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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 22, 2018
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73

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

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  • Summary: The Steven Soderbergh and Ed Solomon drama that centers on the disappearance of children's book author/illustrator Olivia Lake (Sharon Stone) and the two men she knew: Joel (Garrett Hedlund) and Eric (Frederick Weller), first premieres on the Mosaic app as a branching narrative drama inThe Steven Soderbergh and Ed Solomon drama that centers on the disappearance of children's book author/illustrator Olivia Lake (Sharon Stone) and the two men she knew: Joel (Garrett Hedlund) and Eric (Frederick Weller), first premieres on the Mosaic app as a branching narrative drama in November before the six-part and more linear miniseries airs on HBO. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jan 22, 2018
    100
    There's little of the numbing, script-heavy exposition in Mosaic that lards most TV shows, allowing the actors to fashion strikingly specific and stylish performances, defining characters by their habits and environments rather than by the mandates of signifying dialogue. Soderbergh provides resonant snapshots of the characters, boiling decades of history into glances and absurdist asides.
  2. Reviewed by: Adam Chitwood
    Jan 19, 2018
    100
    While the app version offers an entirely different storytelling experience, it’s a testament to the richness of the story that Solomon and Soderbergh crafted that it works so well as a limited series even though it was conceived as this branched narrative piece. Murder mystery fans will find this one fulfilling and satisfying; Prestige TV fans will find plenty to love about these complex characters; and Soderbergh acolytes will be overjoyed to experience the filmmaker’s signature touches in longform storytelling once again. Mosaic really does have something for everyone.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jan 24, 2018
    85
    This one gains momentum as it moves along, and ultimately is an absorbing exploration of the complexity and incertitude of human relations.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 22, 2018
    75
    This HBO drama from director Steven Soderbergh essentially takes a pretty conventional murder mystery, dresses it up with a gimmick and comes away with a pretty compelling if somewhat conventional story.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Lowman
    Jan 22, 2018
    70
    The series needed someone with the glamor of Stone to be the centerpiece of the mystery, even if she isn’t the largest piece of Mosaic. The series is not the smoothest of fits, but it has enough shiny parts to keep it interesting.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jan 17, 2018
    70
    When streamlined into a conventional neat-and-tidy package, Soderbergh’s show loses a considerable amount of its moment-to-moment mystery, since things are merely what they appear to be. On its own, it’s fine, but it pales in comparison to its cerebral interactive counterpart.
  7. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jan 22, 2018
    40
    Stone’s performance is lively enough that I cared who killed Olivia (the answer is both clever and predictable), but the reveal is, like everything else, oddly dispassionate and strangely placid. In this way, at least, Mosaic is a nice distraction from everything else on your phone.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Feb 27, 2018
    10
    I've watched this series twice and it's excellent. Gives you everything you could want from a Detective TV series - except an ending on aI've watched this series twice and it's excellent. Gives you everything you could want from a Detective TV series - except an ending on a silver platter. Soderberg builds a muddy plot filled with testimonies, evidence, facts, prime suspects and motives. The story also delves into human memory and leads the viewer down a path where they must decide whether memories presented are real or whether they are possibly imagined. The theme of memory in the story is a big one - and kind of reminded me of the study done on flashbulb memories in 1988 with the space shuttle Challenger crash. If you like thinking and enjoy sleuth/detective series - look no further. Expand
  2. Feb 16, 2018
    9
    I watched the "linear" version from HBPO, not the app version. Good acting, interesting ambivalent and contradicting characters andI watched the "linear" version from HBPO, not the app version. Good acting, interesting ambivalent and contradicting characters and interesting not off the shelf storytelling. Expand
  3. Feb 12, 2018
    8
    A "whodunnit" to start off 2018 right, you'll need to put the phone down to follow the plot on this one.
  4. Jan 28, 2018
    5
    The first episode is boring. Episodes two through five are riveting. The last episode is frustrating and unsatisfying. Jennifer Ferrin carriesThe first episode is boring. Episodes two through five are riveting. The last episode is frustrating and unsatisfying. Jennifer Ferrin carries the show but the script of the last episode left a lot to be desired. Not worth your time. Expand
  5. Feb 21, 2018
    3
    Way too self-conscious. When I saw that it was Soderberg...that explains it.
  6. Feb 17, 2018
    1
    Barely made it halfway through the premiere episode, so banal, so boring. If you cannot capture my interest more quickly then you've lost me.Barely made it halfway through the premiere episode, so banal, so boring. If you cannot capture my interest more quickly then you've lost me. Others may hang in there but there are FAR too many shows out there in streaming space now for me to waste my time with a slow-burn bore. Recent shows I would recommend that are FAR more engaging from the outset: Jean Claude van Johnson, Altered Carbon, Berlin Station season 1, Black Mirror - all seasons, Shut Eye, Future Man, ... Expand

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