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Noam Cohen

Noam Cohen
Noam Cohen's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Observer

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
77% Marvel's The Defenders: Season 1 (TV, 2017) On the evidence of these eight episodes, I'm ready to call it: Netflix should jettison a bunch of these heroes and double down on Jessica Jones and its other female characters.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
100% Orphan Black: Season 5 - To Right the Wrongs of Many (TV Episode) There was always a storytelling aspect to this show-which is one of the things that makes it such great television. ‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
100% Orphan Black: Season 5 - One Fettered Slave (TV Episode) Since this is likely the last opportunity we will have to do so, let's pause once more to appreciate the breathtaking virtuosity of Tatiana Maslany's performance on this show.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
100% Orphan Black: Season 5 - Guillotines Decide (TV Episode) Welcome to the endgame, friends.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
88% Orphan Black: Season 5 - Gag or Throttle (TV Episode) In its clearly well-considered final season, Orphan Black has wisely decided to give us several episodes that each focus in on one of the clone sisters.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
92% Orphan Black: Season 5 - Manacled Slim Wrists (TV Episode) Ah, dear Crystal... you provide a very welcome comic distraction from the very grim doings on the other side of the world at Revival.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
100% Orphan Black: Season 5 - Ease for Idle Millionaires (TV Episode) As a thriller, Orphan Black is highly concerned with questions of trust... And one of the things that gives the show such thematic depth is how readily these social issues map onto its biological ones.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
100% Orphan Black: Season 5 - Let the Children and Childbearers Toil (TV Episode) It's fun seeing Mrs. S's impressive array of espionage skills put into practice, and even more enjoyable seeing her and Sarah pull off a con together.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2017
100% Orphan Black: Season 5 - Beneath Her Heart (TV Episode) It. Is. Awesome. I literally stood up and cheered.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
100% Orphan Black: Season 5 - Clutch of Greed (TV Episode) It all goes back to Westmoreland and Revival, but what is really going on there is this season's big mystery.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
92% Orphan Black: Season 5 - The Few Who Dare (TV Episode) One great thing about Orphan Black is that you can always find the mysteries of a new season embedded right there at the beginning. ‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
100% Doctor Who: Season 10 - The Doctor Falls (TV Episode) A dramatic and satisfying finale.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
100% Doctor Who: Season 10 - World Enough and Time (TV Episode) We get time as a potent and multivalent metaphor, used by the show for various stunning narratives ... This episode has one of the best of these to come along for a while. ‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
100% Doctor Who: Season 10 - The Eaters of Light (TV Episode) Throw out all your notions of sacrifice and honor, [the Doctor's] saying to the assembled teenaged warriors. Those are ideas that your infant species came up with to give meaning to meaningless bloodshed. All that matters is doing what must be done.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
91% Doctor Who: Season 10 - The Empress of Mars (TV Episode) This is the perfect conclusion for Godsacre; unlike his me, who made the trip for glory and riches, he was always just seeking a fresh start, and now he has one.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
82% Doctor Who: Season 10 - The Lie of the Land (TV Episode) Forming a beautiful contrast at episode's end, as Missy reveals her real struggle as she tries to become good: the memories.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
86% Doctor Who: Season 10 - The Pyramid at the End of the World (TV Episode) Beyond the fact that there should have been an easier solve ... there is no way the Monks and Bill should have been able to come to this agreement at all.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
92% Doctor Who: Season 10 - Extremis (TV Episode) "Extremis" [is] a marvelous piece of narrative legerdemain that manages to slip from religion to sci-fi to existentialism and back again, all interspersed with a separate framing tale about morality and fear and friendship.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
100% Doctor Who: Season 10 - Oxygen (TV Episode) It's almost shocking how good (and how overtly Marxist) a critique of capitalism this turns out to be. ‐ Observer
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
88% Doctor Who: Season 10 - Knock Knock (TV Episode) I think it's about time to call it: This season of Doctor Who is shaping up to be a real yawn.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
93% Doctor Who: Season 10 - Thin Ice (TV Episode) All in all, a light, fun episode, with a an effective bit of a dig at the evils of capitalism, but mostly just an extended riff on the idea of a "big fish story." ‐ Observer
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
84% Doctor Who: Season 10 - Smile (TV Episode) It's fun, but it all makes me a bit leery that this whole season may end up being a bit too much of a farewell tour for the outgoing showrunner.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
93% Doctor Who: Season 10 - The Pilot (TV Episode) The new companion, the charmingly eccentric Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), is ushered in by Nardole, who for some reason does not qualify as a companion himself ... despite the fact that he travels with the Doctor, is privy to his secrets, etc. ‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
82% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (TV Episode) It was great to see them fight back and regain some semblance of the upper hand, and fun to see all our heroes in one place for a change, fighting side by side. But the show had already sucked all the joy out of the room.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
66% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Something They Need (TV Episode) Tara ... is just purely funny. Even when she's not being overtly jokey, as in this episode, which involves her in a deadly serious plot, she approaches the world with an offbeat tentativeness that never fails to bring a smile to my face.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
68% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - The Other Side (TV Episode) When it decides to slow down to give us character-centric vignettes, rather than letting their personalities and emotions emerge from their involvement in the plot, it starts to lag, and feel like a lot like filler.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
82% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Bury Me Here (TV Episode) It's something of a one-dimensional story, but Morgan's transformation is fascinating, and will clearly be a crucial factor in the coming war.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
78% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Say Yes (TV Episode) Imagine being so deep into the apocalypse that you're actually nostalgic for the early days of the apocalypse. Instead of, you know, missing the life you had before the world ended? That's sort of terrifying. ‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2017
82% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Hostiles and Calamities (TV Episode) Instead of beating us over the head with the fact that Rick has to harden his heart to lead, etc. etc., it shows us a man caught in the shifting winds of a personality that is changing as the world changes.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
82% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - New Best Friends (TV Episode) Seen here, only a few years after the zombie apocalypse started, it all just seems ridiculous and contrived.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
87% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Rock in the Road (TV Episode) With only about 20 minutes left, we do start getting some glimmers of interesting and unpredictable developments. ‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
76% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Hearts Still Beating (TV Episode) It's reunions all around, including man and his trusty pistol, and they stride off to make a real plan. Finally.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
74% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Sing Me a Song (TV Episode) How all these come to a head next week is yet to be seen. But things don't look good for our heroes...The bad guy is in your gates already, and he's got the weakest among you sitting on his lap.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
59% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Swear (TV Episode) The introduction of an all-female village is logical and welcome at this point, and having Tara enter as an invading presence from the male world who happens to be a gay woman is a deft move. ‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2016
76% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Go Getters (TV Episode) Glenn lives on in [Maggine] -- n the child they'll have, but also in the person she is now. Which is why it's significant that this is when she fully claims her married name. ‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2016
59% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Service (TV Episode) The terrible thing [Rick's] holding becomes a constant reminder of his impotence and the uselessness of his anger. It's brilliant and subtle and devastating to watch.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2016
72% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - The Cell (TV Episode) It primarily just serves as our introduction to life in the land of the Saviors. And to literally the worst song in the history of music, which I cannot get out of my head for love nor money. ‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
95% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - The Well (TV Episode) TWD plays lightly but deliberately on the obvious comparison between Negan and Ezekiel-both charismatic, theatrical, clever leaders who know that their power derives solely from the devotion of their followers.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2016
64% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - The Day Will Come When You Won't Be (TV Episode) Yeah, so that was as brutal and wrenching an hour of television as we're ever likely to see. And it had to be. Because the point of this season 7 premiere was to show Rick-and by extension us-that nothing is ever going to be the same now.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
94% Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song (2015 Christmas Special) (TV, 2015) This year, instead of giving us a Christmas-themed story, the writers instead decided to give us all a Christmas present: the missing final chapter in the love story of the Doctor and River. ‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2015
89% Doctor Who: Season 9 - Heaven Sent (TV Episode) The filmmaking here is some of the most gorgeous we've yet seen on Doctor Who.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2015
78% Doctor Who: Season 9 - Face the Raven (TV Episode) The oddest thing about "Fear the Raven," and the most interesting, is just how resigned to it all the Doctor seems. Sure, he fights to save Clara, but he also seems to know what's coming.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2015
65% Doctor Who: Season 9 - Sleep No More (TV Episode) There is a series of brilliant misdirections at the center of this episode, and the Doctor-usually a master of misdirection himself-doesn't quite seem to see them. "Sleep No More" wants us to think it's about sleep, but... it's about the unconscious.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015
95% Doctor Who: Season 9 - The Zygon Inversion (TV Episode) On the basis of "The Zygon Inversion," I'm now ready to call it: Series 9 is the best season of Doctor Who yet. Hands down.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2015
94% Doctor Who: Season 9 - The Zygon Invasion (TV Episode) This is the point at which I usually gripe about all the things in the episode that didn't really make a whole lot of sense... But for me these strange quirks actually added to the interesting weirdness of the episode.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2015
85% Doctor Who: Season 9 - The Woman Who Lived (TV Episode) All things considered, "The Woman Who Lived" isn't terrible. But after "The Girl Who Died," this companion piece is something of a disappointment: a story that gestures at complexity but turns out to be rather simplistic.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2015
95% Doctor Who: Season 9 - The Girl Who Died (TV Episode) Whoo-ee, that was some clever storytelling. Plus: Vikings!‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2015
95% Doctor Who: Season 9 - Before the Flood (TV Episode) It's a joy to watch, even when what just happened remains a bit of a head-scratcher, as it does in the very satisfying "Before the Flood."‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2015
83% Doctor Who: Season 9 - Under the Lake (TV Episode) The fact that it rarely feels clichéd or repetitive is a testament to clever writing, and even better acting. In particular Capaldi, who seems to get even more riveting with each passing episode, elevating the material in ways that continue to astonish.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2015
79% Doctor Who: Season 9 - The Magician's Apprentice (TV Episode) The episode, in other words, is fun and strange in the classic mode of Doctor Who.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2015