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6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18

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  1. Jun 3, 2019
    6
    Good cast and compelling story; certainly worth a watch That said, there was something off about this show that kept it from being great. Can't put my finger on it, but something made it come off a little cheesy, like the sameness you feel when you watch the gazillionth episode of Law and Order or NCIS.
  2. May 28, 2019
    8
    I loved this book when I read it years ago. The show, on the other hand, doesn't quite hold up to the bestseller but it's still an enjoyable distraction. Good cast with an engaging story. If you're a genre fan it's def worth checking out.
  3. Jul 7, 2019
    7
    The series requires a lot of patience and steadiness from the viewer, as it is told extremely slowly. It tells the story of the first outbreak of Ebola on US soil in 1989, which was only fatal for monkeys. Those who wait for the great catastrophe will be disappointed. It does not take place, or the actual disaster is how badly authorities seemed to be prepared for such a case at that time.The series requires a lot of patience and steadiness from the viewer, as it is told extremely slowly. It tells the story of the first outbreak of Ebola on US soil in 1989, which was only fatal for monkeys. Those who wait for the great catastrophe will be disappointed. It does not take place, or the actual disaster is how badly authorities seemed to be prepared for such a case at that time. Dramaturgical highlights are only to be found in the fifth and sixth episodes and that is simply too little for today's standards. If you wouldn't have the constant threat of the Ebola virus in the back of your mind, the first episodes wouldn't be enough to really tie you to the screen.

    The series is based on true events and therefore has a tough time next to the well-known doomsday movies. Therefore, you have to look for its qualities somewhere else: Concerning the actors there is a reunion with many well-known actors and that's surely one of the advantages. The flashbacks to Africa, where the virus first appeared, are also convincing, not only because of the interplay between Liam Cunningham and James D'Arcy, but also because they show how difficult it is to master a virus that is neither interested in customs nor science when different cultures and worldviews meet.
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  4. Aug 14, 2019
    4
    Felt like I was watching a daytime telemovie. Poor cgi in several scenes too.
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    May 28, 2019
    80
    Having established that Margulies does a fine job leading “The Hot Zone,” neither she nor her impressive list of co-stars, including Liam Cunningham, Noah Emmerich and James D’Arcy, are given many opportunities to chew scenery. They don’t need to, because showrunners and executive producers Kelly Sounders and Brian Peterson built the script to make fear of infection the centerpiece.
  2. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    May 28, 2019
    60
    What The Hot Zone does very well is focus its story on science and procedure. It can be hard to balance drama and accuracy when one of the series’ most key lines is “the antibodies are in the plasma!” but the series makes it work.
  3. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    May 28, 2019
    70
    Though flawed, “The Hot Zone” is an effective, real-life horror story whose key points are hard to brush aside.