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Universal acclaim- based on 229 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 thisPeople 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: 37 out of 46
  2. Negative: 5 out of 46
  1. Oct 31, 2013
    10
    "Les Revenants" ("The Returned") is a profoundly meditative, brooding series. The acting, direction, cinematography, soundtrack (courtesy of"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. May 23, 2014
    10
    Clever & strikingly Beautiful ,"Les revenants" is full of mystery and keep you in a dark modern fantasy that will make you hungry for more .Clever & strikingly Beautiful ,"Les revenants" is full of mystery and keep you in a dark modern fantasy that will make you hungry for more . With a fabulous soundtrack by "Mogwai" who keeps you on the edge this is One of the best directed Show on TV right now. If you are not scared of subtitles or better ( if you understand French) this is a must see. Expand
  3. Dec 30, 2013
    10
    Believe the hype, this really is a superb show. A brilliant premise backed up by solid acting, interesting characters and a beautifullyBelieve the hype, this really is a superb show. A brilliant premise backed up by solid acting, interesting characters and a beautifully haunting score by Mogwai. Nothing is ever explained too fast, which really keep you wanting more. I'll be watching this instead of the walking dead now, which has just turned rubbish imo Expand
  4. Mar 7, 2014
    9
    All the elements in "The Returned" come together nicely and you can cut the the atmosphere with a knife. The awesome soundtrack by MogwaiAll the elements in "The Returned" come together nicely and you can cut the the atmosphere with a knife. The awesome soundtrack by Mogwai really adds to the uneasy feeling of the show, mainly because of the strong themes . My only complaint is that the drama gets a little draining towards the end. Cant wait for season 2. Two years is way too long! Expand
  5. Nov 13, 2013
    9
    Gran serie, de las mejores que he visto últimamente. Espero con ganas la emisión de la segunda temporada. Mi valoración, mi valoración, miGran serie, de las mejores que he visto últimamente. Espero con ganas la emisión de la segunda temporada. Mi valoración, mi valoración, mi valoración 9 Expand
  6. Dec 29, 2013
    8
    100% immersing. Certainly a 2013 riveting TV series, able to draw audience attention, through the universal theme of ZOMBIES and a "European"100% immersing. Certainly a 2013 riveting TV series, able to draw audience attention, through the universal theme of ZOMBIES and a "European" touch. I wish, the hints, complexities & unfinished premisses will not eventually lead to some Lost like storyline and narrative structure Expand
  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 completelyLike 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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