Kenny Herzog

Kenny Herzog
Kenny Herzog's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Magazine/Vulture AV Club

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 89% Escape at Dannemora: Miniseries (TV, 2018) We're all just innocent bystanders to this unraveling, sensational crime and its aftermath, and perhaps we'll be left to ask ourselves whether getting too comfortable in any routine makes us vulnerable and dull. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
100% America to Me: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Visceral and vital... a 21st century American addendum to the kind of child-achievement observation found in Michael Apted's milestone Up series. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
No Score Yet Tosh.0: Season 3 (TV, 2009) Per usual, Tosh's high-wire act of being hysterically vicious and accurate in mocking oblivious exhibitionists without purely bullying is impressive. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 100% Better Call Saul: Season 4 - Winner (TV Episode) This show might be more of a moral tale than even Breaking Bad. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
5/5 100% Better Call Saul: Season 4 - Wiedersehen (TV Episode) Kudos to director Vince Gilligan and writer Gennifer Hutchison. This episode has taut suspense and unexpected, intelligent release for days. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 100% Better Call Saul: Season 4 - Coushatta (TV Episode) Saul is not The Sopranos...but it's also unsentimental at times about telegraphing the fates of characters that never quite make it onscreen in Breaking Bad...We'll find out soon enough who weathers the storm. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
3/5 100% Better Call Saul: Season 4 - Something Stupid (TV Episode) Jimmy and Kim's most intimate moments have always been carefully cast among shadows and light, like the old noir flicks they love to watch so much. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
4/5 100% Hell on Wheels: Season 5 (TV, 2011-2016) Hell on Wheels has made its final stop, but a freeze-frame of where it pulled in would shine bittersweet light on a country moving full-speed ahead like a train in vain. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
100% Better Call Saul: Season 4 - Pinata (TV Episode) "Piñata" reminds us that when creating compelling characters, as Mike would say, "We can't just keep 'em alive, we gotta keep 'em from climbing the walls." - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
5/5 100% Better Call Saul: Season 4 - Quite a Ride (TV Episode) Love seeing Marlon Young (as Jimmy's probation officer), most recently a Survivor's Remorse standout, in anything. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
3/5 100% Better Call Saul: Season 4 - Talk (TV Episode) Nacho's arguably in the most immediate peril of all Saul protagonists, and tragically he's also the most sensitive. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
5/5 100% Better Call Saul: Season 4 - Something Beautiful (TV Episode) Caldera's a ballsy son of a bitch. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
3/5 94% Better Call Saul: Season 4 - Breathe (TV Episode) The most awkward TV-criminal ICU visit since Paulie and Vito paid begrudged tribute to Carmela and Tony in The Sopranos. It's also a sign of how things are going for Jimmy that the episode's lone real bit of black comedy comes via the cartel. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
5/5 100% Better Call Saul: Season 4 - Smoke (TV Episode) Really, no one in Better Call Saul should take their eye off the ball, because "Smoke" doesn't merely foreshadow -- or in this case, contemplate the consequences of -- fire. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
97% GLOW: Season 2 (TV, 2017) Male or female, its characters ultimately wrestle with realness and loneliness and loss and recovery, upending the artifice of '80s flicks without depicting them or their time in ways that feel untrue. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
3/5 76% Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 9 (TV, 2000-2017) This semi-triumphant ninth season of Curb concludes much as it began, with Larry blissfully singing Mary Poppins lyrics aloud just prior to a maddening inconvenience. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
91% Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 8 (TV, 2000-2017) The best thing about Larry being back in New York, besides PTSD-trigger ice-cream trucks, is having neighbors. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
97% Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 7 (TV, 2000-2017) You'd think this particular finale would stand alone on the strength of Larry's reunions with both the Seinfeld gang and Cheryl. But more important, it sparked a conversation about whether one does and should respect wood. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
86% Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 6 (TV, 2000-2017) The biggest thrill of all [in this finale] is Larry cozying up with his new clan and flashing some of that David holiday cheer. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
100% Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 5 (TV, 2000-2017) This season finale was not the end of Curb, but its flirtation with Larry's mortality and callback to ghosts of guest-stars past was a tidy complement to the definitive and divisive Seinfeld send-off. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
89% Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 1 (TV, 2000-2017) [This pilot] set the tone for several years spent litigating hygiene, history, and histrionics with his weary family and friends. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
B+ 78% How to Make It in America: Season 2 (TV, 2010-2011) As season debuts go, particularly for a show that will be new to many viewers, How To Make It does a terrific job of trusting what it's established. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
100% Arrested Development: Season 1 (TV, 2003-2018) Mitch Hurwitz's celebrated dysfunctional meta-sitcom left no witty wordplay unexploited or linguistic acrobatic unperformed. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
B 44% Californication: Season 7 (TV, 2007-2014) In letter-grading and spirit, Californciation has been the ultimate B-TV show. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
A- 100% White Collar: Season 2 (TV, 2009-2014) I'm glad the show's writers restrained themselves. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
