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  • Summary: The six-part miniseries adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel is based on the true story of Irish immigrant servant in Canada named Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon), who in 1843 was convicted of murdering her employer (Paul Gross) and the housekeeper (Anna Paquin) with the help of a stable handThe six-part miniseries adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel is based on the true story of Irish immigrant servant in Canada named Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon), who in 1843 was convicted of murdering her employer (Paul Gross) and the housekeeper (Anna Paquin) with the help of a stable hand named James McDermott (Kerr Logan). Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Nov 1, 2017
    100
    It does take six full hours to get there, but the journey — her journey — can be an immersive one. ... Terrific. Immersive. Melancholy.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Kelly Connolly
    Oct 27, 2017
    91
    Gadon is an electrifying lead, and as our potentially unreliable narrator recalls her journey to notoriety, director Mary Harron lets her claustrophobia simmer until it crescendos in an eerie fever pitch. [3 Nov 2017, p.54]
  3. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Nov 3, 2017
    90
    Gadon’s extraordinary performance is matched by those of her co-stars; Paquin, all sugar and icicles in one swoop, is especially good, as is Zachary Levi as Grace’s friend Jeremiah, a traveling salesman and something of a benevolent trickster as well.
  4. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Oct 31, 2017
    80
    The pace is occasionally glacial, and there were moments when I was as impatient as the (fictional) Dr. Simon Jordan (Edward Holcroft, Wolf Hall) for Grace to get to the point of her long and twisted tale. Pay attention, though: There will be a payoff. The real attraction is the performances, particularly Gadon’s as the model inmate.
  5. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Nov 2, 2017
    80
    The show’s direction, by American Psycho filmmaker Mary Harron, is elegant, and the script, by Away from Her writer/director Sarah Polley, is crisply modern in its understanding of characters’ psychological realities yet blurry enough on the margins to allow in delicious ambiguity.
  6. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Nov 2, 2017
    80
    The miniseries ... packs considerable drama, emotion and misery into six episodes. It’s so heavy throughout the first installment, you might wish for at least one of the characters to open a parlor window and let in some air, but as the story progresses it becomes too engrossing to turn away.
  7. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 26, 2017
    50
    [Sarah] Gadon is alluringly enigmatic as we wonder if she's playing him [a doctor interviewing her], but the overall effect is less than hypnotizing. [30 Oct 2017 - 12 Nov 2017, p.13]

See all 30 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Nov 8, 2017
    10
    Once in a while you stumble across a production like 'Alias Grace' that is so vividly written with a story and characters so raw that youOnce in a while you stumble across a production like 'Alias Grace' that is so vividly written with a story and characters so raw that you almost feel a responsibility to keep watching. Then before you realise, it's 3 am and the season is done but you feel the better for it.

    Grace's existence is grim and largely joyless, she struggles to keep her head above water in a life that is near constantly out of her depth. However it is her stoicism and gentle but constant striving that bring the greatest rewards as a viewer. Her small and infrequent victories against the tide of the times in which her story takes place never feel inconsequential.

    Grace is a deeply complicated and intelligent character played brilliantly Sarah Gadon who views life through a mind set she was born into and has long outgrown in some respects but shackled by in others. Keeping the audience guessing if the main protagonist is a victim or a villain is nothing new but in this story we are asked to guess along with Grace as to the quality of her own character which I thinks is where this series breaks new ground.

    Ernst and captivating from the start, highly recommended!
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  2. Dec 3, 2017
    10
    Alias Grace trata de uma das minisséries mais impactantes de 2017. Abordar o tema de múltiplas personalidades acaba sendo chocante para osAlias Grace trata de uma das minisséries mais impactantes de 2017. Abordar o tema de múltiplas personalidades acaba sendo chocante para os espectadores que assistem a série,tendo em vista que o assunto aparenta ser real,embora não tão discutido na sociedade moderna. Expand
  3. Nov 16, 2017
    8
    First 2 episodes are slow and grim, but the show improves as it moves through to the end. Location ad time period are quite unique, albeitFirst 2 episodes are slow and grim, but the show improves as it moves through to the end. Location ad time period are quite unique, albeit romanticized (in a positive and negative way). Recommended. Expand
  4. Nov 5, 2017
    6
    This falls under the unreliable narrator genre. Unremittingly grim and humorless. Grace, and women in general, are very badly treated. SlowThis falls under the unreliable narrator genre. Unremittingly grim and humorless. Grace, and women in general, are very badly treated. Slow and somewhat repetitive. The actress who plays Grace is excellent. The actor who plays the alienist is not. It is decent but not in the same ballpark as The Handmaid's Tale. Expand
  5. Nov 21, 2017
    3
    Had hopes this show would be decent as Atwood is a brilliant writer, but this show is super slow moving with no real payoff. The acting isHad hopes this show would be decent as Atwood is a brilliant writer, but this show is super slow moving with no real payoff. The acting is good, but the story takes forever to unfold. Not worth watching. Expand

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