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Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes
Linda Holmes's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): NPR

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Master of None: Season 2 (TV, 2017) They're back with a second season that is even better, more ambitious, more creative and more moving than the first run was.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
76% Great News: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Over the first five episodes, Great News gets more sure-footed and funnier.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
85% Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (TV, 2006-2016) The good news is that if you're not a Gilmore Girls person and your relatives are eager to watch it over the holidays, there's plenty of that staccato dialogue and family playfulness to entertain and divert you.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
57% Son of Zorn: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) Son Of Zorn and The Last Man On Earth - and Lord and Miller's stuff in general, and Will Forte's - are about weirdness and silliness. They're about doing everything at an angle. Normal, after all, is overrated.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
100% Fleabag: Season 1 (TV, 2016) If Fleabag begins as a collection of single-girl moments, patience through a few episodes reveals a fuller, sadder, more multidimensional story anchored by Waller-Bridge's bracing honesty, inventive uses of jumbled time and an abrupt editing style.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
100% Superstore: Season 2 (TV, 2016-2017) It's ... sweet, for lack of a better word. Built around the dependably terrific America Ferrara (Ugly Betty), Superstore doesn't scream of innovation and isn't particularly edgy. It is, however, a good show.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
100% You're the Worst: Season 3 (TV, 2016) The people on the show are cynical, but the show is not. It may not be confident in the ability of its characters in the short or the long term to act on their decency...but it is fully confident of their humanity and would have no direction without it.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
93% One Mississippi: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) Despite the famously particular dialogue style in which Cody works, the pilot feels very much like Notaro's stand-up: dry as a bone, often touching, hilarious in unexpected moments, specific and absurd.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
100% Atlanta: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It's a neat trick to be as unpredictable in tone as Atlanta sometimes is - it has its dark moments, to be sure - and to stay funny, but Atlanta is often very funny.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 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
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 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
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 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
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2016
87% UnReal: Season 2 (TV, 2016) This is what UnREAL is: uncomfortable, unexpected, confidently noncompliant television.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
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
Read More | Posted Aug 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
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 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
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2015
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
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
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
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 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
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2015
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
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
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
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 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
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 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
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2015
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
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 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
Read More | Posted May 8, 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
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 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
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2015
83% Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2015) It is sort of hip-hop Nashville, but so what? Why not hip-hop Nashville?‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 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
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2015
28% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2014
78% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 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
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 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
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 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
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 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
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 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
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 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
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 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
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 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
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2014
92% Mad Men: Season 7 - Person to Person (TV Episode) 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
Read More | Posted May 18, 2015
97% Mad Men: Season 7 - Lost Horizon (TV Episode) 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
Read More | Posted May 4, 2015
96% Mad Men: Season 7 - Severance (TV Episode) 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
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2015
89% Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015) It's beautiful to look at, and yes, it's full of things to unpack. And there will be time for that.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2014
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
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2015
0% Charlie's Angels: Season 1 (TV, 2011) It feels like pre-chewed food: intended for easy digestion, it comes out (1) unappetizing, (2) textureless, and (3) devoid of character.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2011