John Levesque

John Levesque
John Levesque's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Seattle Post-Intelligencer

TV Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
62% Breaking News: Season 1 (TV, 2002) The series is compelling, authentic and beautifully written. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
43% Emmys: 54th Emmys (TV, 1998-2019) Yes, Conan O'Brien hosted a fast-paced ceremony that moved along smartly and was remarkable for an absence of long-winded tributes. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
No Score Yet 18 Wheels of Justice: Season 1 (TV, 0-2001) 18 Wheels looks like much of the syndicated stuff that fills the schedules of local stations on weekend afternoons and late evenings: unimaginative plot points interspersed with stupidly violent scenes designed to keep stunt people employed. - South Florida Sun-Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
67% Ponderosa: Season 1 (TV, 0-2002) "The Ponderosa" is ambitious, professional and competently acted, making it infinitely better than a lot of other prime-time fare. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
25% Murder in Small Town X: Season 1 (TV, 2001) The first episode is a train wreck of confusing rules and bad acting. But the strangest thing is seeing the "investigators" behaving as if their own lives are in danger. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
38% Stephen King's Rose Red: Mini-Series (TV, 2002) Rose Red lacks the cohesiveness to make characters accessible or believable. It's as if King did an outline for each of his characters, but never fully fleshed them out the way he would for a 500-page novel. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
33% Still Standing: Season 1 (TV, 2002-2006) "Still Standing" has little to recommend it. It's one of those comedies where the only thing more obvious than the punch line is the over-amplified response of the studio audience. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
No Score Yet A Nero Wolfe Mystery: Season 1 (TV, 2001-2002) As the title character, [Maury] Chaykin is thoroughly melodramatic and fustian -- a Wolfe in anything but sheepish clothing. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
18% Hack: Season 1 (TV, 2002-2004) Mike Olshansky may not be a cop anymore, but "Hack" remains a cop show, and there are plenty more out there with more credibility. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
18% Greetings from Tucson: Season 1 (TV, 2002-2003) To undertake a series about a Hispanic family is laudable, but to make no effort to make it better than mediocre is damnable. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
21% First Monday: Season 1 (TV, 2002) "First Monday" isn't a bad show, but without a couple of F-18s in the cast, it's hard to see it taking off. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
88% Maybe It's Me: Season 1 (TV, 2001-2002) "Maybe It's Me" will resonate with teens and any adults who remember their mortification at the prospect of being seen with one's parents or siblings, or even associated with them. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
30% Special Unit 2: Season 1 (TV, 2001-2002) Special Unit 2 tries to have the same fun with fantasy that Buffy has managed for five seasons. But it's not as smartly written and it lacks the parallel track of allegorical exposition. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
83% John Doe: Season 1 (TV, 2002-2003) At the very least, "John Doe" takes the cop-show format and gives it an interesting twist. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
57% Push, Nevada: Season 1 (TV, 2002) Push, Nevada is quirky in that "Northern Exposure" kind of way, and Derek Cecil clicks as the persistent Jim Prufrock, who makes Columbo look like a slacker. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
57% She Spies: Season 1 (TV, 2002-2004) Sometimes smart, sometimes dumb, She Spies suffers from not being sure how cool it wants to be, ultimately falling somewhere between the brilliance of Daily Show parody and the crudeness of Son of the Beach innuendo. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
100% Odyssey 5: Season 1 (TV, 2002-2004) In its 95-minute premiere, "Odyssey 5" lacks the chemistry that made "The X-Files" irresistible in its early years. But the story alone -- rife with opportunities for redemption, renewal and recovery -- is seductive enough to warrant another visit. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
40% Leap of Faith: Season 1 (TV, 2002) "Leap of Faith" offers intelligent, witty dialogue aimed at mature viewers who like relationship stories with a lighter touch. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
10% Off Centre: Season 1 (TV, 2001-2002) Hard to believe that something so puerile would last beyond a few episodes. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
69% The Academy Awards: 74th Oscars (TV, 1978) The 74th Academy Awards ceremony was something special: fresh, crisp, different from its predecessors. Using Donald Sutherland and Glenn Close as backstage announcers: brilliant. Using Whoopi Goldberg as host in a limited capacity: brilliant. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
96% Scrubs: Season 1 (TV, 2001-2010) Not since M*A*S*H has the medical profession taken so much irreverent poking and prodding. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
38% Half & Half: Season 1 (TV, 2002-2006) The execution, uneven at best. Telma Hopkins, as Mona's mother, shines with over-the-top élan. The rest of the cast has moments, but the pilot episode seems like a new play still going through try-outs in New Haven. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
56% Watching Ellie: Season 1 (TV, 2002-2003) Watching Ellie rises and falls on the ability of Louis-Dreyfus to pull laughs out of familiar story lines. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
75% Life with Bonnie: Season 1 (TV, 2002-2004) It's not perfect, but"Life With Bonnie is one of the funniest "traditional" comedies ABC has produced in years, and certainly one of the best of this year's crop on any network. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
20% Wolf Lake: Season 1 (TV, 2001-2002) "Wolf Lake" is the real deal: a five-star train wreck, a line of toxic-waste tank cars jumping the tracks and fouling lakes, rivers and swimming pools for miles around. In a word: stinkaroonie. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
54% The Ellen Show: Season 1 (TV, 2001-2002) Fans of [Ellen] DeGeneres' bemused-observer comedy style will probably stay around, but it's nothing we haven't seen before. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
69% American Dreams: Season 1 (TV, 2002-2005) Fueled by the rock 'n' roll music of the '60s and using American Bandstand as a story component, American Dreams is unabashedly hopeful in spite of enough personal crises to spawn a Party of Five revival. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
10% The Bachelor: Season 1 (TV, 2002) [The Bachelor] is actually tame, but still detestable. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
93% Undeclared: Season 1 (TV, 2001-2002) Creator Judd Apatow is clearly stuck in the past, and, as with Freaks and Geeks, there's a one-note sameness to Undeclared that could wear thin. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
53% The Guardian: Season 1 (TV, 2001-2004) [We don't like] the rudderless feel, and the sense that nobody seems to be all that happy to be doing this show. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
47% Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Season 1 (TV, 2001-2011) It looks like a lot of cop shows that have gone before, no matter what Wolf says about its criminal-based perspective. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
85% CSI: Miami: Season 1 (TV, 2002-2012) If you can accept the dramatic license, the dearth of Hispanic characters and Caruso's tendency to mumble, CSI: Miami is certainly as good as its competition. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
95% The Shield: Season 1 (TV, 2002-2008) Choosing to build a series around an antihero is one thing. But making it impossible to root for him doesn't bode well for repeat business. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
52% Birds of Prey: Season 1 (TV, 2002-2003) "Birds of Prey,"...has its lighter moments. But don't expect too much levity out of this group...Besides, we're talking about women who are still grieving the death of a mother and the disappearance of both a father and a mentor. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
63% Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6 (TV, 1997-2003) And, if nothing else, Whedon succeeds as a writer in getting his characters to say things they never would utter in their speaking voices. It's an apt study in the subtleties of communication. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
100% Freaks and Geeks: Season 1 (TV, 1999-2000) Freaks and Geeks is that wonderful rarity among television series, a show that simultaneously lampoons reality and embraces it. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017