Phillip Maciak TV Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Phillip Maciak

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 100% Downton Abbey: Season 2 (TV, 2012) Written with sterling wit and a flair for declaratives, it's easy to imagine that Downton Abbey is some sort of sly critique of aristocracy, satire of the new gilded age, or brave examination of conscience and class.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2016-06-28T17:00:00-07:00
2/4 43% Entourage: Season 8 (TV, 2011) Entourage is a how-to guide for a totally impossible lifestyle, an aspirational fantasy with a perpetually receding horizon.‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Read More | Posted 2015-05-19T17:00:00-07:00
2/4 43% Entourage: Season 8 (TV, 2011) Without a compelling storyline since the fourth or fifth season, Entourage feels like it's stuck around this long solely out of habit.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2011-07-23T17:00:00-07:00
1/4 57% Life's Too Short: Season 1 (TV, 2011) Life's Too Short is a condescending, exploitative, and grimly unfunny genre exercise convinced that it's pushing boundaries.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2012-02-18T16:00:00-08:00
2/4 81% True Blood: Season 5 (TV, 2012) As its seasons have worn on and its universe of beasties and beastly acts has expanded, True Blood has become less interested in revising or adapting the soap-operatic tropes that made it such campy fun to begin with.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2012-06-09T17:00:00-07:00
3/4 83% True Blood: Season 4 (TV, 2011) We should be encouraged-and thanks to Shaw's boffo performance, delighted-to see True Blood thinking, even for a moment, about controlling itself.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2011-06-25T17:00:00-07:00
2.5/4 84% New Girl: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012) If this show's going to succeed, it's going to have to figure out how to build a slightly more complex inner-life for its protagonist. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2011-09-19T17:00:00-07:00
3/4 100% The Killing: Season 1 (TV, 2011) The Killing's allusiveness, its play with cliche, and employment of television archetypes work to set up a series of false solutions, bad leads, and conventional speculations that it then systematically overturns.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2011-04-02T17:00:00-07:00
3/4 100% Downton Abbey: Season 2 (TV, 2011) Written with sterling wit and a flair for declaratives, it's easy to imagine that Downton Abbey is some sort of sly critique of aristocracy, satire of the new gilded age, or brave examination of conscience and class.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2012-01-07T16:00:00-08:00
3/4 75% Up All Night: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012) If the last 10 minutes are any indication, Up All Nightmay just find itself the most elusive trophy of all: an audience.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2011-09-13T17:00:00-07:00
2.5/4 92% Nashville: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) There's a constant threat that Nashville will collapse under the weight of its poor investment.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2012-10-09T17:00:00-07:00
1.5/4 53% The New Normal: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) If you agree with the show's politics, then The New Normal will blithely reaffirm your assumptions without challenging or engaging them. If you disagree, don't worry. That's normal.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2012-09-09T17:00:00-07:00
2/4 76% Pan Am: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012) The show's extravagant, aggressive joy about the friendly skies sometimes makes even that pinnacle of historical romance seem like a Lars Von Trier film in comparison.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2011-09-24T17:00:00-07:00
3/4 77% Last Resort: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) Last Resort is in a position to provide the kind of conversation about American exceptionalism that The Newsroom promised, but got too caught up in sentiment to provide.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2012-09-26T17:00:00-07:00
78% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 12 (TV, 2011-2012) Within the bounds of the material, Danson is doing fun, off-the-wall work.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted 2011-09-20T17:00:00-07:00
3/4 91% Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23: Season 1 (TV, 2012) Funny enough to overlook its spurious reason for existence and unpredictable enough to keep things from stagnating‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2012-04-10T17:00:00-07:00
2.5/4 80% Smash: Season 1 (TV, 2012) Smash is a great idea for a show, but NBC has focused so much attention on its presentation - the musical numbers, the production design - that it has yet to access the depth of the story it is telling.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2012-02-05T16:00:00-08:00
2.5/4 74% American Horror Story: Murder House (TV, 2011) Even if the show crashes and burns, it should leave behind a fabulous corpse.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2011-10-04T17:00:00-07:00
3.5/4 No Score Yet How to Make It in America: Season 2 (TV, 2011) This show prioritizes its faithfulness to the cultural moment by dramatizing it with uncommon style and a little grace as well.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2011-10-01T17:00:00-07:00
3.5/4 87% Luck: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012) An infuriatingly but genuinely moving drama.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2012-01-28T16:00:00-08:00
2.5/4 88% Boardwalk Empire: Season 2 (TV, 2011) The good news about the show's second season is that some of the best characters have been given expanded roles.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2011-09-24T17:00:00-07:00
3/4 100% Parenthood: Season 3 (TV, 2011-2012) Having too many compelling directions to take a series in is far better than having too few.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2011-09-12T17:00:00-07:00
1.5/4 41% Mad Love: Season 1 (TV, 2011) With the debut of CBS's new sitcom, Mad Love, BPS (Boring Protagonist Syndrome) has officially become an epidemic.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2011-02-13T16:00:00-08:00
3.5/4 79% Enlightened: Season 1 (TV, 2011) Enlightened is a bipolar series - oscillating actively between comedy and drama, tranquility and anger, humanism and satire - held together, for every frame of every episode, by the virtuosic rampaging of its star.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2011-10-09T17:00:00-07:00
2/4 21% Whitney: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012) Whitney isn't particularly insightful about the lives of the young Americans it represents.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2011-09-29T17:00:00-07:00
3.5/4 83% Falling Skies: Season 1 (TV, 2011) It's telling a gripping, well-made story; it might not be ready to be appreciated as art, but it's impossible not to love it as entertainment.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2011-06-18T17:00:00-07:00
2/4 62% The Borgias: Season 1 (TV, 2011) The Borgias, in other words, could be read as a trashy mob picture in Renaissance drag.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2011-04-02T17:00:00-07:00
2.5/4 74% Wilfred: Season 1 (TV, 2011) It's neither terribly funny nor particularly insightful.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2011-06-22T17:00:00-07:00
2.5/4 89% Game of Thrones: Season 1 (TV, 2011) If Game of Thrones can find its place in the personal (in the power, corruption, and integrity to be found in individual souls), then it can transcend the ugly social and historical dynamics that it so casually relies on and reproduces.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2011-04-16T17:00:00-07:00
2/4 44% Camelot: Season 1 (TV, 2011) If Fiennes and Green could stage a coup, wresting control of the show from its tawdrier impulses, then that might just be something worth watching. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2011-03-31T17:00:00-07:00
3.5/4 100% Portlandia: Season 2 (TV, 2012) Portlandia has become the Sleater-Kinney of comedy.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2012-01-04T16:00:00-08:00
3.5/4 89% Portlandia: Season 1 (TV, 2011) The brilliance of Portlandia, and part of what I imagine will be its staying power, is that the jokes work both as insider cultural reference and rank absurdism.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2011-03-01T16:00:00-08:00
1/4 71% Veep: Season 1 (TV, 2012) Mistaking vulgarity for comic edge and very thinly stretched punnery for wit, Veep is less a trenchant satire about contemporary politics than it is a relentlessly mean-spirited spectacle about crummy people.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted 2012-04-21T17:00:00-07:00