Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jan 14, 2014
    100
    Klondike grabs you with terrific performances, an unusually rich script, magnificently sweeping visuals of jagged mountains overlooking valleys of ice and snow, and such a convincing attention to period detail, you'll believe you're back in Dawson City at the end of the 19th century.
  2. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Jan 16, 2014
    90
    The Canadian wilderness scenery is spectacular and the cast is even better.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 24, 2014
    80
    Klondike delivers its dramatic bounty more effectively and compactly [than Black Sails], capitalizing on some of Discovery's favorite obsessions: dangerous vocations, gold prospecting and harsh Alaska-adjacent terrain, in a fictionalized account of the 1897 gold rush.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeanne Jakle
    Jan 21, 2014
    80
    It's so atmospheric, you'll absolutely feel the brutal cold.
  5. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jan 17, 2014
    80
    Tremendous footage of mountain treks and river running make the spectacle compelling while the sometimes clunky dialogue gets the message across.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jan 16, 2014
    80
    Over the course of six hours it delivers bold, cinematic on-location action, announces itself with sweeping, dramatic dialogue (admittedly, not for everyone) and scatters excellent acting across the small screen.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 21, 2014
    75
    It’s too late to scrub some of the dialogue, though.... Klondike isn’t always this way. Its one-liners can be nifty in spots.... The miniseries also has some engaging supporting characters in grifter Soapy Smith (Ian Hart) and Haskell’s ad hoc mine mate, Joe Meeker (Tim Blake Nelson).
  8. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jan 20, 2014
    75
    Exhilarating, terrifying, often moving and only occasionally silly.
  9. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 20, 2014
    75
    If you're expecting the nuanced characterization and complex themes of some other period cable dramas of the 21st century, 'Klondike' will leave you wanting. If you're just asking for an entertaining adventure story with impressive visuals and a solid cast, it does the job.
  10. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Jan 15, 2014
    75
    Scheuring gets sidetracked by the trite redemption stories of a hooker (Conor Leslie) and a Canadian Mountie (Marton Csokas). But those are small hiccups in this entertaining, expansive tale of one man's fight to keep his humanity, which he discovers is more valuable than all the gold in the Yukon.
  11. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jan 20, 2014
    70
    The scenery in Klondike ... really is impressive, the performances are solid and though the dialogue's sometimes less than natural, the added-for-TV touches mostly make the story more palatable, if no less sad.
  12. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jan 20, 2014
    70
    There isn't much new in this northern Western, but the scenery is lovely, the acting is solid, and the mix of characters is just what you'd expect from the genre.
  13. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jan 20, 2014
    70
    'Klondike' is not going to win awards for its lackluster screenplay and penchant for melodrama, but it does have some of the plucky energy you’d enjoy at one of those faux-saloon dinner theaters, where the gradations between good and bad hardly exist. It comes across almost like a musical without any songs, and before long, you’re swept up in its crisp visuals and steady pace.
  14. Reviewed by: Terri Schwartz
    Jan 20, 2014
    70
    It helps that so much of 'Klondike' was shot on location and without CGI. That makes the series feel especially real and lived, which is key in making a project like this one work.
  15. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jan 20, 2014
    70
    The series ... is full of the same brutal weather and dubious quests as Discovery’s reality shows, but professional actors ... make it a much more compelling attraction than any of that other fare.
  16. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Jan 20, 2014
    70
    If the lavish production doesn’t quite strike gold, it comes close enough to encourage further exploration.
  17. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Jan 21, 2014
    67
    Klondike isn’t half as good a televised novel as it is a parade of landscape photography punctuated by archetypal Western exploits.
  18. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jan 20, 2014
    60
    There are many fine moments in 'Klondike,' cinematic scenes of grandeur and dialogue that rise to poetry. But too often both then fall prey to self-conscious staginess, many repetitive scenes of dirt and endless conversations about the animal nature of man.
  19. Reviewed by: Sara Smith
    Jan 17, 2014
    50
    Alongside Roth, Shepard and talented character actor Tim Blake Nelson, Madden pulls off the sometimes treacly dialogue, but the insistent no-duh musings (“the die has been cast”) wear thin quickly.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 5 out of 8
  1. Mar 11, 2014
    3
    A real disappointment considering the art direction, cinematography, scenery, and technical merit. A very dumb, cliche-riddled script made this a grueling experience to watch, even with the aid of fast-forward. Full Review »
  2. Jan 24, 2014
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. My God this is awful historically inaccurate internally inconsistent shallow faux western soap--no, not soap, just perfumed--drivel. The bounds of decency prevent me from saying what I really think. Full Review »
  3. Jan 25, 2014
    1
    Worst dialogue ever, ranging from the ludicrous to the just plain inane. And while I understand that it's a plot necessity, why out of the thousands of faceless miners is our hero the focus of beautiful women, bad guys, the preacher and everybody else? Full Review »