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John Boland

John Boland
John Boland's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Irish Independent

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Secret City: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Personally, I thought the first episode a bit far-fetched, though for outlandishness these days fiction has increasingly become no match for truth, whatever that might be.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
93% The Staircase: The Staircase (TV, 2005) It makes for very powerful TV. ‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
75% The Fourth Estate: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Never less than interesting, though it badly needed a couple of personalities to liven it up.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
92% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 (TV, 2018) Indeed, while it is brilliantly directed and acted, especially by Elisabeth Moss in the central role, I've a feeling that it's going to prove too much for some viewers, myself included.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
64% The Alienist: Season 1 (TV, 2018) And I won't be taking refuge with The Alienist... It's not just the explicit grisliness of it all and it's not just the gloom in which it's mostly enveloped, it's also that the opening episode was so sluggish that I felt no wish to continue.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
No Score Yet Can't Cope, Won't Cope: Season 2 (TV, 2018) None of this was either amusing or endearing. Instead, Aisling merely registered as tiresomely self-absorbed...‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
80% The Split: Miniseries (TV, 2018) It's all sleekly done, with a snappy script by Abi Morgan, but most of the characters are just awful in that peculiarly English middle-class kind of way.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
67% The Woman in White: Miniseries (TV, 2018) So convoluted as to be almost baffling...‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
86% C.B. Strike: Career of Evil (TV, 2018) This two-parter has a grisly plot, but the secret to its success is the winning chemistry between Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
33% Hold the Sunset: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The attempt by Cleese, in his first BBC show since Fawlty Towers, to be genially benign was so excruciating that I didn't know where to look.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
71% Troy: Fall of a City: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Certainly it looked good, stayed reasonably attentive to Homer's myth-making and had some decent playing from a largely unknown cast.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
73% Collateral: Miniseries (TV, 2018) It's been full of the kind of state-of-the-nation speechifying that has marred some other of scriptwriter David Hare's dramas, so that even the striking performances... haven't compensated for its heavy-handedness.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
71% Britannia: Season 1 (TV, 2018) It was like being at a very muddy rock festival with added eye gougings and throat slittings.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
69% McMafia: Season 1 (TV, 2018) James Norton is no Al Pacino and, on the evidence of the opening episodes, this dramatisation of Misha Glenny's 2008 book about global crime will turn out to be no masterpiece.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
No Score Yet Striking Out: Season 2 (TV, 2018) In short, the series is tosh, a soap opera masquerading as a legal drama, riddled with implausibilities, and with Amy Huberman's Tara even more mopey and woebegone than in the first season.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
72% Homeland: Season 7 (TV, 2018) Personally I've had it up to here with Carrie and her tantrums and meltdowns and eye-rollings and facial twitches.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
3/5 78% The X-Files: Season 11 (TV, 2018) Happily, with episode one out of the way, The X-Files clicks back into groove, swiftly reminding us why we all loved it so much in the first place. ‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
76% Young Sheldon: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2018) It's smart and lively without being terribly amusing.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
23% The Orville: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Stretched out to hour-long episodes, it's dismayingly limp.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
71% Striking Out: Season 1 (TV, 2016) None of its characters bearing the slightest resemblance to anyone who actually exists in the real world. ‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
86% Will & Grace: Season 9 (TV, 2017) My main problem with this reincarnation, as with the original show, is that the zippy one-liners are clever without being really funny.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
100% Call My Agent!: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It helps that the storylines are engrossing, that the scripts are witty and that the four central characters are so sharply defined and well played that you're eager to spend time in their company.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
No Score Yet Nowhere Fast: Season 1 (TV, 2017) I just wish that the show was either funnier or darker, though both would be even better.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
85% Motherland: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Though the writing in this season-opener was as sharp as ever, most of the set-ups and gags were squirm-inducing rather than truly amusing, while the troupe of supercilious alpha-mums were almost cartoonish in their social shallowness.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
89% Godless: Miniseries (TV, 2017) The landscapes are bleakly arresting and the violence when it comes is suitably chilling.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
85% Mr. Mercedes: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The genius of this series was that all of the characters, even the most minor, were so quirky and so well cast that they seemed to have lives that extended beyond their presence on screen.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
69% Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams: Season 1 (TV, 2017) ... a cut-price version also of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror series... ‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
81% C.B. Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling (TV, 2017) Now that was a pleasure.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
98% The Vietnam War: Miniseries (TV, 2017) [The Vietnam war] is a major achievement.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
93% The Deuce: Season 1 (TV, 2017) [The Deuce] leaves you feeling unsettled by the thought that, almost 50 years later, the casual misogyny so beadily observed here has now found official expression in the America of Donald Trump.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
100% Line of Duty: Season 4 (TV, 2017) Line of Duty (BBC1) came to a nail-bitingly exciting end, or rather to three nail-bitingly exciting ends, two of them unforeseeable by even the most imaginative of viewers.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
33% Girlboss: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Likeability, of course, isn't a prerequisite for an interesting character, but unfortunately, the makers of Girlboss seem to think that Sophia (Britt Robertson) is adorably kooky rather than rude and obnoxious.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
100% Dear White People: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Yet despite all the right-on sloganising, there's lively playing from an unfamiliar cast who create some intriguing characters, and the series may well prove worth pursuing.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
81% 13 Reasons Why: Season 1 (TV, 2017) From the two episodes I've watched, the drama is quite compelling, with affecting turns from Katherine Langford... and from Dylan Minnette... but the gradual audio-tape revelations are decidedly gimmicky.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
93% Big Little Lies: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The series has me hooked, with an intriguingly enigmatic turn from Kidman... while Witherspoon brought a wrenching poignancy to scenes in which she let her public guard down and revealed her private loneliness.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
95% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 (TV, 2017) [The Handmaid's Tale] has a chillingly contemporary fee.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
93% Fargo: Season 3 (TV, 2017) I'll certainly be along for the ride.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017