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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.


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4 out of 5 stars from 162 ratings
  • The worst podcast I’ve ever heard.

    Seriously. Don’t do it.

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    United Statesa year ago
  • The worst

    This is seriously just the worst kind of pseudo intellectual drivelOne can think of. At once, haughty and stupid. Quite a feat. The insights are childish and churlish.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago
  • Came for David, and then he introduced me to some wonderful folks

    I’m a firm believer that David is the real comic genius of Blank Check, so I really just came for David. It has been, however, the pleasure beyond all pleasures to hear Shirley again and to get to know Sophie and Spencer. They make the perfect cohort, an absolute joy to listen to.

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    Irelanda year ago
  • Started off good but I’m quitting

    The first couple episodes were really good but the show has devolved into the hosts exhibiting that they’re just too pleased with themselves. Shirley takes up too much time laughing at her own jokes for sure. The other cast members have followed her into wanting to be too cute whereas the show is meant to be a deep examination of shows and films. I he most layered films of our time and they basically say it’s about a witch (it’s not). I don’t mind an occasional f-bomb but they drop them like the... more

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