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8.2

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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: 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.
  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: 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.