Rick Porter

Rick Porter
Rick Porter's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Zap2it.com

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True Detective : Season 2 - Other Lives (TV Episode)

"Three episodes remain in the season, and after some foot-dragging early on, True Detective feels like it's on a better course after this reset."
Posted Jul 20, 2015

True Detective : Season 2 - Down Will Come (TV Episode)

"True Detective has reached the halfway point of its second season, and just as in its first go-round it left jaws on the floor with a bravura action sequence to close the episode."
Posted Jul 13, 2015

True Detective : Season 2 - Maybe Tomorrow (TV Episode)

"Through a season and change, one of the defining themes of HBO's True Detective has been masculinity and how its characters project their manliness. Sunday's episode, "Maybe Tomorrow," goes at that idea with both fists."
Posted Jul 6, 2015

True Detective : Season 2 - Night Finds You (TV Episode)

"The actual case of Caspere's death and the competing interests working on it come more to light in the episode, giving it some forward momentum that the premiere lacked."
Posted Jun 29, 2015

Better Call Saul: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"Better Call Saul got off to a very promising start with its premiere, showing that the spinoff will be plenty capable of being its own show while still remaining part of the larger world created in Breaking Bad."
Posted Feb 9, 2015

The Americans: Season 3 (TV, 2015)

"Moreso than some other New Golden Age dramas, The Americans mix of espionage stories and family drama makes it accessible to new viewers. "
Posted Jan 28, 2015

Man Seeking Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"There's an undercurrent of sadness to the show that evens out the weirdness and makes it worth staying around."
Posted Jan 15, 2015

The Affair: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

"Treem and Levi have created what is easily the season's most intriguing mystery. Neither Noah nor Alison comes off as a bad person in the early going, yet both the show's title and its framing device imply something must have gone wrong along the way. "
Posted Oct 13, 2014

Transparent: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

"[Jeffrey] Tambor delivers such a nuanced, resonant portrayal of Maura that you may never see him as George Bluth or Hank Kingsley again. It's especially fascinating to watch his physical performance. "
Posted Sep 26, 2014

Louie: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

"Louie is still the same great, unpredictable show it has been, only moreso. "
Posted May 6, 2014

Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

"There are pieces of the show that are underdeveloped or just don't work very well in the pilot which to some extent Cuaron's gifts as a director help cover. Though he'll probably retain some level of involvement, he won't be directing any other episodes. "
Posted Mar 11, 2014

Mind Games: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

"The disconnect between what Mind Games wants to be and the show bubbling just under the surface makes it a bit of a puzzling viewing experience."
Posted Feb 27, 2014

Justified: Season 5 (TV, 2014)

"What really stands out in the premiere is how the show has succeeded in creating a world where Raylan Givens, Boyd Crowder and most everyone else we spend time with is surrounded by their past."
Posted Jan 8, 2014

Dallas: Season 2 (TV, 2013)

"No one would have wanted Hagman... to leave Dallas this way. But in playing the hand that was forced on them, the show's actors, writers and crew seem to have stepped things up. "
Posted Jan 6, 2014

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

"The flaws in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland appear to be fixable."
Posted Oct 10, 2013

Betrayal: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

"When she finds out Drew has Jack in his sights, the news so devastates her that she faints, wasting what looks like a rather nice bottle of wine. You might feel bad for the wine, and maybe for the hour you could have spent doing other things."
Posted Sep 30, 2013

Hello Ladies: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

"Hello Ladies doesn't quite pull off the trick of making Stuart someone you want to spend week after week seeing. "
Posted Sep 30, 2013

Lucky 7: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

"[It] calls to mind those earlier shows, both for the way it's set up and for the unfortunate fact that it never quite jells."
Posted Sep 25, 2013

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

"Whedon's past shows have managed to pull off the episodic vs. continuing story balance pretty well, so there's hope that SHIELD will be able to do the same after putting down its roots. "
Posted Sep 25, 2013

Modern Family: Season 3 (TV, 2011)

"Modern Family was up and down a lot this season, but way to go out on a strong note, guys."
Posted Sep 20, 2013

Dads: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

"The jokes go for the easiest, broadest possible targets, and they land with an almost audible thud."
Posted Sep 17, 2013

Vegas: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

"The worry here is that the procedural elements will overwhelm the deeply detailed world the first half of the premiere spent creating. "
Posted Sep 9, 2013

Breaking Bad: Season 5 (TV, 2012)

"We can only hope the remaining seven episodes live up to everything "Blood Money" delivered."
Posted Aug 13, 2013

