Michael Landweber

Michael Landweber
Michael Landweber's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): PopMatters

TV Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/10 22%

The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

"Such lack of attention to crime-solving details might occur because The Mysteries of Laura really wants to be the second show, an irreverent cop comedy with a millennial sense of humor. "
Posted Oct 1, 2014
5/5 57%

Selfie: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

"Maybe ABC's social media strategy should include posting only the last scene of this episode and pretend the rest of it never happened. That, and changing the title."
Posted Sep 30, 2014
7/10 85%

How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

"It will live or die, so to speak, on its shrewd intertwining of characters' personal and professional experiences-the very sort of intertwining that Rhimes' other shows have accomplished repeatedly."
Posted Sep 25, 2014
7/10 57%

Forever: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

"Everything in the first episode suggests that Forever has a better shot at successfully combining procedural conventions and a high-concept than, say, Intelligence or Almost Human."
Posted Sep 23, 2014
8/10 66%

Madam Secretary: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

"Madam Secretary does something else that suggests it has more on its mind than entertainment, which is to take on dilemmas without obvious solutions."
Posted Sep 22, 2014
8/10 89%

Girls: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

"In the first few episodes of this season, Girls does a much better job of finding the balance between humor and drama that has eluded it in previous seasons. "
Posted Jan 15, 2014
8/10 43%

1600 Penn: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

"1600 Penn's tone may be apolitical, but it is also very funny."
Posted Dec 17, 2013
8/10 33%

Super Fun Night: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

"Refreshingly, Super Fun Night, though it can be poignant, is mainly just flat out funny, like a sitcom should be. "
Posted Oct 2, 2013

The Millers: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

"The Millers is definitely shooting for the lowest common denominator. The jokes are crude and broad. The pilot includes a running gag about whether or not mom farted. "
Posted Sep 26, 2013

The Crazy Ones: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

"The pilot's storyline... is slapdash at best. It doesn't help that the viewer suspects the script was approved by McDonald's as a product placement deal."
Posted Sep 26, 2013
7/10 82%

The Blacklist: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

"That these relationships set young women alongside men with more experience, or more brutal experience, makes them more traditional than new, but they also speak to current social and political anxieties..."
Posted Sep 23, 2013
6/10 76%

Family Tree: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

"If the plot is thin, the show does offer other pleasures, including the actors' improv skills, revealed in subtle and hilarious flashes of genius. "
Posted May 12, 2013
6/10 56%

Smash: Seaon 2 (TV, 2013)

"The problem is that the story in between the songs is still inconsistent and muddled."
Posted Feb 5, 2013
5/10 15%

Do No Harm: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

"It's frustrating to see Cole's colleagues, who supposedly spend their entire lives thinking about the human brain, ignore the obvious dangers posed by his mental illness."
Posted Jan 31, 2013
7/10 90%

Fringe: Season 5 (TV, 2012)

"Going into its fifth and final season, Fringe has proved itself to be the one and only true heir to Lost."
Posted Sep 28, 2012
5/10 32%

The Neighbors: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

"Unfortunately, the pilot doesn't suggest that there is anything more interesting at work here than a weak attempt to wring laughs out of aliens who are buffoons"
Posted Sep 26, 2012
7/10 23%

The Mob Doctor: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

"The Mob Doctor is not only another procedural. It features strong relationships among diverse characters."
Posted Sep 17, 2012
8/10 64%

Touch: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

"So far, its mix of spirituality and science, familial and global struggles, is galvanizing."
Posted Mar 22, 2012
7/10 60%

The River: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

"We hope that it embraces its inner Lost and heads right on in to the heart of darkness."
Posted Feb 7, 2012
7/10 80%

Smash: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

"Non-procedural dramas with adults in mind remain rare on network TV."
Posted Feb 6, 2012
5/10 55%

House of Lies: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

"With the subtlety of a sledgehammer, the show right away telegraphs that there is more to Kaan than meets the eye, that he's not just a con. We're just not inclined to believe him."
Posted Jan 8, 2012
8/10 100%

Homeland: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

"Based on the first episode's strong script and performances, it looks as though the reveal will be worth the wait."
Posted Oct 2, 2011
7/10 73%

A Gifted Man: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

"A Gifted Man, working within a well-known construct, will keep viewers guessing about who really needs to be saved. "
Posted Sep 23, 2011
5/10 0%

Charlie's Angels: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

"If the old Charlie's Angels got by on a mix of utterly retro and faux-progressive politics, the new one looks to be avoiding all of it, and looks boring already."
Posted Sep 22, 2011
5/10 68%

2 Broke Girls: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

"It's more than a little disappointing to see a show in 2011 dip into the clueless foreigner joke well, not once, but twice in the first half hour. "
Posted Sep 19, 2011
8/10 75%

Up All Night: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

"Rarely does a family sitcom actually focus on the realities of parenting, especially when an infant is involved. Up All Night bucks that trend by putting the responsibility and burden of the job center stage."
Posted Sep 14, 2011
6/10 43%

Entourage: Season 8 (TV, 2011)

"That the new season begins with Vince having left that murk behind reinforces a consistent criticism of Entourage, that it's a lark and nobody every changes."
Posted Jul 24, 2011
5/10 41%

Franklin & Bash: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

"Given that McDowell steals pretty much every scene he's in, maybe Franklin & Bash should just reboot now, as Infeld."
Posted Jun 1, 2011
5/10 41%

Mad Love: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

"Mad Love tells the parallel stories of one couple's love at first sight and their best friends' hate at first meeting. Unfortunately, neither is particularly convincing. "
Posted Feb 14, 2011
8/10 58%

Bob's Burgers: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

"Fox may have found another great family to move in next door to the Simpsons, Hills, and Griffins."
Posted Jan 9, 2011
5/10 70%

Episodes (US): Season 1 (TV, 2011)

"This promising satire is lost, however, when LeBlanc comes on the scene."
Posted Jan 9, 2011
8/10 68%

No Ordinary Family: Season 1 (TV, 2010)

"It is off to a promising start, tweaking a lot of superhero conventions without seeming like a parody."
Posted Sep 28, 2010
4/10 62%

Better with You: Season 1 (TV, 2010)

"So far, it just looks poorly thought out. "
Posted Sep 22, 2010
4/10 46%

Chase: Season 1 (TV, 2010)

"In the end, Chase might want to toss out everything else and just give us a full hour of nonstop chase."
Posted Sep 20, 2010
8/10 69%

Rubicon: Season 1 (TV, 2010)

"Rubicon is a throwback to a simpler time for conspiracy theories, rather than aliens or supernatural forces. "
Posted Aug 1, 2010
6/10 83%

Covert Affairs: Season 1 (TV, 2010)

"Perabo shows herself capable of playing Walker tough or sweet, clueless or competent. "
Posted Jul 23, 2010
5/10 50%

Memphis Beat: Season 1 (TV, 2010)

"Part of the problem is that in order to understand why Memphis matters so much, viewers need to get a sense of place from what's on screen: ts first episode goes for superficial cues instead of specific depths. "
Posted Jun 22, 2010