Steve Macfarlane TV Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Steve Macfarlane

Steve Macfarlane
Steve Macfarlane's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% The Knick: Season 2 - This Is All We Are (TV Episode) Director and cinematographer Steven Soderbergh is generous to his actors throughout.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2015
100% The Knick: Season 2 - Do You Remember Moon Flower? (TV Episode) Stirring words on paper, but Lucy's monologue makes the scene dramatically lopsided to the point of didacticism-complicated only by Soderbergh's decision to juxtapose two fixed perspectives at play. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2015
100% The Knick: Season 2 - Not Well at All (TV Episode) "Not Well at All" more than matches the position staked by the first season's eighth episode: a headlong plunge into bleakness that abridges and re-contextualizes earlier breakthrough moments.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2015
100% The Knick: Season 2 - Williams and Walker (TV Episode) "Williams and Walker" is another display of spectacular ingenuity from The Knick director Steven Soderbergh and writers Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, wherein the show's customarily airtight cross-cutting between narratives begins to spell clear doom.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2015
100% The Knick: Season 2 - There Are Rules (TV Episode) Even if the at-times unbelievable density of The Knick's second season has felt thus far like no accident, it's a welcome change to see Steven Soderbergh digging his directorial heels deeper into fewer subplots in this week's "There Are Rules."‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2015
80% The Knick: Season 2 - Whiplash (TV Episode) "Whiplash" is the best episode of the new season for its delineation of capital (and the myriad second chances it affords) in New York City.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2015
100% The Knick: Season 2 - Wonderful Surprises (TV Episode) The episode allows for a number of one-on-ones between characters, which director Steven Soderbergh successfully plays out in longer, more fluid takes.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2015
100% The Knick: Season 2 - The Best With The Best To Get The Best (TV Episode) It's interesting to see the series dip explicitly into the subject matter of anti-Semitism and the fear thereof.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
100% The Knick: Season 2 - You're No Rose (TV Episode) It's no surprise Thackery's broken reunion with Nurse Elkins was wrenching.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2015
91% The Knick: Season 2 - Ten Knots (TV Episode) It's hard to avoid feeling like the same issues of dramatic proportion and temporal flow that dogged the first season remain.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2015
3.5/4 83% Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Empire coasts with the chutzpah of a series that knows exactly what it wants to say and how to say it.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2015
82% The Knick: Season 1 - Crutchfield (TV Episode) In keeping with the rest of the season, it strains (sometimes painfully) to guarantee a good time while preserving its in-hindsight moral outrage.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
80% The Knick: Season 1 - The Golden Lotus (TV Episode) It's so gripping, in fact, that when Captain August Robertson (Grainger Hines) and the Knick's administrator, Herman Barrow (Jeremy Bobb) bail Thackery out, it feels almost disingenuously comforting.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
91% The Knick: Season 1 - Working Late a Lot (TV Episode) The storyline is also noteworthy for the subtle, usually unspoken hints it drops about how developed Thackery's colleagues and subordinates' sense of his addiction really is.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
91% The Knick: Season 1 - Get the Rope (TV Episode) "Get the Rope" grips undeniably, but it also goes down feeling like the most disingenuous episode yet. It's soapy, morally charged, and Grand Guignol all at once.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
80% The Knick: Season 1 - Start Calling Me Dad (TV Episode) Steven Soderbergh's handling of the meningitis case is both technically and dramatically virtuoso.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
80% The Knick: Season 1 - They Capture the Heat (TV Episode) It's been a pleasure watching Steven Soderbergh stress Thackery and Algernon's unspoken shifts in opinion of one another, and "They Capture the Heat" skirts it on the margins.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
90% The Knick: Season 1 - Where's the Dignity? (TV Episode) It's the most breathtaking cross-section of Amiel and Begler's often club-footed historical observations yet, and the show's finest episode thus far: proof that, however irritating the procedure, Soderbergh's experiment is still working.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
90% The Knick: Season 1 - The Busy Flea (TV Episode) The Knick remains one hell of a panoramic contraption, and Clive Owen's starring turn as Dr. John Thackery is one of the show's major draws.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
90% The Knick: Season 1 - Mr. Paris Shoes (TV Episode) The most involving scenes in "Mr. Paris Shoes" tend to be the ones that are-without being wordless, obviously-not what they call "dialogue scenes."‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
90% The Knick: Season 1 - Episode 1 (TV Episode) Edwards-who, after the being chided by Thackery during his first operation, chooses to stay at the Knick-pretty much sums it up: "I'm not leaving this circus until I learn everything you have to teach."‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015