Hillary Kelly

Hillary Kelly
Hillary Kelly's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Magazine/Vulture The New Republic

TV Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 97% The Good Lord Bird: Season 1 (TV, 2020) The Good Lord Bird's strength is that it's never ever preachy, that moments that could veer maudlin - like Onion's visit to Brown's jail cell - don't. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
4/5 61% Snowpiercer: Season 1 (TV, 2019) It's slightly campy, definitely too on the nose, but still satisfying? - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
4/5 88% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 3 - Mayday (TV Episode) June's troubles are, like a woman's work, never done. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 94% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 3 - Sacrifice (TV Episode) June may be on the verge of heroics, but are they worth the cost? - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
5/5 94% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 3 - Liars (TV Episode) Praise be! This week the Handmaid's Tale we've been hoping (and praying?) for catapulted across our screens, full of punch and vigor... - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
4/5 95% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 3 - Witness (TV Episode) Luckily, the show's writers knew exactly how much to show. Had they foisted a gratuitous sex scene on us, it would have undone the brilliant work of the actors, who do some of the season's best work here. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 58% Big Little Lies: Season 2 - I Want to Know (TV Episode) Big Little Lies wrapped up without any drama more explosive than a demolished train set. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 85% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 3 - Heroic (TV Episode) June's slow plotting, and that grimacing reach into the sharps disposal box, are so off course for The Handmaid's Tale that they feel fresh and invigorating. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
4/5 68% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 3 - Unfit (TV Episode) This is the kind of Handmaid's content we crave - closer looks at the folks who live on the fringes, who make all this possible, who happily embarked on Gilead's purges and reconstruction so that they might exorcise their own truly fucked-up demons. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
4/5 60% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 3 - Under His Eye (TV Episode) Humans are that bad. And Handmaid's Tale is still better than any other show on television at expressing that distinct horror. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
5/5 95% Big Little Lies: Season 2 - She Knows (TV Episode) Legend Nicole Kidman just walloped legend Meryl Streep in her legendary face, and that wasn't even the best part of this episode. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/5 90% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 3 - Household (TV Episode) By moving the action and broadening the world a little bit, there is (some) relief from that stagnation. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
4/5 100% Big Little Lies: Season 2 - The End of the World (TV Episode) Laura Dern is playing Renata big this season. Huge, in fact. That tactic could backfire with the wrong actress or intonation. But Dern has this nailed perfectly. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
5/5 90% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 3 - Unknown Caller (TV Episode) From start to finish, this absurdly well-acted episode was a derby of emotional upheaval. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
4/5 100% Big Little Lies: Season 2 - Tell Tale Hearts (TV Episode) As expected, now that we're into the swing of its second season, Big Little Lies is anteing up the drama and digging deeper into the pasts of its five -- wait, make it six now, thanks to Meryl -- leading ladies. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 92% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 3 - Useful (TV Episode) Womanhood, Handmaid's Tale seems to be saying, is a bond that runs a little deeper than politics or marriage or the law. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/5 95% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 3 - God Bless the Child (TV Episode) If this is the beginning of a power shift, it's certainly due in part to June's newfound confidence vis-à-vis Serena. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 92% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 3 - Mary and Martha (TV Episode) This is the story line I'd been hoping for in season two - an inside look at how to bring down an autocracy from the inside out. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 100% Big Little Lies: Season 2 - What Have They Done? (TV Episode) A second season could have complicated things, inserting unnecessary drama where it wasn't needed. Instead (Reese) Witherspoon, (Nicole) Kidman, writer David E. Kelley, and new director Andrea Arnold push a little deeper into already gaping wounds. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
3/5 93% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 3 - Night (TV Episode) Not for the first time, Emily's storyline in this episode is more compelling than June's. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 48% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - The Iron Throne (TV Episode) In this last season there was too little surprise, too many high-dollar digital theatrics, and less drive to really drill down into the essence of what made Westeros a place where so many people wanted to spend their Sunday nights. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 49% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - The Bells (TV Episode) Game of Thrones should end the same way it did its best work - surprising us. Or perhaps surprising us about the way it's surprising us. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
4/5 58% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - The Last of the Starks (TV Episode) In the aftermath of the Battle of Winterfell, we always knew there would come another long set-up period. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
5/5 74% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - The Long Night (TV Episode) Game of Thrones abandoned itself five minutes into this episode, and I mean that in the best way possible. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
5/5 87% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (TV Episode) A smartly stitched-together Waiting for Godot (except, you know, the Night King is actually going to show up at the end of all this) that flips through a bucket list of what we want for some of our most beloved Westerosi. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 92% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - Winterfell (TV Episode) Please also note that Sansa, a woman, is the only person to ask the very practical and holy-shit-important question of what all these damn people are going to eat. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
