Jeff Stone

Jeff Stone
Jeff Stone's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): indieWire
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T-Meter Title | Year
D+ 82% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Scars (TV Episode) After a relatively solid string of episodes, "Scars" is Season 9's first big stinker, a nasty piece of work that doesn't even have the courage of its own convictions. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
B+ 94% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Chokepoint (TV Episode) An adventure that seems dire at first but ultimately works out for the best. If that sounds a lot like the structure of "Bounty" from a few weeks ago, you'd be correct, but that episode was rock solid and this one follows suit. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
C+ 81% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Guardians (TV Episode) The Walking Dead has so conditioned us to expect the worst (especially when characters start displaying empathy), that it taints what should be a nice redemptive moment for Michonne. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
B 78% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Bounty (TV Episode) "Bounty" is a perfectly solid episode of The Walking Dead, with suitably taut plotting and one fresh bit of zombie business. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
B 78% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Omega (TV Episode) While the turn is interesting, the actual execution is a little ham-fisted... But these are pretty minor quibbles about a story where empathy brings about character change. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
B- 91% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Adaptation (TV Episode) It's easy to see where Negan's story this episode is going from about the second vignette, but it's still effective. At first he's delighted to be outside in the fresh air. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
C+ 80% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Evolution (TV Episode) The mid-season cliffhanger isn't much of one, and the new conflict on the horizon seems like yet another "our side versus a pack of psychopaths" story that the show has so thoroughly covered before. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
C 79% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Stradivarius (TV Episode) "The Walking Dead" has shifted back to auto-pilot, meandering around with very little drive until the November finale. The creative surge the show displayed early on this season is quickly dwindling. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
C 83% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Who Are You Now? (TV Episode) The primary issue with "Who Are You Now" is that Michonne is now the knee-jerk xenophobe... It's not utterly derailing -- Michonne comes around by the end of the episode -- but it's still disheartening on top of being repetitive. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
B 76% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - What Comes After (TV Episode) "What Comes After," at least before things take a serious turn for the bonkers, is a perfectly acceptable, if somewhat, cliché-ridden hour of television, with some extremely welcome returns. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B- 90% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - The Obliged (TV Episode) It doesn't make for a particularly satisfying viewing experience, but it does build anticipation for Andrew Lincoln's final episode next week. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
A- 100% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - Warning Signs (TV Episode) Kudos to all the performers in the episode's climax. Really gripping stuff. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
B- 100% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - The Bridge (TV Episode) If "The Bridge" is a slight downturn from last week's promising premiere, it's only because it's stuck between the shock of the show's new status quo and the build towards the rest of the season. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
A- 96% The Walking Dead: Season 9 - A New Beginning (TV Episode) Kang [producer] wastes no time in establishing the new status quo. The premiere isn't called "A New Beginning" for nothing - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
C+ 64% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 4 - People Like Us (TV Episode) Tearing something apart isn't difficult -- the trick is developing a show that's truly worth watching. The back half of Season 4 looks to quietly rebuild, but it remains to be seen if it can succeed. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
C 88% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Worth (TV Episode) The issue is that those cracks in the Saviors' unity were intriguing and added an x-factor to the tired primary conflict. After Worth, all that's left is a feeling of "let's get this over with." - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
C- 71% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Still Gotta Mean Something (TV Episode) Jadis has always been an enigma, but this episode didn't really serve to flesh her out in any significant way, and Negan doesn't offer any new info, or at least any we couldn't already infer. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
B 71% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Do Not Send Us Astray (TV Episode) The episode has a little bit of everything -- human vs. human action, human vs. zombie action, and even some significant character development for Maggie. It's as busy an episode as last week, but it's a much stronger effort. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
B- 83% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - The Key (TV Episode) "The Key" is a pretty eventful episode by "Walking Dead" standards, but it's still primarily about hitting notes the show has hit before. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
B 65% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Dead or Alive Or (TV Episode) The good news is that there's some necessary character progress for Dwight, whose changing of allegiances hasn't been fully addressed. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
C+ 86% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - The Lost and the Plunderers (TV Episode) "The Lost and the Plunderers" focuses on one character at a time, with each character getting a title card to go with their segment. This allows the episode to futz a bit with chronology, but it's mostly just window dressing on a pretty basic episode. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
B+ 81% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Honor (TV Episode) The good news is that "Honor" is one of the better Walking Dead episodes this season, with solid thematic cohesion and actual emotional stakes. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
C- 63% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - How It's Gotta Be (TV Episode) This is all just characters acting dumb for no reason, and it's all too much for this episode to bear, especially when it plays out so slowly over 90 minutes. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
C+ 76% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Time for After (TV Episode) "Time for After" has probably the most important plot development in Season 8 since the premiere, so why does it feel like such a shrug? - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
