Zach Vasquez

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

TV Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Saturday Night Live: Season 45 - Eddie Murphy; Lizzo (TV Episode) Murphy's return somehow managed to live up to the massive hype preceding it. He reminded us that, when he's working at full power, no one can match him. A true Christmas miracle. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
67% Saturday Night Live: Season 45 - Scarlett Johansson; Niall Horan (TV Episode) Most of the sketches were funnier in concept than execution but the episode as a whole remained breezy and fun, with a number of solid musical spots and some particularly impressive special effects. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
90% Saturday Night Live: Season 45 - Jennifer Lopez; DaBaby (TV Episode) This is the most forgettable episode of the season, neither J-Lo's star power nor the big-name guests elevating the one-note sketches. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
80% Saturday Night Live: Season 45 - Will Ferrell; King Princess (TV Episode) Farrell's game hosting and the stream of surprise guests improved an otherwise bland episode, although given the sheer volume of talent on stage throughout the night it's disappointing memorable moments were in short supply. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019
70% Saturday Night Live: Season 45 - Harry Styles (TV Episode) A rare case of an episode of SNL picking up steam as it went along, the end result was much better than the awful cold open seemed to promise. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
30% Saturday Night Live: Season 45 - Kristen Stewart (TV Episode) It's a fitting end to a disappointingly muted episode, one that seemed to want to push the envelope but only managed to nudge it. Stewart held her own and there were clever moments, but unfortunately no standouts on par with her last time as host. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
92% Saturday Night Live: Season 45 - Chance the Rapper (TV Episode) As a comedic actor, the Rapper is not without some chops. But he's simply not well-suited to live comedy. That didn't stop SNL from having him back, so it's unlikely it'll keep him from hosting again in the future. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
80% Saturday Night Live: Season 45 - David Harbour; Camila Cabello (TV Episode) Harbour's charisma makes him an ace at live comedy and thankfully, the writing was there to meet him. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
83% Saturday Night Live: Season 45 - Phoebe Waller-Bridge; Taylor Swift (TV Episode) A surprisingly middle-of-the-road entry for Saturday Night Live. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
36% Saturday Night Live: Season 45 - Woody Harrelson; Billie Eilish (TV Episode) Harrelson throws out a shout out to climate activist Greta Thurnberg (whose face is plastered on his t-shirt) during an awkwardly long curtain call, closing a scattered premiere episode on a scattered note. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
83% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - Paul Rudd; DJ Khaled (TV Episode) [Paul] Rudd was good as always and there weren't any real low points outside the cold open. But the only thing that really made it feel like a finale were the celebrity appearances. All told, it was a fitting end to a middling season. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
73% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - Emma Thompson; Jonas Brothers (TV Episode) The second to last episode of the season, this was a middle-of-the-road effort. Thompson was fine, as were the Jonas Brothers, but no moment really stood out. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
91% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - Adam Sandler; Shawn Mendes (TV Episode) [Adam] Sandler's return met and even exceeded most expectations, with the episode serving as a reminder that when his heart is in it, the man is a great performer. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
67% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - Emma Stone; BTS (TV Episode) Thanks to her natural comic timing, Stone continued her streak as a strong host. But the real stars of the episode were BTS. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
75% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - Kit Harrington; Sara Bareilles (TV Episode) This episode was a mixed bag. With a few exceptions, the sketches didn't quite live up to their promise. But Harington was a fun host and big-name guest stars gave it a much-needed boost of energy. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
58% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - Sandra Oh; Tame Impala (TV Episode) Here's hoping this is the last we've seen of Mueller on SNL for a good while. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
67% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - Idris Elba; Khalid (TV Episode) The makeup and costuming used to transform Kate McKinnon into the viral bogeywoman is pure nightmare fuel. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
100% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - John Mulaney; Thomas Rhett (TV Episode) Thanks to Mulaney's ace hosting abilities, and Hader's welcome return, this is the best episode of the season. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
64% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - Don Cheadle; Gary Clark Jr. (TV Episode) All in all, a mediocre episode that would have been better served by giving some sketches time to breathe. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
45% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - Halsey (TV Episode) Overall, a solid episode, with Halsey a natural performer. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
70% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - James McAvoy; Meek Mill (TV Episode) All told, McAvoy killed it as host in what was the most consistently enjoyable episode of the season. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
69% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - Rachel Brosnahan; Greta Van Fleet (TV Episode) It appears 2019 will be more of the same when it comes to the show's lazy political content, as this was yet another cold open that seemed to equate satire with basic reference. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
80% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - Matt Damon; Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus (TV Episode) There were a few strong sketches and no outright bad ones. A happy swan song for 2018. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
46% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - Jason Momoa; Mumford & Sons (TV Episode) SNL has shown itself adept at slapstick, so it's disappointing it wasn't able to make better use of Momoa's physicality. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
67% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - Claire Foy; Anderson .Paak (TV Episode) Regardless, [Foy's] subtle-but-strong turn as host, a handful of hilarious sketches and two dynamite performances from Paak made this the best episode of the season thus far, by far. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
29% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - Steve Carell; Ella Mai (TV Episode) A fitting end to dare I say a lazy episode. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
73% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - Liev Schreiber; Lil Wayne (TV Episode) I found the whole thing embarrassing, not only because it's the latest in a long history of SNL capitulation to conservative indignation... but also because it was indicative of the show's schmaltzy centrism. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
100% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - Jonah Hill; Maggie Rogers (TV Episode) Even though a sense of deflation could be felt for the show's back half, Hill's confidence as host, along with a string of sharp political sketches and welcome cameos, combined to make this by far the strongest episode of the season. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
93% The Conners: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Gilbert also proves surprisingly adept at switching between drama and comedy (not to sell her previous work short, but she's had less opportunity to show off her chops over the years). - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
69% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - Seth Meyers; Paul Simon (TV Episode) It makes for a flat ending to what was otherwise the most consistent episode of the season, Meyers proving that returning cast members make the most natural hosts. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
15% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - Awkwafina; Travis Scott (TV Episode) Here's hoping the writing throughout this season is more focused than it was tonight. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
30% Saturday Night Live: Season 44 - Adam Driver; Kanye West (TV Episode) The hot buttons were brushed, if not fully pushed, the sketches were more miss than hit, Driver made for a game and likable host, and Kanye Kanye'd. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018