• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 3, 2013
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 26, 2013
    50
    All told, there's enough here to stick around a little while, but this is one of those premises almost designed to strain plausibility over time.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Mar 1, 2013
    40
    [Red Widow] threatens to box its characters into a dead-end world from which viewers see no escape.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 27, 2013
    40
    Bland and toothless, this drama, about a woman who ends up working in organized crime, attempts to meld suburban mommy drama with a mob story but fails to come up with anything that’s remotely interesting to watch.
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Mar 1, 2013
    40
    If Red Widow were more psychologically twisty or more excessive and over-the-top, it could be more engaging. As it is, the show is ludicrous and not much fun.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Mar 1, 2013
    37
    Good dramas have been made from much less, but Widow's indifferently performed, dishwater-dull opener give us no real clue as to who Marta is or what she wants--or why anyone would want to watch her pursue it.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Mar 4, 2013
    40
    The odds are better that viewers will see Red Widow as a formula series trying desperately not to be a formula series. In the process, it's not very exciting. Or compelling.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Feb 27, 2013
    42
    Marta as Mob Mom is not fully believable or recognizable or (for that matter) relatable on any level. Without empathy, this "red widow" is just plain dull.
  8. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Mar 1, 2013
    63
    Only Visnjic, immaculately groomed and vaguely continental, seems to understand that this over-the-top story requires not only a constant flame to boil the plot but a flirtatious sense of fun. [11 Mar 2013, p.45]
  9. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Feb 28, 2013
    50
    [A] very silly mid-season drama.
  10. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Mar 1, 2013
    70
    In the light of Monday morning, a lot of what goes on in Red Widow is probably going to seem pretty silly. But shows like this are all about the chemistry, and the chemistry between Mitchell and Visnjic is everything you'd want in an essentially unequal relationship between a recent widow and the megalomaniacal drug dealer who can end her life at any moment.
  11. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Mar 4, 2013
    42
    Red Widow might leave you feeling blue over the waste of time and talent.
  12. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 27, 2013
    58
    Red Widow isn't as compelling as Last Resort was in its early episodes. But it's appreciably better than those other two. Still, consumer confidence in Red Widow's staying power should be rightfully suspect at best. And in Sunday's second half, the premise already shows some signs of unraveling on the road to potential ridiculosity.
  13. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Feb 27, 2013
    25
    Red Widow staggers into an already listless mid-season Sunday on ABC with a premise borrowed from Dutch TV, a second-tier cast and consistently unconvincing writing throughout.
  14. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Mar 4, 2013
    40
    ABC's high-aspiring but poorly executed Red Widow.
  15. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 4, 2013
    70
    Mitchell’s coolly understated performance makes it all slightly more believable and worth a few episodes to see where it leads.
  16. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Mar 4, 2013
    80
    It’s entertaining and engrossing.
  17. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Mar 1, 2013
    40
    Red Widow has an interesting cast, over all, for a midseason replacement series. Unfortunately, the best performance in the premiere is given by Anson Mount as her husband. Enjoy it while you can.
  18. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Mar 1, 2013
    50
    Executive producer Melissa Rosenberg has crafted an off-putting start to a series that may have worked better in the Netherlands.
  19. 50
    Adapted from a Dutch series that was surely better than this, Red Widow is trite and tedious.
  20. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Mar 1, 2013
    50
    After two hours of Red Widow, I can tell it’s more watered down than it should be, but not if it’s watered down to the point of uselessness. If it can get at, to any extent, the way being a lawbreaking, badass, antiheroine might be fundamentally, complicatedly different from being a lawbreaking, badass, antihero I’ll keep watching.
  21. 50
    Yet, for all its exciting twists, Red Widow recycles too many gangster-movie cliches.
  22. 60
    Visnjic's smooth and mysterious turn in just a handful of scenes instantly emerges as the best thing Red Widow has going for it. That's either the sign of a series with fundamental flaws, or the roots of a show that will only get better as it goes.
  23. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Mar 1, 2013
    67
    The thriller elements are mostly nonstarters, but the show does offer some genuine pleasures, thanks to the overqualified cast. [8 Mar 2013, p.73]
  24. Reviewed by: Sean Higgins
    Mar 4, 2013
    0
    Red Widow feels focus-grouped and dramatically scattered. All of the show's characters, right down to Marta's Russian mob-boss father (Rade Šerbedžija) are so clichéd that the episodes begin to feel like dramatizations of TV Tropes entries.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Mar 31, 2013
    10
    This is one of those shows I was afraid to watch, assuming it was all but canceled before even premiering, but ended up getting drawn in anyway. Compared to a lot of what networks are throwing out there these days, I really think Red Widow is a winner, and wish people would give it more of a chance. Most of the negative critical reviews had to do with the opener, which tried to do a lot and set up a lot with mixed results, but the show has been steadily getting better with each episode. We need more shows like this. Full Review »
  2. Mar 31, 2013
    10
    I love that there is now a drama that has it all! (money, drugs, family and sexual tension). I haven't been this excited for a show in year's. I can't stand all the superficial reality tv that has become the popular genre. I like watching actors do just that act. Praying ABC gives it a chance. Full Review »
  3. Apr 29, 2013
    1
    While Breaking Bad excelled at portraying the precarious balancing act between the Criminal and Domestic life for it's protagonist, Red Widow fails spectacularly. With a dreadful delivery of a potentially rewarding plot, Marta continually bemoans her situation and lack of a viable means of escape while ignoring every potential way out offered to her by those who would gladly help remove her from her predicament. The only saving grace of Red Widow is the standout performances of Visnjic, Goss, Newman and Šerbedžija, who bring an air of depth to the otherwise bland and uninteresting collection of characters. Full Review »