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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 1, 2016
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: Seven years ago blind Prairie Johnson (Brit Marling) went missing. She returns mysteriously with her sight restored in this drama from Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Dec 16, 2016
    100
    "The OA" is one of the most significant shows of the year simply because Marling and Batmanglij barrel through so many boundaries, stretch their combined imaginations so far and challenge the shopworn precepts of what is supposed to make an acceptable television series.
  2. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Dec 16, 2016
    83
    If Stranger Things is an immediately yummy, nostalgia-inducing bowl of Count Chocula then The OA is a meal both fresher and more exotic, while still succeeding as a televisual page-turner.
  3. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Dec 16, 2016
    80
    Anchored by a spectacular central performance and a series of increasingly wacky ideas, The OA is frequently mind-boggling, but worth the effort.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Dec 16, 2016
    70
    Committing time to such programs requires a leap of faith. The OA mostly justifies that investment, even if the filmmakers couldn't quite stick the landing.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Dec 16, 2016
    60
    I have to give Marling and Batmanglij credit: I don’t usually have much patience for humorless, convoluted hooey like this, but their narrative pacing, and some of the performances ... are enthusiastically committed and effective.
  6. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Dec 16, 2016
    40
    It’s a winter binge suited for die-hards, but the viewer who needs a boost (character development, clear storytelling) to enter an imagined world will find the series a tough sit.
  7. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Dec 16, 2016
    20
    It’s weird, and slow, teasing and teasing its way to a payoff that is meant to seem profound and instead plays as utterly ludicrous and at times borders on offensive.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 95
  2. Negative: 33 out of 95
  1. Jan 1, 2017
    10
    Frankly, i had tears in my eyes during the last scene of the tenth episode. This is one of the most brilliant show in years, period. GreatFrankly, i had tears in my eyes during the last scene of the tenth episode. This is one of the most brilliant show in years, period. Great writing, great acting, great sense of teasing with a mastering of the global rhythm. The different story archs and parallel editing between present and past are wonderfully built. But the most important is that it works... the characters, not so archetypal, are complex and grow into you in a subtle and vivid way, the story is one of the most intriguing and touching ever seen on a tv serie. The french documentary director i am also very much appreciated the camera frames and their compositions... Bravo les mecs!!! Long live THE OA and let's forget "West World".... Expand
  2. Dec 20, 2016
    10
    we had our Saturday hijacked by the new Netflix original "The OA"
    In one day we have consumed 8 1-hour episodes utterly engaged and drawn
    we had our Saturday hijacked by the new Netflix original "The OA"
    In one day we have consumed 8 1-hour episodes utterly engaged and drawn into the story.... up there with SENS8 and Stranger Things in terms of quality and acting yet wholly a different beast but just as masterfully told...
    It's Netflix's dark horse/surprise Xmas gift to us all, no real hype or trailers and that's good; you should go into this blind, sit through the disbelief , sit through it all, I beg you...
    Absolutely one of the best things I've seen in a while, Netflix knows quality, that's for sure...
    How it's received mix reviews... I want to say flummoxes me but this is a deep, emotional, thoughtful show, very much in line with the idea of "Indigo Children" so I can understand how it doesn't speak to everybody but... Just watch it, it's been over for an hour and we're still singing its praises to each other...

    Ignore the negative reviews, believe even if you don't believe, and leave your front doors open alongside your mind and you'll enjoy this show...
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  3. Dec 18, 2016
    10
    I can understand why many may not grasp the nature of the OA but that is what makes the show so unique it has the ability to capture you inI can understand why many may not grasp the nature of the OA but that is what makes the show so unique it has the ability to capture you in its world that is so much closely mirrored to our own as well as providing viewers with something that is extremely refreshing using ideas that are rarely explored. I believe the reason for such mixed reviews is the simple fact that Netflix hasn't catered to this type of slow and emotional type of storyteller before making it strange to viewers who are expecting some action sci-fi show they are used to. Expand
  4. Jul 24, 2017
    7
    The OA is a good show but these people are the most gullible people on the planet. Like you don't even question that maybe she is lying untilThe OA is a good show but these people are the most gullible people on the planet. Like you don't even question that maybe she is lying until the final episode. good show just that kind of bothered me Expand
  5. Apr 6, 2017
    5
    My problem with 'The OA' is simple: the show tries so hard to prove a point in slow motion that it destroys its structure. Despite Marling'sMy problem with 'The OA' is simple: the show tries so hard to prove a point in slow motion that it destroys its structure. Despite Marling's interesting performance and some very beautiful imagery, The episodes are painful to watch due to the amount of time we feel completely lost in the narrative. It also gets worse when it tries to combine science with religion... there is a reason why the two don't meet and it's better to leave them separated from each other. Expand
  6. Jan 23, 2017
    3
    Here's a great explanation: How about a weird tv show with horrible story line and pathetic twist
    with no real explanation because it was a
    Here's a great explanation: How about a weird tv show with horrible story line and pathetic twist
    with no real explanation because it was a mish mosh of garbage
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  7. Mar 22, 2019
    0
    The ridiculous and pretentious is maximized by the grotesque dances. Empty of meaning.

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