Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Feb 11, 2011
    80
    While it's not the triumph that "Downton" was, it's a special, lovely miniseries that lingers in your imagination like a richly drawn memoir.
  2. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Feb 14, 2011
    70
    It is a long journey and at times a slow one, but with more than a few delightful oases.
  3. Reviewed by: Ginia Bellafante
    Feb 11, 2011
    70
    Any Human Heart is a kind of "Forrest Gump" for the literate: an intimate, picaresque chronicling of the life of a fictional British writer who intersects with notable events, ideas and personages of the 20th century in ways both amusing and catastrophic.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 14, 2011
    50
    As handsome as the production is, the nature of Boyd's novel makes the miniseries episodic, and the tone of those encounters tends to be highly uneven. While experiencing abundant tragedy in his life, the protagonist's vulnerability doesn't translate very well in carrying the story, even with such a stalwart trio of actors playing him.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 11, 2011
    30
    Even the people who matter to him most are sketchily drawn, while others are almost laughable caricatures, including a friend's saucy cheating wife, purred by Kim Cattrall.
  6. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Feb 11, 2011
    25
    The conceit of Boyd's book and this mini-epic is provocative, but unfortunately, the reality is something else.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Mar 4, 2011
    7
    Though not up to the usual Masterpiece standard, Any Human Heart is generally well-made and entertaining.And it's always a joy to watch Jim Broadbent.
  2. Feb 25, 2011
    4
    As a Brit who uses this website frequently, one of the things that i find odd is how fast and loose PBS are with the word "Masterpiece". ThisAs a Brit who uses this website frequently, one of the things that i find odd is how fast and loose PBS are with the word "Masterpiece". This is one of those occasions. It's a dull, lazy, derivative period piece that flatters to deceive. Full Review »