• Network: TNT
  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 4, 2013
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: 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Dec 2, 2013
    58
    Glimmers of hope force their way through the fog of noir cliche.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Dec 4, 2013
    50
    It’s just adequate, but adequate noir can really enliven an otherwise tedious gangster story.
  8. 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.”
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.”
  13. 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 65 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 thisA 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 actingTNT'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 whoIt 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 »