• Network: TNT
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 1, 2013
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Nov 26, 2013
    50
    Casting actors like Robert Knepper, Milo Ventimiglia and DeMunn among the assorted cops and robbers certainly lends a patina of quality to the proceedings, but can’t trump the general sluggishness of the presentation--or, for aficionados of the period, the fact these same hoods and heroes have been fictionalized with more verve elsewhere.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Dec 3, 2013
    60
    As they build the show’s foundation, dozens of other characters float by. Figuring out which ones matter, and why, will be part of the fun and the challenge in this compact series.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Dec 2, 2013
    80
    After two hours, Mob City gets its hooks into viewers and should leave many begging for more. But it takes some time to get there.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Dec 4, 2013
    70
    What Mob City may lack in originality it compensates for in atmosphere and sharp characterizations.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Dec 3, 2013
    50
    From its smoky night clubs to its fleabag dives, there's no doubt Mob City looks good. But in this case, looks aren't enough, particularly when too many of the details seem more studied than lived in.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Dec 4, 2013
    70
    Mob City is a big, bloody, flashy, violent and pulpy exercise that slowly builds into some solid entertainment and it’s a fine, identity-bending effort on the part of TNT.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Dec 2, 2013
    58
    Glimmers of hope force their way through the fog of noir cliche.
  8. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Dec 10, 2013
    63
    Holliday Grainger is an excellent Bonnie.... Emile Hirsch, a very good actor, plays Clyde as a passive nonentity.... Bonnie and Clyde seem as remote and illogical as another notorious couple of the era, Wallis Simpson and the Duke of Windsor. [16 Dec 2013]
  9. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Dec 4, 2013
    58
    Mob City looks so good that I may watch it all the way through (TNT only sent out tonight’s episodes in advance) just for the eye candy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have much else to offer.
  10. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Dec 4, 2013
    60
    I don't mind seeing actors like Ed Burns, Milo Ventimiglia and Robert Knepper in nice suits, acting the way bad guys in old movies are supposed to act. I'm even happier to see Jon Bernthal all cleaned up and zombie-free. I just can't quite tell, after two episodes, whether their stories can compete with their setting.
  11. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Dec 4, 2013
    67
    Mob City takes its time to lock and load, but its aim ultimately improves.
  12. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Dec 4, 2013
    58
    Mob City at best is barely above average drama from a guy who presumably is still capable of far better. Boardwalk Empire it’s not. Not by a long shot -- or even a rat-a-tat-tat.
  13. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Dec 4, 2013
    70
    Yet with reservations, and a little bit of squinting while the odd anomaly goes by--and having seen only the first two episodes, written and directed by Darabont himself--I would recommend it.
  14. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Nov 27, 2013
    100
    The period details are exquisite, aside from a couple of stray modernisms that wander into the dialogue here and there.... But the brilliance of the series is the balancing act of the scripts, by Darabont and Buntin, executed with astonishing precision between the past and the modern version of the past.
  15. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Dec 4, 2013
    70
    Mob City would be better if it were just a little bit more raw--there’s something amiss when a putative sleazy jazz dive looks like you could eat off the floors. But its proudly pulpy sensibilities and its startling plot twists make it a whiskey-and-a-shot pleasure.
  16. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Dec 4, 2013
    50
    Once assembled, Mob City has a slick sheen and a sure trigger finger that unleashes a stream of bullets. But the guns here are the kind that go “ho-hum” instead of “bang-bang.”
  17. 70
    There are times when it takes itself too seriously as modern mythmaking, as if we haven't already seen tales like this before. But even when the momentum flags or the rhythm seems slightly off, the show's sheer gorgeousness is compelling, and it's clear that Darabont has a vision for this thing, even though we can't deduce every detail based on two episodes.
  18. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Dec 2, 2013
    50
    Darabont certainly proves his love of the period, of pulp fiction and of the dark and moody film technique. He's less convincing when it comes to selling a story.
  19. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Dec 2, 2013
    75
    The film noir touches are laid on a bit thick, but that’s also part of the appeal of this stylish limited series.
