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Sarah Hughes

Sarah Hughes
Sarah Hughes's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian, Independent (UK)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Mum: Season 2 (TV, 2018) The great skill of Stefan Golaszewski's sitcom is the way in which it recognises that big over-the-top declarations, while perfect on TV, aren't really the stuff of everyday life.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
100% Peaky Blinders: Season 3 (TV, 2016) This is a drama at that imperious stage where it's hard to go wrong -- confident in its storytelling, secure in its character development and trusting the audience to join them.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
81% Bloodline: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Produced by the creators of legal thriller Damages, Bloodline is expert in its mix of complex characterisation and killer twists and should be just the ticket for any Netflixers seeking another dark drama binge, post-House of Cards.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
82% Broken: Season 1 (TV, 2017) No other drama this year has cut me so deep to my core.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
93% The Deuce: Season 1 (TV, 2017) This generosity of spirit is the show's greatest gift. Where other series use sex as titillation, The Deuce prefers to examine the nature of desire, both fantasy and reality. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
80% The Last Kingdom: Season 2 (TV, 2017) A strong opening episode, which set the scene for conflict to come and introduced us to both a host of intriguing new characters and the return of some very nasty enemies from Uhtred's past.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
76% Taboo: Season 1 (TV, 2017) How you feel about Taboo probably depends on how gothic you like your historical dramas to be. Personally I'm a fan of period pieces stuffed full of doom, gloom and melodrama and served with side dishes of long-stewing revenge and simmering violence.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
87% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Dragon and the Wolf (TV Episode) What an episode. I might have been a bit up and down about some of the creative decisions this season, but they largely paid off for this supersized, expertly paced and deeply satisfying finale.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
80% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Beyond the Wall (TV Episode) Where once this show gave us interesting pairings whose discussions surprised us, now it seems more keen on big bangs and in-jokes.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
91% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Queen's Justice (TV Episode) It was exposition-heavy, but it also delivered a number of tense confrontations, provided Diana Rigg with a magnificent final scene, and gave fans a couple of moments they've been waiting for since the Seven Kingdoms first began to fall.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
100% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Stormborn (TV Episode) Phew, excuse me while I take a few minutes to remember to breathe. The pulsating final five minutes of this episode... made it clear that budget is not an issue this season.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
94% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Dragonstone (TV Episode) At this stage in the game, there are a lot of pieces to manoeuvre into place and, by episode's end, things were nicely set up for the season.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
63% Divorce: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It's a bleak vision -- although perhaps necessarily so given the subject matter. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
100% Sports Night: Season 1 (TV, 1998-1999) [Sports Night] featured crazy presenters, driven producers and some of the snappiest dialogue ever to make it on air. It was funny and furious, equally at home with hard themes as it was with light-hearted romance.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
100% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Series Finale (TV, 2015) Best of all, fans got a happy ending that stayed true to the guiding principles of CSI: keep the twists coming but never cheat the audience.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2015
100% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Series Finale (TV, 2015) Best of all, fans got a happy ending that stayed true to the guiding principles of CSI: keep the twists coming but never cheat the audience.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
83% Indian Summers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) For all those sumptuous settings and despite the impeccable performances, there remains something slightly hollow at its heart.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2016
100% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - The Winds of Winter (TV Episode) Talk about saving the best until last.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2016
98% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - Battle of the Bastards (TV Episode) Game of Thrones is always at its brutal best when dealing with the horror of war and this excellent episode -- the best of the season -- was no exception.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2016
86% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - No One (TV Episode) This was a thoughtful and carefully paced hour, shot through with sorrow and violence, in which a number of characters made decisions that will impact hugely on their fates.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
96% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - The Broken Man (TV Episode) Game of Thrones is occasionally particularly on the nose with its titles and so it proved this week with a well-paced, quieter episode that moved more pieces into place and presented us with a whole array of broken men.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
91% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - Blood of My Blood (TV Episode) A quiet, carefully paced episode in which the pieces on the table were rearranged yet again as new alliances were formed, old friends and enemies reappeared and several characters made important decisions.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 29, 2016
100% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - The Door (TV Episode) Excuse me while I get my breath back. When Game of Thrones is good it is really, really good and this was an excellent episode, perfectly paced with just the right amount of stories and some welcome humour to punctuate the big emotional scenes.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
92% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - Oathbreaker (TV Episode) I've long argued that this show is at its best when it takes the time to slow down. So it proved with this smart, slow-burner of an episode, which advanced a number of plotlines while still thrumming with the threat of deep unpleasantness to come.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 9, 2016
88% Game of Thrones: Season 6 - Home (TV Episode) This was a week packed full of shocking moments, unexpected deaths and the sense the very last of the old guard were falling and a new game coming into play but at the same time some questionable plotting decisions are being made.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 2, 2016
