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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 56 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 52 out of 56
  2. Negative: 2 out of 56

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  1. May 21, 2012
    2
    I love Damages but not this season. While S1 and S3 were well thought out, well paced and built up to a satisfying finale, this season was overly complicated, too many characters and an ending that just seemed put together with no real planning behind it. It would be useful also if people didn't rush to give Damages a 10 score after one opening episode!
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80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Teresa Budasi
    63
    Nothing is as it seems--too much of the time. Intrigue is good; circular storytelling to the point of viewer exhaustion is bad.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    91
    One of the addictive things about Damages is its ability to work what initially seems to be a peripheral character like Olyphant's into the series' core plot in a startling way. All credit is due to the show's creators--brothers Glenn and Todd A. Kessler and Daniel Zelman--who wrote the first two episodes with smoothly intricate plotting and bursts of melodrama that rarely spill over the top.
  3. The show's trademark time shifts continue, although it's initially unclear if they're connected to the season one story that carries over or to the season two plot.