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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 2, 2011
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Moby Dick is adapted by Encore for its first foray into original programming. It includes William Hurt as Captain Ahab; Ethan Hawke as Starbuck; Gillian Anderson as Ahab's wife, Elizabeth; and Donald Sutherland as Father Mapple.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Aug 1, 2011
    80
    The glory of this particular adaptation, intentional or not, is that what we bring to it with today's sensibilities can actually enhance the experience.
  2. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Aug 1, 2011
    80
    A lavish, exciting, well-acted and admirably thorough movie adaptation of Herman Melville's 1851 classic.
  3. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Aug 1, 2011
    75
    Dopey? Yes. But the action scenes are terrifically exciting and very well done, and Hawke does his damndest to survive the overacting of Hurt and the underacting of Cox, who is so wooden he should be the one hobbling around on that wooden stump.
  4. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Aug 1, 2011
    70
    For all its flights of fancy the Encore mini-series is not entirely silly or even half bad. Shot mostly in Nova Scotia, it's an ambitious, beautifully made adventure tale that seeks to be respectful of the book while still making the characters and story accessible to modern viewers.
  5. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Aug 1, 2011
    60
    The action will hold your attention, though Moby Dick is really more a drama of character and flaws and faith. At times, in fact, it lapses into melodrama.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Aug 1, 2011
    58
    Call me bored. Encore's adaptation of Herman Melville's Moby Dick, the cable network's first original miniseries, is about as thrilling as a three-hour tour of Boston Harbor while blindfolded on a sweltering summer day.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Aug 1, 2011
    50
    The film aims for a dry authenticity that only fractionally reflects the big, wild volume on which it's based, cutting away nearly all of its poetry and most of its madness.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 14, 2011
    10
    Absolutely the BEST version that has been brought to screen! Every actor/actress plays their role to perfection. The perfection of actingAbsolutely the BEST version that has been brought to screen! Every actor/actress plays their role to perfection. The perfection of acting talent is only matched by the astounding attention to detail of the costuming, tools, sets, and atmosphere of the period. The only complaint that I could have is that there were scenes cut, that aired in the forward to part 2 of the miniseries. I almost never give anything a 10 of 10 rating, but this production definitely deserves it. Expand