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Mike Hale

Mike Hale
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Harlots: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The show's creators... set an unflagging pace in the two episodes available for review, with dialogue that's sufficiently crisp and performances that are entertaining enough to keep you interested, even if the story feels a little hollow at the core.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-03-27T17:00:00-07:00
40% Rebel: Season 1 (TV, 2017) This isn't your sociology professor's crime drama. It's your grandfather's, and it's dirty, guilty fun - not exactly good, on the basis of its two-hour pilot, but definitely not boring.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-03-27T17:00:00-07:00
83% Striking Out: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It's all very predictable, and predictably well acted. It's also fairly appealing, if you like the idea of a legal soap opera done in the style of a restrained British rom-com.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-03-21T17:00:00-07:00
100% The Americans: Season 5 - The Midges (TV Episode) There were ideas flying around in the episode about identity and the loss of self, which involved lots of long looks between Elizabeth and Philip and required them to don Western drag.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-03-21T17:00:00-07:00
17% Marvel's Iron Fist: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The sad thing, and perhaps the hopeful thing, about the dawdling featurelessness of the early episodes is that you can see a better show struggling to get out..Until we see the full season, we won't know whether the show manages to focus its chi.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-03-15T17:00:00-07:00
100% The Americans: Season 5 - Pests (TV Episode) Tuesday's episode of The Americans was quiet, dark and ominous. It was transitional - no one died, no big secrets were revealed, but uneasiness reigned.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-03-14T17:00:00-07:00
No Score Yet Fauda: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Fauda is a thriller, and it includes plenty of violent action, but the battles and chases have a frighteningly casual, lived-in feeling.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-03-12T17:00:00-07:00
100% The Americans: Season 5 - Amber Waves (TV Episode) Much of the episode was spent checking in on the status of the characters we know and love.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-03-07T16:00:00-08:00
92% Making History: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Making History won't make America great again, but it makes it a little funnier.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-03-02T16:00:00-08:00
67% Time After Time: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Time After Time will start out with a reservoir of good will among those fond of the 1979 Nicholas Meyer film on which it's based, and Mr. Meyer returned to write the first episode.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-03-02T16:00:00-08:00
35% Taken: Season 1 (TV, 2017) All you want to know, probably, is whether the TV series has the blunt effectiveness and visceral pull of the film and its sequels. It doesn't.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-02-22T16:00:00-08:00
No Score Yet Trapped: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Trapped is by definition slow-building and chilly, but if you have a taste for the genre, it could be a good Sunday-night alternative to NCIS: Los Angeles or Big Little Lies.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-02-16T16:00:00-08:00
86% Big Little Lies: Miniseries (TV, 2017) The real problem with Big Little Lies is that the women's stories, however well acted and artfully photographed, are just a compendium of clichés about upper-middle-class angst.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-02-15T16:00:00-08:00
100% The Missing: Season 2 (TV, 2016) Season 2 is the lesser in just about every way. It perks to life at the end, though... And Mr. Karyo's indomitable Baptiste, shrugging in the face of indifference and opposition, should still appeal to any Philip Marlowe fans out there.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-02-09T16:00:00-08:00
70% Santa Clarita Diet: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Are there enough laughs to make Santa Clarita bingeable? It's a close call. I was happy I stuck around to hear Mr. Olyphant's delivery when Joel, offering a smoothie to Sheila, says, "I found a bag of his face behind the ice cream."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-02-02T16:00:00-08:00
100% The Quad: Season 1 (TV, 2017) We'll have to wait and see how Ms. Henderson and her fellow producers develop the potentially entertaining and provocative situations they've set up. In the meantime, it should be fun to watch Ms. Rose.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-01-31T16:00:00-08:00
64% Powerless: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It's quirky and pleasant but not terribly funny, and the comic situations are standard office sitcom.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-01-31T16:00:00-08:00
100% Madiba: Miniseries (TV, 2017) For all of its lackluster effect as drama, Madiba does have educational value - if you don't know Mandela's story, or the history of apartheid and its fall, there are worse ways to spend six hours than watching this digest of the highlights.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-01-31T16:00:00-08:00
No Score Yet Frontline: Season 35 - Trump's Road to the White House (TV Episode) The main reason to watch it is to relive those events and get them clear in your mind. For those opposed to, or appalled by, Mr. Trump, it's a horror film. For his supporters, it's The Sound of Music.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-01-30T16:00:00-08:00
80% Homeland: Season 6 (TV, 2017) There's something comforting about the normalcy of plot and counterplot, action and intrigue. Those have always been the series's strong points, not ideas.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-01-12T16:00:00-08:00
81% Victoria: Season 1 (TV, 2016) As palace-bound melodramas go, Victoria is perfectly easy to watch, as long as you don't mind that it never for a second feels as if you were watching something that could actually have taken place in the mid-19th century.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-01-12T16:00:00-08:00
78% Taboo: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The focus on grim portentousness and rank atmosphere keeps bogging down the story, which needed more attention to achieve the balance it seeks among gothic bodice-ripper, Heart of Darkness social tract and corporate thriller.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-01-08T16:00:00-08:00
64% Sherlock: Season 4 (TV, 2017) In the meantime, watching Sherlock is like dropping in on old friends who are as smart and sarcastic as ever but don't seem to have as much joy in their lives anymore.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2017-01-02T16:00:00-08:00
58% The Mick: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Without the freedom in language, tone and general obnoxiousness that FXX gives Sunny, the over-the-top situations in The Mick are less likely to make you laugh than to make you feel vaguely uncomfortable.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-12-29T16:00:00-08:00
