James Hibberd

James Hibberd
James Hibberd's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Entertainment Weekly Hollywood Reporter

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T-Meter Title | Year
53% Westworld: Season 3 - Passed Pawn (TV Episode) This idea was my favorite thing in this episode - that Dolores is so inherently a rebel that she ultimately rebels against herself. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
45% Westworld: Season 3 - Crisis Theory (TV Episode) Westworld season 3 ended in a rather Westworld-ian way: By hitting its narrative control-alt-delete keys all at the same time for a potential re-re-reboot of the story for next season. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
84% Westworld: Season 3 - Decoherence (TV Episode) Sixth episode of season 3, "Decoherence," had two legitimately great Westworld-ian sequences. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
68% Westworld: Season 3 - Genre (TV Episode) The way megalomaniac Serac is going about controlling every person in the world is clearly bonkers. But it's interesting to contemplate this idea. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
84% Westworld: Season 3 - The Mother of Exiles (TV Episode) With its new world and storylines now established, Westworld got down to business with its most action-packed episode of the new season so far, "The Mother of Exiles," which had all the rogue hosts beginning to converge. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
94% Westworld: Season 3 - The Absence of Field (TV Episode) Complicated exposition is always tough to deliver in shows and Westworld deftly wraps this bit around Caleb's backstory to show the audience what's going on rather than Dolores merely speechifying. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
89% Westworld: Season 3 - The Winter Line (TV Episode) This is a Westworld-ian update of a classic sci-fi trope (and its sort of perfect that when Maeve takes on Nazis in Westworld, she wins by utterly confusing the hell out of them). - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
90% Westworld: Season 3 - Parce Domine (TV Episode) It feels like showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are finally taking their toys out of their protective cases and really playing with them, along with a blessedly more straightforward storyline. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
47% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - The Iron Throne (TV Episode) Because the Game of Thrones finale is really a bunch of different endings rolled into one. All the outcomes combined add up to a finale that's sort of ... bittersweet, just as author George R.R. Martin has been saying all these years. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
49% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - The Bells (TV Episode) In doing so, the thing that GoT is actually pushing is a debate about Dany's morality, bringing that question into the foreground of the show after letting it sit quietly in the background for so long. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
58% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - The Last of the Starks (TV Episode) The war for the Iron Throne ignited in a highly emotional episode. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
74% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - The Long Night (TV Episode) Yet none of the storylines were only focused on fighting. Each had moments where the characters could shine, often in heartbreaking or rousing ways. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
88% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (TV Episode) A unique Game of Thrones episode which devoted its whole hour to exploring the calm-before-the-storm on the eve of the great battle to decide the fate of Westeros. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
92% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - Winterfell (TV Episode) I just wish Dany would have taken Sansa out for a dragon ride as well, because I bet the Lady of Winterfell would still be totally unimpressed. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
C+ 15% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - Awkwafina; Travis Scott (TV Episode) When picking the weakest moment from this week you can't really dismiss a sketch that was entirely about having sex with pumpkins. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
29% Jersey Shore: Season 3 (TV, 2010-2012) Jersey Shore is a sitcom. While the broadcast networks continue to look for the next Friends, MTV found it. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
88% Black Mirror: Season 2 - White Bear (TV Episode) With a twist you won't see coming. "White Bear" could have easily been a classic episode of The Twilight Zone. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
50% Black Mirror: Season 2 - The Waldo Moment (TV Episode) The closest Black Mirror has to an agreed-upon misfire, this political spoof doesn't quite connect as it follows the rise of a Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog-like figure. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
92% Black Mirror: Season 2 - Be Right Back (TV Episode) This is a moving exploration of grief and the drama's most emotional hour. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
75% Arrow: Season 1 - An Innocent Man (TV Episode) This week's story, apart several great twists at the end...felt weaker than previous episodes. There was too much speechifying about the nature of Oliver's vigilantism and clunky dialog. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
86% Arrow: Season 1 - Damaged (TV Episode) The writers wrote themselves into a corner by having Oliver Queen arrested for being The Hood and wiggled out of it more convincingly than I expected. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
73% Westworld: Season 2 - The Passenger (TV Episode) Beautiful direction by Federick E.O.Toye, a gorgeous Ramin Djawadi score, terrific performances and stuck a landing that set the stage for an intriguing season 3. Granted, there was also some exposition overload. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
79% Westworld: Season 2 - Vanishing Point (TV Episode) Westworld is great at trolling humanity for our imperfections. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
95% Westworld: Season 2 - Kiksuya (TV Episode) With just one episode, Akecheta enters the final two episodes as a realized character who will doubtless have some kind of impact the climax. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
88% Westworld: Season 2 - Les Écorchés (TV Episode) Nearly every scene this hour had an essential and basic element of drama that's been too infrequent on the show: The show's compelling major characters were going head to head against the show's other compelling major characters. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
