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Review – Anger Management
Variety said the show “is competently executed, but — thanks to Sheen’s colorful past — almost entirely beside the point,” and that “there’s nary an original bone in its body.”
The New York Times said the show “is full of comeuppance,” and that “The plot seems to owe more to karma than clever scriptwriting.” They also said, “The dialogue has just enough profanity and risqué punch lines to pass muster on cable, but “Anger Management” is at heart a simple, old-fashioned sitcom, with raucous recorded laughter and predictable one-liners.”
USA Today said, “Sheen isn’t half the man he once was,” and that the show “looks…old-school and clunky.” They added that “The first episode in tonight’s double run is flat, but not offensive. That dubious achievement is reached by the stupid, misogynistic second outing, which revolves around an ugly woman Charlie slept with back in his baseball days to stop a slump, a joke that is far uglier than the woman could ever be.”
Salon called Sheen “misogynistic” and “homophobic,” and said the show is “as lame as you’d expect.” Scathingly, they added that the show is “a godawful, small-minded, crassly commercial exercise.”
The Boston Globe said the show is “not winning,” and said the problem is that “everybody’s in on the joke but nobody seems to be writing any.” They also said it’s “just an average sitcom with a few good laugh lines here and there that could star any middle-age actor as a former baseball player to whom much was given and who now is trying to give back in his own anger management private practice and pro bono work with a group in state prison.”
The LA Times said the show is “is an old-fashioned, multi-camera sitcom, from makers of old-fashioned, multi-camera sitcoms, and sticks to the rules. It is distressingly average.” They added that “It is not a train wreck; it’s just a train — chugging along from A to B, carrying the people, delivering the freight.”
The San Francisco Chronicle called Sheen “an almost perfect sitcom star,” and said that “He’s never demonstrated much acting range, but his personality is, you should pardon the expression, “winning,” particularly on the small screen.”
The Huffington Post called the show “repulsive,” and said it “will no doubt go a long way toward solidifying Sheen’s image as a harmless party boy (an image that the media is all too willing to go along with), and erase the image of Sheen as a man who has repeatedly been accused of being violent toward women.” They added, “the core ugliness and toxic narcissism of “Anger Management” are impossible to ignore.”
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said, “Charlie Sheen can’t manage laughs,” and added that “A viewer’s willingness to tolerate “Anger Management” will correlate to their previous enjoyment of “Two and a Half Men” or past TV series from “Anger Management” executive producer Bruce Helford (“The Drew Carey Show,” “Nikki,” “George Lopez”).”
The New York Post said, “‘Anger Management’ [which] feels a lot like ‘Two and a Half Men’… may, however, be the perfect vehicle for a man with tiger blood in his veins and roil and rage in his brain,” but added that it “is not the out-of-control outrageously naughty series you (or I, or anyone, really) was expecting and secretly wanting.” In the end, they called the show, “not too bad.”
The Hollywood Reporter said, “yes, ‘Anger Management’ is consistently funnier than the current version of Two and a Half Men. It’s not even close.” But they also said, “that doesn’t make it an FX series. And it doesn’t make it the kind of series you’re looking for on a cable channel. Which is likely to be the problem greeting ‘Anger Management’.”
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Ok, so the reviews weren't stellar. Nevertheless, our daily TV show pick for tonight, Sunday, December 8, 2013 is still the premiere of mini-series, "Bonnie & Clyde" on Lifetime, History and A&E at 9:00.
- Boardwalk Empire
- Ray Donovan
- Three Stooges repeats
- Breaking Bad
- Black Mirror
- Ray Donovan
- The Mindy Project
- Children's Hospital
- South Park
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Check out our interview with Levy for more insights.
Glenn Howerton plays Dennis Reynolds on FX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (on which he is also a writer and executive producer). For a guy that funny, you might be surprised (or not) to learn that he's also a fan of dark dramas. Here's what he likes to watch:
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New on VOD
Here are the new VOD films for the week of December 3, 2013. Click on a movie title for more information, trailers and reviews.
The Wolverine. Rating: 4 (out of 5). Hugh Jackman is back as Wolverine, in this tale that takes him back to Japan where he is forced to face his own demons. Watch for it on VOD starting Tuesday, December 3. The WashingtonPost calls it “A refreshing summer cocktail of action-movie staples.” Reviews, video and more.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Rating: 3 (out of 5). Clary Fray, a seemingly normal teenage girl, learns that she is no ordinary human being. Adapted from the book of the same title by Cassandra Clare, she discovers that she is a daughter of Shadowhunters, a race of half-angel beings tasked to protect our world from demons. This film’s VOD will be released starting Tuesday, December 3rd. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, “On the surface, Mortal Instruments is a slick teen thriller. Just overbaked and unoriginal.” Reviews, video and more.
Things Never Said. Rating: (3 out of 5). Kalindra Stepney, an aspiring poetess, is having some problems with her marriage and sparks a relationship with a new man, who inspires her to once again find her artistic voice. The film is available on VOD starting Tuesday, December 3rd. The Philadelphia Inquirer says, “The result may not be a big movie, but Things Never Said makes a big emotional impact.” On the other hand, Roger Ebert calls it a“soapy melodrama.” Reviews, video and more.
Crave. Rating: 3 (out of 5). Aiden (Josh Lawson), a crime scene photographer, haunted by the decay and violence around him, retreats into his inner dark world. When he meets Virginia, a younger woman with her own demons, Aiden becomes increasingly emboldened to live out his vigilante fantasies. Crave will be available on VOD starting Friday, December 6th. Reviews, video and more.
Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers. Rating: 3 (out of 5). A documentary about a gang of Balkan jewel thieves known as The Pink Panthers that have stolen nearly a billion dollars worth of jewels from boutiques in the world's most opulent cities, including Geneva, Paris, London, Geneva, Dubai and Tokyo. The film delves into the gang’s incredible history and introduces the viewer to the global police forces who work furiously to stop them. Beyond the glitz of the Panthers’ incredible heists, Smash & Grab exposes dark truths about the illicit diamond trade and the world’s most ruthless mafia networks. The film will be available on VOD starting Tuesday, December 3rd. According to The Washington Post, the director “knows how to get, and hold, a viewer’s attention.” Reviews, video and more.
Jobs. Rating: 2 (out of 5). Ashton Kutcher stars as Steve Jobs in this film that tells the story of Job’s ascension from college dropout to one of the leading technological leaders of our time. The film will be available on VOD starting Tuesday, December 3rd. The San Francisco Chronicle sums up most of the reviews when it writes, , “at its best, it's a good picture, and at its worst, it's almost good.” Reviews, video and more.
The Smurfs 2. Rating: 2 (out of 5). The Smurfs are back, and this time, they are out to rescue Smurfette, who is kidnapped by the evil Gargamel. It turns out she knows a secret spell that can turn the sorcerer’s latest creation, The Naughties, into real Smurfs. The film will be available on VOD starting Tuesday, December 3rd. The Los Angeles Times calls it “a passable mediocrity.” Reviews, video and more.
Live at the Foxes Den. Bobby Kelly has it all: money, women, good looks and a good career. One night, he sings in a local lounge called “The Foxes Den,” and the owner, impressed with his vocal talent, offers him a job as the lounge’s new singer. His life is then turned upside down as he is now forced to decide whether to chase after his lifelong dream of being a singer, or to stay and keep what he has now. The film will be available on VOD starting Friday, December 6. No reviews are available as of writing. Video and more.