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Matt Brennan

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Matt Brennan's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): L.A. Weekly, Paste Magazine, Slant Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 86% Looking: The Movie "The movie is a lovely, bittersweet coda to HBO's underappreciated series. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 19, 2016
8.3/10 100% Mr. Robot: Season 2 Episode 1 "As unsubtle as ever, Mr. Robot blunders into simplistic allusions... but it succeeds in weaving Elliot's unraveling into the country's, and vice versa. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 14, 2016
7.5/10 97% Orange is the New Black: Season 4 (TV, 2016) "[Piper's] arc, at least for now, seems clear: Either she'll learn to rule with an iron fist, develop a more democratic approach ("You have to think globally," the bunkmate advises), or suffer the consequences of a coup. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 21, 2016
2.5/4 94% Tickled (2016) "There's no sustained effort to answer the first question any editor or J-school instructor worth his or her salt would ask: So what? " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 12, 2016
100% The Americans: Season 4 Episode 13 "As it happens, the bleak, brutal suspicion at the heart of The Americans, as of Cohen's dangling, unanswered question, is still the one I spied in "Glanders," of which I wrote, with regard to the question of atonement, " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2016
100% The Americans: Season 4 Episode 12 "The real danger in the world of The Americans is that, in becoming so inured to constant pressure, one fails to notice they're being crushed, and "A Roy Rogers in Franconia" locates its sense of moral perspective in outsiders. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2016
94% The Americans: Season 4 Episode 11 "A feat of meticulous craftsmanship, a subtle bait and switch, "Dinner at Seven" frames its constituent parts as opposing forces, but in the end each element contributes to a coherent, if half-hidden, whole. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 26, 2016
100% The Americans: Season 4 Episode 10 "Striking...are the echoes by which "Munchkins" suggests that Paige shares with Philip and Elizabeth something as fundamental, as instinctive and inexplicable, as trust itself. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 19, 2016
100% The Americans: Season 4 Episode 9 ""The Day After" is... fittingly enough, a tribute to the power of television: the foremost medium through which we enjoy, or endure, the experience of being alone together. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 12, 2016
100% The Americans: Season 4 Episode 8 "[Elizabeth's] outburst [with Paige], similar to the dust-up with Philip, is rooted in a sense of betrayal, but here Elizabeth has the power to exert control. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 5, 2016
2.5/4 81% The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016) "The film's clichés ultimately contain both too little conviction and too little complication. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 1, 2016
100% The Americans: Season 4 Episode 7 "It is, in short, a cleverly constructed hybrid, resolving the tension of the previous three episodes only to unleash a torrent of emotion. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2016
100% The Americans: Season 4 Episode 6 "The details of the disguises have often been an object of humor in The Americans... but "The Rat" reaffirms their importance to one of the show's central ideas, which is that all of us are, to a certain extent, hiding in plain sight. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2016
100% The Americans: Season 4 Episode 5 ""Clark's Place," directed by Noah Emmerich, establishes the rifts in the show's key relationships through a series of skillful compositions, highlighting the spaces in between the characters at every turn. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2016
100% The Americans: Season 4 Episode 4 "Though The Americans has rarely gone in for the chronological leaps familiar from Mad Men, Masters of Sex, and Halt and Catch Fire ... this noticeable compression of events would seem to mark a new stage in the show's evolution. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3.5/4 88% The Invitation (2016) "A charged, unnerving turn of the screw, The Invitation is consumed by the fear of forgetting--and, in the end, of not being able to. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 4, 2016
100% The Americans: Season 4 Episode 1 "Picking up where "March 8, 1983" left off, "Glanders" pursues The Americans's increasing fatalism into the deepest recesses of Philip's psyche. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2016
100% The Americans: Season 4 Episode 2 "[The] comic moments count as an unexpected development, especially as The Americans winnows the number of escape routes available to the Jennings family should Pastor Tim report Philip and Elizabeth to the authorities. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2016
100% The Americans: Season 4 Episode 3 "The writers depict the slippage between idea and action that occurs when the chaos of life intrudes on one's design for living. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2016
3/4 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) "Director Gavin Hood treats the aesthetics of high-tech surveillance as the opaque membrane through which the prosecution of the War on Terror must pass. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 8, 2016
2/4 41% Jane Got a Gun (2016) "It constantly blunders into stylistic choices and narrative clichés that sabotage the sturdy two-hander at its center. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 31, 2016
4/4 97% 45 Years (2015) "It's the summative effect of the story's modest exchanges, unspooling one after another in long, tranquil shots, that lends the film its profound sense of loss. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 10, 2015
No Score Yet Please Like Me: Season 2 (TV, 2014) "In the world of Please Like Me, the broken and the wounded are still in on the joke, because laughter really is the best medicine. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Oct 8, 2015
91% The Leftovers: Season 1 Episode 10 "The message has an incantatory quality to it, the declarative repetitions striving to magic away the darkness that descends upon realizing that there's no going back. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2015
100% The Leftovers: Season 1 Episode 9 ""The Garveys at Their Best" is, principally, a reconsideration of characters we believe we've come to know, and the hour's string of surprises nimbly steers between continuity and change. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2015
