Carnivale : Season 2

  • Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 14, 2003
Season #: 1, 2

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11

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Critic Reviews

  1. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Aug 2, 2013
    Everything's been kicked up a notch, and now we know for sure that something big will finally happen. [8 Jan 2005]
  2. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Aug 2, 2013
    Whatever problems you may have had with "Carnivale" last season, give it a pass for, let's say, five episodes. That's more than enough time to figure out if the magic has returned. [7 Jan 2005]
  3. San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    Reviewed by: Charlie McCollum
    Aug 2, 2013
    Until "Carnivale" fulfills more of its promise, my enthusiasm is restrained. [3 Jan 2005]
  4. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    Aug 2, 2013
    Judging from the first two episodes, the series remains both visually compelling and dramatically impenetrable, likely to attract ongoing fans but too confusing at this stage to attract new ones. [7 Jan 2005]
  5. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Paul Brownfield
    Aug 2, 2013
    "Carnivale" is beautiful to look at, but it drags. ... To watch "Carnivale" is to feel you have purchased a moody Tom Waits concept album, where he's banging on trash can lids and mumbling about Satan into a megaphone. [7 Jan 2005]
  6. Newark Star-Ledger
    Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Aug 2, 2013
    It's still as detailed, opaque and confusing as ever. [8 Jan 2005]
  7. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Aug 2, 2013
    The new season of "Carnivale" continues to showcase the series' potential, but it still doesn't live up to the show's enormous promise. It's a cryptic series full of mysteries and that should suck viewers in. But I've yet to feel the full effects of its gravitational pull, which is disappointing because, as they said so often on "The X-Files," I want to believe. [7 Jan 2005]
  8. Variety
    Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Aug 2, 2013
    The series is again intriguing but less than satisfying --- a concept more notable for the unusual time and space the show occupies than what it achieves dramatically. [7 Jan 2005]
  9. Cleveland Plain Dealer
    Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Aug 2, 2013
    The writing and direction are uneven as ever, lurching clumsily from intriguing to annoying. [8 Jan 2005]
  10. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Aug 2, 2013
    Occasionally hypnotic but too often implausible or incomprehensible. [9 Jan 2005]
  11. Reviewed by: Gillian Flynn
    Jun 18, 2013
    Carnivàle distracts with dusty riddles and tarot cards, nightmare clichés, mutilated dolls, and twitchy Baby Jesus statues — hoping we'll forget to demand what we came for: answers or a story that makes sense.

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