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Linda Holmes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
80% Downton Abbey: Season 5 (TV, 2015) "This is a season heavily interested in the choices - particularly the love lives and sex lives - of women of all ages and classes. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 29, 2016
81% The Phenom (2016) "Not everything here works... But it's an interesting, great-looking film, and Simmons is just dynamite in it. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 24, 2016
32% Uncle Buck: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "How you like Uncle Buck will depend on how you respond to weird grandpas -- on TV, not in real life. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 14, 2016
76% Adult Life Skills "I can't imagine a person experienced with offbeat English-language films of the last ten years not seeing much that's familiar in Adult Life Skills, but it's a lovely movie with some very good performances and it makes some very good choices. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 14, 2016
100% O.J.: Made in America (2016) "Edelman's eye for detail is so sharp that the film contains, along with its revelations, a contextualizing wisdom that gives it the feel of sociological exploratory surgery: painful and awful, but fascinating ... " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 9, 2016
No Score Yet Angie Tribeca: Season 2 (TV, 2016) "At some point, American television comedy started aspiring to sophistication in a way that, on the whole, is a good thing. But there's something to be said for slapstick, and Angie Tribeca is saying it. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 7, 2016
89% UnReal: Season 2 (TV, 2016) "This is what UnREAL is: uncomfortable, unexpected, confidently noncompliant television. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 6, 2016
42% Maya & Marty: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Ironically, one of the things that was a problem for such an underwhelming show on the whole was that it had a couple of flashes of excitement that emphasized how phoned-in some of the rest of it often felt. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 2, 2016
68% Madoff: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "The film is otherwise unremarkable, really, but because Dreyfuss is given an exceptional tool with which to pound the sincerity of his remorselessness, it elevates what could be facile villainy to something more indelible. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 3, 2016
90% Casual: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "But in the writing and in the performances, there's bottomless compassion for this family and its awkward efforts at healing itself. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 7, 2015
97% Show Me a Hero: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "One of the special pleasures of this show is one that frequently appears in Simon's journalism-fueled efforts, which is a wonky eye for detail that reveals interesting and little-seen sidelines about things like housing policy. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 17, 2015
85% Trainwreck (2015) "Trainwreck ... has some very traditional romantic comedy elements, including a big, implausible finish. But even if you know where you're going to wind up, it takes interesting side trips along the way. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 17, 2015
59% Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "This story is treading again on territory that has been long ago stomped down by every other dark antihero show in cable's years-long parade of damaged men whose self-destructive behavior is revealed in fits and starts to hide a wounded soul. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 14, 2015
80% 7 Days in Hell "This is the kind of comedy special that stays afloat using the strategy people use if they're racing across a series of floating buoys: you move fast, you don't stop long enough to sink, and you don't try to do it for too long. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 13, 2015
63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "The movie ... is so infectiously, brazenly pleased about literally everything that happens in it that it's hard not to leave in the same frame of mind. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 1, 2015
100% Silicon Valley: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "The surprise of the show's second season, which has been stronger than its first, has increasingly been that in addition to being reliably funny, it somehow feels familiar as a workplace show, despite being so much a creature of its bro-intensive world. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 12, 2015
84% Nightingale (2015) "The careful layering of the experiences and emotions that influence Peter's choices, along with expert massaging of the tension that exists from the start, make Nightingale a sad but satisfying film. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 4, 2015
98% UnReal: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "On the other side of that terrible title is a show that's both engaging and thoughtful - one that's fun and highly critical and skeptical, but still feels sympathetic to people who make reality shows, people who watch them, and people on them. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 1, 2015
92% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 14 "This is the close of seven seasons of a show that doggedly pursued its own vision. Its task is not to give you everything you want, or me everything I want. It's not a test, and the last episode isn't an answer key. It's a story that's over now. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 18, 2015
55% Grace and Frankie: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "I am hoping that the show will increasingly focus on the relationship between the women and their positions as people suddenly on their own, which is where the project's greatest strengths seem to lie. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 8, 2015
83% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) "For Muppet enthusiasts or just folks who like to hear about unusual jobs, it's worth seeking out. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 7, 2015
97% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 12 "It seemed to serve as a crystallizing hour for the themes that the show has returned to over and over, reaching no conclusions about those themes but turning them over and over in its narrative hands. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 4, 2015
100% Veep: Season 4 (TV, 2015) "These characters don't inhabit a great system that happens to be full of terrible people. They inhabit a system that provides perverse incentives that perpetuate dysfunction. It's a braver way to cut into political culture. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 13, 2015
96% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 8 "What was once a strictly corseted show about the dawn of the 1960s is becoming a much messier, sloppier-looking show (in an entirely intentional, meticulous way) about the dawn of the 1970s. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 6, 2015