C+ 35% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - The King, the Widow, and Rick (TV Episode) There are a couple of decent scenes, but it's mostly people saying stuff you already knew or doing stuff they've already done in previous episodes. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
A- 81% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - The Big Scary U (TV Episode) It's a Negan episode. Wait, don't go! It's actually much better than it sounds! In fact, "The Big Scary U" is not only the best episode of Season 8, it might be better than any episode from Season 7. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2017
B 89% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Some Guy (TV Episode) It's a pretty grim hour, but the understandable motivation, decent action, and surprising loss make it Season 8's most successful hour yet. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
C 56% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Monsters (TV Episode) There's still some action to be had, but it's about as exciting as watching paint dry. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2017
C 50% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - The Damned (TV Episode) There is nothing here, action-wise, that you haven't seen many, many other times on this show. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
C 91% The Walking Dead: Season 8 - Mercy (TV Episode) Yes, things happen this episode, it's just the way they happen range from "by the numbers" to "pretty dumb." - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
C- 59% American Horror Story: Roanoke - Chapter 10 (TV Episode) I admire the effort in trying to do something different with the format; it just turned out to be a huge misfire. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
C+ 92% American Horror Story: Roanoke - Chapter 9 (TV Episode) If there's one thing the back half of Roanoke has made abundantly clear: If you actively seek fame, you will be killed in the worst way possible. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
B- 63% American Horror Story: Roanoke - Chapter 8 (TV Episode) They're intriguing issues, and "Chapter 8" is at its most interesting when it raises them, but its answer seems to be no, there's no agenda here. Everyone on "Return to Roanoke" is just as bad as they seem, no fancy editing required. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
B+ 100% American Horror Story: Roanoke - Chapter 7 (TV Episode) This week's episode cranks up the scares and the WTF moments that have always been the show's trademark. Who knows if the remainder of Season 6 can keep up this pace, but for now it's nice to enjoy the ride. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
B+ 93% American Horror Story: Roanoke - Chapter 6 (TV Episode) All in all, "Chapter 6" is a promising start to the back half of the season. It's too late for Season 6 to be declared a complete success, but it might be able to pull up from its nosedive. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
B- 83% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 3 (TV, 2015-2018) Episodes 2 and 3 are an encouraging start, and the new setting has promise, with plenty of possible character dynamics to explore. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
C+ 66% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Something They Need (TV Episode) It's the penultimate episode, so it's time to check in with just about everybody (the Kingdom excluded). That makes "Something They Need" a busy episode, but not a particularly compelling one. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
B 71% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - The Other Side (TV Episode) Still, it's an exciting enough cliffhanger, as Rosita finds some surprise backup in Daryl as the episode ends, promising even more action next week. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
C 85% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Bury Me Here (TV Episode) If the episode does a disservice to Ezekiel, it's even worse with Carol, whose decision to return to the fold is given all the weight a few minutes of screen time can muster. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
B- 78% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Say Yes (TV Episode) Walking Dead's new, relatively sunnier approach in the back half of Season 7 still seems like writerly course correction from the season's dire first half rather than fully organic character development, but it's a welcome change. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
B+ 85% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Hostiles and Calamities (TV Episode) It's a grim episode, but it's grimness with purpose. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
B 82% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - New Best Friends (TV Episode) Two main plotlines run through "New Best Friends"... This gives the episode a bit of tonal whiplash, since the Rick stuff is downright goofy... while Daryl and Carol's scenes are emotionally fraught. Still, both storylines are satisfying in their own way. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2017
B+ 87% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Rock in the Road (TV Episode) The good news is that "Rock In The Road" moves pretty briskly... there's some fresh zombie action, and no Negan to be found (save for a brief radio message). It's a welcome respite from the repetitive misery of the first half of the season. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
C+ 76% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Hearts Still Beating (TV Episode) So while it's nice that things are moving along, the show took its sweet time getting there. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
C 78% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Sing Me a Song (TV Episode) Filling more time is a burden this show really doesn't need. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
B 63% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Swear (TV Episode) "Swear" is one of those Walking Dead episodes where characters debate philosophy, which has not always lent itself to compelling viewing. But it works out pretty well here. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2016
B 76% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Go Getters (TV Episode) While "Go Getters" offers several familiar sights (yes, we get our third Savior collection over the past four episodes), strong acting and solid character arcs make it one of the better episodes of Season 7 so far. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
C 62% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Service (TV Episode) I'm afraid The Walking Dead may have bitten off more than it can chew by expanding its world so quickly. It should at least make more interesting use of its time. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
C+ 75% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - The Cell (TV Episode) After the lows of the premiere and the highs of last week, "The Cell" settles in as one of those pokey, mediocre Walking Dead episodes that tend to comprise the bulk of most seasons. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
A- 95% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - The Well (TV Episode) So more horrors await us sooner rather than later, but it's nice to have the occasional respite and argument in favor of humanity. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2016