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Kristi Turnquist

Kristi Turnquist
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
63% Hunters: Season 1 (TV, 2020) For all its flaws, "Hunters" boasts excellent performances.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
100% Better Call Saul: Season 5 (TV, 2020) Based on the first four episodes available for preview - has a confidence and sense of forward motion that are dynamic and satisfying.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
100% Frontline: Season 38 - Amazon Empire: The Rise of Jeff Bezos (TV Episode) "Amazon Empire" ends on a note that illustrates the complicated feelings that Amazon can inspire.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
84% High Fidelity: High Fidelity (TV, 2020) Though the characterizations could sometimes use more depth, the 10 half-hour "High Fidelity" episodes keep you watching, the way a well-curated playlist keeps you listening.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
33% The Academy Awards: 92nd Oscars (TV, 2020) By the time the broadcast ended, about a half hour past its scheduled three-hour running time, the Oscars did generate some feelings of gratitude. Not that this was a good show -- but that it was finally over.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
79% Briarpatch: Season 1 (TV, 2020) "Briarpatch" draws us in quickly, with swift, sure sketches of the town, the colorful types who populate it, and a general air that things just aren't right.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
80% Shrill: Season 2 (TV, 2020) In Season 2, "Shrill" also pulls off some extended set pieces that start out funny, add tension, and build to pretty terrific comedy.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
64% Sanditon: Season 1 (TV, 2019-2020) With its crackling energy, romantic sparks and crisply modern awareness of the issues of class, money and gender identity it raises, "Sanditon" is as comforting as a cup of tea and as refreshing as a dip in the cold ocean waves.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
35% Golden Globes: 77th Golden Globe Awards (TV, 2020) For the most part, the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards on NBC was a better-than-average awards show, with surprise winners, humorous touches and some heartfelt speeches.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
33% Truth Be Told: Season 1 (TV, 2019) It's not exactly solving a mystery to think that "Truth Be Told" would have worked better by focusing on Poppy's family, and losing the trendy, true-crime plot. ‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
74% Dickinson: Season 1 (TV, 2019) At least "Dickinson" is trying to be amusing. It just doesn't get off to a very successful start. ‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
50% Dolly Parton's Heartstrings: Season 1 (TV, 2019) It's a bit pat, and it's definitely too long, but Turner is warm and peppery, Goodwin is likable, and by end of it, I admit it -- I was reaching for the tissues.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
42% See: Season 1 (TV, 2019) The first episode has so many unintentionally absurd moments, it sometimes feel like "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," only with lengthy sequences of people attacking each other with hand-wrought weapons and loud grunts.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
61% The Morning Show: Season 1 (TV, 2019) We'll have to see if "The Morning Show" completely clicks, but even with an uneven first three episodes, Aniston is terrific as the veteran TV broadcaster who is, to borrow a phrase, mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
88% The Unicorn: Season 1 (TV, 2019) The show is pleasant, if unexceptional, though it's nice to see Goggins playing an average nice guy - instead of a silver-tongued crook, as in "Justified." He's so average, though, that the show threatens to become a sleep aid.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
73% For All Mankind: Season 1 (TV, 2019) The series is straightforward and Joel Kinnaman ("Altered Carbon") is well-cast as an astronaut, but it's pretty slow to get going.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
80% mixed-ish: Season 1 (TV, 2019) There may be a few too many precocious kid scenes, but the tone is warm, the cast is likable and the '80s details are a nostalgic kick. ‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
94% Emergence: Season 1 (TV, 2019) We'll see if the plotting takes us somewhere interesting, but for now, "Emergence" is holding my attention thanks in large part to the terrific Allison Tolman. ‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
53% Carol's Second Act: Season 1 (TV, 2019) It's not awful, but it's not all that good, either.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
53% Nancy Drew: Season 1 (TV, 2019) It just feels dreary.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
54% Bob (Hearts) Abishola: Season 1 (TV, 2019) The show is well-intentioned, but so far walks an unsteady line between the canned-laughter sound of a run-of-the-mill sitcom, and an attempt at something more ambitious.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
56% All Rise: Season 1 (TV, 2019) It's a bit much, but Missick is enjoyable, and the show seems to be trying for a tone similar to "The Good Wife," a laudable goal.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
38% Sunnyside: Season 1 (TV, 2019) It's also well intentioned, but on the earnest side.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
91% Evil: Season 1 (TV, 2019-2020) The show is a bit light on humor - surprising, given the Kings' talent for including wit in even the heaviest of drama -- but the cast (including Michael Emerson, of "Lost") is good, and the premise is unusual, so, for now, I'm sticking with "Evil."‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
62% Perfect Harmony: Season 1 (TV, 2019) The cast is appealing, and the premise is OK - Bradley Whitford plays a former academic who winds up taking over a church choir in a rural small town - but "Perfect Harmony" hasn't quite found its rhythm yet.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
24% Almost Family: Season 1 (TV, 2019) It's impossible to watch this drama about a fertility doctor... without being reminded of real-life cases, and the impact of such fraudulent, unethical conduct.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
