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John Anderson

John Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet POV: Season 30 - Tribal Justice (TV Episode) There is, as a result, a somewhat melancholic tone to much of the movie. But also a reassuring wisdom to be found in the women Ms. Makepeace has made that movie about.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
74% Marvel's The Defenders: Marvel's The Defenders (TV, 2017) Though Marvel's The Defenders is and will continue to be arcane, it's also thoroughly engaging, almost entirely thanks to its cast. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
82% Comrade Detective: Season 1 (TV, 2017) It works as drama, as well as comedy, and it seems as if putting it together might have been fun. The finished product certainly is.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
3/4 89% Manhunt: UNABOMBER (TV, 2017) Engrossing at times and well worth watching, though the writing is often graceless and the direction haphazard.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
24% Friends From College: Season 1 (TV, 2017) There's more at stake than in your average sitcom, but the antics are juvenile, and the tone is all over the place.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
No Score Yet Apollo Gauntlet: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) Apollo, the latest addition to the Adult Swim menu of animation for grown-ups and, like many of the program's offerings, more amusing than hilarious. Still, it eagerly pushes its naively animated envelope towards a giddily warped reality. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
61% Will: Miniseries (TV, 2017) Nothing is understated in "Will" not the violence, the vulgarity or the elocution: Every character declaims as if to be heard in the Globe's cheap seats... the whole cast is, verily, first-rate and clever.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
50% Prime Suspect: Tennison: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Prime Suspect: Tennison is as ample a fix as any hopeless addict could hope for. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
80% The Putin Interviews: Season 1 (TV, 2017) In the absence of startling revelations, what's fascinating about this elaborate production is the theater of it all.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
39% Still Star-Crossed: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The colorblind casting of Still Star-Crossed is also an intriguing part of the formula, though it's no help in distinguishing this family from that considering the large number of characters. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 28, 2017
No Score Yet American Epic: Season 1 (TV, 2017) It's that sense of happenstance and kismet-and connections, and echoes of artists never recorded-that help American Epic breathe.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
97% The Decalogue: Series 1 (TV, 1989) It is hard to say that anything on the small screen has surpassed Dekalog since it first aired in 1989. ‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
100% Downton Abbey: Season 2 (TV, 2012) Downton Abbey is a soap opera, albeit one that appeals to people who would never willingly admit to an appetite for soap operas.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
No Score Yet Call Me Francis: Miniseries (TV, 2016) Call Me Francis is occasionally much too talky; the direction by the Italian Daniele Luchetti, despite a few dazzling flourishes, is mostly workmanlike. But the charity and soulfulness of the story are considerable.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
80% Victorian Slum House: Season 1 (TV, 2017) There's some education at work here, of course, but what we really want to see is how far the participants will go before they break. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
100% Dear White People: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Among the show's virtues is a great deal of clever dialogue, delivered in such a torrent it sometimes drowns itself out. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
99% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The Handmaid's Tale itself, embracing something larger than Offred's battered psychology and the forcibly blinkered sphere of her existence, promises a series with some very interesting places to go.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
83% Genius: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Sure, the sex and violence may be ratcheted down a bit. But the genius is more pronounced.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
85% The White Princess: Season 1 (TV, 2017) In addition to taking the chattel's point of view in a world lopsidedly male, The White Princess is a tapestry of soap and backstage politics, with some really marvelous performances.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
97% Five Came Back: Miniseries (TV, 2017) Overall, the series is much like its story: mythic, adventurous, romantic. And real.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
83% Striking Out: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It breathes. It allows relationships to build, and be revealed, as the narrative progresses.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
No Score Yet Believer: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Overall, though, the intent is to portray the host as alternately guileless, sophisticated, knowledgeable and awe-struck-something of a juggling act. Most of the time, Mr. Aslan is a likable performer. Some of the time, the performance seems strained.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
89% Feud: Bette and Joan (TV, 2017) For all the campy craziness of Feud its message is one about the wrong people being mad at each other-a formulation with bottomless appeal and no end of examples.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
92% Big Little Lies: Miniseries (TV, 2017) It is ... in many respects, a comedy, an opera buffa in the grand tradition of the '80s nighttime soap, aka delicious trash. You may want to watch even if you've already read the Liane Moriarty book on which it's based, or its Wikipedia entry.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
No Score Yet American Experience: Season 29 - Ruby Ridge (TV Episode) [It provides] enthralling accounts of a history that, as William Faulkner might have said, isn't even past.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
