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Matt Zoller Seitz

Matt Zoller Seitz
Matt Zoller Seitz's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Magazine/Vulture, New York Times, Salon.com, Newark Star-Ledger, New York Press, RogerEbert.com

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% BoJack Horseman: BoJack Horseman (TV, 2017) The show's fourth season is not just its best, it's the finest single season of a comedy in ages, though the persistent melancholy and focus on shame and guilt mark it as a comedy-drama. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
71% Top of the Lake: China Girl (TV, 2017) Almost everything that felt uncannily assured the first time out feels forced here.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
100% The Bold Type: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) As shiny and sumptuous as The Bold Type is, it respects journalism as work, in a way that more outwardly "serious" narratives about the profession sometimes don't.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
75% Marvel's The Defenders: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The Defenders reminds you of what these Netflix series once seemed to want to be, and might someday become.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
94% The Sinner: Miniseries (TV, 2017) USA Network, Simonds, and Campos deserve credit for refusing to duplicate the usual template for this kind of show.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
83% Comrade Detective: Season 1 (TV, 2017) It is intriguing, even if it doesn't quite justify its modest six-episode run.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
100% Rick and Morty: Season 3 (TV, 2016) Rick and Morty has always been one of wildest shows on TV. It's time to admit that it's also one of the best.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
100% Insecure: Season 2 (TV, 2017) Rae and her co-stars shape every scene into a perfectly formed bit of social interaction, built around a core of conflict, but with fascinating bits of business happening in the margins.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
95% Game of Thrones: Season 7 (TV, 2017) Game of Thrones is such a straightforward adventure, always focused on characters and plot, that its keener moments of self-awareness slip by without calling attention to themselves.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
94% GLOW: Season 1 (TV, 2017) What makes GLOW enjoyable (if sometimes imprecise and irksome) is its willingness to mine the same bad and/or stereotypical situations that it's critiquing for belly laughs.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
74% Orange Is the New Black: Season 5 (TV, 2017) Even the best performances and moments suffer from the season's lack of focus, inability to shift tonal gears smoothly, and Netflix bloat (the siege might've worked better as a more compact arc rather than a 13-episode extravaganza).‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
72% House of Cards: Season 5 (TV, 2017) There's a methodical madness to this new season that feels of the moment. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
94% Twin Peaks: The Return (TV, 2017) Two hours of sumptuously photographed, obtuse, patience-taxing, and sometimes demonically horrifying imagery that I'll bet single-handedly destroyed the nostalgic goodwill that had accrued since the show was announced.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
85% I Love Dick: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It's sexy, funny cringe-comedy with a surprising affinity for serendipitous, cosmically beautiful moments.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
100% Master of None: Season 2 (TV, 2017) The new batch of Master of None episodes is on my short list for scripted show of the year.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
94% American Gods: Season 1 (TV, 2017) As a piece of storytelling, American Gods makes Hannibal look like The Andy Griffith Show.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
100% Dear White People: Season 1 (TV, 2017) It doesn't just have a setting and a story, it has a philosophy and a vision of life. This is so rare in any art form that the show's less-than-subtle aspects (and there are many) feel like features rather than bugs.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
98% The Leftovers: Season 3 (TV, 2017) I've moved past depression and into acceptance when it comes to this series, but I'm still going to miss it when it's gone.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
78% The Get Down: Season 2 (TV, 2017) A promising show has become a terrific one.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
18% Marvel's Iron Fist: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Iron Fist doesn't really feel like it's an organic part of either approach to the Marvel universe. It feels like an afterthought, one that will require more than half a day to dismiss.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
100% American Crime: Season 3 (TV, 2017) I'm grateful that a series like this one exists in the first place. That it's so intelligently written and shot and thoughtfully acted is a marvelous bonus.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
100% Samurai Jack: Season 5 (TV, 2017) There's an uncanny power to this series that defies language, and it's rooted in Samurai Jack's commitment to formal experimentation.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
95% The Americans: Season 5 (TV, 2017) The Americans does complex work that never calls attention to its complexity.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
91% Feud: Bette and Joan (TV, 2017) The result ends up stranded in a no-woman's-land of dramatic inertia, not particularly engaging as a soap opera, docudrama, satire, or anything else.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
83% Patriot: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2017) You may not find a single line or frame of this show funny, but I smiled the whole time I wrote about it. Which of course means the audience for this is me.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
92% Big Little Lies: Miniseries (TV, 2017) Addictive, often corrosively funny social satire and murder mystery.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
93% Girls: Season 6 (TV, 2017) Girls is all of a piece - folding the sublime and the tasteless, the sloppy and the meticulous into nearly every scene - you have to accept the totality, including the parts you can't stand, otherwise you can't watch the show at all.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
