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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 26, 2018
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6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

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  • Summary: Alex Godman (James Norton), the British-raised son of an exiled Mafia man, has honest career as a fund manager and happy life with girlfriend Rebecca (Juliet Rylance) when he is forced to face the international criminal underworld to protect his family in this drama created by Hossein AminiAlex Godman (James Norton), the British-raised son of an exiled Mafia man, has honest career as a fund manager and happy life with girlfriend Rebecca (Juliet Rylance) when he is forced to face the international criminal underworld to protect his family in this drama created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins (Black Mirror, The Take) and inspired by Misha Glenny's non-fiction book of the same name. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 16, 2018
    70
    Alex, who has tried to live a by-the-book life as a businessman, gets pulled into a family crisis in a believable way that doesn’t feel like a ridiculous TV plot twist.
  2. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Feb 23, 2018
    70
    That a miniseries can create characters and environments that seem so tangibly real is an exceptional feat. Unfortunately, in its back half, McMafia seems to forget about the worlds it’s inhabited in order to focus on the rather frustrating characters at its core. It’s still a compelling journey, and many ways the narrative arc is an inevitable one.
  3. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Feb 23, 2018
    70
    It’s a testament to this series (created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins, and inspired by Misha Glenny’s book of the same name) that its seductions succeed as well as they do in overcoming its flaws. Among which we can count a pervasive tendency to moralizing babble bearing small resemblance to human discourse.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Feb 21, 2018
    60
    "Where is all this going and should I really care?" is the question that plagues the series, despite some compelling elements and a gifted international cast. In McMafia, the ambition is there but the interest to see it play out may not be.
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Feb 22, 2018
    58
    If it were a McDonalds product, it would be an Egg McMuffin. Bland but filling, it’s a breakfast sandwich sans any discernible flavor.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 27, 2018
    55
    While there are strong moments in this globetrotting international series, it plays like a retread of earlier mob tales -- albeit with a timely tie-in to the Russians and money laundering -- in a way that represents an offer you can safely refuse.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 15, 2018
    50
    You'd think with all that scenically dizzying travel, the storytelling would be a little less inert. [19 Feb - 4 Mar 2018, p.15]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Mar 1, 2018
    10
    USA reviews seem to have panned this show. It is a little more sophisticated than Miami Vice or The Simpsons. European and World culture doesUSA reviews seem to have panned this show. It is a little more sophisticated than Miami Vice or The Simpsons. European and World culture does not resonate with the majority US world view with unrecognisable characters that aren't either macho or vacuous. (even recognizable is highlighted as spelt wrong according to the US spellchecker that does not recognise English)

    It's jolly good and deserves a tickety boo rating.
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  2. Mar 1, 2018
    10
    Very good cast, great action, good plot. Highly recommended to watch. Critics are wrong.
  3. Apr 17, 2018
    9
    It's an outstanding season of Television. I'm down to the final episode, and I'm absolutely riveted. Absolutely not to be missed if you are aIt's an outstanding season of Television. I'm down to the final episode, and I'm absolutely riveted. Absolutely not to be missed if you are a fan of The Night Manager and other such stories. Expand
  4. Mar 3, 2018
    9
    The critics are again wrong on McMafia. McMafia has a much more realistic take on modern high-level organized crime than any other TV show orThe critics are again wrong on McMafia. McMafia has a much more realistic take on modern high-level organized crime than any other TV show or movie. Money is laundered, moved around sanctions, and moved across borders through ostensibly legal investments, in which the undocumented quid pro quo is extremely difficult to prove, and in which violations of agreements result in deaths.

    The enemies and adversaries in McMafia are extremely chilling, yet multifaceted characters. I had to hit the pause button many times in season 1 to let my nerves calm a bit. The give and take relationship between Russia's intelligence services/The Kremlin and organized crime is timely, and fun to watch.

    Without going into detail, I was initially lukewarm on the choice for lead actor, but after having watched the first season, I am much more sympathetic to the actor/character choice.

    The critics are wrong and worthless. I can't wait for season 2.
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  5. Mar 15, 2018
    8
    I was suprised how much I liked this show but it keeps getting better each week. I hope AMC will do a season 2.
  6. Apr 27, 2018
    6
    The series is just passable ... they made a soap out of Misha Glenny's excellent book ...
  7. Apr 26, 2018
    0
    Great series .... Of course the critics don't like this series. But they are't from earth so who cares what they think ?

    Please renew for
    Great series .... Of course the critics don't like this series. But they are't from earth so who cares what they think ?

    Please renew for the unchosen
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