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Yahoo! TV is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Ethan Alter, Ken Tucker
Rating Title/Year Author
Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life (2018) Ken Tucker Unlike a lot of comedy specials these days, including most of the ones Netflix does, there's no straining for coolness here, no anger, no strenuous deconstructions of gender roles or savage political humor. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2018
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018) Ken Tucker I've listened to Elvis Presley so much over the years, read so many books about him, seen so much video footage of him, that I came to Elvis Presley: The Searcher thinking I'd skim over it... I ended up watching every second. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2018
Paterno (2018) Ken Tucker It's a very good performance in a very good film that avoids sensationalizing the crimes in order to explore pain on many levels. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2018
Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018) Ken Tucker The jokes here are tight and sharp -- they pierce your sensibilities while making you laugh, sometimes out of shock, sometimes out of ruefulness, and sometimes out of the rough wisdom that he's just shared. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2018
A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018) Ken Tucker [Will] Forte is very good at conveying Kenney's talent and his sadness, but I wonder how many viewers who aren't old Lampoon fans are going to sit all the way through this wiseguy reproduction of a time gone by. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2018
Bright (2017) Ken Tucker One feels bad for Smith, who looks weary beyond what his character feels; it's as though he finds it exhausting to deliver the trite hard-boiled dialogue. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2017
A Christmas Story Live! (2017) Ken Tucker A Christmas Story Live! was solid, but it lacked the kind of emotional resonance that makes people want to see the movie over and over. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2017
El Camino Christmas (2017) Chris Wilson Netflix gets a lump of coal for this attempted entry into the Christmas canon. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2017
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) Ken Tucker The Center Will Not Hold has a brisk, no-frills pace and editing. Almost inadvertently, Griffin Dunne's film reveals Didion as an essentially conservative mind, someone who prized order, tradition, and power structures. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2017
Too Funny To Fail (2017) Ken Tucker Too Funny to Fail succeeds in being funny about failure. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2017
Gerald's Game (2017) Ken Tucker Gerald's Game is one of the most interesting and well-acted movies you'll see this year. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2017
Jerry Before Seinfeld (2017) Ken Tucker It was such a pleasure to sink down into these jokes with Seinfeld, such a treat to be carried along by such a confident professional. It's rare to be treated this way by any piece of current entertainment; enjoy his achievement here. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2017
Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy (2017) Ken Tucker Since this is the sort of film in which the children of the subject go through photo albums reminiscing about what they remember of their mother and their childhoods with her, don't approach Diana, Our Mother as a shocking-revelation documentary. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2017
Get Me Roger Stone (2017) Ken Tucker Edited with brisk energy, Get Me Roger Stone is a good example of a certain kind of documentary - one that will appeal to opposing sides. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2017
Okja (2017) Ken Tucker It is the many ravishing depictions of Okja's life with Mija -- the beauty the film finds in even so large and ungainly a creature -- that make Okja such a transfixing experience. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2017
Menendez: Blood Brothers (2017) Ken Tucker A dreadful TV movie that looks more like a creepy high-school play. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2017
Long Strange Trip (2017) Ken Tucker I've always admired the band more than enjoyed it. This time around, watching every minute of this long film without ever being bored, I really enjoyed the Dead, a lot. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2017
Robert Klein Still Can't Stop His Leg (2016) Ken Tucker The film, directed by Marshall Fine, does an excellent job of reintroducing Klein to a generation younger than the comedian's: Klein is now a hale and hearty 75 years old. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
Batman & Bill (2017) Ken Tucker Finger's life as a struggling writer, the reverberations of his career failure on his family, and the film's adroit, lively way of guiding us through the potentially dull subject of copyright law all combine to give Batman & Bill a lot of juicy oomph. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2017
Burn, Motherf*cker, Burn! (2017) Ken Tucker Burn is filled with amazing and often cleverly chosen footage, including an interview with singer Barry White on Dinah Shore's 1970s daytime talk show in which he talks about his participation in the Watts riots. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2017
Louis C.K.: 2017 (2017) Ken Tucker Louis C.K. demonstrates what lifts him above so many other performers: An honesty he can bend into jokes that provoke laughter while also, perhaps, tapping into ideas and feelings his listeners may recognize in themselves. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2017
David Brent: Life on the Road (2016) Ken Tucker The hour-and-a-half-plus seems twice as long, with Brent being constantly humiliated while grinning pathetically. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2017
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2016) Ken Tucker It captures these two extremely vital spirits in the very recent past, and makes you feel the loss of them even more sharply. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2017
Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love (2016) Ken Tucker What pulls it all together is what pulls together everything Dolly Parton touches: heartfelt emotion, un-ironic portrayals of modest sincerity (Nettles and Schroder are particularly effective), and a gift for turning treacle into musical gold. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2016
An American Girl Story - Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas (2016) Ken Tucker It's so busy force-feeding its young 2016 audience with proper 2016 attitudes, it fails to capture what the 1950s were like, which might actually be entertaining to any American Girl doll owner. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2016
Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing (2016) Ken Tucker As directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, Marathon benefits from the filmmakers clear-eyed, meticulous chronology of the events and their steady focus on the survivors. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2016
Who Killed JonBenét? (2016) Ken Tucker That's rich: A cheeseball TV movie asking its viewers to "let go" of their JonBenét obsession, even as Who Killed JonBenét? exploits the child one more time. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2016
Hamilton's America (2016) Ken Tucker All in all, Hamilton's America is a classy commercial for the show. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2016
Killing Reagan (2016) Ken Tucker The best moments are the quiet little conversations between Ron and Nancy. Matheson and Nixon are convincing as a close couple united by true love as well as common goals and ambitions. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2016
O.J.: Made in America (2016) Ken Tucker It's an amazing viewing experience. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2016
The Dresser (2015) Ken Tucker The crisp bite of Harwood's lines (goosed here and there by snippets of Shakespeare) and the vigorous enthusiasm of Hopkins and McKellen give The Dresser an engaging passion. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2016
All the Way (2016) Ken Tucker Transferring his Tony Award-winning performance as President Lyndon B. Johnson to television, Bryan Cranston bursts through the television screen with the energetic shrewdness and vulgarity of one of America's most vexed presidents. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2016
Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) Ken Tucker Little Girl Blue is more like a time capsule of a bygone era than the showcase for an enduringly vital artist. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2016
Special Correspondents (2016) Ken Tucker The entire production seems like a half-hour comedy special that got stretched out to feature-length. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2016
Confirmation (2016) Ken Tucker Washington's performance so thoroughly captures the degree to which Hill did not seek or desire such a status, it's difficult to imagine that Anita Hill sees herself as the proud crusader the film would like to leave us with. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2016
Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016) Ken Tucker Pee-wee and Reubens remain cute, but never cutesy; the artist and his creation are pure products of American culture, unique treasures mixing innocence and knowingness in just the right amounts. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2016
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors (2015) Ken Tucker This is the time of year when sentimentality can be a warming thing, and Parton's Coat will keep an awful lot of people warm this winter. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2015
A Very Murray Christmas (2015) Ken Tucker I could imagine lots of people firing up their old Netflix accounts each year to watch A Very Murray Christmas all over again. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2015
The Wiz Live! (2015) Ken Tucker A noble effort with flashes of amusement and an abundance of talent, the new version of The Wiz on Thursday night couldn't overcome a few key flaws and the fact that this simply isn't a classic piece of material. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2015
The Leisure Class (2015) Ken Tucker The Leisure Class ends up making its most cogent comment on the leisure-class of show business - all these over-paid, over-indulged people, collaborating to give birth to a dull baby. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2015
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015) Ken Tucker Propelled by theme music that mimics a frantic Ramones song, Sharknado 3 succeeds on the strength of its speed. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2015
7 Days in Hell (2015) Ken Tucker I assume a lot of viewers will find it funnier than I did, but I certainly admired the craft, and the impressive cast, that went into making this grass-court trifle. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2015
Hot Girls Wanted (2015) Ken Tucker A documentary about making it in the porn industry that works as an excellent warning to viewers who might be tempted to try it as a path to success. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2015
Tales of the Grim Sleeper (2014) Ken Tucker A fascinatingly disturbing true-crime documentary, Tales of the Grim Sleeper isn't just about a serial killer, but a film about race and class and the value -- or lack of it -- that society places on certain women. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2015
Killing Jesus (2015) Ken Tucker Rendered without much embellishment and acted with firmly controlled vigor, Killing Jesus, a TV adaptation of the bestselling book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, is a fine retelling of the story of Jesus Christ as a historical figure. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2015
Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015) Ken Tucker This frequently jaw-dropping documentary... demonstrates vividly how a cult can spread among people searching for something greater in their lives, some advantage over others, some grand answer. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2015