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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 56% Stephen King's It (1990) In addition to It's slow pace, I found the ending a big letdown. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
B+ 74% Too Big to Fail (2011) What could have been a snoozy jeremiad becomes something closer to a thriller.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
B 75% Moby Dick (1998) Director Roddam gives it a good shot -- a noble attempt to bring awe and the unknowable to the small screen. That, combined with Stewart's full-force-gale acting, gives this Dick a lift it would otherwise lack.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
100% Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life (2018) Unlike a lot of comedy specials these days, including most of the ones Netflix does, there's no straining for coolness here, no anger, no strenuous deconstructions of gender roles or savage political humor.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
23% The Week Of (2018) If you're willing to take The Week Of on its own terms, it's a goodhearted, sentimental comedy that wants to be The Father of the Bride with more vulgarity.‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
96% Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018) I've listened to Elvis Presley so much over the years, read so many books about him, seen so much video footage of him, that I came to Elvis Presley: The Searcher thinking I'd skim over it... I ended up watching every second.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
69% Paterno (2018) It's a very good performance in a very good film that avoids sensationalizing the crimes in order to explore pain on many levels.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
43% 90th Academy Awards (2018) The best thing Kimmel could have done was announce he was stepping aside to let a woman host... He chose not to do that and ended up much like the statue of the Oscar he made fun of for having no reproductive organ: It was a eunuch's performance.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
100% Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018) The jokes here are tight and sharp -- they pierce your sensibilities while making you laugh, sometimes out of shock, sometimes out of ruefulness, and sometimes out of the rough wisdom that he's just shared.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
64% A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2017) [Will] Forte is very good at conveying Kenney's talent and his sadness, but I wonder how many viewers who aren't old Lampoon fans are going to sit all the way through this wiseguy reproduction of a time gone by.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
25% Bright (2017) One feels bad for Smith, who looks weary beyond what his character feels; it's as though he finds it exhausting to deliver the trite hard-boiled dialogue.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
43% A Christmas Story Live! (2017) A Christmas Story Live! was solid, but it lacked the kind of emotional resonance that makes people want to see the movie over and over.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
89% Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) The Center Will Not Hold has a brisk, no-frills pace and editing. Almost inadvertently, Griffin Dunne's film reveals Didion as an essentially conservative mind, someone who prized order, tradition, and power structures.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
100% Too Funny To Fail (2017) Too Funny to Fail succeeds in being funny about failure. ‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
90% Gerald's Game (2017) Gerald's Game is one of the most interesting and well-acted movies you'll see this year.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
93% Jerry Before Seinfeld (2017) It was such a pleasure to sink down into these jokes with Seinfeld, such a treat to be carried along by such a confident professional. It's rare to be treated this way by any piece of current entertainment; enjoy his achievement here.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
B+ No Score Yet There's a deep, rich creepiness suffusing Stephen King's The Shining that makes this miniseries the most frightening TV movie ever made.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
92% Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy (2017) Since this is the sort of film in which the children of the subject go through photo albums reminiscing about what they remember of their mother and their childhoods with her, don't approach Diana, Our Mother as a shocking-revelation documentary. ‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
88% Get Me Roger Stone (2017) Edited with brisk energy, Get Me Roger Stone is a good example of a certain kind of documentary - one that will appeal to opposing sides. ‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
87% Okja (2017) It is the many ravishing depictions of Okja's life with Mija -- the beauty the film finds in even so large and ungainly a creature -- that make Okja such a transfixing experience.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
No Score Yet Menendez: Blood Brothers (2017) A dreadful TV movie that looks more like a creepy high-school play.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
100% Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead (2017) I've always admired the band more than enjoyed it. This time around, watching every minute of this long film without ever being bored, I really enjoyed the Dead, a lot.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
100% Robert Klein Still Can't Stop His Leg (2016) The film, directed by Marshall Fine, does an excellent job of reintroducing Klein to a generation younger than the comedian's: Klein is now a hale and hearty 75 years old.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
88% Batman & Bill (2017) Finger's life as a struggling writer, the reverberations of his career failure on his family, and the film's adroit, lively way of guiding us through the potentially dull subject of copyright law all combine to give Batman & Bill a lot of juicy oomph.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
100% Burn, Motherf*cker, Burn! (2017) Burn is filled with amazing and often cleverly chosen footage, including an interview with singer Barry White on Dinah Shore's 1970s daytime talk show in which he talks about his participation in the Watts riots.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
