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James Poniewozik

James Poniewozik

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
52% The Alienist: Miniseries (TV, 2018) "The Alienist can be a captivating forensic history... Just don't expect it to show you the serial-killer drama through new eyes. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 21, 2018
100% Black Lightning: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "Mr. Williams has to carry most of the story. Fortunately, he's up to it, inhabiting his character's strength, his burden and his sense of humor in a series that's picked an opportune moment to strike. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 16, 2018
69% Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "But mostly, they play with familiar ideas in conventional high-tech settings: They're futures that seem oddly dated. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 12, 2018
No Score Yet The Office (UK): Christmas Special (TV, 2003) TIME Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2018
91% grown-ish: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "The most interesting parts of grown-ish suggest there's a distinct show here. It's good-hearted, but with a darker edge, partly owing to the looser language restrictions on cable. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 9, 2018
85% The Chi: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "What emerges as The Chi gets room to breathe is that, while it unfolds from a crime, it's not really a crime story. It's about a widening pool of people who would rather be doing anything besides dealing with the repercussions of a murder. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 4, 2018
89% Battlestar Galactica: Season 4 (TV, 2008-2009) "I don't mean to sound flippant. I kind of like the audacity of a sci-fi series getting this explicitly spiritual in explaining its mythology. " ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jan 2, 2018
100% At Home With Amy Sedaris: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "At Home With Amy Sedaris is itself a disturbing and delicious beast, a sendup of TV home shows that draws on Ms. Sedaris's sunshiny comic versatility to explore the dark oddities in the back of the spice cabinet. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 10, 2017
96% The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "In word and deed, Mrs. Maisel is expansive and expressive. It talks with its hands. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 28, 2017
89% The Pacific: Miniseries (TV, 2010) "... a brutal but eloquent story that's finally less about how men fight and die than what happens to them when they fight and survive. " ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2017
87% She's Gotta Have It: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "The 2017 model is more than the sum of its references. More expansive than interior, more defiant than dreamy, it's a vibrant if uneven work in heated conversation with itself. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 22, 2017
50% Shadowhunters: Season 1 (TV, 2016) ""Shadowhunters" has its assets, especially its popular source material. But it might become more fun if it learns to enjoy being the empowerment fantasy it really is. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 20, 2017
58% The Good Doctor: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "While there may be different ways to be good and to express caring, The Good Doctor suggests, it is something worth aspiring to -- an idea that may especially appeal to viewers who have experienced health care as scary, impersonal and alienating. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 12, 2017
74% SMILF: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "SMILF is rough but scrappy, like the street basketball Bridgette plays. It dribbles, it head-fakes, and you never quite know in which direction it will make its next move. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 4, 2017
99% Alias Grace: Miniseries (TV, 2017) "Alias Grace is a story about storytelling -- one character compares Grace with Scheherazade -- which makes Ms. Gadon essential to its success. She is mesmerizing. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 2, 2017
94% Stranger Things: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "It's a still a good time, it's nicely paced at nine episodes and it blends the suspense of '80s horror with the heart of an '80s teen romance. It may be last year's Halloween candy, repackaged. That doesn't mean it can't still be sweet. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 26, 2017
82% Star Trek: Discovery: Chapters 1 & 2 (TV, 2017-2018) "Discovery feels like it's adrift between the adventure-of-the-week format of its network-TV predecessors and the kind of complex serial favored by cable and streaming. It has the trappings of serious pay-TV drama... But they're mostly superficial. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 19, 2017
73% Oasis: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "The Book of Strange New Things, did not seem like the kind of tale that could be adapted to series television. Having seen the pilot based on it, I'm still not sure it can be. But Oasis looks pretty while trying. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 19, 2017
100% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4 (TV, 2017) "But in its final season, Halt managed to convey a sincere nostalgia for the optimism of the early Web. Those crappy early HTML pages, with their corny cartoons and lists of links, were doors leading to endless other doors. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 14, 2017
96% Mindhunter: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "The series' linking of irrational times and unspeakable acts resonates with today's stories of mass shootings and a widening gyre of chaos in the headlines. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 12, 2017
53% Dynasty: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "For nostalgic fans of the original, this might seem like an unnecessary homage. For the CW's target fan base, born largely after the original went off the air, it's a retread of themes from more exciting soaps. For everyone, it's so far forgettable. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 10, 2017
94% Spielberg "For all its sweep, Spielberg the documentary succeeds most distinctively where Mr. Spielberg the director has: accessing the child in its subject. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 5, 2017
77% Alias: Season 1 (TV, 2001-2002) "Ridiculous, over the top but unashamed, it manages to thrill and win our hearts. " ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2017
28% Wisdom of the Crowd: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "It's Uber, but for formulaic drama. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 1, 2017
