Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. The pacing is occasionally so slow and deliberate that it may test some viewers’ patience, but the series takes its time because the real mystery is Wallander and his uneasy inner life.
  2. Reviewed by: Steve Paul
    80
    It’s an atmospheric, pinned-to-your-seat winner.
  3. 80
    It is a joy to see a first-rate, high-quality production featuring a genuine star. And this star is bringing his best game to an intelligent script that deals with challenging, knotty, complicated issues and characters that mirror the real world in which we live.
  4. 75
    The strength of the script and Branagh's finely drawn performance--not to mention the excellent scenes between Branagh and David Warner, who plays Wallander's dad--make up for missteps [by the director].
  5. 75
    The cases he tackles are intriguing, if wildly complicated and too often sustained by that peculiar TV mystery mix of intuitive leaps and bad basic police work....Yet as with all such shows, it's the main character who provides the main reason for watching, as the long-suffering Wallander struggles to solve the crimes and put his life back in order.
  6. I recommend the series, though Sunday's opening film, "Sidetracked," does present a bit of a stumbling block.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    It's a familiar formula, to be sure, but handled with enough panache and conviction to invest the BAFTA-honored pic series with an element of freshness.
  8. Kenneth Branagh is perfect as one of its broken-down men. His face telegraphs defeat even as he relentlessly answers the call to duty, on a cell phone that never stops ringing with news of another crime.
  9. 70
    The pieces don't tend to add up to much; the suspects and victims often slip out of custody too easily; and each episode's crimes dovetail with some predictability. These aren't brain teasers. Still, the series has great hypnotic allure, as the murders and deaths drive Wallander further into himself.
  10. As wonderfully played by Kenneth Branagh, Wallander is a fine addition to the tradition of PBS' "Mystery!"
  11. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    50
    Branagh is pretty good at being mopey and jowly, and the rest of the cast is fine as well. It's just that none of this really adds up to anything very compelling.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jan 23, 2012
    10
    This is a great series. Wallander is obsessed with work and although he is a great detective, his personal life is often tragic/pathetic. TheThis is a great series. Wallander is obsessed with work and although he is a great detective, his personal life is often tragic/pathetic. The bleak atmosphere created by the cinematography and soundtrack is truly beautiful and help exhibit how lonely Wallander is. I highly recommend this show. Full Review »
  2. GeraldT
    Aug 6, 2009
    10
    I would call this a genuine masterpiece of cinematography, scripting, and acting. Creates an involving story woven through with a unique I would call this a genuine masterpiece of cinematography, scripting, and acting. Creates an involving story woven through with a unique atmosphere. Branagh's talent and professionalism, coupled with his passion for the role, make him truly worthy of his accolades. Full Review »
  3. richardd
    Jun 7, 2009
    9
    First rate... Atmospheric... dark... brooding, and well acted. At times the cinematography is a work of art. If you liked Inspector Morse, First rate... Atmospheric... dark... brooding, and well acted. At times the cinematography is a work of art. If you liked Inspector Morse, you may enjoy this a good deal. Full Review »