Michael Murray

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

TV Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet The Doctors: Season 1 (TV, 2008) It's not about informing the public about issues of health, but exploiting our anxieties, even if first they have to manufacture them, in order to get us to buy stuff. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
No Score Yet Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan: Season 6 (TV, 2004-2012) There seems something cruel, even misanthropic running beneath it all. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
No Score Yet The Tyra Banks Show: Season 4 (TV, 0-2010) Simply put, Tyra patronizes her audience, trying to fob off her galloping ego as some sort of freakish girl-power, and you know, it's kind of sickening to watch. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
No Score Yet Ice Road Truckers: Season 3 (TV, 2007-2017) "Ice Road Truckers," which would have made an excellent and compelling documentary, fails as a long-run series because it chooses to try to distract us from what makes it most unique - it's alien and lifeless environment. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
No Score Yet The Biggest Loser: Season 8 (TV, 2004) The people on this show are earnest and utterly sincere in their desire to become a newer, better version of themselves, and not even the sleazy conventions of the Reality TV can diminish that. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
No Score Yet The Bachelor: Season 14 (TV, 2002) Handsome in a characterless way, [Jake] Pavelka projects an uncomplicated affability that compels you to think of some lily-white suburb. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
33% Shaq Vs.: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) "Shaq Vs." is pure Saturday afternoon theatre. It's a comic book-not even a graphic novel- but it's entirely amiable, the sort of thing I would have stayed up for when I was 10 years old. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
2/4 31% The Jay Leno Show: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) So middle-of-the-road as to appear retro, he consistently seems out of synch, recalling a bygone era simply be disapproving of the current one. Regardless of how old you are, he's your father's late night talk show host, not yours. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio: Season 15 (TV, 1994) There's an intimacy and surprising sincerity that permeates the interviews, making it wholly unique in the world of show business. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
No Score Yet The Amazing Race: Season 15 (TV, 2013-2015) It turns out that the incoherent visual energy that fuels Bruckheimer's movies works really well for a game show, too, at least one about couples charging around the world in a, well, amazing race. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
No Score Yet Billy the Exterminator: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2016) Instead of tunneling in on the decrepit homes and lives of individual people in the city, "Billy the Exterminator" takes a commercial approach and tends to go to various businesses about town. This is advertising, plain and simple... - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
88% Louie: Season 1 (TV, 2010-2015) "Louie" rarely overplays things. The heavy stuff is always offset by the star's comedic genius, but the show maintains a realism that you simply can't shake. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
2/4 63% The Ricky Gervais Show: Season 1 (TV, 2010-2012) To reduce talents as large as Gervais and Merchant to caricatures seems absurd. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
60% Jersey Shore: Season 1 (TV, 2010-2012) Everything about "Jersey Shore" is sleazy and exploitative. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
50% American Idol: Season 9 (TV, 2002-2016) This season, we've already been stripped of the pleasure that is Paula Abdul. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
No Score Yet The View: Season 12 (TV, 1997) It all sounds kind of stupid and frothy, and often it is, but at it's best there's a current of unpretentious and authentic candor that runs through the show. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3/4 77% Southland: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2013) As each episode draws to its conclusion, Southland becomes as evocative as a music video. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2009
3.5/4 97% Breaking Bad: Season 2 (TV, 2008-2013) Breaking Bad is at its most entertaining when it's taking us into the drug culture of the street. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2009
2.5/4 83% United States of Tara: Season 2 (TV, 2009-2011) The dialogue has bite and is often viciously funny. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2010
2/4 70% Hung: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2011) Hung is littered with cheap, mincing stereotypes. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2009
2.5/4 100% Medium: Season 5 (TV, 2005-2011) The equivalent of a movie you're happy you didn't pay to see at the theater, but content enough to have rented-amiable, distracting, and professionally crafted. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2009
1/4 32% Napoleon Dynamite: Season 1 (TV, 2012) The characters are ready made jokes unto themselves, and the plots unfolding around them seem like little more than scenes found on the film's cutting room floor. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2012