94% GLOW: Season 1 (TV, 2017) There's a Police Academy vibe to the whole thing, and the heartiest guffaws are delivered by the quirkiest co-stars. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/5 100% Better Call Saul: Season 3 - Fall (TV Episode) Last week's "Slip" teemed with tension, but "Fall" is full of dread. Notwithstanding Better Call Saul's typically deliberate pace, the season's penultimate episode unfolds like a slow-motion car crash before culminating in an actual, inevitable wreck. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
4/5 93% Better Call Saul: Season 3 - Expenses (TV Episode) For now, it's sweet - if a bit corny - to see Mike bond with a possible romantic interest the way he sparks a kind of surrogate paternal kinship with Jesse Pinkman down the road. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
5/5 100% Better Call Saul: Season 3 - Chicanery (TV Episode) Jimmy's final provocation is defining, leaving no doubt for the state bar or anyone else that Chuck has effectively conspired to undermine his brother's success for years and entrapped him out of spite. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
5/5 100% Better Call Saul: Season 3 - Sabrosito (TV Episode) For a prequel series whose parent drama was all about alchemy and chance, it makes sense that this tipping-point of a season has been careful to illustrate how a web of circumstance and measured choice sowed fertile ground for Walter White's saga. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
4/5 100% Better Call Saul: Season 3 - Sunk Costs (TV Episode) "Sunk Costs" foreshadows several betrayals familiar to any Breaking Bad fan, and continues to explore the collateral damage borne of grudges, brotherly or otherwise. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
5/5 100% Better Call Saul: Season 3 - Witness (TV Episode) Pretty incredible suspense-release roller-coaster we were taken on with Gus. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
No Score Yet Real Husbands of Hollywood: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2016) Somehow Kevin Hart's reality show parody feels less fake than most reality shows. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
61% Schitt's Creek: Season 1 (TV, 2015) It hits a sweet spot of ensemble humor that happens to offer a satisfying answer to post-presidential election rhetorical grousing about what would happen if middle and bicoastal Americans really could get along. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
5/5 100% Better Call Saul: Season 2 - Nailed (TV Episode) Best episode of the season so far. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2016
3/5 100% Better Call Saul: Season 2 - Fifi (TV Episode) Jimmy, not surprisingly, is bemused by [Kim's] naiveté, but smitten enough to encourage her. It's amazing how genuine he is in his disingenuousness. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016
4/5 100% Better Call Saul: Season 2 - Inflatable (TV Episode) Mike made his decision years ago to be a predator rather than prey, and there's no reneging on that now. And as for Jimmy - whether Kim sees it or not - he's no less than a wolf in Saul's clothing. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2016
4/5 100% Better Call Saul: Season 2 - Bali Ha'i (TV Episode) There are two other special guests, a pair of silent assassins whose appearance in Better Call Saul is likely to generate more enthusiasm than any villainous Breaking Bad cameo short of Gus Fring. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2016
4/5 92% Better Call Saul: Season 2 - Rebecca (TV Episode) If "Rebecca" illuminates anything, it's that Chuck wasn't always this withdrawn. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2016
4/5 100% Better Call Saul: Season 2 - Gloves Off (TV Episode) God, I love this show's love of numbers. This rifle reaches 1,200 meters, that ad cost $647 but generated 72 calls over the past several hours, the nearest I-40 ramp is only eight blocks away, etc. Details bring this story to life. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2016
3/5 100% Better Call Saul: Season 2 - Amarillo (TV Episode) Season two has been a mostly slow burn so far, but it's building toward dirty deeds, severed ties, and binding new relationships that - in their own small way - all clear a path for Mike and Jimmy/Saul to one day make Walter White's acquaintance. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2016
4/5 100% Better Call Saul: Season 2 - Cobbler (TV Episode) Kudos to Breaking Bad executive story editor Gennifer Hutchison for terrific writing. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2016
3/5 95% Better Call Saul: Season 2 - Switch (TV Episode) Jimmy isn't quite Saul Goodman yet, and he's a long way from Gene (thank goodness), but by the end of 'Switch,' he's anyone but James A. McGill, Esq. Or at least he's trying to be. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet The Strain: Season 2 - The Assassin (TV Episode) Of course, it is our choice and ours alone to keep tuning in, and with a few episodes left this season, Rudyard and Quinlan (and, heck, even Coco) provide just enough incentive to continue donating one percent of the space in our DVRs. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
3/5 32% True Detective : Season 2 - Omega Station (TV Episode) It wasn't always coherent, and it could be unintentionally comical, but it's hard not to walk away having received the message... that if we don't want more Vincis to take root and prosper, it is indeed time to wake up. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2015
4/5 85% True Detective : Season 2 - Black Maps and Motel Rooms (TV Episode) Sadly, there will absolutely be no more tomorrows for Paul Woodrugh, a character who felt sad and lonely even within the True Detective realm, but still deserved a more noble death. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2015
76% True Detective : Season 2 - Church in Ruins (TV Episode) We're getting closer to some version of the truth as it pertains to Caspere's killer, but the tone of this noir fantasy is increasingly, resolutely bitter. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2015
4/5 54% True Detective : Season 2 - Other Lives (TV Episode) Everyone, in some form or other, is reckoning with the rotten stench of how institutionalized crime trickles down. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015
3/5 56% True Detective : Season 2 - Down Will Come (TV Episode) Amid the carnage and the admittedly insufferable exchanges about family and masculinity between Frank and Jordan, there was some emphatic commentary in "Down Will Come." - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2015
4/5 73% True Detective : Season 2 - Maybe Tomorrow (TV Episode) It's Purple Rose of Cairo in reverse, set in some purgatory between Chinatown and Showgirls. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2015