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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
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
75% 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
17% 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
97% 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
89% 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
92% 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
90% 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
71% 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
76% 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
78% 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
83% 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
92% 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
62% 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) 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
93% 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
63% Lethal Weapon: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Even for a show that wears its populist tendencies with pride, the show has little faith in its audience's ability to grasp a simple story.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
100% Insecure: Season 1 (TV, 2016) By the time it gets to the third and fourth episodes, it's on rails, conveying its more meaningful insights through lyrical bits of filmmaking.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
93% One Mississippi: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) One Mississippi is also about more than the darker emotions. It's at its best, perhaps, when showing the emotional complexities of family.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
100% BoJack Horseman: Season 3 (TV, 2016) With its mix of curveball innovations and very BoJack elements, season three of Raphael Bob-Waksberg's cartoon sitcom set in a species-mixed world of humans and animals might be its best overall.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
73% The Get Down: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) In general, the more The Get Down trusts in its actors to carry the meaning of a moment or scene, the better it is.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
74% Quarry: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The show strikes a particular note with great variety, but there are 87 other notes on a keyboard and you start to miss hearing them.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
94% Better Things: Season 1 (TV, 2016) I've been a TV critic for over 20 years, and I've never seen directing and editing in a half-hour series as minimalist, precise, yet full of feeling as what's been achieved here by Adlon... and [her] collaborators.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
96% Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Luke Cage is like one of those vainglorious 1970s double albums that has way too much filler but that you still listen to all the way through because the musicianship is superb. It's a superhero slow jam.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
100% Atlanta: Season 1 (TV, 2016) I've been a TV critic for over 20 years, and I've never seen directing and editing in a half-hour series as minimalist, precise, yet full of feeling as what's been achieved here by...Glover and [his] collaborators.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
89% Westworld: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) I can't think of another recent series that's so aggressively about what it's about while also being about storytelling, especially the 21st-century TV variety.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
100% Difficult People: Season 2 (TV, 2016) The episodes are so briskly paced and the tone so expertly judged that you tend to enjoy it all in the spirit in which it was intended. The show is a jar of bittersweet jelly beans. You can't eat just one.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
79% Greenleaf: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Greenleaf packs a lot of plot into its first few episodes, building gracefully to revelations and confrontations, and playing to its actors' strengths.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2016
95% The Night Of: Miniseries (TV, 2016) The net effect is hypnotic, like reading a fat crime novel filled with memorable characters and atmospheric details.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
98% Roots: Miniseries (TV, 2016) The new Roots is more passionate, more sweeping, considerably angrier, and more disgusted by the physical and moral atrocities it depicts.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
96% Horace and Pete: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Horace and Pete was more comfortable with silence than any TV show made during my lifetime. Its style demanded that you experience drama in a way that's anathema to the values of contemporary television.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
100% Full Frontal With Samantha Bee: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) Bee's program is one more 'publication' added to an increasingly crowded TV newsstand, but it already feels distinctive enough to merit regular check-ins, if not yet a DVR season pass.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2016
81% The Path: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It's a compelling but slow and dire series that falls into that mid-range of long-form TV drama, where you're interested enough to keep watching till the season is through.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2016