93% Trollhunters: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The cleverest thing about Trollhunters might be that the fate of the world is in the finicky hands of Frasier Crane.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-12-21T16:00:00-08:00
32% Star: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) What Star doesn't have is a Cookie - a Taraji P. Henson to come in and light a fire that would draw your attention away from the general tackiness of the show. It needs a star.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-12-13T16:00:00-08:00
38% Shut Eye: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Shut Eye... loses most of its momentum as the story grows overcomplicated and undercharacterized. It's like watching a trick in which the dove fails to fly out of the magician's hat.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-12-06T16:00:00-08:00
100% Search Party: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It would be easy to overrate Search Party for its novelty, and the humor, while frequently sharp, is often of the sideways, trailing-off variety that won't hit every viewer's pleasure centers. But the cross-pollination of genres clicks just often enough.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-11-20T16:00:00-08:00
78% Undercover: Miniseries (TV, 2016) In the end, it doesn't really come close to making sense, which is the worst thing you can say about this type of show.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-11-15T16:00:00-08:00
76% Good Behavior: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) You may not buy Good Behavior, but you might not have a bad time watching it.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-11-13T16:00:00-08:00
67% The Fall: Season 3 (TV, 2016) Mr. Cubitt's unconventional methods mix standard police thriller elements of detection and chase with long, quiet scenes of conversation, interrogation and surveillance.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-10-30T17:00:00-07:00
92% People of Earth: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The slight but appealing People of Earth... is a contemporary anti-comedy or semi-comedy with a traditional sitcom core.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-10-30T17:00:00-07:00
70% Berlin Station: Season 1 (TV, 2016) As rookie efforts go, it's more than solid.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-10-27T17:00:00-07:00
78% Chance: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Chance keeps threatening to blossom into the mordant comedy it ought to be, but the dawdling pace and a general dreariness of mood keep it tied down.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-10-18T17:00:00-07:00
67% Vice News Tonight: Season 1 (TV, 2016) As hackneyed, shallow and formulaic as network newscasts can be, they still offer something in terms of immediacy and comprehensiveness that Vice News Tonight, as it's currently constituted, can't pretend to compete with.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-10-10T17:00:00-07:00
18% Crisis in Six Scenes: Miniseries (TV, 2016) Watching Crisis, you can't help wishing that rather than making his first show at the age of 80, he'd just avoided the whole television series thing.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-09-28T17:00:00-07:00
94% Gomorrah: Season 1 (TV, 2014) Mr. Sollima and his colleagues are certainly aware of the many influences to be sorted through in making a modern gangster tale... In Gomorrah, they've achieved a satisfying international blend.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-08-23T17:00:00-07:00
No Score Yet Fearless: Season 1 (TV, 2016) There isn't quite enough content to fill those four hours... After the first hour, you don't care anymore.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-08-21T17:00:00-07:00
83% Eyewitness: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It carries some of the DNA of a Lifetime movie of the week, but the writing and direction are better than that, and Mr. Paxton and especially Mr. Young are quite good.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-10-13T17:00:00-07:00
77% Goliath: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Some things we can probably count on, though. Mr. Kelley and Mr. Shapiro... will serve up a snappy piece of dialogue every few minutes. Mr. Thornton, even in one of his more routine performances, will be a pleasure to watch.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-10-13T17:00:00-07:00
89% No Tomorrow: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) No Tomorrow feels more ordinary than Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin, but it's more engaging than most other new network comedies, and it gets a big boost from the supporting performance.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-10-02T17:00:00-07:00
84% Timeless: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) Timeless, a good-natured science-fiction adventure... manages the not inconsequential trick of being educational dumb fun.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-10-02T17:00:00-07:00
57% Son of Zorn: Season 1 (TV, 2016) None of this is very funny on its own, and the actors are clearly handicapped by the lack of a real-life Zorn to play against. (Mr. Meadows stands out, partly because he isn't saddled with sentimental broken-family material.)‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-09-11T17:00:00-07:00
94% Easy: Season 1 (TV, 2016) If Easy doesn't work for you as drama, it's at least a touching love poem to a city.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-09-26T17:00:00-07:00
85% Designated Survivor: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Kirkman, mild-mannered but firm, evenhanded but paternalistic to the women and children in his life, is a perfect role for Mr. Sutherland, and tuning in to see him save the country each week may be one of the new TV season's prime guilty pleasures.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-09-20T17:00:00-07:00
100% Fleabag: Season 1 (TV, 2016) What sets the show apart isn't the surface quality of its humor but its restless, almost feral energy and its slap-in-the-face attitude.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-09-15T17:00:00-07:00
100% Insecure: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Insecure stands out... Its stories of buppie frustration and romance, set in Los Angeles, aren't revolutionary, but they're funny and moving, powered by Ms. Rae's ear for dialogue of a kind of crystalline, pitch-perfect profanity.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-10-05T17:00:00-07:00
100% Documentary Now!: Season 2 (TV, 2016) The replication of a low-budget, earnestly progressive public TV broadcast is impeccable, abetted by Helen Mirren's hilariously solemn introductions of the films.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-09-13T17:00:00-07:00
73% The Get Down: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2017) [Luhrmann] can get us excited with his manipulations of image and music, but he doesn't create people or stories interesting enough to give those feelings any focus.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-08-11T17:00:00-07:00
73% Quarry: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It takes a while for Quarry to get started...you're more likely to enjoy the bar-band music and admire the director Greg Yaitanes's artfully composed Southern landscapes than to care much about why the people onscreen are so anguished and violent.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted 2016-09-07T17:00:00-07:00