• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 8, 2015
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 47
  2. Negative: 3 out of 47

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  1. Feb 9, 2015
    6
    I have seen only the first episode so this must be considered a very preliminary review. I remember Robert Durst when he was in the news, especially at the time of the sandwich theft incident. I had to see this documentary. So far, I am a bit disappointed since the opening show did very little to explain Durst's motivations, essentially how he got to be the Robert Durst we see here. II have seen only the first episode so this must be considered a very preliminary review. I remember Robert Durst when he was in the news, especially at the time of the sandwich theft incident. I had to see this documentary. So far, I am a bit disappointed since the opening show did very little to explain Durst's motivations, essentially how he got to be the Robert Durst we see here. I assume this will improve as the series moves onward but I felt that the initial episode did little to hook me into this story. I came to it already hooked, so I will certainly watch the balance of the series. Expand
  2. Dec 11, 2016
    4
    This felt about 3 or 4 times as long as it should have been. The backing music was often irritating, especially the tinkling "mystery" music. The case was presented to viewers in a confusing manner. It felt like they were going for an artisitc/dramatic effect rather than just presenting a case in a straightforward manner and letting the story be the feature attraction. I am fascinated byThis felt about 3 or 4 times as long as it should have been. The backing music was often irritating, especially the tinkling "mystery" music. The case was presented to viewers in a confusing manner. It felt like they were going for an artisitc/dramatic effect rather than just presenting a case in a straightforward manner and letting the story be the feature attraction. I am fascinated by cases such as this one, but the style of this series really disappointed me. Expand
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Emily Nussbaum
    Mar 26, 2015
    80
    The Jinx is wickedly entertaining: funny, morbid, and sad, at once exploitative and high-minded, a moral lasagna of questionable aesthetic choices (including reconstructions of ghastly events) and riveting interviews (of Durst, but also of other eccentrics, like his chain-smoking-hot second wife).
  2. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Feb 12, 2015
    91
    The Jinx might make amateur sleuths of us all. But judging by this gripping, stranger-than-fiction detective story, Jarecki’s the real thing.
  3. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Feb 10, 2015
    80
    The Jinx can be a tad too self-referential at times, and unlike the hot-blooded thrill of the podcast “Serial,” this is a story whose particulars can all be found—albeit presented far less well—on Wikipedia. But it’s absorbing, due to the exhaustive research underpinning it and the hook of Durst’s actual, shiftless presence.