36% Bluff City Law: Season 1 (TV, 2019) Yet another legal drama, this series also suffers from preachiness, with father-daughter lawyers (played by Jimmy Smits and Caitlin McGee) going overboard in their idealistic quest for save-the-world justice.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
57% Prodigal Son: Season 1 (TV, 2019) The genius-madman routine is tiresome, but the cast - including Bellamy Young ("Scandal") as Martin's wife and Malcolm's mother -- gives it all they've got.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
75% The Righteous Gemstones: Season 1 (TV, 2019) "The Righteous Gemstones" apparently isn't trying to demean people with religious faith. But it's not clear what exactly it is trying to do. And it's not funny enough to make us want to keep watching.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
77% Batwoman: Season 1 (TV, 2019) Rose cuts a striking figure, but she's unfortunately on the wooden side when it comes to acting. The show feels heavy, too, a common trait of anything occurring in the glum Batman universe. ‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
11% Golden Globes: 69th Golden Globe Awards (TV, 2012) The actual ceremony was one of the least eventful in memory. Gervais' barbs were blunted; the celebs were distressingly well-behaved; and the awards were the usual ridiculous mishmash.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
95% Golden Globes: 70th Golden Globe Awards (TV, 2013) Great hosts. Sharp comedy. Bill Clinton. Surprise winners. And one wild, unpredictable, edge-of-your-seat speech. The 2013 Golden Globes ceremony not only made us forget about Ricky Gervais, it was everything that makes awards shows fun.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
89% Golden Globes: 71st Golden Globe Awards (TV, 2014) By the time it was over, it was clear this was perhaps the most perfectly ridiculous Golden Globes ever, not smooth, not dignified, but most definitely not boring.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
78% Golden Globes: 72nd Golden Globe Awards (TV, 2015) For all the attempts to be serious and meaningful, the best moments were Fey and Poehler being awesome.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
33% Golden Globes: 73rd Golden Globe Awards (TV, 2016) Gervais wasn't clever enough to overcome the sourness of his tone... And the larger question was, if Gervais has such contempt for this show, why should he host it, and why should we watch?‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
82% The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3 (TV, 2019) Banter is fine, but the show could use more scenes where the quipping stops, and characters are allowed to quiet down for a minute and feel something.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
34% Golden Globes: 74th Golden Globe Awards (TV, 2017) If Streep wasn't able to single-handedly unite a fractured nation -- even she's not that talented -- her seriousness of purpose had the effect of abruptly sucking the air out of the bouncy Golden Globes balloon.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
83% Golden Globes: 75th Golden Globe Awards (TV, 2018) Winfrey not only paid homage to women who have suffered and are finally being heard, she delivered a stemwinder of a speech that made it sound like she was getting ready to run for office.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
84% Catch-22: Miniseries (TV, 2019) Though "Catch-22" has its flaws - some roles feel underwritten, and there are probably too many scenes of the airmen enjoying the Italian waters - it gets stronger as it goes along.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
90% The Crown: Season 3 (TV, 2019) It's not at all clear if Margaret's words help her sister. But for viewers, the return of "The Crown," with its irresistible blend of heightened history and peek-behind-the-brocade-curtain drama, is a gloriously welcome gift.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
61% The Musketeers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) The first episode is a bit overstuffed and murky, but "The Musketeers" gets better as it goes along, with charismatic performances and lively adventures.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
82% Little Women: Miniseries (TV, 2017) Like the entire production, [Emily] Watson avoids sentimentality and grounds Marmee in genuine emotion.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
74% The Academy Awards: 88th Oscars (TV, 2016) Not surprisingly for a show that lasted three-and-a-half hours, the 2016 Oscars didn't exactly whiz by, though there were a few surprises, and enough highlights to keep it from falling off the cliff into tedium.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
67% The Academy Awards: 89th Oscars (TV, 2017) To his credit, Kimmel didn't take himself or the proceedings too seriously. But that also robbed this Oscars of emotional impact. ‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
75% Modern Love: Season 1 (TV, 2019) At a time when conflict rages across the media, there's something appealing about pulling up the comforter and falling into "Modern Love."‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
95% Watchmen: Season 1 (TV, 2019) Whether you're a student of the graphic novel or coming to the series without prior knowledge of Moore and Gibbons' work, HBO's "Watchmen" is likely to leave you feeling less than super.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
87% Country Music: Season 1 (TV, 2019) The deep admiration and expertise the musicians have for their art form, and those who have gone before - especially when the interview subjects, like Merle Haggard, have since died - fills "Country Music" with warmth and affection.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
30% Emmys: 65th Emmys (TV, 2013) From an endless, not particularly funny opening segment revolving around him being the Emmy host to a song-and-dance number that didn't make the most of his abilities, Harris never seemed to find his groove.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
92% Stumptown: Season 1 (TV, 2019) It's particularly satisfying to see Smulders flex muscles we maybe didn't know she had.‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
38% Emmys: 66th Emmys (TV, 2014) This Emmy telecast was generally lively, and Meyers kept things moving right along. ‐ Oregonian
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019