Laura Hudson

Laura Hudson
Laura Hudson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Magazine/Vulture

TV Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 100% Killing Eve: Season 2 - Do You Know How to Dispose of a Body? (TV Episode) It's one things to convince yourself that you're satisfied when you don't know a part of yourself is missing. It's a great deal harder to talk yourself back into living in black-and-white once you've discovered color. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 69% Killing Eve: Season 2 - You're Mine (TV Episode) Eve's never been more victorious or honest or interesting - and Villanelle has never had less to do with it. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
49% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - The Iron Throne (TV Episode) Absent any intention beyond moving the pieces into place for the grand finale, Game of Thrones became a glittering charm bracelet of beautifully directed symbols strung together solely by the thin connective tissue of gravitas. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 100% Killing Eve: Season 2 - Wide Awake (TV Episode) [Villanelle] lives for chaos and caprice, and what could be more unpredictable than someone who doesn't know what they're going to say or do until the second they do it, and even then has no idea why or what it means? - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 91% Killing Eve: Season 2 - I Hope You Like Missionary! (TV Episode) There's a dramatic thrill in the idea of the heart as a heist drama, where two thieves (Niko & Villanelle) steal the same treasure (Eve) back and forth. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
2/5 90% Killing Eve: Season 2 - Smell Ya Later (TV Episode) It's hard to tell if she's (Eve's) still a good guy, or which side she's on. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
58% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - The Last of the Starks (TV Episode) So much for breaking the wheel, when the limit of your power will always be defined by how much you threaten your boyfriend in the eyes of his buddies! - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
4/5 100% Killing Eve: Season 2 - Desperate Times (TV Episode) [There's] a rare messy, vulnerable moment for Villanelle, and one that reveals that there's real intimacy and emotion on the line,... which is what makes it so intoxicating and dangerous for her and Eve alike. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
74% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - The Long Night (TV Episode) It gave us something messier and more complicated, something we loved specifically because it did not feel safe or predictable. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
99% Marvel's Daredevil: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2018) Look a little deeper into Daredevil's origin story, and it's not hard to draw a straight line between his personal history of violence and his penchant for hands-on coercion. - Complex EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 91% Killing Eve: Season 2 - The Hungry Caterpillar (TV Episode) Using an apple as a metaphor for desire and forbidden fruit is a very old and somewhat cliché trope, but it fits in Villanelle's case. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
88% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (TV Episode) I'd love to have learned even one thing I didn't already know about the characters having these conversations, instead of just listening to them confess secrets revealed seasons ago. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
92% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - Winterfell (TV Episode) To its credit, the show does capitalize on the consolidation of major characters by giving us some long-anticipated reunions -- and equally uncomfortable reckonings. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
64% The Paradise: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) Sometimes you just want to be charmed by a delightful show full of pretty people and nice things, and The Paradise certainly fits that bill. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
89% Queer as Folk: Season 5 (TV, 2000-2005) The show's graphic sex and hot button issues...no longer feel quite so taboo more than a decade later - and sometimes even come off as a little stereotypical - but the series remains compelling viewing. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
53% Black Mirror: Season 4 - Crocodile (TV Episode) The memory-reading technology the episode conjures into being has a lot of potential for exploring the dark side of surveillance, though it is largely wasted. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
48% Powers: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) While Powers' comic book precursor was boundary-pushing, its TV counterpart has softened its edges and failed to keep pace with the scores of superhero shows that have come since its debut. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
67% Marvel's The Punisher: Season 1 (TV, 2017) No matter how many sad faces Frank Castle makes about his trauma, The Punisher can never escape the terrible gravity that its most basic purpose is inviting viewers to enjoy watching an angry man murder as many people as he can. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
98% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Children (TV Episode) The Stark girls are the most triumphant note of this season, two perpetual pawns who finally emerge from the shadow of their father's death and start to live on their own terms. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
94% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Watchers on the Wall (TV Episode) As necessary as the battle may be to the larger story, it comes across as "important" far more than "interesting," a bit like mandatory history homework. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
96% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Mountain and the Viper (TV Episode) Game of Thrones is a sort of bloodsport too, but one with a diametrically opposed purpose: not to offer us justice, but to show us how foolish it is to expect it from a world ruled by senseless violence. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
100% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Mockingbird (TV Episode) The childhood trauma of the past isn't past: it's the reason why almost everyone in this episode does what they do. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
96% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Laws of Gods and Men (TV Episode) The episode is really about one thing, and one thing only: Peter Dinklage absolutely killing it as Tyrion Lannister. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
96% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Oathkeeper (TV Episode) "Oathkeeper"...feels kind of like reaching into a grab bag of jewels and broken glass. There's some really good stuff in there, but you probably aren't going to get through it without wincing a little. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
96% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Breaker of Chains (TV Episode) This week's episode is here to remind both [Arya and Sansa], and us, of the truth: this is not a pleasant story. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
100% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Lion and the Rose (TV Episode) Finally. This is the episode we've all been waiting for, the great karmic reckoning for the countless sins of Joffrey Baratheon. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
95% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Two Swords (TV Episode) In its fourth season, Game of Thrones has become about what happens when the fairy tale ends, or rather when we finally realize that it was never really that story at all. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Mhysa (TV Episode) I feel like I've seen this [White Savior phenomenon] trope so many times before that it feels emotionally flat and boring, especially in comparison to [Daenerys'] astonishingly badass siege of Astapor. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
88% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - Blood of My Blood (TV Episode) Regardless, the High Sparrow has proved himself a master of manipulation yet again, dominating through submission. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
98% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - The Door (TV Episode) We finally get to hear several long-awaited origin stories in this episode, including Hodor, the Faceless Men, and the White Walkers, though their motivations end up seeming more opaque than ever. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
100% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - Book of the Stranger (TV Episode) Forget Jon Snow's resurrection: the moment that Daenerys walked out of the cinders of the Dosh Khaleen temple was when Game of Thrones came back to life. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
87% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - Home (TV Episode) The resurrection of Jon Snow, then, is something of an anomaly for Game of Thrones: an anticipated, hoped-for moment that actually comes to pass. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
92% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Mother's Mercy (TV Episode) The most exciting thing about [the finale] might be that for the first time in the history of the show, no one in the audience knows what's going to happen next. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
83% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The Dance of Dragons (TV Episode) That's Game of Thrones in a nutshell: A familiar fairy tale about valorous knights and happy endings that opens like a trap door into something much more brutal. And it's about to happen again. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
100% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Hardhome (TV Episode) [This episode] plunges even further into the unknown as Jon heads to meet the Wildlings in Hardhome, Daenerys and Tyrion have their first strategy session, and the zombie apocalypse begins. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
83% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The Gift (TV Episode) This week several very precious gifts are either demanded or offered: the life of a daughter, vengeance against a hated foe, the antidote to a deadly poison, and Tyrion Lannister himself. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
54% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken (TV Episode) Forcing [Sansa] back into the role of victim and sexually humiliating her at the hands of yet another sadistic fiance adds nothing that we haven't seen before, and indeed, feels regressive. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
96% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Kill the Boy (TV Episode) The dragons are back-and they're hungry. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
96% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Sons of the Harpy (TV Episode) Way to totally weaken your son and his kingdom in the name of your petty vendettas[, Cersei]! - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
100% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - High Sparrow (TV Episode) Margaery's knives are palpably sharper now that she's been crowned. She isn't afraid anymore, perhaps isn't even cautious. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
96% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The House of Black and White (TV Episode) And listen: Cersei might not actually be very good at leading, but this is absolutely, 100 percent sexism. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
96% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The Wars to Come (TV Episode) We're entering thorny and uncharted territory here, where we won't always know...what the "real" story is. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
100% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4 (TV, 2014-2017) While this is ostensibly a show about technology, focused on people [who create it], their story-and the story of technology-always circles back to that most basic of human emotions: the desire to connect with people. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
87% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Dragon and the Wolf (TV Episode) If the finale of the seventh season of Game of Thrones says anything, it is that this show has failed its fans, and has been doing so slowly for a long time. It did not want to admit it, nor did they. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
84% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Beyond the Wall (TV Episode) Game of Thrones has devoted years to developing the sweeping personal arcs of these people, so it's a bit disheartening to watch it now and feel like suddenly I don't know them, or perhaps that the show doesn't. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
95% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Eastwatch (TV Episode) The intense dadliness of this episode feels a little strange at a time when the old ways are changing, when virtually all power in Westeros now resides in the hands of women. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
97% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Spoils of War (TV Episode) But for all their otherworldly visions and mass assassinations, if you draw lines from the children they were to the people they have become, you'll find them parallel and true: They have become more of themselves, not less. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
89% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Queen's Justice (TV Episode) If there is anything to be learned from Cersei and Dany and Sansa, it's that there is no way to forget-suffering cannot be erased. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
96% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Stormborn (TV Episode) This episode is a valuable reminder that Game of Thrones is still the same thing it always was: a show that loves to mess with you. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
93% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Dragonstone (TV Episode) And no matter where we look in Westeros, the future is female: Cersei to the South, Sansa to the North, Daenerys to the East. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018