• Network: A&E
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 3, 2012
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Aug 31, 2012
    88
    It's just suspenseful and clever enough to keep you happily intrigued. [3 Sep 2012, p.39]
  2. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Sep 4, 2012
    75
    Alas, there are enough reminders of real life--including an early suicide--to dampen the fun of this guilty pleasure.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Aug 31, 2012
    75
    Sure, the plot's ridiculous, but the film's mostly fun, while the pleasure of watching Burstyn play a homicidal wacko is not to be denied anyone.
  4. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Aug 31, 2012
    70
    The Scotts have held onto enough of the memorable 1978 movie adaptation of Robin Cook's novel to pay tribute, but added enough to make it feel contemporary.
  5. 70
    This A&E miniseries is exuberantly batty.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Aug 31, 2012
    70
    In the end, this is mostly a straightforward, if well-made, thriller with a dependable cast.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 4, 2012
    67
    Once the story finds its pulse, Coma is fun, but there are a few hiccups.
  8. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 4, 2012
    60
    This Coma is different enough from the 1978 movie to have its own appeal, and the cast keeps things interesting even during plot lulls.
  9. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Sep 4, 2012
    50
    [Coma] is sometimes entertaining, sometimes infuriating.
  10. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Sep 4, 2012
    50
    If you can live through the ridiculous hustle-forward, no-looking introduction to the story, what follows is entertaining enough, albeit in a mildly campy way.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Aug 31, 2012
    50
    Coma still provides a few arresting images of what happens to the coma victims, but there's simply too much silliness in the overwrought second half.
  12. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Aug 31, 2012
    50
    The bigger mistake is seeing the story as just a gussied-up whodunit. That may make Coma passably enjoyable, but it doesn't make it very scary.
  13. Reviewed by: Michael Abernethy
    Sep 4, 2012
    40
    With more time, this Coma might have provided more thrills and chills, and also explored some of the monumental issues raised by changing technologies, corporate interests, and political frameworks. Unfortunately, it doesn't do any of this.
  14. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Aug 31, 2012
    40
    Only Ellen Burstyn, stalking around with a leg brace and a killer accent, seems to have seized the opportunity amid all the silliness to enjoy a taste of the scenery.
  15. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Sep 4, 2012
    38
    The fact the mystery is pretty much laid out like a coma patient from the beginning, ruins whatever suspense you might otherwise have built up.
  16. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Aug 31, 2012
    0
    Plodding and stupefying when it's not being laughable and poorly acted, this is entertainment fit for an alternative to water-boarding.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 22, 2012
    6
    Even though the miniseries has its own appeal it slowly loses quality... the effects are really good and there a some parts with a few good suspense but the rest the performances were not so good and the ending was just awful... Ellen Burstyn however does an amazing job with that crazy hair and smile... Full Review »