97% Westworld: Season 2 - Phase Space (TV Episode) [The] sixth episode of Westworld season 2 "Phase Space" was in some ways a Memorial Day weekend downshift into a quieter hour. Still, there were at least five big moments worth getting into. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2018
90% Westworld: Season 2 - Akane No Mai (TV Episode) At this point in the story, it's unclear if there is much moral difference left between Dolores and the humans who were running Westworld. Still, all that said ... I can't wait to meet Evil Killbot Teddy next week. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
95% Westworld: Season 2 - The Riddle of the Sphinx (TV Episode) This is arguably Westworld's strongest episode yet. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
100% Westworld: Season 2 - Virtù e Fortuna (TV Episode) We got a relatively straightforward hour that dialed back on the confusing time jumps to, as Dr. Ford might say, advance the narrative of Delores getting her revolution in gear. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
95% Westworld: Season 2 - Reunion (TV Episode) This is a cleverly constructed and rather complex episode, one that rewards a second viewing. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2018
87% Westworld: Season 2 - Journey Into Night (TV Episode) Oh, please let Park 6 be a feline-themed land populated with host-cats of all types. It could be filled with giant play structures, laser pointers and grocery bags. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2018
B+ 97% Narcos: Season 3 (TV, 2015-2017) I won't spoil his character's arc, but Salcedo becomes the show's stealth star and the main reason you stay on the couch watching every time the next episode automatically spins up. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
88% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Dragon and the Wolf (TV Episode) This was a return to the very basics of drama -- great writing, acting and direction -- and was the best episode of the season. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
84% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Beyond the Wall (TV Episode) The castle's Gothic vibe is serving Winterfell's current story line well, as the two Stark sisters increasingly turn on each other thanks to Littlefinger inflaming their darkest impulses. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
95% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Eastwatch (TV Episode) The character deck was shuffled yet again to deal us a very cool new Westeros Avengers ensemble combining several fan favorites. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
A 97% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Spoils of War (TV Episode) All the leaks in the world couldn't wreck "The Spoils of War." Game of Thrones' shortest episode ever didn't feel rushed at all, and the story's impact remained incredibly strong no matter what you knew ahead of time. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
90% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Queen's Justice (TV Episode) The war of the two queens is now fully underway in another surprise-packed episode of Game of Thrones, which included the long-awaited meeting of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen -- among many other developments. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
A- 96% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Stormborn (TV Episode) Game of Thrones delivered on its promised faster pace of season 7 with an episode so crammed with major events, reunions, a riveting battle, deaths, and twists that it almost played like a season finale -- yet this is only episode 2! - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
93% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Dragonstone (TV Episode) The long wait is over. Game of Thrones returned with a terrific season 7 opener that featured nearly every major character and set the stage for a brutal clash of queens and an epic end game in Westeros. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2017
A 94% Westworld: Season 1 - The Bicameral Mind (TV Episode) The more you think about this episode, the more brilliant it is. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2016
B+ 86% Westworld: Season 1 - The Well-Tempered Clavier (TV Episode) There were three big clues that I counted and I probably missed one or two as well. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2016
A- 96% Westworld: Season 1 - Trompe L'Oeil (TV Episode) The story was always on the side of the hosts, and now the writers have double downed on their gamble that the audience will accept robots as protagonists. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2016
A- 89% Westworld: Season 1 - The Adversary (TV Episode) This is a reason I'm loving Westworld. We think this show is about AI. And it is, to some degree. But what's surprising is how the plight of the hosts can give us a fresh perspective on what it means to be human. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2016
B+ 93% Westworld: Season 1 - Contrapasso (TV Episode) The writers of Westworld are no longer holding our hands with this stuff and just assume we're keeping up. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2016
96% Westworld: Season 1 - Dissonance Theory (TV Episode) Westworld is almost mathematical in its narrative precision. The pace is not fast, and that frustrates some viewers. Yet the story is always moving -- unceasing, purposeful, and incremental. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2016
90% Westworld: Season 1 - The Stray (TV Episode) Westworld's hosts edged closer toward rebellion in episode 3, "The Stray," which this week sidelined the Man in Black to focus on Dolores' evolution, William and Logan's splintering bromance, and plenty of hinty-hint intrigue among the backstage team. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
86% Sherlock: Season 3 - His Last Vow (TV Episode) "His Last Vow" was a thrilling 90-minute ride that flung fans from laughter to terror to heartache and back again. The episode represented a return to form after the season's previous two episodes veered from the show's format. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
96% Sherlock: Season 3 - The Sign of Three (TV Episode) Changing a show's format and tone is somewhat jarring. And yet Sherlock is pulling off this caper, so far. Because when you entertain at this high of a level, it's easy for viewers to ignore the whiplash and hang on for the ride. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
76% Sherlock: Season 3 - The Empty Hearse (TV Episode) While it takes some big Baker's Street balls to troll fans who have been waiting this long, it's quite clever to bring the Internet speculation surrounding the cliffhanger into the show itself. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
96% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Mountain and the Viper (TV Episode) After an endless two-week break, tonight's return of HBO's Game of Thrones has the rumble-in-the-capitol title bout we've been waiting for. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017