Matt Richenthal

Matt Richenthal
Matt Richenthal's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): TV Fanatic
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T-Meter Title | Year
4.5/5 78% Veep: Season 1 (TV, 2012) Veep is one of the more intelligent comedies on TV. It features a great cast and characters that are taken to the extreme, yet never come across as caricatures. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2012
4.8/5 79% Glee: Season 2 (TV, 2009-2015) There's a new football coach. A new relationship. A new rivalry within New Directions and new songs for fans to download. But the originality, humor and emotion of Glee remains - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
4.9/5 88% Glee: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2015) The finale wrapped up perfectly, both emotionally and logically. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
100% Sons of Anarchy: Season 2 (TV, 2008-2014) That one look he gave while on the phone with Jax is the perfect image to hold on to until the next season: though the Sons may have lost in the season finale, that bond has returned and it won't be long before they're back and stronger than ever. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet House: Season 7 (TV, 2004-2012) Taub has made for solid comic relief this season, becoming the first member of the team about whom I can say I'm legitimately interested. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
4.5/5 86% Sons of Anarchy: Season 5 (TV, 2008-2014) It's been a fascinating, gradual decline of this character [Jax], who lost the moral high ground a long time ago. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
4.8/5 100% Sons of Anarchy: Season 4 (TV, 2008-2014) Following an uneven third season that took the club out to Ireland, and used the members in a chess game between other players in whom the audience had little invested, [Season 4] essentially hit the reset button. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
90% Community: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2015) Taking advantage of the rest of this amazing cast proves the show can be just as funny and lead to more unique plotlines. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3.6/5 88% Dexter: Season 5 (TV, 2006-2013) Stopped being a character study a long time ago and settled in as a thrilling suspense drama. It's one I've still enjoyed immensely, but this season finale made me realize how the show doesn't really have many directions in which to go at this point. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4.8/5 88% Dexter: Season 4 (TV, 2006-2013) There's little to say at this point about Michael C. Hall's performance, but the brilliance lies in how viewers can never truly understand the man he portrays. That's the idea, of course. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2.9/5 17% The Big C: Season 3 (TV, 2010-2013) This is a show that lost any semblance of direction. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4.6/5 75% The Big C: Season 2 (TV, 2010-2013) All you can often ask of a series is for its characters to move forward in some way. That's clearly happening here. Combined with stellar performances, The Big C should make for appointment viewing. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4.7/5 94% Nurse Jackie: Season 4 (TV, 2009-2015) The season four premiere shook up everyone's worlds, not just Jackie's, instantly re-energizing a show that had grown rather stagnant. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
4/5 76% Nurse Jackie: Season 3 (TV, 2009-2015) "Jackie is going to do what Jackie is going to do" doesn't leave much room for character growth, which makes the show feel like its treading water at times. Fortunately, Merritt Wever and Peter Facinelli are around to bring the funny. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
4.4/5 83% Nurse Jackie: Season 2 (TV, 2009-2015) Nice to see that the show has found a proper use for Gloria Akalitus. She was wasted as an awkward comic foil last season. Now, she brings a sense of lightness to her scenes, but also of proper professionalist. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
4.5/5 67% The Tudors: Season 4 (TV, 2007-2010) It wrapped up most of the plotlines neatly yet made me feel a strong desire to go buy a big, heavy book about England post-Henry VIII so I can find out more. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4.2/5 91% United States of Tara: Season 3 (TV, 2009-2011) Many questions from just one episode, and two seasons' worth of solid storytelling to make me believe we'll get satisfactory answers. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 73% Weeds: Season 7 (TV, 2005-2012) The series has been an enormous success, but if it was wobbling off the tracks last year, it crashed and exploded off of them this season. Every episode felt like a complete mess. There was no continuity, no pacing. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
29% Heroes: Season 4 (TV, 2006-2010) It's legitimately incomprehensible that the show's producers have jobs. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
92% Terriers: Season 1 (TV, 2010) This is a series that can easily switch between a variety of tones, from light-hearted, sarcastic banter between Hank and Britt in their truck to sentimental recollections of a former life... - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
90% Lost: Season 5 (TV, 2004-2010) While light on island mythology, this episode of Lost was heavy on Miles. Considering the mysterious, entertaining character he's grown into, this was far from a bad thing. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
3/5 81% Falling Skies: Season 2 (TV, 2011-2015) The good - Noah Wyle's performance, strong effects and action, unexpected alliances and pivots - far outweighs the bad. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
4.8/5 81% Falling Skies: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2015) With the feel of a summer blockbuster and an emotional center anchored by the steady presence of Wyle... Falling Skies is at the top of my summer programming list. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
3.5/5 38% Dexter: Season 6 (TV, 2006-2013) Am I anxious about where events now go on season seven, based on the final moment? Of course. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
4.3/5 69% Pretty Little Liars: Season 1 (TV, 2010) It looks like I've found my guilty pleasure for the summer. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
4.1/5 91% American Horror Story: Asylum - I Am Anne Frank, Pt. 1 (TV Episode) Just when you think American Horror Story can't get any more weird or whacky... Anne Frank enters the Asylum. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
