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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 19, 2016
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82

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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 175 Ratings

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  • Summary: Based on John le Carre's novel, ex-British soldier Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) is recruited by MI-6's Angela Burr (Olivia Colman) to infiltrate the inner circle of an arms trader named Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Apr 19, 2016
    100
    Nearly everything about The Night Manager works, from the high-powered cast to the gorgeous locales. And it’s thematically dense as well, as le Carré and Bier examine the games people play with each other to get what they need, and how far we’re willing to go to deceive for the greater good.
  2. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Apr 15, 2016
    100
    The Night Manager has something for everyone--fans of spy craft, fans of cinematic television, fans of good storytelling or just of Tom Hiddleston (or Hugh Laurie, for that matter). It will pull you into its story completely and allow you inhabit its world, but at a terrible cost: brevity.
  3. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Apr 18, 2016
    90
    The Night Manager combines luxurious production with razor-sharp writing, and it's brought to life by a brilliant cast, headed by Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie.
  4. 80
    The Night Manager knows exactly what kind of entertainment it wants to be: escapism with just enough of a dark edge to pass for art. And it stays as focused on its mission as Pine does on his.
  5. Reviewed by: Zack Handlen
    Apr 19, 2016
    75
    Roper is never much more than a menacingly jovial monster, and Pine never earns the soulful self-loathing Hiddleston brings to the role. But there’s something to be said for surface pleasures, especially when they’re this well dressed.
  6. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Apr 19, 2016
    70
    The Night Manager is concerned with the complications and accommodations made to cope with man-made, humanitarian disasters. But all the permutations of its plot, however grisly and threatening, never dominate the show in the way they are meant to.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Apr 15, 2016
    50
    The Night Manager goes down easy as a glamorous procedural, but its conventionality grows narcotizing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Apr 19, 2016
    10
    I gave this a 10 because it's everything I want in a spy thriller, beautiful locations, beautiful people, hard boiled criminals, politicalI gave this a 10 because it's everything I want in a spy thriller, beautiful locations, beautiful people, hard boiled criminals, political intrigue, weapons, things that go boom, and that English actress from season 1 of Broadchurch. Such a delight, I dug this immensely & hope Hiddleston gets Bond or keeps making La Carre stories. Expand
  2. Jun 8, 2016
    10
    I found this interesting and totally engaging all the way through. What's not to like about our handsome leading man. Love to watch things II found this interesting and totally engaging all the way through. What's not to like about our handsome leading man. Love to watch things I can't predict. I highly recommend it. Expand
  3. Jun 26, 2016
    10
    A taut, exciting, gorgeously-shot spy thriller that does full justice to the original story while bringing in all the advantages that the TVA taut, exciting, gorgeously-shot spy thriller that does full justice to the original story while bringing in all the advantages that the TV medium has to offer. Superb performances from Hiddleston, Laurie, and Debicki. If you're looking for a Rambo-style James Bond action story this isn't for you (though violence does percolate through the story at a slow boil), but as a psychological cat-and-mouse game that shows the human toll and moral quagmire of espionage work, it's hard to top. Expand
  4. Aug 10, 2017
    8
    Get in and get him. It's not that simple!
    SEASON 01:
    The British television series has a special status in me. Usually they won't
    Get in and get him. It's not that simple!
    SEASON 01:

    The British television series has a special status in me. Usually they won't disappoint me, particularly one under the banner of the BBC. I was expecting it, and also it took time for me to give it a try. After so many months delay, I finally saw and liked it. One of the best secret intelligence-thriller. When it comes to the basic narrative, there's nothing new. You know it's a man was sent to get close to the international criminal and pass all the details to the security agency. Yeah, it's that simple, yet a bit differently done in here.

    It is a mini-series with six episodes and each one was like an individual film in a spy film franchise. Yeah, that would have not been a bad idea. Surely it would have been one of the best films of its kind. Anyway, the narration shifts its locations all over the world in each episode. There's no preserved secret in the tale, everything was told in a straightforward narration. But comes to the point whenever it needed. Then what makes it so powerful is the performances, especially all the lead ones, including, Tom Hiddleton, Hugh Laurie, Elizabeth Debicki, Olivian Colman and a few others.

    The night manager in one of the leading hotels in Cairo unexpectedly gets into an international criminal affair. But he escapes unhurt, except hurt in the heart. Following that, a few years later on the different part of the world, again he meets the same gang and this time he tries to do the right thing. The plan is to infiltrate and collect all the information. He succeeds in getting in, but what are the challenges he is going to face are the remaining suspense parts told.

    Liked the casting, locations, the making was awesome. Looks very carefully carved product. Highest budget television product from the BBC till date and it all paid off back with the great recognition all around. The details are good, it took time to get everything right, otherwise it would have been 3-4 episode series. It won three Golden Globes, three BAFTA and two Emmies. Almost recognised in all the important sections as it deserved for awards. If you love television series, then this one is not to be missed. The same old theme, concept, but brilliantly reshaped with fine actors and in locations with music and all. Recommended!

    8/10
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  5. Aug 29, 2016
    8
    The show is really good, although it kinda take it's time to go serious, it worths the chance at least to the third episode, that is when IThe show is really good, although it kinda take it's time to go serious, it worths the chance at least to the third episode, that is when I think the plot went sky rocket. Expand
  6. Apr 22, 2016
    6
    Kinda uncertain about this. Why did the Arab mistress of the obviously murderous Egyptian rich guy return to the hotel, where he could findKinda uncertain about this. Why did the Arab mistress of the obviously murderous Egyptian rich guy return to the hotel, where he could find her??

    Why would the Night Manger, having got himself involved in Cairo, think he could expunge it from his past by taking the same positions, in the same fancy hotels, as the one he left?
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  7. Apr 20, 2016
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This series wasn't bad it was awful. Dicky Roper was the only thing worth watching and they wouldn't even give him any justice in its fairy tale ending. It was stomp foot onto the ground like an angry child and cry for mommy. Tom was so green behind the ears all he did was underwear model reading his lines off a chalk board smiling and winking at the camera, no nuances, no tone, nothing. There was an American Diana cast because of the aristocracy, but she was so tall she made everybody else feel short. Broadchurch was preggo, how f'ing disgusting you would endanger a child with flights and counter espionage. Obviously this series was made by a female director, meh, a baby gives them special powers gaining all the female votes.

    This series was typical of your average BBC in romanticising another show into its pretentious lalalala, as it makes up belief for other numbers, although it never knows which numbers it wants to hit and therefore will always lack in all credibility. As it was off to lord fartlory's tea parties attempting other games of intrigue that amounted to a fairy tale.

    We simply remove eyeballs today, and every transaction can be monitored and recalled. Why when you have your own army of mercenaries do you let the yokels guard the merchandise? Why did his goon need to take the girl with him, knock her out, tie her up, cancel her, and where did his mobile phone go and he still had two guns, forget about all the other hotel security. She had been cut lose effectively fired why is she still spending resources? Why pretend that was a bad end when his net worth was worth how much? Isn't it so f'ing annoying all these mediocre shows use the same formula the FBI hates the CIA and they all have their own agendas giving their wannabe bob the builders their insubordinative edge turning them into James Bond. Arghhhhhhhhhhh
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