Michael Haigis

Michael Haigis
Michael Haigis's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine
Publications: Slant Magazine

TV Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 83% The Deuce: Season 3 (TV, 2017) The show's third and final season struggles to consistently build gripping stories for its characters to inhabit. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/4 96% Succession: Season 2 (TV, 2018) The series demystifies the billionaire class while simultaneously painting a terrifying picture of their unstoppable momentum. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
3/4 89% Dear White People: Season 3 (TV, 2017) In its third season, the series weaves social critique into its narrative with a newfound subtlety. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
2.5/4 100% Harlots: Season 3 (TV, 2017) While initially suffering some narrative foundering, season three retains the show's campy flourishes. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 92% Legion: Season 3 (TV, 2017) The show's third and final season is a visual achievement, typified by imaginative flights of absurdism. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
3.5/4 68% Black Mirror: Season 5 (TV, 2011) The new season recalls the most human elements of past episodes while levying urgent indictments of the present. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet Unspeakable: Season 1 (TV, 2019) The miniseries fails to tackle the unseen forces which enable and encourage the institutional rot that wrecks people's lives. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/4 100% Barry: Season 2 (TV, 2018) The show's storylines cohere around the reflexive lies people tell themselves. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
1.5/4 66% Hanna: Season 1 (TV, 2019) The series fails to uphold, subvert, or otherwise comment on the stylistic vision or thematic coherence of its source material. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
1.5/4 71% After Life: Season 1 (TV, 2019) The series is ultimately just an excuse for Ricky Gervais to spit his acerbic wit at easy targets. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/4 96% Russian Doll: Season 1 (TV, 2019) The show's premise is like a playfully morbid Escher painting. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
1.5/4 72% The ABC Murders: Miniseries (TV, 2018) The miniseries transforms Agatha Christie's novel into a formulaic, adamantly bleak exercise. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/4 94% The Other Two: Season 1 (TV, 2019) The series operates in the same world-weary register as its superior predecessors. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
2.5/4 79% Black Earth Rising: Miniseries (TV, 2018) Black Earth Rising's compelling core narrative can become overwhelmed by tangential storylines. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
2/4 55% Black Monday: Season 1 (TV, 2019) Black Monday dabbles in farce, social commentary, and character study, without managing to establish a coherent point of view. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
1.5/4 79% The Kominsky Method: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The Kominsky Method's broad, formulaic humor undercuts any poignancy in the show's portrayal of men in their twilight. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
63% Nip/Tuck: Season 6 (TV, 2003-2009) Even though it may not have the lasting impact of its contemporaries, Nip/Tuck was a bell weather, revealing the true potential of FX. - ScreenRant EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
3.5/4 98% Homecoming: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Homecoming's visual ambition is complemented by its intellectual curiosity. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
1.5/4 73% Wanderlust: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The series arrives at the underwhelming conclusion that the grass only seems greener on the other side. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3/4 27% Camping: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Camping focuses primarily on why things happen rather than merely striving toward hijinks. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/4 51% The Romanoffs: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The Romanoffs is ambitious but disappointingly inconsistent. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
2.5/4 85% Maniac: Miniseries (TV, 2018) While impressive for its detailed and certainly imaginative world building, Maniac rarely dares to truly confound its audience. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
1.5/4 40% Dead Lucky: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Dead Lucky is a tangle of plot threads that are either underdeveloped or overly intricate. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
2.5/4 98% American Vandal: Season 2 (TV, 2017-2018) As the season approaches its conclusion, it becomes harder to ascertain what exactly American Vandal finds funny. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
4/4 99% The Deuce: Season 2 (TV, 2017) The Deuce never feels unfocused as it toggles its attention between the myriad cultural movements of 1978. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/4 92% Sharp Objects: Miniseries (TV, 2018) Sharp Objects ultimately testifies to the triumph of survival, no matter how ugly or desperate a form it takes. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
2.5/4 74% Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Despite paying cursory service to humanizing its characters, Jack Ryan is mostly interested in a battle between good and evil. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
3/4 76% Ozark: Season 2 (TV, 2017-2018) In season two, Ozark dramatically quickens its pace, as if it's brought a gun to a chess match. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2018
2/4 62% Disenchantment: Part 1 (TV, 2018) Disenchantment only slightly tweaks the hermetic formula of Groening's other shows. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
3/4 86% Lodge 49: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Lodge 49 mixes whimsical surrealism and more grounded portrayals of quotidian reality. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2/4 87% Castle Rock: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Castle Rock is a generically gloomy small-town mystery that doesn't lack for allusions to Stephen King's past work. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
2.5/4 87% Castle Rock: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Even at its most frightening, CastleRock is never surprising. - City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
2.5/4 92% Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2018) The show's vibrant Harlem setting, like its pulsing hip-hop soundtrack, is affirming by design-a means of waking audiences up to black excellence. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
2.5/4 85% Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 2 (TV, 2016-2018) Luke Cage is alternately bland and thrilling, formulaic and insightful. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
2.5/4 50% Yellowstone: Season 1 (TV, 2018) In Yellowstone, power and wealth are accrued by characters who rarely seem to deserve either. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3/4 55% Arrested Development: Season 5 (TV, 2003) The series continues to deftly skewer the interpersonal dynamics of a hilariously dysfunctional family. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
3.5/4 100% Dear White People: Season 2 (TV, 2017) The series offers a dim view of communication in an increasingly tribal world. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
3/4 89% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 (TV, 2017) The Handmaid's Tale remains intellectually nourishing, easy to admire, and difficult to endure. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2.5/4 86% Westworld: Season 2 (TV, 2015-2018) The prospect of true danger imbues Westworld with a newfound sense of urgency. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
3/4 91% Legion: Season 2 (TV, 2017) Legion presents itself as a maze, but it's more accurately an imaginatively adorned straight line in season two. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
3/4 77% Seven Seconds: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Seven Seconds is a thrilling police procedural that never loses sight of its cultural commentary. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
2/4 82% Marvel's Jessica Jones: Season 2 (TV, 2015) The series frames PTSD, mental illness, and survivor's guilt in relation to superhero tropes. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
3/4 67% Altered Carbon: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The series confronts the excesses of capitalism with an obvious but imaginatively visualized commentary. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
2.5/4 88% The Looming Tower: Miniseries (TV, 2018) The Looming Tower suggests the failure of U.S. intelligence in the years before 9/11 was one of imagination. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
2/4 80% Trust: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The outcome is known to history, and Trust struggles to mine the saga for new insights. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
3/4 89% American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (TV, 2016-2018) The series investigates the potential consequences of relegating populations to the shadows. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
3/4 98% Barry: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Barry mines a considerable amount of heartfelt insight from the show's farcical premise. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
1.5/4 87% The Chi: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The Chi ultimately appears unable to imagine Chicago's South Side as anything but toxic. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
3/4 72% Gunpowder: Miniseries (TV, 2017) Gunpowder locates a human drama at the heart of an event codified in history books as a conflict between monoliths. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
2/4 85% Godless: Miniseries (TV, 2017) In Godless, female empowerment resembles the adoption of a rigid construction of masculinity. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017