97% Younger: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It has the interesting quality of actually being about something that not many shows are about: the push-pull of aging as a tough thing in some moments and a really fortunate, glorious thing in others " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 31, 2015
87% Community: Season 6 (TV, 2015) "Brewster is a versatile comic actress with a great feel for blasts of absurdity, and she quickly proves to be a great fit for Community's tendency to whip back and forth between banter comedy and straight-up foolishness. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 17, 2015
95% American Crime: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's well worth a watch for the exceptional acting and the solid writing and directing. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 5, 2015
85% The Last Man on Earth: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Despite the incredibly dark premise, what distinguishes the early stages of The Last Man On Earth is the light and sure-footed way that a lot of obvious logical questions are totally ignored, while a lot of human questions are embraced and explored. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 2, 2015
91% Fresh Off the Boat: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "There's a warmth to the show, though, that feels earned. It has promise. It's a family with a lot of rootable, likable people in it. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 4, 2015
62% Whitney (2015) "In the end, you really are better off with the YouTube videos. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 20, 2015
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's great to see somebody experimenting with what to do in those 22 or so minutes, even if it may take a little time to get all the wrinkles out. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 20, 2015
82% Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It is sort of hip-hop Nashville, but so what? Why not hip-hop Nashville? " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 7, 2015
80% Downton Abbey: Season 5 (TV, 2014) "This is a season heavily interested in the choices - particularly the love lives and sex lives - of women of all ages and classes. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 6, 2015
27% Annie (2014) "Despite any reservations about the music, it is a charming, lovely little movie. " ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 19, 2014
86% Top Five (2014) "It's fun to watch Chris Rock; it's just fun. And there are parts of this film where it's fun to watch him in exactly the ways he wants it to be. " ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 12, 2014
26% State of Affairs: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "What you wind up with here is a kind of half-baked version of everything the show is trying to be: it's a half-baked spy show and a half-baked character study and a half-baked political drama. " ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 17, 2014
100% Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 2 (TV, 2014-2015) "The interplay between the steely, unsmiling Braugher and goofy try-hard Andy Samberg has brought out great things in both of them. " ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 10, 2014
80% Marry Me: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "I tend to gravitate toward it because it has both good jokes and lots of jokes, because I love the cast, and because I've followed Caspe into Weirdsville before and never, ever been sorry. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 14, 2014
97% The Flash: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "What executive producers Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti have settled on here is a kind of family-friendly action-adventure show with a solid sense of humor about itself as well as a strong streak of sentiment about the things that really matter. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 7, 2014
17% Mulaney: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "Mulaney is a comic, but he is not an actor. He could in theory grow into one, but he seems very, very ill-suited to it in the early episodes, awkward and stiff reading lines instead of talking to an audience. This is not his wheelhouse. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 3, 2014
20% Bad Judge: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "This seems like a show exceedingly unlikely to succeed, but it won't be because Walsh isn't funny. It will be because even good shows often suffer from too much tinkering, and not-so-good shows can suffer even more. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 2, 2014
66% Gracepoint: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "if you really want to enjoy Gracepoint, consider watching it with a friend who doesn't yet know the story.Because the best way to experience this reimagined story is through fresh eyes. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 2, 2014
67% A to Z: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "Once you get past all the stuff that's being used to make the show stand out - the show is pretty good. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 2, 2014
21% Stalker: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "It's not creepy or eerie or even all that scary, it's just mean and boring, and you have better things to do, no matter how little you have to do. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 1, 2014
57% Selfie: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The first half is really awful and the second half is like watching a lighter flicked and flicked and flicked, where it refuses to produce a flame but feels like it could. " ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 30, 2014
88% Gone Girl (2014) "If the production is slightly too atmospheric, the performances are bracingly specific, led by Affleck, whose task is complex. " ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 30, 2014
40% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) "A very ordinary film, particularly for one adapted from such a thoughtful and tonally tricky book. " ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 19, 2014
59% Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) "Because they put the pedal to the metal and go full, screaming, bedazzled monkeypants crazy from beginning to end, it sort of works. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 31, 2014
91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) "There's plenty of heart in Guardians, but it gets its emotional heft largely from the warmth that this kind of comedy inherently contains. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 31, 2014
69% They Came Together (2014) "The problem with They Came Together is that what it settles on as the parody-able thing about romantic comedy is how generic it can feel. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 27, 2014
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