Melrose Place: Season 1 (TV, 2009)

"I can't say yet whether the new Melrose Place will reach the same lunatic heights of its predecessor. But the fact that the show is so unapologetic about aspiring to be a water-cooler nighttime soap? I have to respect that a little."
Posted Aug 12, 2013

Broadchurch: Series One (TV, 2013)

"Broadchurch doesn't come with many stylistic flourishes -- it's a pretty straightforward crime story. But the care given to its characters and the damage the crime inflicts on the town make it one of the best scripted series of the summer."
Posted Aug 8, 2013

The Killing: Season 3 (TV, 2013)

" Even with a new case and several new characters, it felt like much the same show that has frustrated more than a few viewers the past two years."
Posted Jun 3, 2013

Hannibal: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

"Creator Bryan Fuller and his team also deliver one of the richest visual experiences you'll see. Hannibal is pretty much the opposite of Fuller's Pushing Daisies in tone and in subject matter, but his flair for a great image remains."
Posted Apr 4, 2013

Zero Hour: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

"Just know going in that you'll be far better served by acknowledging the towering silliness of the plot, because it's just about impossible to take it seriously."
Posted Feb 14, 2013

The Carrie Diaries: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

"If they can get past the "SATC" connection, they might see a show worth watching on its own merits."
Posted Jan 14, 2013

Deception: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

"It takes itself too seriously to be the kind of over-the-top nighttime soap that NBC's marketing campaign would have you think it is."
Posted Jan 7, 2013

Last Resort: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

"ABC has not had much success with the shows it's aired at 8 p.m. on Thursdays in recent seasons. But Last Resort has the goods to turn that record around."
Posted Sep 27, 2012

Guys with Kids: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

"If this is the ideal of a "broad" comedy, we'll be waiting for something more specific. "
Posted Sep 26, 2012

Veep: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

"Spreads the comedic wealth across the entire cast. "
Posted Sep 25, 2012

Revolution: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

"It seems to have all the ingredients to be the water-cooler show of the fall."
Posted Sep 17, 2012

Anger Management: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

"We can tell you that it's not great."
Posted Jun 28, 2012

Dallas: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

"The new Dallas isn't a game-changer, but it's a solidly built, easy-to-take soap that does right by its predecessor."
Posted Jun 13, 2012

Luck: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

"It's a fantastic-looking show."
Posted Jan 29, 2012

Alcatraz: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

"There's enough in the premise and the performances to keep us watching, but to really hook us in Alcatraz needs to decide what kind of show it wants to be."
Posted Jan 16, 2012

The Firm: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

"If "The Firm" were starting as an original story about Mitch McDeere (Josh Lucas, in his first TV work in more than a decade) coming out of witness protection after making a bad mistake earlier in his life, it might work better than it does. But it's not."
Posted Jan 8, 2012

Work It: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

"When you add to that a string of obvious, unfunny cross-dressing jokes and a set of female characters that are barely even one-dimensional, the premise pretty much collapses entirely."
Posted Jan 3, 2012

Once Upon a Time: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

"It's flawed, to be sure. But we have to give it points for ambition: No other new show this fall is attempting to tell a bigger story."
Posted Oct 31, 2011

Grimm: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

"We're less sold on the storytelling so far - but hopeful that it can find its footing."
Posted Oct 28, 2011

Last Man Standing: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

"If you're looking for comedy that doesn't feel like it's rooted in 1995, Last Man Standing might not be your cup of tea."
Posted Oct 11, 2011

Pan Am: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

"It's definitely a flight worth booking."
Posted Sep 25, 2011

Prime Suspect: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

"Bello inhabits Jane nearly completely - it may be the best single performance in a new series this fall."
Posted Sep 22, 2011

Unforgettable: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

""Unforgettable" doesn't rise far enough above to be actually memorable."
Posted Sep 20, 2011

Free Agents: Season 1 (TV, 2010)

""Free Agents" plays its central relationship almost too honestly to wring many laughs from it. "
Posted Sep 14, 2011

Game of Thrones: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

"It's stunningly rendered and very well-acted, and though the first few episodes have a tendency toward telling rather than showing, the pace rarely feels slack."
Posted Apr 17, 2011

Happy Endings: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

"It's populated with likable actors and rarely out-and-out bad, but it's also never much more than mildly amusing. "
Posted Apr 13, 2011

The Killing: Season 1 (TV, 2011)

"It is compelling for its difference from the norm; it's not that whodunit is beside the point, but unlike a lot of cop shows, the trip will be just as important as the destination."
Posted Apr 3, 2011
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