Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Sep 10, 2012
    60
    Crimson Petal could lose an hour without sacrificing a single scene or word of dialogue, and it would still seem slow and moody.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Sep 10, 2012
    50
    The show does a creditable job of cataloging the novel's themes, but it has more trouble capturing the story's Victorian-style sweep and texture.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 7, 2012
    50
    So while The Crimson Petal is tough, grim and explicit--and by the last measure provocative, at least relative to those accustomed to Dickens or Austen--the production finally feels unworthy of its length or leading lady.
  4. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Sep 7, 2012
    40
    Amid memorable villains, Dickens always gave us someone to like and root for. It's hard to find anyone to cheer on here.
  5. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 7, 2012
    40
    Frankly, it's avant-garde to the point of feeling overwrought and pretentious.

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