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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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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
72% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
81% Westworld: Season 2 - Vanishing Point (TV Episode) Westworld is great at trolling humanity for our imperfections.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
94% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
87% 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
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
Read More | Posted May 28, 2018
92% 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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2018
86% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2018
B+ 96% Narcos: Season 3 (TV, 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
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
86% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
82% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
94% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
A 96% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
91% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
A- 98% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
92% 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
100% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
100% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
89% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
97% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
100% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Mockingbird (TV Episode) After so much darkness this season, tonight's Game of Thrones was unexpectedly upbeat, with bonding moments and hopeful news scattered across Westeros and Essos.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - The Rains of Castamere (TV Episode) Tonight Thrones reached a crescendo of sorts. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
95% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Second Sons (TV Episode) Home stretch. Tonight's Game of Thrones is the most focused episode we've seen since Blackwater. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Kissed by Fire (TV Episode) This week's Game of Thrones featured Jon Snow and Ygritte stripping for steamy hot spring sex and Jaime and Brienne emotionally baring themselves in a tub as the fantasy hit continued its third-season streak of gripping episodes. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - And Now His Watch Has Ended (TV Episode) Hear that? It's the sound of millions of Game of Thrones fans geeking out. Tonight's episode "And Now His Watch Is Ended" concluded with the most exciting scene in the show's history.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Valar Dohaeris (TV Episode) This is The Empire Strikes Back of the Thrones-verse - except on this show, the Empire always seems like it's striking back.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
93% Game of Thrones: Season 1 - The Wolf and the Lion (TV Episode) Clack-clack-clack-clack-clack....That's the Game of Thrones roller coaster climbing the hill for the past four episodes, ratcheting up the intrigue, danger and suspense. Tonight, we crested the rise and started the downward plunge.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
96% Westworld: Season 1 - Chestnut (TV Episode) "Chestnut," threw even more mysteries into our laps, polished the characters, and added a pair of promising newcomers.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
100% Westworld: Season 1 - The Original (TV Episode) Titled "The Original," the first episode is the most dense packing of characters, story lines, and mysteries that I've seen on TV since the Game of Thrones pilot five years ago.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
98% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - The Winds of Winter (TV Episode) Though the finale shifted from the battlefield, the events were, if anything, far more seismic, with game-changing revelations and huge moves from every corner of the realm that established some very clear new conflicts going into season 7.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2016
98% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - Battle of the Bastards (TV Episode) Game of Thrones just gave us everything we wanted.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2016
85% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - No One (TV Episode) Cheers, chills, and the sound of online fan theories imploding. "No One" delivered Jaime Lannister's finest scene in years, a thrilling chase, and set one Stark on an exciting new path.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2016
96% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - The Broken Man (TV Episode) In "The Broken Man," the chess pieces continued to edge into position in King's Landing and the Riverlands for climactic confrontations to come, while the drama stepped back to ask some major philosophical questions about the nature of violence.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2016
90% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - Blood of My Blood (TV Episode) For a Game of Thrones episode with "blood" in the title (twice!), "Blood of My Blood" was a surprisingly bloodless hour in a season that -- until tonight -- has killed off known characters every single week. Hell, we even gained a Stark!‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted May 29, 2016
98% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - The Door (TV Episode) We went from the happiest episode of Game of Thrones ever last week, to easily one of the saddest.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted May 22, 2016
100% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - Book of the Stranger (TV Episode) This just might be the happiest Game of Thrones episode in the show's history (oh, er, sorry Osha).‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
89% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - Oathbreaker (TV Episode) Season 6's deadly major character kill streak continues.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted May 8, 2016
88% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - Home (TV Episode) The Thrones showrunners often say they don't really do unifying themes, but this episode certainly has one, and it's right there in the title.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted May 2, 2016
84% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - The Red Woman (TV Episode) This is the strongest opening episode of Game of Thrones.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2016