92% Louis C.K.: 2017 (2017) Louis C.K. demonstrates what lifts him above so many other performers: An honesty he can bend into jokes that provoke laughter while also, perhaps, tapping into ideas and feelings his listeners may recognize in themselves.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
58% David Brent: Life on the Road (2017) The hour-and-a-half-plus seems twice as long, with Brent being constantly humiliated while grinning pathetically.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) It captures these two extremely vital spirits in the very recent past, and makes you feel the loss of them even more sharply.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
57% Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love (2016) What pulls it all together is what pulls together everything Dolly Parton touches: heartfelt emotion, un-ironic portrayals of modest sincerity (Nettles and Schroder are particularly effective), and a gift for turning treacle into musical gold.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
No Score Yet An American Girl Story - Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas (2016) It's so busy force-feeding its young 2016 audience with proper 2016 attitudes, it fails to capture what the 1950s were like, which might actually be entertaining to any American Girl doll owner.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2016
90% Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing (2016) As directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, Marathon benefits from the filmmakers clear-eyed, meticulous chronology of the events and their steady focus on the survivors.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
No Score Yet Who Killed JonBenét? (2016) That's rich: A cheeseball TV movie asking its viewers to "let go" of their JonBenét obsession, even as Who Killed JonBenét? exploits the child one more time.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
100% Hamilton's America (2016) All in all, Hamilton's America is a classy commercial for the show.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2016
63% Killing Reagan (2016) The best moments are the quiet little conversations between Ron and Nancy. Matheson and Nixon are convincing as a close couple united by true love as well as common goals and ambitions.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
100% O.J.: Made in America (2016) It's an amazing viewing experience.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
100% The Dresser (2015) The crisp bite of Harwood's lines (goosed here and there by snippets of Shakespeare) and the vigorous enthusiasm of Hopkins and McKellen give The Dresser an engaging passion.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted May 30, 2016
88% All the Way (2016) Transferring his Tony Award-winning performance as President Lyndon B. Johnson to television, Bryan Cranston bursts through the television screen with the energetic shrewdness and vulgarity of one of America's most vexed presidents.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
93% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) Little Girl Blue is more like a time capsule of a bygone era than the showcase for an enduringly vital artist.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
18% Special Correspondents (2016) The entire production seems like a half-hour comedy special that got stretched out to feature-length.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
81% Confirmation (2016) Washington's performance so thoroughly captures the degree to which Hill did not seek or desire such a status, it's difficult to imagine that Anita Hill sees herself as the proud crusader the film would like to leave us with.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
80% Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016) Pee-wee and Reubens remain cute, but never cutesy; the artist and his creation are pure products of American culture, unique treasures mixing innocence and knowingness in just the right amounts.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2016
78% Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors (2015) This is the time of year when sentimentality can be a warming thing, and Parton's Coat will keep an awful lot of people warm this winter.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
70% A Very Murray Christmas (2015) I could imagine lots of people firing up their old Netflix accounts each year to watch A Very Murray Christmas all over again.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
91% The Wiz Live! (2015) A noble effort with flashes of amusement and an abundance of talent, the new version of The Wiz on Thursday night couldn't overcome a few key flaws and the fact that this simply isn't a classic piece of material.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
0% The Leisure Class (2015) The Leisure Class ends up making its most cogent comment on the leisure-class of show business - all these over-paid, over-indulged people, collaborating to give birth to a dull baby.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
36% Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015) Propelled by theme music that mimics a frantic Ramones song, Sharknado 3 succeeds on the strength of its speed.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2015
80% 7 Days in Hell (2015) I assume a lot of viewers will find it funnier than I did, but I certainly admired the craft, and the impressive cast, that went into making this grass-court trifle.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2015
82% Hot Girls Wanted (2015) A documentary about making it in the porn industry that works as an excellent warning to viewers who might be tempted to try it as a path to success.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2015
100% Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014) A fascinatingly disturbing true-crime documentary, Tales of the Grim Sleeper isn't just about a serial killer, but a film about race and class and the value -- or lack of it -- that society places on certain women.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2015
43% Killing Jesus (2015) Rendered without much embellishment and acted with firmly controlled vigor, Killing Jesus, a TV adaptation of the bestselling book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, is a fine retelling of the story of Jesus Christ as a historical figure.‐ Yahoo! TV
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2015