Sarene Leeds

Sarene Leeds
Sarene Leeds's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Entertainment Weekly Wall Street Journal

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T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 100% Billions: Season 4 - American Champion (TV Episode) Putting his ego over his family is a classic Chuck move, but since none of the maneuvers he executes in "American Champion" had a chance in hell of panning out anyway, the viewer's enjoyment lies in watching Chuck dig himself into a hole. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
4/5 100% Billions: Season 4 - Fight Night (TV Episode) The fight is an entertaining respite from all of the sobering plot threads encroaching upon our protagonists, because outside the ring, the gloves are off. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
5/5 100% Billions: Season 4 - Infinite Game (TV Episode) Its brilliance is in the way Axe callously crushes Taylor and Douglas while also making me cry tears of joy... - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 100% Billions: Season 4 - Maximum Recreational Depth (TV Episode) Once all the pieces came together, I found myself placing Operation Taylor Mason Friendship Goals in the Billions Subterfuge Top Five. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 100% Billions: Season 4 - A Proper Sendoff (TV Episode) As soon as the James Brown tune "The Payback" plays over the opening images of flames cremating the body of "Black Jack" Foley...it's firmly established that this episode will be about revenge, and there will be no room for subtlety. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
5/5 100% Billions: Season 4 - Overton Window (TV Episode) I think the greatest achievement of "Overton Window" is how we're only one-third of the way through the season, and I am stumped as to what's ahead. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 100% Billions: Season 4 - Chickentown (TV Episode) If politics is a dirty game, then Chuck is about to soil himself with, ironically, his sudsiest next move... - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
100% Billions: Season 4 - Arousal Template (TV Episode) I loved watching Taylor outsmart everyone in this episode, but given that it's only the beginning of the season, this kind of a major victory so early on makes me wary - and intrigued - for what's to come next. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 100% Billions: Season 4 - Chucky Rhoades's Greatest Game (TV Episode) If you had trouble untangling yourself from the intricate web that was the Billions season-four premiere, you're not alone...That's not to say "Chucky Rhoades's Greatest Game" isn't a fantastic episode, but it is an exhausting one. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 100% One Day at a Time: Season 3 (TV, 2017) "The Funeral," buries much of its pathos beneath a steady stream of genius one-liners and the red herring of a decades-long conflict, so the episode's real poignancy may not even hit you until midway through your binge-watch. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
60% Outlander: Season 4 - The Deep Heart's Core (TV Episode) But this scene, no matter how much it's fine-tuned for 2019 viewers, will always be problematic. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
100% Call the Midwife: Season 4 (TV, 2012) There's something unique in the way the British drama Call the Midwife,... can make us feel so warm and fuzzy inside with its characters' familiar maternal presence, but [also] leave us gutted by the harsh realities of London's East End in 1960. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
96% Better Things: Season 2 (TV, 2016) Bravo to Better Things for removing the stigma of moms daring to ask for praise. Because everyone deserves a little ego boost now and then. - Vice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
61% The Newsroom: Season 3 (TV, 2012-2014) The Newsroom is being allowed to die a slow death with an abbreviated third and final season in which not enough has changed. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
89% Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 (TV, 2010-2014) It's too late to try to make Nucky a compelling character after so many false starts over the past four seasons. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
98% Boardwalk Empire: Season 4 (TV, 2010-2014) It was worth the slow burn. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
89% Boardwalk Empire: Season 3 (TV, 2010-2014) Bobby Cannavale in an explosive performance, and a very welcome addition to the cast. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
91% Boardwalk Empire: Season 2 (TV, 2010-2014) A captivating climax with plenty of open-ended story lines to keep us salivating until the Prohibition-era series returns for a third season. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
100% Outlander: Season 2 - Dragonfly in Amber (TV Episode) Showrunner Ronald D. Moore is not a fan of beating around the bush when it comes to addressing the sad, harsh truths... For the second year in a row, he and his crew decided to hit the audience where it hurts in the early scenes. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
91% Downton Abbey: Season 6 - Episode 9 (TV Episode) The series finale was probably one of the least compelling episodes of not only the entire season, but the show itself. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
100% Downton Abbey: Season 6 - Episode 8 (TV Episode) As difficult as it was to watch, it was an understandable creative decision on writer Julian Fellowes's part. If there's nothing to cause the audience substantial upset, then there would be nothing left to satisfy us come the series finale. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
91% Downton Abbey: Season 6 - Episode 5 (TV Episode) There were several new developments on tonight's Downton Abbey, but let's be honest, there's only one thing anyone is going to remember from it: Lord Grantham projectile-vomiting blood all over the dining table. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
100% Downton Abbey: Season 6 - Episode 7 (TV Episode) Fortunately there was no breakup on the horizon for Edith and Bertie Pelham - quite the opposite, in fact. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
85% Downton Abbey: Season 6 - Episode 6 (TV Episode) Is it evil if I say I am eliciting pure joy out of watching Violet, the Dowager Countess suffer from a brand-new sensation called humiliation? - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
100% Downton Abbey: Season 6 - Episode 4 (TV Episode) Downton did manage to pull itself out of the tedious-plotline rabbit hole long enough to make this episode a fitting tribute to two of its most inspirational female characters. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