100% The Leftovers: Season 1 Episode 8 "What resounds through "Cairo" is this counter-narrative, that no amount of rebuke or scorn, misapprehension or falsehood, will shake the sincere belief. No one in The Leftovers lays their religion down easily. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2015
100% The Leftovers: Season 1 Episode 7 ""Solace for Tired Feet" is a useful respite, pausing to establish the constellation of conflicts driving the first season of The Leftovers to its conclusion. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2015
100% The Leftovers: Season 1 Episode 6 ""Guest" extends the show's streak of outstanding episodes to four, in part by developing the darkly comic register introduced in "B.J. and the A.C." " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2015
92% The Leftovers: Season 1 Episode 5 ""Gladys" isn't perfect (most frustrating is the still-fruitless mystery of Dean's enigmatic presence), but nevertheless the episode sustains an impressive thematic and narrative command. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2015
82% The Leftovers: Season 1 Episode 4 "The blank page suggests the control we have in writing the story of our own lives-the power of personal choice, rather than religious dogma, in defining what does and does not matter. That, as "B.J." implies, might end up being the greatest savior of all. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 5, 2015
92% The Leftovers: Season 1 Episode 3 "In deciding to keep their presence at the house a secret, each chooses adherence to faction over acknowledgement of doubt, rejecting the deeply human emotion that ultimately binds all of the show's characters together: the fear of meaninglessness itself. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 5, 2015
100% The Leftovers: Season 1 Episode 2 "Member, dismember, remember, commemorate: The consonance that The Leftovers begins to unearth here is potent, suggesting a society torn limb from limb and haltingly pieced back together. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 5, 2015
100% The Leftovers: Season 1 Episode 1 "Despite my trepidation, the noisy glimpse of a fallen world proffered in the series premiere is enough to create a strong desire to see these questions answered. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 5, 2015
A- No Score Yet Masters of Sex: Season 3 Episode 10 "In the invigorating "Through a Glass, Darkly" -- an episode given over to assuming (and losing) control -- "Masters of Sex" begins to articulate the season's through-line, which has been to examine the chaos that life tends to create... " ‐ Thompson on Hollywood
Posted Sep 15, 2015
3.5/4 78% Tom at the Farm (2015) "Its allegory for internalized homophobia, a gay man's perilous attraction to straightness itself, seems in this case deeply persona. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 8, 2015
No Score Yet Married: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "Married returns with much the same tediously obsessive attention to sex, or lack thereof, that marked its freshman run, the writing still resistant to both the percussive laugh lines of You're the Worst and the darker comic insights of Louie. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 15, 2015
59% Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll may be brand new, but it shows its age from the outset. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 15, 2015
B 74% Masters of Sex: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "Masters of Sex is, and to some extent always has been, a broader, soapier period piece than its kissing cousin, Mad Men, and this more melodramatic tack certainly has its delights. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 13, 2015
100% Deutschland 83: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Deutschland 83 is a genuine corker, with flashes of graphic style-an angular black-and-white dress, a carefully arranged drawer of cigarettes, cash, and Nescafé. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 8, 2015
92% Orphan Black: Season 3 Episode 10 "By extension, then, "History Yet to Be Written" sets Orphan Black's recent weaknesses in stark relief: It's warm, varied, even sentimental where much of this season has been cold, clinical, emotionally flat. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 21, 2015
75% Orphan Black: Season 3 Episode 9 "That the episode contains a few bright spots, namely Helena's imitation of Alison... is scarce comfort, for the bones of the series have already been whittled down almost to nothing. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2015
90% Orphan Black: Season 3 Episode 8 ""Ruthless in Purpose" indicates that Orphan Black is now content to use the characters to churn through whatever twists the series has left, with little regard for the ideology, much less the psychology, behind their actions: an insidious method indeed " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2015
82% Orphan Black: Season 3 Episode 7 "I pleaded for more "multilayered texture" to "lighten the mood," and as if part of some cruel trick, tonight's episode of Orphan Black obliges with an hour of paper-thin comic contrivances, all topped with a generous sprinkling of mawkish sentiment. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 31, 2015
93% Orphan Black: Season 3 Episode 6 "The narrative relies too heavily on [Sarah's] sickly visions to convey the pertinent information-and, far more frustrating, as part of a last-ditch effort to humanize Paul before killing him off. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 25, 2015
83% Orphan Black: Season 3 Episode 5 "The final act of "Scarred by Many Past Frustrations," which, as it happens, is an appropriate description for viewers who've struggled to connect with Orphan Black this season, is nothing less than a salve. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 17, 2015
92% Orphan Black: Season 3 Episode 4 "Until proven otherwise, each new twist must be treated as a cheap cliffhanger, rather than a concerted effort to push the plot toward a satisfying conclusion. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 10, 2015
83% Orphan Black: Season 3 Episode 3 "As if the series didn't have enough narrative clutter to fight through, Orphan Black continues to reintroduce these phantom limbs from seasons past, seemingly desperate to bail out the sinking ship. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 3, 2015
.5/4 31% Cas & Dylan (2015) "The film simply mucks up its earnest take on the buddy movie with undercooked characters and on-the-nose writing. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2015
2/4 63% The Water Diviner (2015) "In straining for the profound, the film ultimately loses its way in a veritable no-man's land of ill-conceived stylistic choices and narrative switchbacks. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2015
4/4 100% Veep: Season 4 (TV, 2015) "Veep has become a vulgar, merciless satire of the emptiness of power itself, as funny as a knife in the side. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 9, 2015
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