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Darren Franich

Darren Franich

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Darren Franich's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Entertainment Weekly

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 77% My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "My Next Guest could just be a retirement project, but there are so many conversations we need to have. We should pay more attention to people who never bothered learning how to express something complicated in the length of a tweet. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 12, 2018
B 85% American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (TV, 2018) "I love the show's willingness to explore everyone orbiting Cunanan's murder spree, but the central characters feel held at a worshipful remove. Oddly, Versace is best when it leaves Versace behind. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 12, 2018
B- 65% 9-1-1: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "9-1-1 mainly feels like a professional attempt by eccentric creators to draft their own down-the-middle network series. There are pleasures in any form. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 3, 2018
91% I Love You, America: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "I'm glad Silverman has a venue for this because we should have a venue for this. The other political late night hosts can feel like they're preaching. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 27, 2017
B- 46% A Christmas Story Live! "If this live musical craze continues, can I request a follow-up from this same creative team? " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 18, 2017
93% Black Mirror: Season 4 (TV, 2016-2017) "The new Black Mirror season continues the anthology's outward expansion. There are three episodes helmed by feature film directors. There's one brilliant standout epic. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 6, 2017
B+ 76% Happy!: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Consider Happy! an unexpected stocking stuffer. To quote Home Alone 2, another yuletide tale about a heroic psychopath torturing bad guys in New York City: Merry Christmas, you filthy animal. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 4, 2017
B 100% Vikings: Season 5 (TV, 2017) "In a distant land where mountains chug inky blackness into the sky and waves crash on infinite beaches, Floki finds what he believes to be his destiny. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 30, 2017
B- 96% Search Party: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "The party isn't over, but I miss the thrill of the search. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 20, 2017
B 100% Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017) "It's not quite good, and in some ways the film's point is rather loathsome, but it's also an enthralling look at the artistic process - and, maybe accidentally, a bleak vision of the power and privilege of celebrity. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 16, 2017
B+ 87% She's Gotta Have It: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "This new series isn't an adaptation. It's a profound act of cinematic graffiti, gentrifiers be damned. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 14, 2017
B- 100% Vice Principals: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "I struggled with Vice Principals, but I did love it. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 13, 2017
C+ 62% Marvel's The Punisher: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Reading The Punisher didn't make me violent, but watching The Punisher sure made me bored. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 13, 2017
A- 89% The Climb: Pilot (TV, 2017) "That line - and Kilpatrick's performance - captures the sincerity of Nia's ambitions and the show's askew riff on the modern American Dream. It's hard to know if this balance could continue in a series, but this pilot is a marvel. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 10, 2017
B 89% Sea Oak: Pilot (TV, 2017) "So it feels like we're in the world of indieland quirk - Napoleon Dynamite but also sad sometimes - and it doesn't help that everyone seems to be doing their broadest "working class" accent. There's a big twist in Sea Oak, though. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 10, 2017
B+ 100% Love You More: Pilot (TV, 2017) "There's a real sweetness running through this show, especially in Karen's interactions with her roommate Jean (Loni Anderson), a seventysomething widow who likes hashtags. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 10, 2017
B+ 81% Marvel's Runaways: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2018) "The casually diverse makeup of that ensemble (and the shot-on-location pleasures of the show's scenery) suggests a richly panoramic vision of Los Angeles culture. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 1, 2017
C 34% Jigsaw (2017) "Seven years after Saw 3D, you would've expected a back-to-basics approach, but Jigsaw doubles down on the franchise's twisty storytelling. It feels too long, and it's only 90 minutes. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 28, 2017
C 94% Stranger Things: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "No one wants to stay at a party that long, and it's worth pointing out that no classic '80s movie mentioned in this review ran over two hours. No one will complain if Stranger Things 3 rips off the concept of brevity. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 24, 2017
A- 100% DuckTales: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "So, some news: The new DuckTales is better than the original show. Funnier, more ambitious. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 16, 2017
A- 96% Mindhunter: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Mindhunter is charming, a conversational exploration of criminal behavior that could become an origin story for modern American madness. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 16, 2017
A 92% Mr. Robot: Season 3 (TV, 2017) "Season 3 of Mr. Robot is a masterpiece, ballasting the global ambitions of season 2 while sharpening back to the meticulous build of season 1. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 16, 2017
B 53% Dynasty: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Minor spoiler: There is an actual explosion. That's the right instinct, Dynasty! Subtlety will get you nowhere. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 16, 2017
A 100% Mr. Robot: Season 3 Episode 1 "Mr. Robot came on strong like a postmodern Fight Club redo, but the show's storytelling instincts now feel deeply rooted in an older pulp tradition. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 12, 2017
