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Universal acclaim- based on 210 Ratings

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  • Summary: People long dead return to a small town with no knowledge of their death including a 15-year old girl (Yara Pilart) killed in a car accident four years ago, a groom (Pierre Perrier) who died ten years ago, a young murdered boy (Swann Nambotin), and a serial killer (Guillaume Gouix) in this French drama (known as Les Revenants in France).

    [Originally aired 26 Nov 2012 - 17 Dec 2012 on Canal+]
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  • Genre(s): Drama, Horror, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Oct 31, 2013
    100
    To my mind, it's the best series of the fall, and with the tonally similar "Top of the Lake," possibly of the year.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Oct 30, 2013
    100
    The mood develops exquisitely from the first frame.
  3. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Oct 31, 2013
    100
    The Returned, in French with subtitles, is beautiful, riveting and above all thought-provoking.
  4. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Oct 29, 2013
    90
    [A] low-key but thoughtfully realized gem.
  5. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Oct 30, 2013
    90
    The creepiness is slow and almost elegant. The vision is grand, epic even. The music, by Mogwai, is wonderfully absorbing. The whole creation, by Fabrice Gobert, is first-rate supernatural drama more than a mere horror show.
  6. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Oct 31, 2013
    88
    It’s eerie, suspenseful and yes, subtitled, but give the premiere a chance and you’ll return for more.
  7. 80
    Some of the encounters evoke the returned abductees in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, while others have the nasty, bone-deep chill you associate with John Carpenter’s stalk-and-kill classics. Beneath it all is an air of existential dread. The universe is out of order. Life itself has gone haywire.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 42
  2. Negative: 4 out of 42
  1. Oct 31, 2013
    10
    "Les Revenants" ("The Returned") is a profoundly meditative, brooding series. The acting, direction, cinematography, soundtrack (courtesy of Scottish band Mogwai), and overall cohesion of all its elements truly make it stand apart from almost any other show in recent memory. Expand
  2. Feb 12, 2014
    10
    Eerie, intriguing & beautifully made. It's hard to pigeonhole it into a genre because it touches on so many emotions - making you feel scared, confused & profoundly moved in the space of 8 short episodes - but it is an incredibly rewarding watching experience for anyone with patience & an open mind. Cannot wait for season 2. Expand
  3. Nov 2, 2013
    10
    The Returned, also known a Top of the Lake: Season 2. The poster even has a lake. Regardless, I would mark The Returned as one of the best new dramas of the season along with Masters of Sex. Expand
  4. Dec 3, 2013
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The Returned is a show worth the watch with English subs for those who are not french, it is an enigma wrapped in another enigma, the most common questions you'll ask yourself while watching is how and why. It brings a new light on the "zombie" sub genre. They refer to themselves in show as zombies but, in reality its much more biblical an hardly a typical zombie. This show has a great artistic feel, I loved the back story of every character, how everyone is connected in someway, most of all I love the nonchalant way the story plays out for you. It's not people panicking because they cannot leave it's more insidious in a way they leave it open for your interpretation. An the soundtrack for the show is excellent it plays masterfully with the shows current mood/setting so well you feel it when something is going to happen only to be surprised when what you guessed would happen was totally wrong. I have my eye on this series an I wish the tangle of mysteries doesn't get drawn out the way LOST did, I really hope they end the show after all the answers are given instead of adding more questions. Expand
  5. Nov 26, 2013
    9
    i really enjoyed season 1 strongly recommended. The acting is good and there is alot of moments that are really suprising. You never know what will happen next and you always trying to figure iut out Expand
  6. Dec 18, 2013
    8
    Real brilliant series, really enjoyed it. The cast and their acting is awesome. Like said in other reviews, it gives you a mix of Lost and Twin Peaks. Butt just as in Lost the end is a little bit unsatisfying. Collapse
  7. Feb 7, 2014
    0
    Like Lost but just in one Season. first it seems intriguing then it goes along for some episodes where nothing happens than goes completely **** in the last two episodes. Extremely disappointing. Expand

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