100% Downton Abbey: Season 6 - Episode 3 (TV Episode) Fortunately, the Downton vs. the schoolhouse venue problem is solved rather swiftly courtesy of Mrs. Patmore. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
75% Downton Abbey: Season 6 - Episode 2 (TV Episode) I think that's what made this week's hour with the Crawleys so much fun - it was just another great reminder that Michelle Dockery's Emmy-nominated role is far more complex than we might give the actress credit for. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
82% Downton Abbey: Season 6 - Episode 1 (TV Episode) Times have changed, for both the Crawleys, and for their television viewers, and that means we're ready to see these characters move forward, not repeat familiar-looking misfortunes from earlier seasons. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
89% The Affair: Season 2 - 12 (TV Episode) There's nothing quite like a deep, dark secret between lovers to jump-start a withering relationship. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
89% The Affair: Season 2 - 11 (TV Episode) Judging from the developments in tonight's episode, we should all be prepared to leave the second season behind with a lot of still-unanswered questions, just like we did last year. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2015
100% The Affair: Season 2 - 10 (TV Episode) For many fans of The Affair, this is the episode we've all been anticipating: The appearance of Cynthia Nixon as Noah and Alison's therapist, Marilyn Sanders. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
88% The Affair: Season 2 - 9 (TV Episode) Anyone who watched what went down with our four principal characters will know that we should all prepare for a substantial shift in the narrative going forward. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2015
100% The Affair: Season 2 - 8 (TV Episode) She's proud of his success, because she now understands this is what he always wanted. To Helen's credit, and why she's my favorite character at this point, that doesn't mean she excuses Noah's infidelity. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2015
89% The Affair: Season 2 - 7 (TV Episode) It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without some truly awkward dinner conversation, and this week's episode of "The Affair" delivered the discomfort in spades. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015
89% The Affair: Season 2 - 6 (TV Episode) Through tears, Maura Tierney continues her spectacular performance this season with this speech about Helen's love for Noah, even though all Margaret ever did was make her feel like dirt for choosing him. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2015
89% The Affair: Season 2 - 5 (TV Episode) But just as we've already established that Noah's relationship with Helen will always be complicated, so will Alison's relationship with Cole. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
78% The Affair: Season 2 - 4 (TV Episode) While Helen is off getting drunk and high and Noah is too busy running away from his responsibilities, both fail to notice their complete and utter neglect of Martin, Trevor and Stacey. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2015
89% The Affair: Season 2 - 3 (TV Episode) Let's also take a moment to appreciate Julia Goldani Telles's comedic spoiled-brat excellence here, as she winds up with the best lines of the episode. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2015
100% The Affair: Season 2 - 1 (TV Episode) Tthe addition of [more] POVs already makes the story line that much richer. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2015
90% The Affair: Season 2 (TV, 2014-2018) We're now kicking off this new season with tons of new questions about the ongoing mystery between the Solloways, the Butlers and the Lockharts, so let's start pulling back the layers. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2015
94% Deutschland 83: Deutschland 83 (TV, 2015) While the initial comparisons to The Americans are going to be inevitable at first, once we move past the Reagan scene, Deutschland 83 takes on an identity of its own, and it's a show worth getting to know. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2015
100% Rectify: Season 3 (TV, 2013-2016) While Daniel's narrative is the crux of the series, the heart and soul of Rectify lie with the real survivors of his experience: The family he both left behind - and has never met. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2015
91% Community: Season 6 (TV, 2009-2015) The cast is missing a couple of familiar faces, but judging from the first new episode, "Ladders," the meta-jokes and movie-trope uses are back in full force. - Wall Street Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2015
90% The Knick: Season 2 - This Is All We Are (TV Episode) When you stop and think about it, that had all the makings of a great series finale. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2015
100% The Knick: Season 2 - Do You Remember Moon Flower? (TV Episode) The flashback was cool in the sense that it was interesting to see how exactly Thack ended up working at the Knickerbocker Hospital. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2015
100% The Knick: Season 2 - Not Well at All (TV Episode) Hate to say it, Cleary, but you'll need to move at an even slower pace if you want this to work. That curtain's going to be pulled even tighter tonight. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2015
100% The Knick: Season 2 - Williams and Walker (TV Episode) The magnificent scope of the charity ball is expertly captured by one long, seamless tracking shot expertly employed by Soderbergh. It allows us to take notice of nearly all of the main characters. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2015
100% The Knick: Season 2 - There Are Rules (TV Episode) Sounds like there's something really fishy going on behind the scenes at the steamship companies. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2015
80% The Knick: Season 2 - Whiplash (TV Episode) One relationship that is thriving beautifully, without the need of games or intrigue, is the one between Dr. Bertie Chickering and the intrepid journalist Genevieve Everidge. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2015
100% The Knick: Season 2 - Wonderful Surprises (TV Episode) [Thackery's] fanaticism is now touching on levels of insanity, which makes this the perfect moment for director Steven Soderbergh to give us a gorgeous shot of Thack illuminating the flames beneath the cabinet. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2015