Michael Haigis

Michael Haigis
Michael Haigis's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine
Publications: Slant Magazine

TV Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/4 80% Hanna: Season 1 (TV, 2019) The series fails to uphold, subvert, or otherwise comment on the stylistic vision or thematic coherence of its source material. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
1.5/4 68% After Life: Season 1 (TV, 2019) The series is ultimately just an excuse for Ricky Gervais to spit his acerbic wit at easy targets. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/4 96% Russian Doll: Season 1 (TV, 2019) The show's premise is like a playfully morbid Escher painting. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
1.5/4 72% The ABC Murders: Miniseries (TV, 2018) The miniseries transforms Agatha Christie's novel into a formulaic, adamantly bleak exercise. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/4 94% The Other Two: Season 1 (TV, 2019) The series operates in the same world-weary register as its superior predecessors. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
2.5/4 81% Black Earth Rising: Miniseries (TV, 2018) Black Earth Rising's compelling core narrative can become overwhelmed by tangential storylines. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
2/4 52% Black Monday: Season 1 (TV, 2019) Black Monday dabbles in farce, social commentary, and character study, without managing to establish a coherent point of view. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
1.5/4 79% The Kominsky Method: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The Kominsky Method's broad, formulaic humor undercuts any poignancy in the show's portrayal of men in their twilight. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
63% Nip/Tuck: Season 6 (TV, 2003-2009) Even though it may not have the lasting impact of its contemporaries, Nip/Tuck was a bell weather, revealing the true potential of FX. - ScreenRant EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
3.5/4 98% Homecoming: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Homecoming's visual ambition is complemented by its intellectual curiosity. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
1.5/4 71% Wanderlust: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The series arrives at the underwhelming conclusion that the grass only seems greener on the other side. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3/4 27% Camping: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Camping focuses primarily on why things happen rather than merely striving toward hijinks. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/4 51% The Romanoffs: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The Romanoffs is ambitious but disappointingly inconsistent. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
2.5/4 83% Maniac: Miniseries (TV, 2018) While impressive for its detailed and certainly imaginative world building, Maniac rarely dares to truly confound its audience. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
1.5/4 40% Dead Lucky: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Dead Lucky is a tangle of plot threads that are either underdeveloped or overly intricate. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
2.5/4 98% American Vandal: Season 2 (TV, 2017-2018) As the season approaches its conclusion, it becomes harder to ascertain what exactly American Vandal finds funny. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
4/4 99% The Deuce: Season 2 (TV, 2017-2018) The Deuce never feels unfocused as it toggles its attention between the myriad cultural movements of 1978. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/4 92% Sharp Objects: Miniseries (TV, 2018) Sharp Objects ultimately testifies to the triumph of survival, no matter how ugly or desperate a form it takes. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
2.5/4 74% Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Despite paying cursory service to humanizing its characters, Jack Ryan is mostly interested in a battle between good and evil. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
3/4 72% Ozark: Season 2 (TV, 2017) In season two, Ozark dramatically quickens its pace, as if it's brought a gun to a chess match. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2018
2/4 64% Disenchantment: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Disenchantment only slightly tweaks the hermetic formula of Groening's other shows. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
3/4 86% Lodge 49: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Lodge 49 mixes whimsical surrealism and more grounded portrayals of quotidian reality. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2/4 87% Castle Rock: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Castle Rock is a generically gloomy small-town mystery that doesn't lack for allusions to Stephen King's past work. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
2.5/4 87% Castle Rock: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Even at its most frightening, CastleRock is never surprising. - City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
2.5/4 94% Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The show's vibrant Harlem setting, like its pulsing hip-hop soundtrack, is affirming by design-a means of waking audiences up to black excellence. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
2.5/4 84% Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 2 (TV, 2016) Luke Cage is alternately bland and thrilling, formulaic and insightful. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
2.5/4 51% Yellowstone: Season 1 (TV, 2018) In Yellowstone, power and wealth are accrued by characters who rarely seem to deserve either. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3/4 55% Arrested Development: Season 5 (TV, 2003) The series continues to deftly skewer the interpersonal dynamics of a hilariously dysfunctional family. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
3.5/4 100% Dear White People: Season 2 (TV, 2017) The series offers a dim view of communication in an increasingly tribal world. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
3/4 89% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 (TV, 2017) The Handmaid's Tale remains intellectually nourishing, easy to admire, and difficult to endure. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2.5/4 86% Westworld: Season 2 (TV, 2015-2018) The prospect of true danger imbues Westworld with a newfound sense of urgency. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
3/4 90% Legion: Season 2 (TV, 2017) Legion presents itself as a maze, but it's more accurately an imaginatively adorned straight line in season two. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
3/4 77% Seven Seconds: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Seven Seconds is a thrilling police procedural that never loses sight of its cultural commentary. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
2/4 81% Marvel's Jessica Jones: Season 2 (TV, 2015-2018) The series frames PTSD, mental illness, and survivor's guilt in relation to superhero tropes. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
3/4 66% Altered Carbon: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The series confronts the excesses of capitalism with an obvious but imaginatively visualized commentary. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
2.5/4 88% The Looming Tower: Miniseries (TV, 2018) The Looming Tower suggests the failure of U.S. intelligence in the years before 9/11 was one of imagination. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
2/4 80% Trust: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The outcome is known to history, and Trust struggles to mine the saga for new insights. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
3/4 88% American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (TV, 2016-2018) The series investigates the potential consequences of relegating populations to the shadows. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
3/4 99% Barry: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Barry mines a considerable amount of heartfelt insight from the show's farcical premise. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
1.5/4 87% The Chi: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The Chi ultimately appears unable to imagine Chicago's South Side as anything but toxic. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
3/4 72% Gunpowder: Miniseries (TV, 2017) Gunpowder locates a human drama at the heart of an event codified in history books as a conflict between monoliths. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
2/4 87% Godless: Miniseries (TV, 2017) In Godless, female empowerment resembles the adoption of a rigid construction of masculinity. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2/4 86% Marvel's Runaways: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2018) The resulting incongruity, between the magnitude of the teens' discovery and the playfulness of their subsequent detective work, leaves us waiting for these young people to realistically process what they've witnessed. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
2.5/4 68% Jean-Claude Van Johnson: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) The series takes aim at privileged urban life and the action-star archetype. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
3/4 84% Black Mirror: Season 4 (TV, 2011-2018) Black Mirror implicates both human ignorance and malevolence as enablers of a technological dystopia. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
3/4 99% Alias Grace: Miniseries (TV, 2017) The series suggests that image is the sole source of agency for Victorian women. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
1/4 46% The Last Tycoon: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) Despite a thematic fixation on the pliable nature of identity, two-dimensionality is the defining characteristic of The Last Tycoon. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
92% The Deuce: Season 1 - My Name Is Ruby (TV Episode) Unwitting transformation is on display throughout the season finale. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
100% The Deuce: Season 1 - Why Me? (TV Episode) The episode is focused on the effect of reform. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
93% The Deuce: Season 1 - What Kind of Bad? (TV Episode) The episode is in many ways the most pessimistic hour of the series so far. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017