“When the jokes are ultimately as good-natured and silly as they are on Silicon Valley, it makes for a perfectly entertaining and likable series. But it’s so far too flimsy to turn over the heaviest rocks and poke at what wickedness and grotesquerie lies underneath. And there is a lot of wickedness and grotesquerie in the Bay Area! Of course this show doesn’t have to be some grimly satiric exploration of the evils of empty capitalism, but it could maybe be a little more, y’know, disruptive.”
“Her hair (or, her wig) is cut into an ‘80s poof, which complements her acid-washed jeans and ill-fitting leopard print faux fur jacket. It’s an awkward look, almost mocking in its approximation of the va-va-voom. But it also makes Laura oddly sympathetic. She’s sexy, yes, but the tacky get-up makes her seem just the faintest bit lost, even pathetic. In one scene, Laura trips and falls and some real-life people rush to her aid. The scene was being surreptitiously filmed by Glazer, but a civilian also caught the moment on camera and those images became a popular “Scarlett Johansson falling down” meme, thereby proving Glazer and Johansson’s despondent point about what her fame, with its odd mix of sympathy and scorn, has come to mean.”
— Under the Skin is weird and interesting. A review!
“For college student Grayson Price (United States of Tara’s Keir Gilchrist) a spring internship at the White House seemed like opportunity enough. So when he’s told that he’ll be traveling to Rome when the President goes to meet the Pope, he can’t believe his amazing luck. When he gets to the Vatican, though, he quickly learns that tagging along during a lot of boring meetings isn’t the most exciting way to see the Eternal City. That is, until he meets seminary student Francis (Noah’s Douglas Booth), who whisks Grayson off on his moped for a whirlwind tour of the city of seven hills. The city is beautiful, the food is amazing, and, well, Francis is pretty good company. Might something more be happening? Grayson hopes so, but he worries that a young White House aide caught in a compromising position with a soon-to-be priest could cause some sort of international scandal! Grayson has to learn to honor his responsibilities while following his heart in this spirited and oddball romantic comedy from director Drew Barrymore.”
“This scene, as the rain pounds down in sheets and the waves roar in from all sides, is a stunning sequence, all the epicness of the story realized with seat-rumbling grandeur. As the ark lurches up into the water and most of humanity is rinsed from the Earth, Noah heaves with the terrible magnificence of this cleansing. The world truly does feel both drowned and reborn.”