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Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    100
    Gorgeously acted, written, paced, structured and conceived, "Damages" remains one of the best shows on TV--and maybe the most enjoyably addictive.
  2. This is the best ensemble of any show anywhere, and watching these gifted actors bounce off each other is a joy. Damages proves capable hands can craft a thriller for TV.
  3. 88
    It’s a lot to juggle, but you can count on the payoff to be worth the trouble. Power, weakness, greed, violence--what’s not to like?
  4. 88
    Yet, as rock-solid as the entire cast may be, Damages still belongs to Close, who makes us embrace a character who in other hands might be repellent or, worse, ridiculous.
  5. The series retains its trademark flash forwards that signal murders and/or deceits yet to be revealed. It's one of the show's more operatic touches but this time the revelation, a fantastic and personal driver for stories, feels less like an attempt to manipulate the audience and more rooted in the plausible.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    80
    FX has often made its bones by seeking to push the pay-cable envelope in terms of standards, sometimes gratuitously so; Damages demonstrates that envelope-pushers needn't be edgier, necessarily, just smarter.
  7. This time around everyone, Byrne in particular, moves with an air of confidence that allows you to keep your eyes on the knives being juggled in the air rather than the person doing the juggling. Which is exactly where you want the audience's eyes to be when you're pulling off a con, or a show like Damages.
  8. Damages is a show that has always required a viewer's full attention, and the rewards are there for those who do.
  9. Damages borrows heavily from the front page, and that keeps it interesting.
  10. 80
    The show has found its footing again after a scattershot second season. The dramatic focus is very tight, not to mention topical
  11. 80
    This show transcends the base level of twisty procedurals with one thing: Patty Hewes.
  12. By refueling with the Madoffs, the show’s writers have brought a titillating jolt to the show’s by-now-established riffling of silvery, half-concealed trauma flashbacks. Even if, in the end, it’s nothing more than highly lacquered candy, it’s tasty stuff.
  13. Scott is terrific as the conflicted son who's something of a sap, a patsy for Patty and Winstone. Plus, we're promised more Ted Danson as Arthur Frobisher, a reason for celebration. And the bottom line on Close is: Nobody upstages Patty. It's the character's curse, and the actress' triumph.
  14. 75
    One of the best things about the season is that, via Joe Tobin, the show has given viewers if not someone to root for, someone to at least partially empathize with.
  15. Save for one far-fetched incident, the two hours provided enough clues as to where the season will head--and how much conflict from secrets and lies will be coming down the pike - to hook fans of the show who might have been waffling on the commitment.
  16. 63
    Regardless of whichever cathartic moment wins out this season), no intervention at the level of systemic injustice will have transpired, even allegorically. In such a thoroughly and inescapably capitalist vision of the world, structural injustice is not only profitable, but necessary to the maintenance of the system of the series.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 59
  2. Negative: 1 out of 59
  1. Sep 15, 2011
    9
    Great season in my opinion and easily as good as the first. Asides from the normal damages season arc of catching the bad guy, I felt that theGreat season in my opinion and easily as good as the first. Asides from the normal damages season arc of catching the bad guy, I felt that the season was very much wrapping up other smaller plots from seasons past - which was a good thing.
    It was nice to see old faces return for a few episodes and it will be a shame to see many of the characters go (unless they appear again in dream forms etc).. brilliantly well acted by all involved as per ususal - Tate Donovan stepped up the mark massively and really delivered the performance of his career especially in many of the final episode scenes.
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  2. BrettR
    Jan 26, 2010
    10
    Brilliant, after a rough second seaon, it has picked up the edge where the first season left off. Rose Byrne seems to have come into her own Brilliant, after a rough second seaon, it has picked up the edge where the first season left off. Rose Byrne seems to have come into her own and there are no longer hints of her Australian accent or her acting class techniques; she's really developed into her character. Glenn Close is priceless, and so far, the clever casting of Lily Tomlin, Martin Short, and Campbell Scott have paid off. Full Review »
  3. May 21, 2012
    9
    Great, Damages back to the great quality of Season 1. After my disappointment with S2 this one seems to have had much more effort in theGreat, Damages back to the great quality of Season 1. After my disappointment with S2 this one seems to have had much more effort in the storytelling and was really well rounded off. Every seemly sidestory grew to become a relevant part of the plot. Fantastic acting as ever. Full Review »