100% Battlestar Galactica: Season 1 (TV, 2005) "That's Battlestar Galactica: the cosmic-pulp odyssey that never forgot how much one life mattered. That's '33': one of the great episodes of TV history. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 11, 2017
C+ 91% Gerald's Game (2017) "When it works, it's because of Gugino, the rare performer who can suggest victimized despair and empowered triumph. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 29, 2017
B- 68% SEAL Team: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "But there's also a sense of complexity oozing into propaganda, a complicated view of international situations getting sandpapered into video-game binaries, morose good guy and looming bad guy. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 27, 2017
C+ 58% The Good Doctor: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "... there's something unconvincing about how The Good Doctor beams its good doctor into the show's world. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 25, 2017
B+ 82% Star Trek: Discovery: Chapters 1 & 2 (TV, 2017-2018) "This feels like a show struggling to find its heart. But at least Martin-Green gives it a pulse. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 24, 2017
C- 10% Marvel's Inhumans: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "There are so many boring ways to portray a fantasy civilization, and Marvel's Inhumans has them all. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 22, 2017
B 73% Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017) "There's a noirish glamour ... Conversely, there are moments of raw and casual power. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 22, 2017
77% Gossip Girl: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2008) "There's a cynicism pulsing through the pilot, a cockeyed appreciation of how the rich do play. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 20, 2017
C 20% The Orville: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "I share MacFarlane's yearning for the lost wonder of Star Trek, but I don't need to watch brand new C-level Next Generation episodes, especially not when some creative force behind the scenes keeps tossing out unfunny crude gags. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 10, 2017
C+ 72% American Horror Story: Cult (TV, 2017) "It's a dynamite opening. The episodes that follow are strange, circuitous, too anxious to really pursue that initial madness. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 3, 2017
A- 93% The Tick: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "First, let me begin by thanking Serafinowicz profusely. With a booming voice and brazen madman confidence, he turns practically every one of his statements into a laughline. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 27, 2017
B 82% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) "The setpieces in The Villainess never lose that initial vibrant you-are-there dexterity. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 23, 2017
57% Spartacus: Gods of the Arena: Season 1 (TV, 2011) "The miniseries is a prequel, a narrative format that mainly lends itself to relentless wheel-spinning. So it was a pleasure to find out that the Gods of the Arena premiere was such a surprisingly enjoyable hour of television. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 21, 2017
B- 63% What Happened to Monday (2017) "[Rapace] gives seven performances; at least four are good. It's an audition for smarter roles than Hollywood's been giving her, maybe. Or maybe it's a wigstore-raiding lark. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 17, 2017
A 100% Twin Peaks: The Return Episode 14 "This is the mood that the revival season of Twin Peaks has put me in, 14 hours in. I look for clues in dreams and in overheard conversations. I watch old David Lynch movies and see obvious correlations that no god-mind could have possibly created. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 14, 2017
C- 16% The Dark Tower (2017) "Bad dialogue, lame plot, fine. The bigger issue: How could a film with Elba and McConaughey have so little swagger? " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 3, 2017
F 9% The Emoji Movie (2017) "There's a justifiable self-loathing running through The Emoji Movie, a fragile attempt to (sigh) deconstruct the meaning of Emojis while also (sigh) demonstrating the profound possibility that Emojis are the language of the future. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 28, 2017
A- 100% Twin Peaks: The Return Episode 9 "Although Part 9 was a much more down-to-earth chapter than last episode's cosmic origin story -- people discovered things! -- this hour of Twin Peaks was an intriguing progression from the last one. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 10, 2017
A 95% GLOW: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Netflix's GLOW is unlike any show I've ever seen. I love it so much; it made me laugh, cry, think, and pump my fists in the air screaming, "YESYESYES!" " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 12, 2017
B+ 51% I'm Dying Up Here: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "I found myself returning to I'm Dying Up Here for a simple reason: It's a good hang. The show captures the peculiar tense camaraderie and striving oneupmanship of young comedians. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 2, 2017
B 72% The Wizard of Lies (2017) "The Wizard of Lies is less convincingly about Bernie Madoff than it is about the struggle to understand Bernie Madoff: The search for why and how, by his family and his victims and the system, maybe even the man himself. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 18, 2017
C 73% Sleight (2017) "It ... becomes a weirdly expository melodrama. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 27, 2017
C- 31% Salt and Fire (2017) "A bad movie but an intriguing vacation slideshow ... " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 5, 2017
C 52% The Boss Baby (2017) "An unsettling talking-infant farce that doubles as an unsettling Pop Capitalist saga for the age of the corporate citizen. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 30, 2017
B+ 95% Harlots: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Right now, the show's execution is a bit slight, but Morton makes you believe in Harlots' spirit. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 24, 2017
B 80% Budding Prospects: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "A solid ensemble keeps the lo-fi comedy buzzing. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 17, 2017
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