Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Nov 27, 2012
    90
    The Hour is not "Breaking Bad" good, or "Mad Men" good, but it's close.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Nov 28, 2012
    50
    The players seem to spend much of their time entering and exiting the same drab offices while shoveling exposition at one other.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Nov 28, 2012
    91
    It's a treat to be back in this world again, and perhaps by the end of this season I'll feel happier about the crime arc than I did about the spy stuff.
  4. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Nov 28, 2012
    80
    Bel and her staff are no longer young Turks shaking up the fusty old BBC; now they are, for better or worse, part of the mainstream news media, forced to question their own motivations as well as those of the Establishment. In the first two episodes anyway, this makes for a more sophisticated storytelling, a drama of adults who must take responsibility for decisions of the mind as well as the heart.
  5. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Nov 28, 2012
    80
    As with "Mad Men," we all recognize the workplace dynamic here. And as in "Mad Men," it's satisfying to see it dramatized in such a fresh and knowing way.
  6. 80
    The Hour has never pretended to be anything other than a very classy potboiler filled with attractive people, one that puts its heroes into predicaments that wouldn't be out of place in a silent film while sneaking social and historical commentary into the margins.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Dec 5, 2012
    75
    I have a sneaking suspicion that, over its next four installments, The Hour will ratchet-up the drama and intrigue and retain the excellence it's achieved thus far.
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Nov 27, 2012
    75
    There are real pleasures with "The Hour," but the hour (actually, about an hour and 15 minutes Wednesday night) ticks by far too slowly.
  9. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Nov 28, 2012
    75
    I'll take Hour's rather sour worldview--deadlines in deadly times--over the grand uplift of HBO's The Newsroom. In a nanosecond. [3 Dec 2012, p.44]
  10. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Nov 27, 2012
    70
    It's too early to tell whether the new season will have the intelligent plotting, tense pacing, and superb cohesion Morgan and her actors brought to the first. But it's off to a good start.
  11. Reviewed by: Alyssa Pelish
    Nov 28, 2012
    80
    [Marnie's] one element in the rich vein of personalities that The Hour only began to mine in its first season, and one of the many reasons the second season is looking very good indeed.
  12. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Nov 27, 2012
    80
    The Hour's charms are many, but chief among them is its celebration of intelligence and diligence as cardinal, animating virtues.
  13. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Nov 26, 2012
    100
    The performances, the writing, the intelligence that goes into the script and the characters--all reasons for welcoming the start of a new season of The Hour.
  14. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Nov 26, 2012
    80
    The Hour has some pacing issues--there are sludgy patches that could use a bit more zip and energy--but overall, the show creates a delectable, specific world that's very easy to glide into and inhabit.
  15. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Nov 27, 2012
    70
    At least in the early going, the current season avoids the sentimental speechifying about truth and justice that became increasingly prevalent in Season 1. And the let's-put-on-a-broadcast scenes are still reliably entertaining.
  16. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Nov 28, 2012
    90
    The Hour teems with flawed but driven professionals who, even at their worst, never come off as ridiculous as Newsroom's fools' gallery. The hours just fly by
  17. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Nov 27, 2012
    70
    This second Hour remains an interesting historical document, but at least initially appears more determined to replicate qualities that distinguished the first rather than advance them.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 3, 2013
    10
    Magnificent show. Superb cast -- particularly Ben Whishaw as Freddie Lyon. Gorgeous cinematography and a complex, intriguing plot are particularly impressive in the second series. The pacing of the episodes is incredible... Full Review »
  2. Jan 24, 2013
    9
    This second season of 'The Hour' trumps the first by a considerable margin. Brilliant writing along with engaging characters confidently performed by all the principles and the supporting cast combine to give us an outstanding drama that sweeps us along fully committed to its many story threads. The whole enterprise also looks absolutely stunning and the use of colour in the costume and production design is to be applauded. The ending leaves us in no doubt that there will be a third series and I for one am on board for that. Applause, applause. Full Review »