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Matt Brennan

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Matt Brennan's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Brooklyn Magazine, L.A. Weekly, Paste Magazine, Slant Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% American Vandal: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Its most surprising strength is not its satire-which is, in the end, rather low-hanging fruit-but its steady construction of a narrative backdrop more compelling than its creators realize. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2017
97% The Vietnam War: Miniseries (TV, 2017) "The Vietnam War's emotional palette is an intimate one, run through with shame, grief, fear and despair. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2017
100% One Mississippi: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "When One Mississippi ties these stories together, it registers as an antidote to the very notion of "flyover country," to the sneering and chiding of liberals blind to the injustices that exist in their own backyard. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2017
96% BoJack Horseman: Season 4 (TV, 2017) "Perhaps I misspoke when I called BoJack Horseman the defining series of our time, because upon reflection it's more than that. It's a handbook for surviving it. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2017
9/10 100% You're the Worst: Season 4 (TV, 2017) "You're the Worst's hour-long season premiere [is a] a brilliant, brazen, funny, devastating tour de force. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 8, 2017
8.2/10 100% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4 (TV, 2017) "It asks us to relish the experience as one might a TV series whose true art is as quiet as a close embrace, and almost as powerful. Drink it up. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2017
100% Insecure: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "With its depiction of We Got Y'all, Insecure shows no mercy when it comes to the arrogance of white saviors-and in fact turns their blithe disregard for the experiences of black and brown people into a guillotine-sharp gag of its own. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2017
9.5/10 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 Episode 8 ""The Book of Nora" closes the circle on one of the decade's best dramas by replacing the absence of the earlier episode with presence. I was wrong, I realize now, to argue last week that Nora chose life. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 5, 2017
8.7/10 93% The Americans: Season 5 Episode 13 ""One day," [Elizabeth] says, "it will all come crashing down," and as The Americans concludes its most intimate, exacting season to date, the unhappy family at its center is poised on the precipice of an American tragedy: The one they bring on themselves. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 31, 2017
9/10 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 Episode 7 "If The Leftovers has a message for us, it's most assuredly this: There is no running from regret, no closing off grief, no forgetting love, no escaping life, not if one chooses it over complete annihilation. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 29, 2017
8.6/10 100% The Americans: Season 5 Episode 12 "A painstaking, jet-black portrait of the families we make and break over the course of life's long passage, "The World Council of Churches" considers the relationship between what we call ourselves and who we are: What, after all, is in a name? " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 24, 2017
9.4/10 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 Episode 6 "It is a measure of the series' brilliance that it doesn't shy away from the question, or indeed the notion that Laurie's might be one of the answers. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 22, 2017
8.8/10 100% The Americans: Season 5 Episode 11 "The final minutes of "Dyatkovo" thus condense this season's attention to the past's long reach ... into one of The Americans' most searing interludes, an examination of the problem of evil that slices into the series' marrow. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 17, 2017
8.3/10 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 Episode 5 "The episode sets up a situation in which ... faith and science are modes of understanding between which there is no translation, and The Leftovers is careful not to leave Laurie with the upper hand. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 14, 2017
9.5/10 100% The Americans: Season 5 Episode 10 "In the exchange of rings as in that blood-red light, or in the match cut of Philip's face as he hears he's a pre-programmed machine, The Americans achieves a far more powerful force: fusion. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 10, 2017
8.5/10 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 Episode 4 "The episode's musical through line, a-ha's "Take On Me," blares from a few forthright horns, and The Leftovers finds the last remaining link between Nora and Kevin: their desperate need to escape. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 8, 2017
8.5/10 100% The Americans: Season 5 Episode 9 ""IHOP" condenses four decades in the characters' lives much as the series does the Cold War itself, each, in its way, a ferociously brilliant miniature. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 2, 2017
8.7/10 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 Episode 3 "The Leftovers is uninterested in answers; its humane treatment of people bearing the unbearable resides, after all, in the drama of questions, the terror of ignorance, the needle of doubt. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 1, 2017
7.8/10 91% The Americans: Season 5 Episode 8 "In the midst of an arc that has made the series' multiple histories-personal, familial, political-more inextricable from each other than ever, Immersion plunges into the annals of The Americans even as it presses forward. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2017
9.4/10 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 Episode 2 "From the first note of the title sequence, set to Perfect Strangers's main theme, The Leftovers turns to the unexpected, the ironic, even the bleakly funny to formulate its radical vision of grief's grip, the way it barrels out of the past without warning " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2017
8/10 100% The Americans: Season 5 Episode 7 "It's here, as in the Beemans' foyer, that "The Committee on Human Rights" illustrates the series' unmannered power, its extraordinary force. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2017
9.2/10 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 Episode 1 "If the course of life contains no reason, is it worth living at all? That The Leftovers continues to plumb the depths of this question in such radical terms is why it remains one of the medium's signal works of art. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 17, 2017
95% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "The first great political drama of our authoritarian age is also, as with Atwood's now three-decade-old novel, a kind of instant classic: Forever of our time. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 13, 2017
7.6/10 100% The Americans: Season 5 Episode 6 ""Crossbreed" depicts characters on the precipice of change they can neither predict nor prevent, and in this context, Gabriel's reflection gathers to it the power of a premonition: We were all nobodies. It's been over for a long time. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 12, 2017
6/10 73% Homeland: Season 6 Episode 12 "The suspense that accompanied the season's astute politics evaporates in the episode's latter stages, as if it never existed at all. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 11, 2017
8.7/10 100% The Americans: Season 5 Episode 5 ""Lotus 1-2-3" acknowledges that the aliases, cover stories, hairpieces and costumes of The Americans' acts of espionage cannot hide, much less heal, the still-raw wounds sustained in the course of the Jennings' many lives. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 5, 2017
6.8/10 83% Homeland: Season 6 Episode 11 "The episode includes more than one interlude in which its exaggerated realism pays dividends. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 3, 2017
8.4/10 91% The Americans: Season 5 Episode 4 "It's from Yelena Burov (Snezhana Chernova), however, that we hear the most harrowing elaboration on the episode's theme, and as with Philip's resentment, its force stems not from text but subtext. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 29, 2017
8.1/10 100% Homeland: Season 6 Episode 10 "By the end of "The Flag House" it finally appears as though our heroes are ready. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2017
9.2/10 100% The Americans: Season 5 Episode 3 "The Americans roils with intense feeling, but its pleasures are not volcanic in nature-its secrets and sentiments seep into the tiniest gestures, the most quotidian moments, until we realize the trickle's a flood. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2017
8.1/10 83% Homeland: Season 6 Episode 9 "Homeland thus recovers from the season's weakest entry with its strongest so far, returning to the subject that's sustained it from the outset: The awful truth that our errors of judgment remain with us forever, even as time itself moves on. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2017
8/10 100% The Americans: Season 5 Episode 2 ""Pests" points to The Americans' enduring strength, which is the force it exerts in even its most circumspect moments. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 15, 2017
6.5/10 73% Homeland: Season 6 Episode 8 "Its central theme, its basic structure, is a sort of double vision, through which it becomes impossible for both characters and viewers to distinguish fact from fiction. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2017
8.5 100% The Americans: Season 5 Episode 1 "Thirty-five minutes in, under a thick blanket of darkness, "Amber Waves" offers its most forceful reminder that The Americans is the best show on television. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 8, 2017
7.4/10 82% Homeland: Season 6 Episode 7 "I found myself wondering if "Imminent Risk" might, beneath the surface, be the season's most ingenious, laced with intimations of unshakable regret. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2017
7.6/10 100% Homeland: Season 6 Episode 6 "Its aesthetic is pointed and purposeful. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 27, 2017
7.8/10 100% Homeland: Season 6 Episode 5 "Showtime's long-running drama [is] as compelling now as at any point since the end of its first season. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 20, 2017
8/10 100% Homeland: Season 6 Episode 4 "Homeland still fascinates me-for both its merits and its flaws-as surely as it did four years ago. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 13, 2017
7.8/10 70% Homeland: Season 6 Episode 3 "Its unifying feature thus far is its increasingly explicit criticism of actions masquerading as "security" that in fact make us far less safe. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2017
7.6/10 100% Homeland: Season 6 Episode 2 "Without fanfare it elaborates a portrait of a woman pulled in a million directions. It also launches Homeland's most explicit criticism of the War on Terror to date, as seen, for the first time this season, in the series' ever-evolving title sequence. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 23, 2017
100% Homeland: Season 6 Episode 1 "Despite its dearth of narrative fireworks, tonight's episode succeeds in setting the table for such developments on two distinct fronts. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 17, 2017
8/10 86% Sense8: A Christmas Special (TV, 2016) "It is also... genuinely blissful, lashing the series' eight protagonists into a warmhearted tableau-standing before a chorus of Santas in San Francisco's City Hall, dumbstruck by the beauty of the moment. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 30, 2016
2.5/4 85% Lion (2016) "Lion's faults of structure and pacing might limit its power, but in stretches it still roars. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 23, 2016
4/4 100% Rectify: Season 4 (TV, 2016) "As it approaches its conclusion, Rectify thus turns to humankind's most fundamental questions. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2016
1/4 88% Christine (2016) "It largely fails to animate Christine Chubbuck's inner turmoil, focusing instead on broad, blunt externalities. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2016
2/4 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) "Nate Parker strains to control the strange and stirring complications of his subject's visionary apocalypticism. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2016
83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) "A masterful, muscular actioner, one with an understanding of human stakes that puts most studio tentpoles to shame. " ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Sep 27, 2016
8.8/10 100% Transparent: Season 3 (TV, 2016) "The "when" of the title is more prospective than prescriptive: In Transparent, a series consumed by our many evolutions, the battle to be, or to become, never arrives at a firm conclusion. "Then what?" is life's animating principle. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2016
3/4 92% Queen of Katwe (2016) "It's a mere fulfillment of familiar tropes, but it approaches sports movie's conventions with a light, funk-inflected touch. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2016
7.2/10 70% Mr. Robot: Season 2 Episode 12 "Mr. Robot's own images might suffice to explain its faltering narrative, composed of threads that never added up to a web that holds one captive: the ouroboros, the stalemate, the tale full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 21, 2016
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