95% Game of Thrones: Season 6 (TV, 2016) Showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss have said this season is all about the women, and this opening episode did much to suggest they are right.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2016
93% The Leftovers: Season 2 (TV, 2015) An intriguing hour then, and one that justified the risks it took in getting there. Just about. ‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2015
97% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Mother's Mercy (TV Episode) Even the smallest decisions we make can have a wider impact down the line, and so it proved in this shocking yet ultimately satisfying final episode in which a number of characters paid the price for the choices they had made, the roads they had taken.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2015
88% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The Dance of Dragons (TV Episode) Game of Thrones needs more people who understand that war is unmitigated hell and fewer people who think they have a divine right to rule or that they and they alone will be able to save the nation (yes, Dany and Stannis I am thinking of you).‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2015
100% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Hardhome (TV Episode) What. An. Episode.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2015
91% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The Gift (TV Episode) Jonathan Pryce has been fantastic as the High Sparrow, presenting us with a portrait of that most terrifying of things - a fanatic with the ability to sound utterly reasonable.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 25, 2015
58% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken (TV Episode) While the nods to fairy stories' most precious archetypes were all present and correct, it was the dark, old tales first collected by the Brothers Grimm that writer Bryan Cogman paid homage.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 18, 2015
100% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Kill the Boy (TV Episode) This has always been a show obsessed with the relationships between parents and children, in particular fathers and sons, and, as we reached the halfway point, the focus swung that way again.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 11, 2015
100% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Sons of the Harpy (TV Episode) I'd contend that Cersei's biggest problem is that she's a bad chess player, only capable of thinking one move ahead.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 4, 2015
100% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - High Sparrow (TV Episode) After last week's examination of justice this week attention turned to the flip side of that rather tarnished coin - vengeance - in what's promising to be a very dark season.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2015
96% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The House of Black and White (TV Episode) Alas, poor Dany. Heavy is the head that wears the crown and hers is getting heavier by the hour.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2015
100% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The Wars to Come (TV Episode) The first episode of the fifth season of Game of Thrones thrust us straight back into the heart of Westeros with a well-paced hour that gave us new alliances aplenty and neatly set up several juicy plotlines.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2015
86% True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014) Every now and then a television programme arrives so fully formed and confident that the only response is to gasp in pleasure and applaud. Crime thriller True Detective... is one such show.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2014
100% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Children (TV Episode) Making good on its title, this was a well-paced and brutal conclusion to what has proved a fascinating season.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2015
91% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Watchers on the Wall (TV Episode) The moment the Night's Watch have been preparing for all season finally arrived in this tightly directed episode from action-king Neil Marshall, who gave us everything from CGI giants and mammoths to Manse's much promised bonfire.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2015
97% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Mountain and the Viper (TV Episode) Well, that was definitely worth the wait. Game of Thrones roared back this week with a game-changing episode, some quietly heartbreaking, some soul-destroyingly sad.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2015
100% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Mockingbird (TV Episode) It was philosophy week on Game of Thrones with everyone from Sandor and Arya to Dany and Jorah having existential discussions about life and fate and the choices we make.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2015
95% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Laws of Gods and Men (TV Episode) Oh Tyrion. This was a heartbreaking episode in so many ways.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2015
100% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - First of His Name (TV Episode) We're now halfway through this fourth season, which is probably a good time to breathe and take stock. Certainly this week felt a little bit like a holding episode in which we dropped in on numerous characters without really advancing the story much.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
97% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Oathkeeper (TV Episode) As this beautifully paced and very tense episode demonstrated, in Westeros the worst of nightmares is only a warm-up for the monsters walking in your midst.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
95% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Breaker of Chains (TV Episode) This being Game of Thrones, there was no shortage of possible candidates for who poisoned Joffrey last week. But even in Game of Thrones, rape is still rape.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
100% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Lion and the Rose (TV Episode) Scripted by George RR Martin (a tipoff that something big was likely to happen) this was another well-paced episode topped off by 15 minutes of exceptional (and exceptionally excruciating) viewing.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
96% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Two Swords (TV Episode) "Two Swords" barely wasted a word, managing to fill us in on most of the main players (alas, poor Stannis, I missed your dour proclamations -- here's hoping you return soon) while introducing some interesting new ones.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Mhysa (TV Episode) This has been a fantastic season of Game of Thrones in which the show has come into its own, taking interesting risks with the source material and growing increasingly confident about its character development.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2016
100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - The Rains of Castamere (TV Episode) The blood-drenched wedding of Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey was the harrowing centrepiece of a strong episode, albeit an episode with the occasional misstep. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2016