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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 2, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 603 Ratings

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  • Summary: Set 300 years in the future where consciousness can be stored digitally, a soldier named Takeshi Kovacs (Will Yun Lee/Joel Kinnaman) awakens in a new body when he is freed from prison by Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), who wants him to find who killed his previous body in the sci-fi seriesSet 300 years in the future where consciousness can be stored digitally, a soldier named Takeshi Kovacs (Will Yun Lee/Joel Kinnaman) awakens in a new body when he is freed from prison by Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), who wants him to find who killed his previous body in the sci-fi series based on Richard K. Morgan's 2002 novel Carbon. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jan 30, 2018
    100
    Think of Altered Carbon as a cyberpunk “Game of Thrones,” except that winter is already here, three centuries into the future.
  2. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Feb 1, 2018
    80
    The roads that Altered Carbon takes to its destination aren’t new to us but enough of us have enjoyed previous versions of these trips to appreciate this version of the ride.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Haigis
    Feb 1, 2018
    75
    When the season does intermittently sag beneath the weight of its extensive world-building and philosophical inquiries, Altered Carbon still manages to enthrall audiences with a winding detective mystery told in timeless noir fashion.
  4. Reviewed by: Kimberly Roots
    Jan 22, 2018
    67
    When the series gets too far away from the Bancroft investigation, Altered Carbon stumbles.
  5. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Feb 5, 2018
    50
    Altered Carbon is so busy trying to wow viewers by constantly one-upping the imagery and the intensity that it barely pauses to consider its story. The writing is also distinctly clunky: a hodgepodge of vacant platitudes and canned spirituality.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Feb 2, 2018
    50
    A lot of Altered Carbon is very silly, mostly whenever any of the principals converse. Trite dialogue prevails. ... If you like your sci-fi good-lookin’ and tough talkin’, I heartily recommend Altered Carbon. Me, if I want a dose of steely speculative fiction, I’ll reread my old paperbacks of novels by Pat Cadigan and Lewis Shiner.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 1, 2018
    40
    Netflix has taken more than a few flyers on big, splashy, time-wasting projects, and Altered Carbon -- a sci-fi experiment gone awry -- joins that pantheon of the quickly forgettable. Based on Richard K. Morgan's novel, the series looks great -- starting with Joel Kinnaman, who spends a lot of time showing off his commitment to the gym -- but in terms of substance, offers little more than an empty sleeve.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 18 out of 161
  1. Apr 1, 2018
    10
    Easily my favorite show on Television right now, I'm a massive fanboy of Game of Thrones, so that's saying a lot for me. I'm a huge scifiEasily my favorite show on Television right now, I'm a massive fanboy of Game of Thrones, so that's saying a lot for me. I'm a huge scifi nerd, and this show manages to keep a non-cheezy atmosphere, which is hard to do in this genre. Definitely a good show for Netflix, and I hope they keep on renewing it for many seasons to come. Expand
  2. Feb 17, 2018
    10
    The best fantastic TV series. Shoot very artistically. You are transferred to the world of the future, very realistically created the worldThe best fantastic TV series. Shoot very artistically. You are transferred to the world of the future, very realistically created the world around you. Joel Kinnaman plays so convincingly that I cried when watching some scenes. So many foreshortenings, correctly constructed by composition. The color and lighting solution, the atmosphere of the series - all this helps a lot to plunge into the plot and get a lot of pleasure from viewing. Characters are revealed gradually, they are all interesting. You empathize with the protagonist from and to. I hope the continuation will be. Expand
  3. Feb 3, 2018
    10
    The cast, acting, music, cgi we're spot on. The ambiance give it a really unique feel almost like blade runner. I read the book a few monthsThe cast, acting, music, cgi we're spot on. The ambiance give it a really unique feel almost like blade runner. I read the book a few months ago and i'm really glad they didn't sell out and followed the book so closely, the small details are what really makes it. I can't speak highly enough of this show great book adaptation easy 10/10 Expand
  4. Feb 19, 2018
    9
    Glad Netflix paid the money to get this produced. The special effects and numerous subtle touches helped you to be more fully immersed oinGlad Netflix paid the money to get this produced. The special effects and numerous subtle touches helped you to be more fully immersed oin the story. As others have said, the Blade Runner like future approach was very well done and unique enough to give its own feel. This was a welcome addition to the binge library. Expand
  5. Jul 11, 2018
    8
    Overall very good if you like sci fi. Plot may be too complicated for some but I liked its deepening backstory. First episode was intriguingOverall very good if you like sci fi. Plot may be too complicated for some but I liked its deepening backstory. First episode was intriguing but second or third a bit iffy, but story got more interesting. Glad I kept watching. It could stand alone as a story but a second season would be welcome in our household of adults and older teens. Expand
  6. Feb 10, 2018
    6
    250 years into the future and we have fist fights, monitors with frames, dying, cigarettes and actual sex, DYING AGAIN ? Themes copied from250 years into the future and we have fist fights, monitors with frames, dying, cigarettes and actual sex, DYING AGAIN ? Themes copied from Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell but frakked up real nicely worse than their remakes.... This really sucked ass big time and it's one of the sloppiest future visions I've ever seen. Expand
  7. Feb 21, 2018
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Could not pass the pilot. The ending just got me on my nerves.

    "I don't want to work for the millionare guy. But wait, the female character is telling me i have to accept the job just because. For the sake of mistery. Ok, so it's decided, i'll take the job"

    That was it. Bye bye Altered Carbon.
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