James Donaghy

James Donaghy
James Donaghy's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian
Publications: Guardian

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% You: Season 1 (TV, 2018) It is smart enough to let us know that to sympathise with Joe is to be complicit in his crimes. Every time you feel you're being drawn in, the show pulls the rug from under you and reminds you that he is not the romantic hero you are looking for. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
60% Lilyhammer: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2014) Leaves you much as it found you. Van Zandt's performance is as broad as one might expect: he doesn't so much act as do his Silvio thing. It's a mobster caricature. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
71% Spies Of Warsaw: Miniseries (TV, 2013) There's enough good explosive mayhem to let you know you are in a dangerous world of dangerous agents. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
No Score Yet The Last Kingdom: Season 3 (TV, 2015-2018) Earthy family drama abounds and it's the soapy elements that make it feel like home. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
100% Weeds: Season 2 (TV, 2005-2012) Season two takes us into darker territory while still managing to be funny, shocking and occasionally inspiring. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
No Score Yet Ripper Street: Season 4 (TV, 2012-2017) One of those rare shows that has managed to get better as it goes along. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
63% Homeland: Season 7 - Standoff (TV Episode) Trying to figure out what David Wellington is up to is a tough one...Factor in whatever he's got going on with Simone Martin and you've got a deeply shady character at the heart of the Keane administration. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
70% Entourage: Season 4 (TV, 2004-2011) At its heart, Entourage is a fairy-tale - it will always have a happy ending. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
100% Homeland: Season 7 - Paean to the People (TV Episode) I am certain we will see Yevgeny again. Like Carrie, he's a master of his craft with few peers and a problem with authority. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
88% Homeland: Season 7 - Clarity (TV Episode) If Yevgeny banging on about Sergiyev Posad in his unpublished novel from university really has revealed his present-day location it is a chilling thought. May our own terrible undergrad literary efforts never come back to haunt us thus. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
71% Homeland: Season 7 - Useful Idiot (TV Episode) It will be good for the show when Carrie admits that this whole parenting thing just hasn't worked out. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2018
86% Homeland: Season 7 - Lies, Amplifiers, F**king Twitter (TV Episode) If you have a heart, spare a thought for Franny "Franny Banany" Mathison. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
86% Homeland: Season 7 - Andante (TV Episode) There's a welcome return for Hop the stuffed rabbit who survived the siege last year. Indefatigable. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
100% Homeland: Season 7 - Species Jump (TV Episode) It feels like a bit of a misstep to portray Krupin as the Bible-quoting Christian when Putin's Russia is so closely enmeshed with the Orthodox Church. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
83% Homeland: Season 7 - Active Measures (TV Episode) It was a relief this week to have a break from Brett O'Keeffe and his self-serving garbage. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
86% Homeland: Season 7 - Like Bad at Things (TV Episode) This is what Homeland can do when it's on its game. The expertly built tension culminates in a gut punch of a payoff - and everything changes for the worse. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
80% Homeland: Season 7 - Rebel Rebel (TV Episode) Thrilling as it is to see a turbocharged Carrie in the field, it shouldn't distract us from the spectacular misjudgments that put her in this position. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
79% Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7 (TV, 1997-2003) Subversive, funny and emotionally engaging: there is still nothing like this cultural icon. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
91% Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2 (TV, 1997-2003) It's where the show fully hits its stride and shows its storytelling chops for the first time. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
95% The Good Wife: Season 3 (TV, 2009-2016) The Good Wife does a fantastic job in producing an engaging grown-up legal drama. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
No Score Yet El Chapo: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2018) It would be wrong to characterise El Chapo as simply another gory story about opium-fuelled ultraviolence... Over time, it becomes a comment on the idea of Mexico as a failed state and the larger scandal of the failed war on drugs. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
71% Top of the Lake: China Girl (TV, 2013-2017) A parade of one-dimensional grotesques doesn't help us understand how misogyny is ingrained in everyday life, and it makes for some turgid drama. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
67% Homeland: Season 6 - America First (TV Episode) The show puts a huge amount of effort into being relevant to current world events and in that, it excelled. As long as it keeps doing that, Homeland has a reason to exist. It may even be necessary. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
83% Homeland: Season 6 - R Is for Romeo (TV Episode) With booby-traps, right-wing shock jocks and danger on the rise, Homeland has something for everyone right now -- and it has never been more relevant. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
100% Homeland: Season 6 - The Flag House (TV Episode) It's family first this week, as Dar Adal targets both Elizabeth and Carrie in their most vulnerable spot. In a season when he has made an art of going too far, he still manages to go that little bit further. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
83% Homeland: Season 6 - Sock Puppets (TV Episode) Manipulation of social media is a serious business and a hot topic, so kudos again to Homeland for keeping its finger on the pulse. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
73% Homeland: Season 6 - alt.truth (TV Episode) The truth is the first casualty when things cut up rough and it takes a battering this week. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
82% Homeland: Season 6 - Imminent Risk (TV Episode) This show really hasn't lost its ability to shock us, as Dar Adal's unforgivable past comes to light and Carrie goes into a tailspin after a devastating day. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
100% Homeland: Season 6 - The Return (TV Episode) The halfway point of the series finds Homeland on confident form after a sluggish start. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
100% Homeland: Season 6 - Casus Belli (TV Episode) With her legal advocacy likely shut down for the time being, we can look forward to Carrie back where she does her best work -- out on a limb, flouting authority and seeing who the real enemy is. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
96% Horace and Pete: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Louis CK can seemingly do whatever he likes, and his only concern is whether or not fans will buy it... It's a good time to be an artist and a better time to be a fan. Horace and Pete is his best work yet. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2016
99% The Americans: Season 4 (TV, 2013-2018) Starting as Ronald Reagan takes power in the US, it touches on powerful themes of family, fidelity, betrayal and deception, making it a critical darling and one of those shows you feel a fool for missing. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
100% Justified: Season 2 (TV, 2010-2015) If you believe in great American character acting then this is a show you shouldn't miss as no one is currently doing it better. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2014
73% American Horror Story: Murder House (TV, 2012) American Horror Story is just ridiculous. It fails miserably to differentiate between paying homage to horror and throwing every single horror trope into a blender and pouring the results over our heads. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2012