John Crace

John Crace
John Crace's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian
Publications: Guardian

TV Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% In Treatment: Season 2 (TV, 2008-2010) It is still very superior TV, as the central performances are mesmerising, and the scripts tight enough to enable you to suspend disbelief. It's also a real treat to find a programme that dares to put dialogue before action. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
86% 30 Rock: Season 5 (TV, 2006-2013) With its seemingly interminable ad breaks, each episode is reduced to two 10-minute chunks consisting of a constant stream of fairly standard one-liners of varying quality in which nothing very much happens. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2010
100% Top Boy: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2019) Well-acted, well-written television like this don't come round that often. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
100% The Great British Baking Show: Series 4 (TV, 2010) GBBO is basically much the same format as X Factor. A bit fluffier, but no more real. Which is perfectly OK, so long as no one is trying to claim otherwise. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
No Score Yet GBH: Season 1 (TV, 1991) No one ever claimed GBH to be subtle TV. But it is still entirely watchable. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
100% The Bletchley Circle: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2014) While straying dangerously close to Rosemary and Thyme territory at times, The Bletchley Circle just about kept the right side of the line, thanks to a goodish plot, a strong cast and some unexpectedly stylish touches of 50s period noir. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
78% Veep: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2019) It's an inspired piece of writing and casting, as Veep moves the Yes Minister/The Thick of It political sitcom on from the standard format of blundering minister and devious, more intelligent, spin doctors - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
71% Spies Of Warsaw: Miniseries (TV, 2013) But I could have lived with all this, were it not for the complete absence of tension. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
87% Peaky Blinders: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2019) Undeniably entertaining, though more as a soap romp than a drama; I didn't feel quite as involved with the gun heist from the Birmingham Small Arms factory and the warring gangs as I think I was meant to be. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
58% Episodes (US): Season 3 (TV, 2011-2017) The key faultline is that Episodes has written itself into a cul-de-sac. There's nothing left to it apart from a series of relationships and most of the interesting things that can happen have already happened. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2014
90% Masters of Sex: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2016) Certainly there was much to love about a drama that chronicles one of the turning points of the sexual revolution; not least the dialogue. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2013
57% The Big C: Hereafter (TV, 2010-2013) It's just that - and I feel bad about saying this - there's no place left for the show to go, now it's in its fourth series. The characters are all played out. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2013
60% Whitechapel: Season 2 (TV, 2009-2013) There's a fine line between a script that makes you work hard to follow what's going on and one where you very quickly stop bothering as you've long since ceased to care. Whitechapel more often than not steps on the wrong side. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2013
95% Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2010-2014) There was something rather lifeless about it, as if the show was trying just that bit too hard to tick all the boxes. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2014
53% Life's Too Short: Season 1 (TV, 2011) The problem with this new series is not that it's offensive; it's that it's just not very funny. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2012
73% Alphas: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012) Alphas is a cut above the usual sci-fi tosh. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2011
88% Luther: Season 3 (TV, 2010) There's precious little good TV through the summer months and this is worth staying in for. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2013
91% Luther: Season 1 (TV, 2010) Once you've got past its annoying "take me seriously" tics, Luther is pure, escapist TV drama. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2010
86% House of Cards: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2018) House of Cards is as entertaining a vision as any of how most politicians would like to play politics if they thought they could get away with it. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2013