4/5 75% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - The Word (TV Episode) Like many sophomore efforts, The Handmaid's Tale season two has been an exercise in patience. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/5 69% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - Postpartum (TV Episode) All I have to say is look out for fire in the season finale. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
5/5 100% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - Holly (TV Episode) The pace of this episode could have felt slow... But there's so much tension to every minute and so much, if you'll excuse the pun, riding on June finding the keys and zooming out of the garage, that it's as anxiety-producing as her earlier near-escape. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
5/5 96% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - The Last Ceremony (TV Episode) Yes, this is a television show, a dark fantasy borne out of one genius's worried mind. But art exists to unclothe and redress reality in garments that will make its truth more apparent. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
4/5 100% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - Smart Power (TV Episode) There really is no rational reason that Canada would invite the Waterfords at all. But Handmaid's Tale had to kick-start what I'm assuming will be further escalating tensions with our no-longer-friendly neighbors to the north. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
100% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - After (TV Episode) To see a woman, any woman, rain down such fury on a man like Commander Cushing is redemptive... - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
4/5 100% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - First Blood (TV Episode) The episode is called "First Blood," which I thought was merely a distasteful reference to the loss of Nick's wife's virginity. But by the end, it's clear that this is just a taste of what's to come. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
4/5 88% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - Seeds (TV Episode) Part of the kick of Handmaid's Tale is that we find ourselves judging women's decisions with the same derision we'd tut-tut if we saw it offscreen. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3/5 93% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - Other Women (TV Episode) What worries me more is that this episode only feels so shallow because we've grown too used to the torture and gore. But where do we go from here? - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
4/5 94% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - Baggage (TV Episode) Are we living in a pre-Gilead era? Along with stellar acting and brilliant writing, it was the fear of that exact idea that propelled the first season of The Handmaid's Tale to mass popularity. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
5/5 100% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - Unwomen (TV Episode) If you've wondered to yourself, as I have, Why didn't more people just flee America when they realized what was happening? the airport scene answers that question. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
5/5 95% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 - June (TV Episode) It's got to be said here, that with her first, silent minutes of season two - Offred still hasn't said a word - that Elisabeth Moss fully confirms that her wide-ranging mastery of the role is about to be repeated, and perhaps bested. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/5 87% Howards End: Miniseries (TV, 2018) But the adaptation is faithful where it ought to be and flexible when it needs to be. It isn't the original, but it isn't some paltry imitation, either. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
99% Alias Grace: Miniseries (TV, 2017) But in Alias Grace, there's an even more galvanizing heroine for our time. Of course the system is rigged against us, Grace says, so don't try to bring it down. Use it to our own ends. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
4/5 100% Big Little Lies: Season 1 - You Get What You Need (TV Episode) What we did need - and what we got - was an unvarnished exploration of the multitudinous ways to be a woman. A series that shattered the Bechdel test. Not a celebration of women, but simply a thoughtful recognition of them. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
4/5 100% Big Little Lies: Season 1 - Burning Love (TV Episode) The much-anticipated dinner at Nathan and Bonnie's is a work of physical bravado on Reese Witherspoon's part. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
4/5 100% Big Little Lies: Season 1 - Once Bitten (TV Episode) The episode belongs to Celeste. It's hard to overstate just how magically Nicole Kidman owns this role. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
3/5 90% Big Little Lies: Season 1 - Push Comes to Shove (TV Episode) You can feel Celeste growing more brazen by the second, and here Kidman is really proving the power of a quiet performance. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
4/5 91% Big Little Lies: Season 1 - Living the Dream (TV Episode) In this week's episode, all the Big Little Liars seem desperate to understand the decisions made by their younger selves. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
4/5 100% Big Little Lies: Season 1 - Serious Mothering (TV Episode) It definitely isn't Shakespeare, but damn if it isn't good. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
4/5 100% Big Little Lies: Season 1 - Somebody's Dead (TV Episode) As HBO's smart, Zeitgeisty adaptation of Liane Moriarty's 2014 novel Big Little Lies proves, the school run is the ideal catalyst for delicious, mamas-gone-feral drama. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
4/5 94% Stranger Things: Season 2 (TV, 2016-2019) The season-two intro offers a glimpse into how the Duffer Brothers might catapult Stranger Things into Orphan Black territory: If there's more than one victim, there's more than one story. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
100% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Mockingbird (TV Episode) The show's most recent death is making us ponder the Big Questions in life: If all the slimy wackos are dying, who will be left for us to hate? - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2015
96% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Laws of Gods and Men (TV Episode) No single character controls the screen or owns the action. This narrative spin the bottle keeps Games of Thrones lively and spontaneous, and keeps its viewers invested in the fates of more than one character. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2015