91% Legion: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Legion is a trip: brainy, tight, yet so decadently inventive that I found myself laughing out loud at the sheer audacity of the damned thing. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
73% Santa Clarita Diet: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Santa Clarita Diet isn't awful - every episode has a few good laughs... But I kept wanting more from it besides constant refreshment of the same scenario, and it never seemed inclined to offer it.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
77% The Young Pope: Miniseries (TV, 2017) This is, in many ways, one of the weirdest, most counterintuitive programs ever to get a green light from HBO, and that alone merits the benefit of the doubt for now.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
75% Taboo: Season 1 (TV, 2017) This is clearly an obsessive, personal work, and it's intriguing on that level - more so if you're a fan of Tom Hardy, who has become the most exciting example of the Miserablist school of acting.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
38% Emerald City: Season 1 (TV, 2017) How and where Emerald City went wrong is a subject for an industry reporter with time to kill...switching show-runners during production is often a sign that somebody higher up wasn't pleased with where things were going and decided to 'save' the project.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
96% One Day at a Time: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Suffice to say that this is the sort of series that makes difficult things seem easy, so easy that you often don't realize how artful it is until you think back on it.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
81% Elementary: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) The producers of Sherlock were outraged when the Eye network announced its own American update, but they needn't have worried. Elementary is elementary.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
100% Search Party: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The cast is exceptional, never carrying themselves as if they are above the often confused, petty, or weak characters they portray; Shawkat in particular is a revelation.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
100% Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party which debuts tonight on VH1, carries itself like it's the strangest and most surprising new program of the year. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
76% Good Behavior: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) Dockery is a problem, I'm sorry to say. She's impressive, but the performance's impressiveness comes from overcoming typecasting and dazzling the viewer with technique, not from an intuitive emotional connection with the character.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
91% The Crown: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Harris's performance alone makes The Crown worth watching.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
45% The Great Indoors: Season 1 (TV, 2016) I wish this sitcom had been built around his character; the jokes would make a lot more sense in context, plus we'd get to have more Stephen Fry, which is never a bad thing.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
67% Vice News Tonight: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Vice News Tonight is an intriguing effort - not new, exactly, but newish. The "hangin' out doin' journalism" approach is easy to mock, but this new program is engaging and smart.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
18% Crisis in Six Scenes: Miniseries (TV, 2016) The result, unsurprisingly, is a dubious monument to the filmmaker's misgivings. It's far from the worst thing that Allen has done recently but nowhere close to his finest work.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
93% Queen Sugar: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Queen Sugar reinvents the wheel. This story of a fractious family of sugar farmers is a nighttime soap of a sort you've seen a dozen times, but never like this.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
94% Gomorrah: Season 1 (TV, 2014) The show deserves credit for being unrelentingly tense without seeming to glamorize any of its violent characters. .. It's a lie to say that crime doesn't pay, but the hidden costs are immense.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
77% Goliath: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The entire cast is better than the material, but Thornton in particular is working at such a high level that the gap between his talent and the quality of the writing and filmmaking eventually becomes a show in itself.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
60% Divorce: Season 1 (TV, 2016) This deepening pit of self-justification and sadness is keenly observed by Horgan and her collaborators... And both the acting and the dialogue are barbed-wire sharp.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
75% Frequency: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) It's a bright idea, redolent of much headier science fiction that we're used to seeing on commercial TV, but there's no way to tell right now if Frequency can build on it.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
84% Timeless: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) On the basis of the first two episodes - which are appealing, despite a certain clunkiness, and smarter than they probably had to be.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
78% The Exorcist: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The Exorcist is a good try at translating a classic from another medium, but it might have had more impact if it knew how to build to its shocks instead of just serving them up as spice.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
94% Pitch: Season 1 (TV, 2016) I like Pitch and would like it to succeed long enough to become an actual show, instead of an idea for a show with a pretty good marketing campaign.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
94% Easy: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It's a treat so see so many actors you recognize placed alongside new faces, and to see all of their lives and concerns taken seriously, though never as seriously as they take themselves.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016