Viv Groskop

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

tv Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
81% Poldark: Season 4 (TV, 2015-2018) Demelza and Ross finally admitted that they're both as bad as each other. "Is it now too late?" No, don't worry, you've got a whole series left to mess each other around a bit more. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
94% Harlots: Season 1 (TV, 2017) This is the TV equivalent of what English people of a certain age like to refer to as a "marmalade dropper:" a story so shocking that you spill jam off your toast. - Newsweek EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
94% Twin Peaks: The Return (TV, 1990-2017) This is an entertaining and intriguing return to form that will delight fans and maybe-just maybe-pull in a new audience happy to overlook the slow pace and random non sequiturs in return for a glimpse into Lynch's inimitable, magical, dystopian world. - Newsweek EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
91% Downton Abbey: Season 6 - Episode 9 (TV Episode) Well, as Christmas specials of old favourites go, it wasn't at all bad. This was a Quality Street offering: predictable, reliable, with something sweet for everyone. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
100% Downton Abbey: Season 6 - Episode 7 (TV Episode) Oh my fellow sufferers of this living nightmare from which there is no waking ... I must confess a terrible thing. I think I may have actually enjoyed this episode. I know. It's extraordinary. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
85% Downton Abbey: Season 6 - Episode 6 (TV Episode) It's a rare opportunity to view the state rooms of Downton Abbey! And it's a not-so-rare opportunity to see 56 million characters and 187 gazillion different plotlines all in one, jam-packed, chaotic hour. Someone please wake me up when it's all over. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
91% Downton Abbey: Season 6 - Episode 5 (TV Episode) Oh, for heaven's sake, this programme is so totally bonkers. I have never seen Carrie, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Return of the Living Dead. But now I don't feel like I need to see any of those things. Because I've seen this. And I can never unsee it. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
100% Downton Abbey: Season 6 - Episode 4 (TV Episode) Ah, at least there was some entertainment to be had here. For a few moments at a time at least. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
100% Downton Abbey: Season 6 - Episode 3 (TV Episode) This was a relatively pleasing outing, though, if slightly disjointed and uneventful. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
75% Downton Abbey: Season 6 - Episode 2 (TV Episode) So many "low stakes" plotlines are developing and this worries me. The burden on the actors to spin gold out of Malton Show manure is intolerable. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
82% Downton Abbey: Season 6 - Episode 1 (TV Episode) And so we return to the usual collision of wonderful emotive acting performances and ludicrously bonkers exposition. Hooray to the max for this first episode of the final season, though. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
83% Downton Abbey: Season 3 (TV, 2011-2016) It's been an agonising wait - but with Shirley MacLaine and 1920s glamour on offer, Downton's third series is filled with promise. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
90% Downton Abbey: Series 06 - The Finale (TV Episode) Well, as Christmas specials of old favourites go, it wasn't at all bad. This was a Quality Street offering: predictable, reliable, with something sweet for everyone. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2016
100% Downton Abbey: Series 06 - Episode 7 (TV Episode) Oh my fellow sufferers of this living nightmare from which there is no waking ... I must confess a terrible thing. I think I may have actually enjoyed this episode. I know. It's extraordinary. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2016
85% Downton Abbey: Series 06 - Episode 6 (TV Episode) It's a rare opportunity to view the state rooms of Downton Abbey! And it's a not-so-rare opportunity to see 56 million characters and 187 gazillion different plotlines all in one, jam-packed, chaotic hour. Someone please wake me up when it's all over. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2016
82% Downton Abbey: Series 06 - Episode 1 (TV Episode) And so we return to the usual collision of wonderful emotive acting performances and ludicrously bonkers exposition. Hooray to the max for this first episode of the final season, though. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2016
75% Downton Abbey: Series 06 - Episode 2 (TV Episode) So many "low stakes" plotlines are developing and this worries me. The burden on the actors to spin gold out of Malton Show manure is intolerable. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2016
100% Downton Abbey: Series 06 - Episode 3 (TV Episode) This was a relatively pleasing outing, though, if slightly disjointed and uneventful. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2016
100% Downton Abbey: Series 06 - Episode 4 (TV Episode) Ah, at least there was some entertainment to be had here. For a few moments at a time at least. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2016
91% Downton Abbey: Series 06 - Episode 5 (TV Episode) Oh, for heaven's sake, this programme is so totally bonkers. I have never seen Carrie, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Return of the Living Dead. But now I don't feel like I need to see any of those things. Because I've seen this. And I can never unsee it. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2016
81% Downton Abbey: Season 3 (TV, 2010) It's been an agonising wait - but with Shirley MacLaine and 1920s glamour on offer, Downton's third series is filled with promise. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2013