88% Will & Grace: Season 9 (TV, 2017) "Will & Grace is not exactly necessary, but it's not harming anyone either. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 27, 2017
64% Law & Order: True Crime: The Menendez Murders (TV, 2017) "The result is like a fast-food giant competing with Chipotle by chopping up a hamburger and rolling it in a tortilla. It's got the form, but not the flavor. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 25, 2017
93% Six Feet Under: Season 1 (TV, 2001) "... there's enough under its verdant green surface for Alan Ball to keep on digging. " ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2017
93% Arrested Development: Season 2 (TV, 2004-2005) "Whereas most sitcoms are set in that familiar fake world of couches and canned laughter, Arrested Development looks real and spontaneous. " ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2017
100% The Good Place: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "The Bad Place version of The Good Place proves it's still able to surprise, while staying rooted in ideas that make it more than the sum of its twists. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 19, 2017
98% The Vietnam War: Miniseries (TV, 2017) "The Vietnam War still holds out hope that we might learn from history, after presenting 18 hours of evidence to the contrary. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 14, 2017
92% The Deuce: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "That macro idea makes The Deuce smart. Its micro detail -- a Studs Terkelesque catalog of the million ways to chase a hustle -- makes it art. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 7, 2017
72% American Horror Story: Cult (TV, 2017) "There's something in the core premise -- a woman's fear that her town is full of hidden enemies and terrors -- that captures something unsettling about the election's aftermath. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 5, 2017
23% Disjointed: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) "Befitting its name, Disjointed plays less like a series and more like a collection of clunky sketches. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 24, 2017
100% The Good Wife: Season 2 (TV, 2010-2011) ""Closing Arguments" was a satisfying season finale in part because it didn't set up the next season with a dramatic cliffhanger: it just set up some fruitful premises. " ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2017
83% Comrade Detective: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Comrade Detective" is so committed to the verisimilitude of a hamfisted propaganda drama -- a killer wearing a Reagan mask is involved -- that it often plays like one. At six long episodes, it drags, and the comedy isn't fast or frequent enough. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 4, 2017
86% Room 104: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "While the series is inconsistent, it offers enough surprises to make it worth opening and reopening the door. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 27, 2017
No Score Yet People of Earth: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "For a sci-fi goof, People of Earth is nicely plotted, but its real attraction is the dynamic among the ensemble. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 24, 2017
22% Friends From College: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "The result is a comedy-drama whose comedy is grating and whose drama doesn't really engage with its essential sadness. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 13, 2017
61% Snowfall: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Snowfall aims to write an origin story for crack cocaine... and to invest viewers in the lives that it changed or ended. Over the first six episodes, though, it doesn't yet get around to the first goal, and it manages the second only now and then. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 5, 2017
95% GLOW: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "GLOW is a hulking creature sewn together from pop-cultural scraps, but when it steps into the ring, it reveals itself as a true original. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 22, 2017
73% The Putin Interviews: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "The special is solicitous, even obsequious, but sometimes revealing anyway. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 9, 2017
90% You Don't Know Jack (2010) "You Don't Know Jack may be a film about the case for making dying patients comfortable. But admirably, it recognizes that thinking about this, or watching, should be discomfiting. " ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 7, 2017
100% The Leftovers: Season 3 Episode 8 "You can call that faith. You can call it love. The final answer of The Leftovers is that those are two words for the same thing. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 5, 2017
94% Twin Peaks: The Return (TV, 2017) "Mr. Lynch's mastery of tension persists. The script, by him and Mr. Frost, recognizes the power of silence and anticipation. And Mr. Lynch, who is directing the entire revival, still has his penchant for dualities and eerie beauty. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 22, 2017
87% I Love Dick: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "It's an experience as much as a story: arresting, disorienting and provocative. It's also very conscious of explaining to you how and why it arrests, disorients and provokes. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 11, 2017
95% The Good Wife: Season 3 (TV, 2011-2012) "It's a sadder and wiser Alicia that we're seeing by the end of this season, one who's learned to be pragmatic and learned when to take the gloves off ... with the skills of a trial lawyer and the resolve of a crime boss. " ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted May 9, 2017
100% Dear White People: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Dear White People, based on Justin Simien's 2014 satirical sprint through the identity obstacle course of higher education, survives the transition from film intact and in some ways better. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 27, 2017
95% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "The Handmaid's Tale, based on the 1985 Margaret Atwood novel, is a cautionary tale, a story of resistance and a work of impeccable world-building. It is unflinching, vital and scary as hell. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 24, 2017
93% Fargo: Season 3 (TV, 2017) "There are worse things to be than prestige-TV comfort food, a Minnesota hotdish prepared in a four-star kitchen. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 18, 2017
98% The Leftovers: Season 3 (TV, 2017) "Like a good millennialist cult, The Leftovers grasps an outlandish idea with absolute emotional commitment: The performances in this final run are spectacular throughout, but especially Ms. Coon's and Mr. Theroux's. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 13, 2017
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