Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11

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  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 7, 2012
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 7, 2012
    Frankly, it's avant-garde to the point of feeling overwrought and pretentious.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Sep 10, 2012
    Crimson Petal could lose an hour without sacrificing a single scene or word of dialogue, and it would still seem slow and moody.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Sep 10, 2012
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Sep 7, 2012
    Amid memorable villains, Dickens always gave us someone to like and root for. It's hard to find anyone to cheer on here.

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