Stuart Jeffries

Stuart Jeffries
Stuart Jeffries's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian
Publications: Guardian

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
74% The Big C: Season 1 (TV, 2010-2013) Everyone is smug, slick, spoiled and mired in sentiment. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
100% The Shield: Season 7 (TV, 2002-2008) Despite everything (those chicken legs!), we root for Vic. He at least takes out the drug-dealing trash with aplomb. We yearn for his redemption. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
90% Mork & Mindy: Season 1 (TV, 1978-1982) Let's remember it at its daft, innocent, season one best. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
82% Luck: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012) For the moment it feels as though we viewers are mostly investing in loss, gambling that all the bafflement will be redeemed before the finale. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
89% SS-GB: Miniseries (TV, 2017) I'm intrigued enough by the drama's many riddles to stick with it. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
80% Victoria: Season 1 (TV, 2016) I don't know who Coleman's agent is, but this kind of brilliant career move suggests they aren't getting paid enough. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
91% Doctor Who: Season 10 (TV, 2006) The most cherishable thing about the girl called Bill is that she pricks the Doctor's self-regard, which is about goddamned time. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
82% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (TV Episode) It was a satisfyingly gaudy ending, with mobile caskets, shots to the gut and the return of Shiva the almighty CGI tiger. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
66% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Something They Need (TV Episode) This was a much better episode than last week's clunker, not least because Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan was part of it. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
71% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - The Other Side (TV Episode) In this episode, an eye-rolling non-drama of deferral, we had time for every last pedantic detail. We had time for everything but action. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
85% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Bury Me Here (TV Episode) This episode dealt with how, if you aren't adept at the art of war, your stratagems can turn round and bite you on the ass. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
78% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Say Yes (TV Episode) The problem in this, one of the lamer episodes in an already lame season, was that the Walking Dead tilted the ratio between slaying and soppiness too far to the latter. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
85% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Hostiles and Calamities (TV Episode) One of this episode's pleasures was the gaudy patter between Negan and Eugene. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
82% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - New Best Friends (TV Episode) What this denouement seems to portend is that, for the next few episodes, Rick and the gang will be on yawnsome weapons-hunting detail rather than doing what we all want, namely giving Negan and his crew violent comeuppance. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
87% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Rock in the Road (TV Episode) It's always a treat when The Walking Dead visits the kingdom of Ezekiel with its bonkers Princess Bride vibe. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
76% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Hearts Still Beating (TV Episode) Good grief. Don't the makers of the Walking Dead realize that we don't want characters exchanging significant looks? We want significant carnage. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
78% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Sing Me a Song (TV Episode) We know bad stuff is going to go down - Michonne will behead that walker, Negan will brand someone's face - but however hard it is to look, it's harder still to look away. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
76% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Go Getters (TV Episode) You may have guessed I'm riffing on Simon's moustache to conceal my disappointment at this week's episode, surely the weakest of the current season. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
62% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Service (TV Episode) How refreshing it would be if The Walking Dead broke the rules rather than its most captivating villain's cranium. My money says the show won't dare. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
75% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - The Cell (TV Episode) It's as if us voyeurs are finally being called to account for our sick viewing habits. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
95% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - The Well (TV Episode) After last week's scarcely watchable episode, this more contemplative one was a blessed relief -- and it had a tiger. Who doesn't love a CGI tiger? - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2016
66% The Walking Dead: Season 7 - The Day Will Come When You Won't Be (TV Episode) This was, to put it mildly, uncomfortable viewing: 45-plus minutes of torture porn mingled with something even more unpalatable... this wasn't so much entertainment as psychic evisceration for us. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
93% HUMANS: Season 2 (TV, 2015-2018) All I know is that I liked the clever tee-up for series three. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 6 (TV Episode) Magic coins, big reveals -- and a beloved character finally makes an appearance. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 5 (TV Episode) This week we were not so much in Twin Peaks as Uncanny Valley. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 4 (TV Episode) I'm kind of entranced, enjoying being confused. I'm experiencing, thanks to Lynch, what Keats called negative capability, that state of being in "uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason". - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 3 (TV Episode) Just lower that skeptical eyebrow: nobody said the revival of Mark Frost and David Lynch's surreal murder mystery was going to be easy viewing. But Twin Peaks, which I thought had hit peak weirdness in the opening episodes, has got even weirder. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 1 (TV Episode) Twin Peaks is back after a quarter of a century. It's so teeming with baffling violence, dream logic, talking trees, mystical apparitions and dead characters that say gnomic stuff like: "Remember 430! Richard and Linda!" that I am totally banjaxed. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
86% War & Peace: Season 1 (TV, 2016) I'm already hooked -- if only to find out what Mathieu Kassovitz will be like as Napoleon. I'll be back next week for more of Davies's latest sexed-up dossier of the classics. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2016
94% Deutschland 83: Deutschland 83 (TV, 2015) As with US spy drama The Americans, one delight of Deutschland 83 is rooting for the putative bad guys. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2016
100% Peaky Blinders: Season 2 (TV, 2013-2017) We mustn't begrudge writer Steven Knight the Brummie braggadocio that charged the virtuosic denouement to series two of Peaky Blinders. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2015
67% BoJack Horseman: Season 1 (TV, 2014) It's Curb-lite, with an irascible ageing protagonist (think Larry David but with a fine mane of hair) tilting at the inanities of the modern world. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2014
100% In The Flesh: Series 02 (TV, 2013-2014) In the Flesh isn't just a timely allegory of intolerance and racism. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2014
84% House of Cards: Season 2 (TV, 2013-2018) The Underwoods are upping their game for season two because the stakes are higher. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2015
97% Game of Thrones: Season 3 (TV, 2011-2017) For all the pleasures - storylines so satisfyingly complicated you need spreadsheets to make sense of them, CGI dragons that dive into the sea and then toast the caught fish with their fiery breath - Game of Thrones asks bracing questions of its audience. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2013
80% The White Queen: Season 1 (TV, 2013) Emma Frost's propulsive potboiler of an adaptation is even more delectably unreliable than Philippa Gregory's novel. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2013