  20. 80
    Mob City is smart, stylish, sexy and altogether addictive.
  21. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Dec 2, 2013
    38
    As an exercise in recreating a noir drama, Mob City has all the trappings we've seen better in "L.A. Confidential" and other projects, but little of the thrill.
  22. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Dec 2, 2013
    80
    Even on the basis of the two episodes made available, it's easy enough to see that Mob City has plenty up its noir sleeve, including some rich plotting. Above all there's the cast, mainly responsible for the aforementioned life and energy.
  23. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Dec 3, 2013
    80
    It takes things nice and easy, ending with a lot still to be conveyed as to who is who and what is what in this lush show about the police and the mob in 1947 Los Angeles. But your patience is likely to be rewarded. Episode 2, also being shown on Wednesday, brings things nicely into focus, and prospects seem good that this six-episode series will be a satisfying trip back in time.
  24. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Dec 3, 2013
    50
    What this project has, almost excessively, is mood. It should have traded in some of that rich ambience for a story that's halfway involving.
  25. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Dec 4, 2013
    50
    It’s just adequate, but adequate noir can really enliven an otherwise tedious gangster story.
  26. While Mob City does have its weaknesses, including patches of starchy dialogue, it offsets them with some magnetic performances.
  27. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Dec 4, 2013
    80
    The uniformly solid acting pulls Mob City back from its occasional flirtation with the “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” precipice.
  28. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Nov 27, 2013
    75
    Darabont geek out over the genre trappings but the pace is slow-sax sleepy and the story is L.A. Confidential-lite. [6 Dec 2013, p.74]
  29. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Dec 9, 2013
    80
    The new TNT miniseries (it's on just three weeks in December) has plenty of in-your-face drama and heaps of atmosphere.
  30. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Dec 3, 2013
    50
    Though Bernthal, Ventimiglia, and Davalos all look their parts, there’s little thought to their characters beyond “detective” and “mobster” and “femme fatale.”
  31. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Dec 2, 2013
    38
    On its terms, Mob City is competently executed, but those terms are creatively bankrupt. This is a noir for people who don't really like noirs.
  32. Reviewed by: Lesley Smith
    Dec 4, 2013
    20
    Mob City fails to make connections between now and the repercussions of the ‘40s, say, the marginalization of democratic debate, the pathologizing of women’s agency and autonomy, and the hysterical politics of fear and insecurity in an increasingly global economy. These daunting themes remain off screen here, leaving only a series of monotonous conversations and shoot-outs.
  33. Reviewed by: Vicki Hyman
    Feb 13, 2014
    67
    Sometimes it seems that Darabont is more in thrall to the rise of the West Coast mob than to the story he's allegedly trying to tell.
  34. Reviewed by: Billy Nilles
    Dec 5, 2013
    40
    Mob City presents a sumptuous-looking period piece with remarkable attention to detail. But beyond that, it all feels a little bit overblown.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Dec 4, 2013
    10
    A fantastic show nothing short of amazing. Really captures the feel of film noir. The acting is also very good. I love mafia series and this one has got to be the best I've seen so far. It also has some mystery elements behind it. It is a long premeire with a 2 hour and 11 minute runtime but its a great worthwhile watch. I just wish it was a whole series rather than a mini series because a show this high in quality of acting, performances, action, story, and mystery deserves more. Bottom line watch tho show if you love noir or mafia movies or shows it does not disappoint. Full Review »
  2. Dec 4, 2013
    9
    TNT's Mob City is definitely treading familiar ground, but it still manages to keep me interested and entertained the entire time. The acting is stellar, with several great stand-out performances (Knepper and Bernthal, particularly) and fantastic cinematography. The show certainly looks great. Simon Pegg's guest role also helped a considerable amount and he brought his own depth to a seemingly simple character. The show also had a few interesting plot twists being thrown around as well. Extremely solid so far. Full Review »
  3. Dec 12, 2013
    9
    It was very good the story and plot is amazing hope the keep the season going.It is based on true events and would be good for anyone who likes mob movie go for it and your love it. Full Review »