The Review

Don’t just watch a movie; understand it. Don’t just hear a song; consider what it has to say. On The Review, writers and guests discuss how we entertain ourselves, and how that defines the way we see the world. Join The Atlantic’s writers as they break down a work of pop culture each week, exploring the big questions that great art can provoke, making some recommendations for you, and having a little fun along the way.

TV & Film
Film Reviews
TV Reviews
Does 'Frasier' hold up better than any other sitcom of its era? Megan Garber, Sophie Gilbert, and Spencer Kornhaber break down their favorite pandemic comfort watch.
42 min
Don't Look Up
Adam McKay’s disaster satire is many things at once: a parable of our distracted society, a primal scream of a warning, and a comedy from the writer/director of Anchorman. That delicate balance has made the star-studded Netflix film a polarizing movie. Sophie Gilbert, David Sims, and Spencer Kornhaber discuss 'Don’t Look Up' and whether real life is now beyond satire.
43 min
Emily in Paris
Sophie Gilbert, Spencer Kornhaber, and Megan Garber discuss Emily in Paris. Is the Netflix show a guilty pleasure? A hate watch? An argument for the joys of tackiness?
42 min
Spider-Man: No Way Home
David Sims, Shirley Li, and Spencer Kornhaber break down the record-setting new Spider-Man film and debate Marvel’s continued dominance of moviegoing.
48 min
Succession (Season 3 Finale)
Did Succession’s finale upend the Monopoly board — or will next season be another Game of Roys?
45 min
House of Gucci
What do Ridley Scott’s recent releases tell us about the precarious state of movies? David Sims, Spencer Kornhaber, and Shirley Li discuss.
43 min
Adele’s '30' and The Year of the Breakup Album
Adele, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo—why was 2021 the year of the breakup album?
43 min
Passing (Bonus from The Experiment)
The American movie industry has a long, problematic history with stories about racial passing. But the actor-writer-director Rebecca Hall is trying to tell a new kind of story.
32 min
Why is television using period settings to tell contemporary stories lately? Sophie Gilbert, Shirley Li, and Spencer Kornhaber discuss the Apple TV+ show Dickinson.
46 min
Sophie Gilbert, David Sims, and Shirley Li discuss Spencer, the new “fable from a true tragedy” about Princess Diana. After Jackie, director Pablo Larraín turned his attention to another high-profile woman captive to family and publicity.
46 min
The Ring
Revisiting a modern classic that, despite its almost comically analog story, predicted the horrors of viral media.
45 min
David Sims, Shirley Li, and Spencer Kornhaber discuss the new big-budget adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 classic.
44 min
Succession (Season 3 Premiere)
The boar is on the floor. The Greggs are in the Tomlettes. And season 3 of HBO’s Succession is finally here.
37 min
No Time to Die
The James Bond series now spans 25 movies, six actors, and six decades—but with the Craig era ending, where does Bond go from here?
42 min
Ted Lasso
David Sims, Megan Garber, and Sophie Gilbert examine the unlikely success that is Ted Lasso, and ask what the show’s much-discussed second season has to say about the merits (and the limits) of American optimism.
44 min
Introducing: The Review
Join The Atlantic’s cultural critics and their guests as they go deep, debating the big ideas behind movies, music, and more.
2 min