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Esther Breger

Esther Breger
Esther Breger's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The New Republic

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Transparent: Season 3 (TV, 2016)

"Transparent can be bold and brazen and transgressive; it's when Soloway turns her gaze towards stillness, though, that she finds transcendence."
Posted Sep 23, 2016

The Americans: Season 4 (TV, 2016)

"This is what it means to live with secrets: alienated from everyone around you, and from yourself."
Posted Mar 16, 2016

Broad City: Season 3 (TV, 2016)

"Broad City's freewheeling comedy shares little DNA with Sex and the City, but like that earlier ode to female friendship, its sharply divergent characters stand in as personality blueprints for young women-and men-looking for easy labels."
Posted Feb 18, 2016

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"Sitting behind his anchor desk in a tailored suit, with that face and those dimples, Noah looked every bit the cable-news anchor that The Daily Show satirizes-smooth, confident, uninspiring."
Posted Sep 29, 2015

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

"Colbert's first night was a success, but it may not have answered the most pressing question, at least from CBS's perspective: Will moments from the show go viral the next morning?"
Posted Sep 9, 2015

Mr. Robot: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"Mr. Robot is one of the few TV shows to successfully portray subjective experience, the world as experienced by one damaged mind."
Posted Aug 31, 2015

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"The stakes... could not possibly be lower. That helps the half-hour episodes succeed on their own terms: as a slightly baggy but consistently delightful collection of bizarre humor, uproarious physical comedy, and outrageous performances. "
Posted Jul 31, 2015

I Am Cait: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"Worries that the show would be sensationalist and tacky are unfounded, but there are still some pleasurable Kardashian touches mixed in with the sincere entreaties: "
Posted Jul 27, 2015

True Detective : Season 2 (TV, 2015)

"The new story brings things closer to earth, using characters and story beats we've all seen before: the crooked cop, the gangster trying to go legit, the taciturn army veteran."
Posted Jun 19, 2015

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

"The first few episodes of Orange is The New Black's third season are so funny, so light-hearted, so warm and cozy, that it's briefly possible to forget that everything takes place in a federal penitentiary. But only briefly."
Posted Jun 17, 2015

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

"Don Draper found some connection while listening to another lonely man's sad story, and then he found a way of bottling up that feeling and beaming it in color onto the screens of millions of people. Is it the real thing? It's something."
Posted May 18, 2015

Louie: Season 5 (TV, 2015)

"[Louie] is still funny, sad, and ungainly. But it's massively scaled down from last year's messily ambitious season."
Posted Apr 8, 2015

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"This isn't a "30 Rock" retread, though it shares that show's loopy, rapid-fire rhythms and its spot-on satire of media, celebrity, and wealth."
Posted Mar 9, 2015

Better Call Saul: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"Luckily, Gilligan and Gould have made Better Call Saul into something at once more interesting and more familiar: a mordantly comic origin story showing us how a small-time lawyer becomes the man with his face on a bus stop."
Posted Feb 9, 2015

The Americans: Season 3 (TV, 2015)

"The show is sadder this season, its characters burdened by the weight of violence and the psychological and moral toll of betrayals. They do terrible, terrible things, and the show doesn't gloss over or fetishize that ugliness. "
Posted Jan 27, 2015

Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Children (TV Episode)

"Sunday night's episode is titled "The Children," and whoever that ends up referring to -- an interesting story for Bran, finally? -- it seems like a fitting ending for a season advertised with the slogan "All men must die.""
Posted Jan 7, 2015

Mad Men: Season 7 - Time Zones (TV Episode)

"Tonight's episode felt lighter than Mad Men has been in a long time, as though Don coming clean had lifted a weight off the entire series."
Posted Jan 2, 2015

Selfie: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

"Good sitcoms have a deep bench -- think Donna and Jerry on Parks and Recreation -- and Selfie is starting to build out its slightly cartoonish world. Plus, it's revealing the comedic chops of Homeland's David Harewood."
Posted Nov 4, 2014

Jane the Virgin: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

"What makes Jane the Virgin work is that, while the situations the characters end up in are absurd, the characters always react like actual human beings."
Posted Oct 31, 2014

Olive Kitteridge: Season One (TV, 2014)

"At times, it threatens to become claustrophobic, even as it is brightened by the performances of Bill Jenkins, Zoe Kazan, and Ann Dowd. But at its heart is McDormand, giving a performance remarkably unfussy and unvain."
Posted Oct 31, 2014

The Affair: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

"This warm, sexy character drama, laced with dread, is certainly one of the most promising new shows of the fall."
Posted Oct 10, 2014

Red Band Society: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

"There's room on network television for something that tugs on teen heartstrings. This emotionally manipulative mess isn't it. "
Posted Sep 17, 2014

The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

"The out-of-date plot lines [in Homeland] felt like a failure of imagination. The Honorable Woman avoids these problems by coming at the conflict sideways, depicting not the main political players, but the businessmen who observe and profit from war. "
Posted Aug 1, 2014

Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

"Tyrant is just offensively boring."
Posted Jun 25, 2014

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

"Fortunately, the new episodes give complex, surprising backstories to some of the cast's scene-stealers whose flashbacks we didn't see in the first season, including Uzo Aduba's Suzanne, Danielle Brooks's spirited Taystee, and Samira Wiley's Poussey."
Posted Jun 6, 2014

Louie: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

"This is the same Louie -- brilliant, humane, melancholy, gross -- its missing opening credits the only significant change in the fourth season. Maybe we just don't need to be introduced to Louis C.K. anymore; he's a known quantity. "
Posted May 6, 2014

Black Box: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

"Turning a diagnosis into a magic tool for crime-solving is simpler than writing a complicated, fully realized character. It's a sign of how reliant TV is on easy formula."
Posted Apr 25, 2014

Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014)

"Tonight's episode felt lighter than Mad Men has been in a long time, as though Don coming clean had lifted a weight off the entire series."
Posted Apr 14, 2014

The Americans: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

"This new season is even better: tighter, better paced, more thematically consistent."
Posted Feb 27, 2014

Ray Donovan: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

"What's alluring about this kind of character isn't the violence or the sex or that he does bad things. The professional fixer appeals to a different kind of fantasy: that someone can clean up all your messes."
Posted Jul 1, 2013
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