Tim Dowling TV Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Tim Dowling

Tim Dowling
Tim Dowling's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian, Newsweek

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 94% Vanity Fair: Miniseries (TV, 2018) The whole series was shot through with great performances, in supporting roles and cameos - Sally Phillips had about five lines as Lady Steyne, none of them wasted - but it all rested on the shoulders of Olivia Cooke's Becky Sharp. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
5/5 100% Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Above all, it left one with a sense that there was something unifying and important about being human. Let's hope the aliens were watching.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 33% Eight Go Rallying: The Road to Saigon: Season 1 (TV, 2018) In the end, there was plenty of drama, mainly involving Noel slowly realising he was the only one taking the rally part seriously.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Hidden Britain By Drone: Season 2 (TV, 2018) Drones are cool. We may have got used to their remarkable flexibility in recent years - lurching into the air, flying out of windows - but they still provide perspectives that could not be had otherwise, at least not without spending a fortune.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
5/5 86% Succession: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Above all, Succession is reassuring, in that it seems to argue that wealth and power offer no respite from the obligation to live one's life in mortal fear - poor, bare, forked.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
89% Red Dwarf: Season 10 (TV, 2012) Red Dwarf the sitcom is, like Red Dwarf the spaceship, creaky, old, underpowered and more or less indestructible.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Shetland: Series 04 (TV, 2018) One of its chief pleasures cannot be overstated: it looks stunning. Even the crime scenes are picturesque. It is probably not designed to make you think about moving to Shetland, but it still has that effect.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
100% Detectorists: Season 1 (TV, 2014) Detectorists is what might be called a gentle comedy, if the adjective didn't imply a lack of bite and sophistication... it manages to capture the pathetic spite of detectorist territorial disputes without compromising the dignity of its main characters.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
82% C.B. Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling (TV, 2017) This adaptation works hard to maintain a balance between raw authenticity and the hokier demands of the genre.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
98% The Vietnam War: Miniseries (TV, 2017) Above all, the Burns brand carries with it a sense of trustworthiness; of a project undertaken with humility, but without an agenda beyond the truth. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
68% Ozark: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Ozark repeatedly overturns dramatic cliches, but it's always convincing. Linney is, as ever, magnificent. And the Lake of the Ozarks, where the deep water is never far from shore, is a gift. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
23% Friends From College: Season 1 (TV, 2017) All this would be bearable if Friends from College was funny, but the dialogue is more often than not the sort of witless gabble that passes for naturalism, and decent jokes are mistimed.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
91% This Is Us: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) All this expert manipulation requires a top-notch cast -- you need to be able to say a lot of hokey stuff with tremendous conviction -- and everybody in This Is Us delivers.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
92% American Gods: Season 1 (TV, 2017) American Gods demands full attention and not a little faith. You'll find yourself drawn into its world, until you're willing the thing to stay in the air and get to its final destination.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
94% Zen: Season 1 (TV, 2011) So far I like Zen, or at least the idea of him.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2011
71% Hatfields & Mccoys: Season 1 (TV, 2012) Hatfields & McCoys is like a hillbilly version of Dallas. Everyone's a bit of a scumbag, so it's hard to care what happens to them, which is just as well, because folks die regularly, without much preamble, in fairly gory ways.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2012