Dave Trumbore

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For 44 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 27% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dave Trumbore's Scores

Average review score: 80
Highest review score: 100 Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Season 1
Lowest review score: 40 A Christmas Carol (2019): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
44 tv reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Dave Trumbore
    High Score may not be the most in-depth or lengthy documentary series you’ll ever see, but the curated interviews from folks with compelling stories and charismatic personalities bring a personal touch. Nostalgia does the rest. And we’re here for it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Dave Trumbore
    While I’m still waiting for Close Enough to do something a little different to separate itself from the pack and avoid being lost to the archives of forgotten animated sitcoms, it’s a fine watch in the meantime, especially for fans of Quintel’s work.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 67 Dave Trumbore
    AT:DL-BMO feels a bit rushed when it comes to story beats and character development. There’s simply no time for fans to develop a deep emotional attachment to these new characters so that, when their lives are upended, we feel something strongly one way or another. Luckily, BMO acts as an emotional anchor here.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Dave Trumbore
    HBO’s got its signature stamp all over this thing for better or worse. The result is something that’s only briefly connected to what you know as Perry Mason, and something so bleak as to make it hard to recommend.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 91 Dave Trumbore
    As far as new, creative, original animated series go, Crossing Swords is one of the year’s best.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Dave Trumbore
    Season 2 manages to keep things fresh with new characters, plot twists, changing allegiances, and a return of some familiar faces, but what it does exceptionally well is two-fold: Unveiling Kipo‘s mythology and doubling-down on its social commentary.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Dave Trumbore
    The series absolutely explodes onto the screen with color, strange-yet-familiar locations and settings, and a super-fun sense of scale that stretches the imagination. Highlighting those visual delights are pitch-perfect musical cues that play up the tension of a stand-off, the frenetic energy of a daring escape, or the clashing of wills between warring factions in a savage land.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Dave Trumbore
    Looney Tunes Cartoons is a hilarious throwback that hits all the right beats and never misses a step. ... If Looney Tunes Cartoons and the creative team behind the scenes set out to recreate the timeless classic top to bottom, then they’ve succeeded quite well. If you’re looking for progressive social commentary, you’ll find it elsewhere
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Dave Trumbore
    Despite some pacing issues that make it feel like She-Ra is racing to the finish line, Season 5 is solid. Ultimately, not every ship might sail the way fans want it to in the end, but the major relationships that have been developed along the way pay off with huge dividends in the final chapter, scripted by Stevenson.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Trumbore
    It’s not necessarily the next culture-shattering title that Rick and Morty has managed to become, but when the cast, writing, and animation is this good, it doesn’t need to be.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Trumbore
    The Midnight Gospel lets Ward go nuts without any network censors or content restrictions, and the team over at Titmouse absolutely runs with it. So while the combination of creative talent behind the scenes is a winner, this new series is likely only going to appeal to the Adult Swim crowd.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Trumbore
    The true-life tale of Farak, Dookhan, and the Massachusetts government could make for a compelling, investigative-drama feature film, or a tighter, more focused documentary, but How to Fix a Drug Scandal is adrift somewhere between the two. Your four hours would be better served combing through related Wikipedia pages and editorials from Reason, The Washington Post, and Rolling Stone.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Dave Trumbore
    While there are plenty of reveals to keep the momentum up just enough to keep the hour and 14 minute runtime from flailing, the action beats save it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Dave Trumbore
    Beastars is a refreshing change-up to more predictable and familiar anime series; it’s also one of the year’s best that will be hard to top from here on out.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Dave Trumbore
    The series makes a commendable effort in reducing all of that vast accumulation of knowledge into something understandable by compacting the known history of the universe into the space of a calendar year. ... Cosmos: Possible Worlds is a necessary next step in the continuing battle for more science communication in this modern world, even if it’s held back by a less-than-cohesive narrative, a lack of urgency, and Tyson’s struggle to live up to the legacy of Carl Sagan.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Dave Trumbore
    The team behind Castlevania Season 3 absolutely knocked it out of the park with this batch of episodes. They deliver the action, the intrigue, and the food for thought that elevates the source material into what’s easily one of the best video game adaptations ever made.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Trumbore
    How do you end a series like BoJack Horseman? ... You find a middle ground, a milestone that ties off the story and acts as a pause before it carries itself forward on its own momentum somewhere off the screen. That is the only way BoJack Horseman–perhaps the greatest animated drama series ever created–could have ended, and that’s exactly the way it does.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Trumbore
    Deputy may overstep the bounds of reality with how far the show lets Hollister push his new powerful position, but I admire its commitment.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Trumbore
    It plumbs the depths of darkness to the point that even the usually buoyant Cratchit Family is dragged down with Scrooge. But without a redemptive rise to counterbalance all that darkness, A Christmas Carol misses out on the meaning of the story and the greater meaning of the Christmas season.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Trumbore
    While the Mandalorian's lore is doled out just enough to keep things interesting and mysterious, the supporting cast is a little more frustratingly obscured early on in the series. ... What The Mandalorian does exceptionally well is give us a well-tempered bounty hunter with a heart, an antihero who will happily dispatch dozens of armed alien guards and is quick to execute an ally when the situation demands it, but won't mindlessly kill a baby alien just because the bounty demands it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Trumbore
    The premiere was great; it has everything Rick and Morty fans are looking for.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Dave Trumbore
    Season 4 of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power goes to some dark places and leaves viewers with the biggest cliffhanger yet. But while Season 5 hopefully holds the answers we’re anxiously awaiting, Season 4 just turned in one of the best runs of the series so far.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Trumbore
    This cast starts off strong as we get two competing narratives that quickly meld together in ways that only King and Castle Rock can pull off.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Trumbore
    Enjoy The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance for what it is, a masterpiece of expertly crafted puppet-driven fantasy, and do it while you can. It’s not just a new Netflix series, it’s an event, and you don’t want to be left out.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Trumbore
    My only gripe with Archer: 1999 is that there’s no bigger plot to the season; it’s just a collection of episodes that are loosely tied together through the space-travel setup. So while it was fun to watch the crew track down a xenomorph, battle in space gladiator combat, get addicted to psychotropic alien eggs, and fight their way out of a celestial mollusk, I wish they had some greater goal in mind.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Dave Trumbore
    She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is back in a big way in Season 2, with plenty of action, humor, vibrant animation, and a colorful array of characters of all sorts. It’s only shortcoming is in Netflix’s decision to cut the season down to a too-short 7 episodes.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Dave Trumbore
    t’s a bit unfortunate that the educational material is thrown at kids in an expositional lump rather than being threaded throughout the plot of the story itself to make it more meaningful, but that’s clearly not the intention here, for better or worse. Carmen Sandiego has a long way to go to earn our trust, but she’s off to a stylish start.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Dave Trumbore
    This is a fantastic first arc for the returning series, and the action, the intrigue, and the stakes are guaranteed to rise from here on out.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Trumbore
    Luckily, the story is so good that it shines above the shoddy animation, but the 1978 adaptation is still a better bet and the original story itself is still the best. Give this one a watch only if you can stomach the visuals and the visceral material.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Dave Trumbore
    All of this heady material slows the pace down a bit, but the excellently animated action sequence (of which there are plenty to enjoy) give each episode a nice punch-up. All in all, these eight new episodes of Season 2 will give you everything you wanted from Castlevania and more.

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