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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 2, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 101 Ratings

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  • Summary: The anthology drama based on Petra Hammesfahr's novel of the same name, focuses on a young mother named Cora Tannetti (Jessica Biel) who has no idea why she committed a violent crime against a stranger at the beach and Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) who believes there is somethingThe anthology drama based on Petra Hammesfahr's novel of the same name, focuses on a young mother named Cora Tannetti (Jessica Biel) who has no idea why she committed a violent crime against a stranger at the beach and Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) who believes there is something Cora isn't saying. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jul 29, 2017
    85
    The Sinner quickly morphs into the least forthright crime drama, an opaque and intriguingly inverted tale in which crime and punishment are difficult to tell apart.
  2. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Aug 1, 2017
    80
    It all adds up to a drama that's strikingly filmed, gratifyingly smarter than it needs to be and--better still in an era of bloated episode counts--snappily paced. The Sinner has the zip of a good detective yarn.
  3. 80
    The Sinner proceeds according to its own internal logic, and while I would quibble with the presentation of one or two bits of information in the first couple of episodes, there are no moments that feel egregiously contrived or unfair to the audience.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 28, 2017
    70
    It's premature to conclude whether the show will rise to that level, or have enough twists to sustain itself until the end. Strictly in terms of drawing you into Cora's story, though, The Sinner has the makings of a winner.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Aug 1, 2017
    70
    Whatever its faults, The Sinner does present a puzzle; it has a certain gravitational pull. One wants to see it through, or at least find the point where one no longer wishes to. And Biel is really very good.
  6. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    Jul 31, 2017
    67
    The Sinner does have a nicely lyrical visual style: It’s shot with a keen eye for detail, with an appropriately gloomy, unsettling musical score. But strangely, the more we learn about Cora’s complicated past, the less interesting her story becomes. The answers we do get are either too pat--the flashbacks to her childhood, with a young Cora being tormented by her fanatically religious mother, are painfully overwrought-- or they’re simply erased by the latest plot twists.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jul 31, 2017
    50
    The series is over-plotted, but not fatally so. Regardless of mini-howlers here and there, we’re as curious as Ambrose to know who Cora really is and what happened to her in the past that went off like a grenade on a sunny day at the beach.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Sep 24, 2017
    10
    This show is pure quality. It's shot beautifully, and the script is incredibly tight with a fantastic story that's one of the best mysteryThis show is pure quality. It's shot beautifully, and the script is incredibly tight with a fantastic story that's one of the best mystery thrillers I've come across in recent times. The cast is excellent as an ensemble. It's so great to see Bill Pullman in this. He is fantastically watchable. Jessica Biel does an excellent turn as the mysterious girl with a dark past. I wasn't bored during any of these episodes, and everything kept ticking over nicely. It's just a beautiful piece of storytelling. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to anyone. Expand
  2. Mar 3, 2018
    10
    This absolutely riveting drama starts with a woman inexplicably attacking a stranger on the beach. The series does a wonderful job of keepingThis absolutely riveting drama starts with a woman inexplicably attacking a stranger on the beach. The series does a wonderful job of keeping viewers guessing, with a twisty story that constantly surprises but holds together all the way to the end. Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman are both terrific as broken people trying to find a way out. Expand
  3. Sep 8, 2017
    10
    Story very melancholy, and intriguing. Biel is excellent but Pullem is the heart and soul of pathos. Watching him ask questions is soStory very melancholy, and intriguing. Biel is excellent but Pullem is the heart and soul of pathos. Watching him ask questions is so engaging. More please. Expand
  4. Dec 3, 2017
    8
    The Sinner é uma das séries que te surpreende sem o intuito de te chamar a atenção nos primeiros minutos do piloto. E quando o momento que teThe Sinner é uma das séries que te surpreende sem o intuito de te chamar a atenção nos primeiros minutos do piloto. E quando o momento que te prende a atenção acontece, você fica perplexo com o enredo e a continuidade da série. É instigante e incrivelmente improvável. Expand
  5. Sep 4, 2017
    8
    The is actually is actually quite breath taking at many instant , its quite well scripted as well , at end every episode you became soThe is actually is actually quite breath taking at many instant , its quite well scripted as well , at end every episode you became so obsessed with character and its case that u started feeling that u are part of its story ...
    Hope , they keep this thing up...
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  6. Nov 10, 2017
    7
    On the bright side it is entertained and the acting is very good. but the plot is twisted and hardly unlikely . To be watched withoutOn the bright side it is entertained and the acting is very good. but the plot is twisted and hardly unlikely . To be watched without being too pretentious Expand
  7. Jul 3, 2018
    0
    Ridiculous. Imagine if the switched the genders of the detective and the woman.

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