4/5 91% American Horror Story: Asylum - Nor'easter (TV Episode) By comparison, "Nor'easter" was a tame hour of television, spending far more time delving into the background of various characters than attempting to frighten those watching these individuals in action. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
4.1/5 100% American Horror Story: Asylum - Tricks and Treats (TV Episode) The characters are more fully formed than the family at the center of last season's hijinks, which makes for a far more interesting story - but also a far more dark and disturbing one, as evidenced by "Tricks and Treats." - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
4.8/5 100% American Horror Story: Asylum - Welcome to Briarcliff (TV Episode) I really have no clue where all this is going and it may eventually cross the line from fun-filled adventure to over-the-top mess. But for now I'm on board. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
83% American Horror Story: Murder House - Afterbirth (TV Episode) "Afterbirth" focused on the afterlife this week, as American Horror Story wrapped up an enjoyable, scary, bizarre first season with a relatively calm finale. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
4.6/5 100% American Horror Story: Murder House - Birth (TV Episode) "Birth" absolutely freaked me out for that entire, elongated, painful scene that gave the episode its appropriate, simple title. That was some effed up stuff. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2016
4.2/5 80% American Horror Story: Murder House - Spooky Little Girl (TV Episode) Never have sex with a man in a rubber suit unless you are 100% sure of his identity. Remember that, kids. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016
58% American Horror Story: Murder House - Rubber Man (TV Episode) An American Horror Story episode that delivered on its promise to reveal the person under that black mask (hello, Tate!), while also making it clearer than ever just what those ghosts in the basement want: - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2016
4.6/5 88% American Horror Story: Murder House - Halloween (Episode 5) (TV Episode) So another fun hour has gone by, one that stepped harder on the action-packed gas than any episode to date. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016
4.6/5 86% American Horror Story: Murder House - Halloween (TV Episode) I really should stop trying to figure any of this out and just enjoy the crazy show. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016
4.1/5 67% American Horror Story: Murder House - Murder House (TV Episode) For the second week in a row, American Horror Story put to rest my fears that this show would simply aim to be weird for the sake of being weird. There are explanations being given, and major character developments taking place. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016
4.2/5 57% American Horror Story: Murder House - Home Invasion (TV Episode) This was a major improvement over the premiere. It was frightening, but also grounded. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016
3/5 75% American Horror Story: Murder House - Pilot (TV Episode) I just need more for my viewing pleasure than a furrowed brow. The aim of a series can't be solely to leave viewers asking WTF at the end of every episode, or, heck, every scene. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2016
4.6/5 81% Covert Affairs: Season 1 (TV, 2010-2014) Piper Perabo is perfect in the role. Eerily, she even resembles Jennifer Garner to an extent, as it's impossible not to make comparisons to Alias. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
4.4/5 100% Grey's Anatomy: Season 11 (TV, 2005) The acting remains stellar, the drama is mixed with just the right amount of humor and darn it if I'm not now wrapped up in the future of MerDer. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2014
4.1/5 94% True Detective : Season 1 - Who Goes There (TV Episode) It was also the most exciting episode of the drama to date. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2015
4.7/5 100% Friday Night Lights: Season 4 (TV, 2006-2011) What's been so enthralling about this drama is not that it puts a fresh or unique spin on such issues; just that it takes us so fully into the minds of the characters involved in them. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2014
4.5/5 100% The Vampire Diaries: Season 5 (TV, 2009-2017) The Vampire Diaries Season 5 has a fresh feel to it, with plenty of new territory to mine at Whitmore, Delena as a certified couple and Silas as a fun, threatening villain. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2013
4/5 89% Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 1 (TV, 2013) Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the best new comedy on television for two simple reasons: 1. Andy Samberg. 2. Andre Braugher. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
45% The Walking Dead: Season 3 - Welcome to the Tombs (TV Episode) "Welcome to the Tombs" delivered a solid ending to the season, wrapping up character arcs, providing the battle between good and evil, shifting the story and those involved in a new direction, and of course, showering us in a variety of exploding guts. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2015
4/5 85% Longmire: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2017) It's certainly not bad, I'm all for slow-building character studies, but none of the storylines that played out on the premiere, nor any of the arcs teased for future episodes, made me scurry to my remote and set my DVR for Series Recording. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - And Now His Watch Has Ended (TV Episode) "And Now His Watch is Ended" managed to do a lot more than merely spend time with these residents of Westeros and beyond. It delivered action after action after unbelievably cool and surprising action. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
4.5/5 92% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Walk of Punishment (TV Episode) Most of us love Game of Thrones for the blood and the action (and the occasional/very frequent nudity), but sometimes a good cry over family members lost - or perceived to be lost - is needed to remind us that a lot more is at stake than power. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
89% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Dark Wings, Dark Words (TV Episode) The momentum of an episode always seems to stop when we spend time with Snow. Fortunately, there was Olenna Tyrell to perk us right back up. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
4/5 98% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Valar Dohaeris (TV Episode) Producers understand sometimes you need to focus entirely on the fight for the throne itself... So let's all celebrate that the path there is no longer coming, it has returned. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2016