No Score Yet Secrets of the Six Wives: Miniseries (TV, 2017) Ms. Worsley is the real star, though, waxing enthusiastic while never losing her head.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
96% One Day at a Time: Season 1 (TV, 2017) There's an interview that can be found online that begins with Ms. Moreno declaring, "I have no objection to playing a Hispanic. I have every objection to playing a stereotype." Not every objection, to judge by the new One Day at a Time.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
100% The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (TV, 2016) Henry VI, Part 2, part of PBS's Great Performances series, features some very potent performances, notably from Sophie Okonedo as Queen Margaret. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
100% Tracey Ullman's Show: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Already aired in the U.K., Tracey Ullman's Show takes swipes at various aspects of British life and politics, but Americans shouldn't need much help absorbing them.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
100% The Durrells in Corfu: Season 1 (TV, 2016) All the Durrells seem to find themselves in Corfu. Viewers will find them irresistible.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
93% Queen Sugar: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It's certainly energetic TV, but requires a strenuous suspension of disbelief. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
94% High Maintenance: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Wry, smart, culturally immediate, it takes great delight, on the one hand, in skewering that vaunted sociological/real-estate phenomenon one might call Insufferable Brooklyn. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
19% Conviction: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Judging from the premiere episode, Conviction is not just compelling and topical, it's a master class in TV-series construction.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
90% Last Chance U: Season 1 (TV, 2016) What makes this six-part series the binge-able attraction it is, of course, are the characters. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2016
73% Better Late than Never: Season 1 (TV, 2016) What's interesting about "Better Late Than Never" is what a throwback it seems compared with a great deal of current television. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
91% Narcos: Season 2 (TV, 2016) The combination of great writing and towering hypocrisy can be very entertaining.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
68% Madoff: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Madoff stars Richard Dreyfuss as Mr. Madoff, a terrific Blythe Danner as his wife, Ruth, and is an audacious undertaking with a flaw in its DNA.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016
85% War & Peace: Season 1 (TV, 2016) At no time will the viewer feel that he or she has been transported to 1805 Russia, the drawing rooms of St. Petersburg, or the blood-soaked battlefields of the Napoleonic wars. That said, it's not entirely a bad time.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2016
No Score Yet American Masters: Season 30 - Mike Nichols (TV Episode) The heart of the piece is Mr. Nichols himself, who weaves an irresistible spell just by talking-about his work, his colleagues and, best of all, himself.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016
100% Deutschland 83: Season 1 (TV, 2015) It's certainly entertaining and well-done but, based on the first two chapters, the viewers are going to have to swallow quite a large helping of implausible sauerkraut to attain their suspension of disbelief.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2015
53% Blunt Talk: Season 1 (TV, 2015) The flashes of genius include Walter's self-flagellating on-air interview-conducted by his own pre-recorded self-which is as funny as anything lately seen on television.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
91% Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: Season 1 (TV, 2015) My prophecy is that by the end of this year the men playing Mssrs. Strange and Norrell in the BBC America miniseries will have given two of the more engaging performances on television.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2015
72% Babylon: Season 1 (TV, 2014) The nastiness of Babylon is refreshing, even while the writing fails to support either the level of acting or the atmosphere, which aspires to something far more clever than what the writers, Sam Bain, Jesse Armstrong and Jon Brown, have delivered.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2015
75% Billions: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The biggest reason to watch Billions is the acting talent, something which even the endlessly expository dialogue and absurd characterizations can't totally quash. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2016
63% True Detective : Season 2 (TV, 2015) The fact that every issue is given exactly the same dramatic weight may make the viewer queasy.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2015
66% The Slap: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Where The Slap will be going in subsequent episodes is unclear and, mostly, irrelevant. Any and all misfortune, however, will be warmly welcomed.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2015
40% Heartbreakers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) Just when you thought reality television had exhausted all its options, along comes the joyously cheesy Heartbreakers to prove that age cannot wither, nor custom stale, its infinite variety. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2014
77% The Cosmopolitans: Season One (TV, 2014) Like the errant offspring of Edith Wharton and Luis Buñuel, he [Stillman] takes artifice to an uncomfortable place, and sees privilege as a gateway to anxiety. When his characters are out of their element, it means trouble. Or, at the very least, unease.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2014
83% Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2015) There may be nothing new under the sun, but Empire, is derivative to the point of parody. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2015
81% Public Morals: Season 1 (TV, 2015) A show about murder, graft and mayhem is fine. But someone should at least appear to be enjoying himself.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015