.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 5 - Amber Waves (TV Episode) As they dig and dig, the monotony of their effort is a brilliant opener for a season that's all about the dirty work and the unromantic side of the business.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 5 - Darkroom (TV Episode) "Darkroom" ends with Bauhaus's "Slice of Life" and a scene that is equal measures chilling and heartwarming - so, a typical closer for The Americans.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 5 - The World Council of Churches (TV Episode) Their decision to save Pasha's life, risking their own in the process, speaks more about their current preoccupations than ever before.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 5 - IHOP (TV Episode) We are gifted with another crushing Martha scene that, on its own, would probably propel "IHOP" to one of The Americans' greatest outputs.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 5 - The Committee on Human Rights (TV Episode) The cleverly titled "The Committee on Human Rights" is a contained episode where we must reconcile the fact that these parents ("the committee") will ruin their daughter's life ("human rights").‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
92% The Americans: Season 5 - Immersion (TV Episode) The scene where Elizabeth tells Paige about her rape-the most effective scene in "Immersion"-brings up a recurring question about child rearing that's all the more complicated when the parents are Soviet agents.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 5 - Crossbreed (TV Episode) An alternative title to "Crossbreed" could be "Adieu, Frank Langella."‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 5 - The Midges (TV Episode) The Jennings teach Paige an intimate technique, resulting in a great, tender moment...It's sweet, in a sense...but also disturbing because it's a veiled threat.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
92% The Americans: Season 5 - What's the Matter with Kansas? (TV Episode) [Oleg] sees corruption in the Soviet Union, and a wealth disparity that Elizabeth would like to believe only exists in the States.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 5 - Pests (TV Episode) While I'd argue it's essential to feel the boredom and exhaustion that the Jennings feel after so many years, Pests is simply too heavy on the exposition....it's good door-opening, but we're left wanting. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 4 - Persona Non Grata (TV Episode) William's insides are melting at the end of "Persona Non Grata," and although he doesn't betray his fellow comrades...he does reveal a little too much in his feverish state.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 4 - A Roy Rogers in Franconia (TV Episode) Morality and the Jenningses' relationship to it has always been touch-and-go, and it's about time Paige gets the hang of that.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 4 - The Day After (TV Episode) Whether it intends to or not, "The Day After" forces viewers to take a step back. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
94% The Americans: Season 4 - Dinner for Seven (TV Episode) The most glorious scene is shared between Oleg and Stan, whose evolving relationship is a series highlight.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 4 - Munchkins (TV Episode) The Americans needed an episode like this to push forward an idea about the war raging between two sides: As much as you may try to avoid them, there will always be casualties.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 4 - The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears (TV Episode) [This] is the very best episode of The Americans....The anxiety is palpable. The Jennings family lives in a purgatory. There is no American Dream for them.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 4 - The Rat (TV Episode) William is a foreboding presence in "The Rat," the bearer of harsh news for Philip.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 4 - Travel Agents (TV Episode) Keri Russell shows us Elizabeth's deliberation as she contemplates the best way to handle this frantic woman. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 4 - Clark's Place (TV Episode) While Philip and Elizabeth wait on orders about what to do with Martha, what to do with Pastor Tim, and what to do with years of built-up anxiety, it's poignant that "Clark's Place" ends with relief.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 4 - Chloramphenicol (TV Episode) Nina's awful, inevitable fate is the true gut punch in "Chloramphenicol."‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 4 - Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow (TV Episode) The obvious highlight of "Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow"...is Young-hee Seong, the first asset we get in The Americans who truly makes Elizabeth pause and think.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 4 - Pastor Tim (TV Episode) It's a delicate episode, proof that The Americans would never just kill someone off because it's convenient.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 4 - Glanders (TV Episode) Flashbacks are in and out in The Americans, but the one we see of Philip as a child...is tough‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018