The Night Manager

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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 19, 2016
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82

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics What's this?

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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 148 Ratings

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  • Summary: Based on John le Carre's novel, ex-British soldier Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) is recruited by MI-6's Angela Burr (Olivia Colman) to infiltrate the inner circle of an arms trader named Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Apr 19, 2016
    100
    Nearly everything about The Night Manager works, from the high-powered cast to the gorgeous locales. And it’s thematically dense as well, as le Carré and Bier examine the games people play with each other to get what they need, and how far we’re willing to go to deceive for the greater good.
  2. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Apr 15, 2016
    100
    The Night Manager has something for everyone--fans of spy craft, fans of cinematic television, fans of good storytelling or just of Tom Hiddleston (or Hugh Laurie, for that matter). It will pull you into its story completely and allow you inhabit its world, but at a terrible cost: brevity.
  3. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Apr 18, 2016
    90
    The Night Manager combines luxurious production with razor-sharp writing, and it's brought to life by a brilliant cast, headed by Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie.
  4. 80
    The Night Manager knows exactly what kind of entertainment it wants to be: escapism with just enough of a dark edge to pass for art. And it stays as focused on its mission as Pine does on his.
  5. Reviewed by: Zack Handlen
    Apr 19, 2016
    75
    Roper is never much more than a menacingly jovial monster, and Pine never earns the soulful self-loathing Hiddleston brings to the role. But there’s something to be said for surface pleasures, especially when they’re this well dressed.
  6. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Apr 19, 2016
    70
    The Night Manager is concerned with the complications and accommodations made to cope with man-made, humanitarian disasters. But all the permutations of its plot, however grisly and threatening, never dominate the show in the way they are meant to.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Apr 15, 2016
    50
    The Night Manager goes down easy as a glamorous procedural, but its conventionality grows narcotizing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Jun 26, 2016
    10
    A taut, exciting, gorgeously-shot spy thriller that does full justice to the original story while bringing in all the advantages that the TVA taut, exciting, gorgeously-shot spy thriller that does full justice to the original story while bringing in all the advantages that the TV medium has to offer. Superb performances from Hiddleston, Laurie, and Debicki. If you're looking for a Rambo-style James Bond action story this isn't for you (though violence does percolate through the story at a slow boil), but as a psychological cat-and-mouse game that shows the human toll and moral quagmire of espionage work, it's hard to top. Expand
  2. May 11, 2016
    10
    Great storytelling... all the hooks... romance, thriller, intrigue.... wonderful acting by all. Hugh (House) is always a joy to watch. HighlyGreat storytelling... all the hooks... romance, thriller, intrigue.... wonderful acting by all. Hugh (House) is always a joy to watch. Highly recommend... a great series! Expand
  3. Apr 25, 2016
    10
    A great espionage thriller and pure entertainment. It reminds me of a James Bond movie and "Homeland." Everything in the series works, withA great espionage thriller and pure entertainment. It reminds me of a James Bond movie and "Homeland." Everything in the series works, with very good acting, wonderful characters, gorgeous locaitons. Must watch TV. Expand
  4. Jul 3, 2016
    9
    This series is the perfect size for the story : a movie cannot do justice to any good story, and a many-season tv series wringing every dropThis series is the perfect size for the story : a movie cannot do justice to any good story, and a many-season tv series wringing every drop of life from said story is just gross.
    And that's just another facet to this gem : every way you view it The Night Manager is brilliant. Outstanding story (screen writing always comes first), locales and cinematography are a treat, superbly cast. After a very good start, I kept waiting for the episodes to begin to disappoint. Inevitable with most shows - not with The Night Manager.
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  5. Aug 29, 2016
    8
    The show is really good, although it kinda take it's time to go serious, it worths the chance at least to the third episode, that is when IThe show is really good, although it kinda take it's time to go serious, it worths the chance at least to the third episode, that is when I think the plot went sky rocket. Expand
  6. Apr 22, 2016
    6
    Kinda uncertain about this. Why did the Arab mistress of the obviously murderous Egyptian rich guy return to the hotel, where he could findKinda uncertain about this. Why did the Arab mistress of the obviously murderous Egyptian rich guy return to the hotel, where he could find her??

    Why would the Night Manger, having got himself involved in Cairo, think he could expunge it from his past by taking the same positions, in the same fancy hotels, as the one he left?
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  7. Apr 20, 2016
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This series wasn't bad it was awful. Dicky Roper was the only thing worth watching and they wouldn't even give him any justice in its fairy tale ending. It was stomp foot onto the ground like an angry child and cry for mommy. Tom was so green behind the ears all he did was underwear model reading his lines off a chalk board smiling and winking at the camera, no nuances, no tone, nothing. There was an American Diana cast because of the aristocracy, but she was so tall she made everybody else feel short. Broadchurch was preggo, how f'ing disgusting you would endanger a child with flights and counter espionage. Obviously this series was made by a female director, meh, a baby gives them special powers gaining all the female votes.

    This series was typical of your average BBC in romanticising another show into its pretentious lalalala, as it makes up belief for other numbers, although it never knows which numbers it wants to hit and therefore will always lack in all credibility. As it was off to lord fartlory's tea parties attempting other games of intrigue that amounted to a fairy tale.

    We simply remove eyeballs today, and every transaction can be monitored and recalled. Why when you have your own army of mercenaries do you let the yokels guard the merchandise? Why did his goon need to take the girl with him, knock her out, tie her up, cancel her, and where did his mobile phone go and he still had two guns, forget about all the other hotel security. She had been cut lose effectively fired why is she still spending resources? Why pretend that was a bad end when his net worth was worth how much? Isn't it so f'ing annoying all these mediocre shows use the same formula the FBI hates the CIA and they all have their own agendas giving their wannabe bob the builders their insubordinative edge turning them into James Bond. Arghhhhhhhhhhh
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