Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Gregiry Ellwood
    Jun 14, 2019
    58
    A series that doesn’t seem as deep as it thinks it is. ... Refn directs his actors to deliver their lines in a deliberate and often unnatural rhythm. The cast occasionally circumvents this aesthetic, especially during emotionally charged moments, but Refn and his longtime editor Matthew Newman often have scenes breathe for excruciatingly long times. [Prime Video only screened episodes 4 and 5]
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jun 14, 2019
    50
    Viewed as a single unit, the episodes were a mixed bag of self-serious storytelling and pulpy action, with whispery exchanges that drag on for minutes at a time, set against Refn’s standard subterranean vision of an ominous modern-day Los Angeles. [Prime Video only screened episodes 4 and 5]
  3. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jun 18, 2019
    40
    [A] limping, baggy megillah, which fails to justify its marathon-length running time as anything more than a self-satisfying, hardboiled-by-numbers folly.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 44
  2. Negative: 8 out of 44
  1. Jul 6, 2019
    8
    I'm usually much harsher than critics, but here it is unfathomable why they trash such a beautifully shot series. Granted, cars, neon lightsI'm usually much harsher than critics, but here it is unfathomable why they trash such a beautifully shot series. Granted, cars, neon lights and taciturn characters are the fetish of Mr Refn, but the attention to lighting details, the composition and the framing of the pictures are just gorgeous.
    Others complain about the wooden and unnatural acting but it is refreshing to get away from all these method acting scenes that ooze too much fake pathos.
    Some other complain about the stillness and silence or lack of a plot. But this is exactly why it is much more a cinematic experience than other Netflix or TV shows. Refn understands that show like True Detective or similar neo-noirs are just mediocre disposable paperback thrillers that become instantly obsolete once the whole story is revealed.
    On the other hand, he doesn't fall into the second-degree superficial pulpy farces à la Tarantino where non-stop action and half-clever zingers are put there just to distract the audience about the emptiness of the whole endeavour.
    As in his previous works, he confronts the American mythology of the police thrillers with our innate fascination with it, and distills its essence...and find at its heart a sort of metaphysical yin/yang battle between female and male instincts.
    This is very well done for the first 8 episodes or so. Sadly, the ending feels very lazy and rushed as it resorts to clichéd monologues on the end of the civilization and sophomoric sociological/philosophical musings , and worse a stalled narrative. Also he overdoes it on the Trump doom and gloom parallels. It feels cheap and pandering to the audience. This brings down the whole myth building exercise and concludes in a very boring hackneyed political and sociological epilogue.
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  2. Jun 20, 2019
    2
    This series looks great, but its super slow pace and that it's largely creepy (in a bad way) and nonsenscial make it almost unwatchable.This series looks great, but its super slow pace and that it's largely creepy (in a bad way) and nonsenscial make it almost unwatchable. Cristina Rodlo is undeniably a captivating on screen presence. I'm sure Miles Teller is doing what he's told to do, but it would have been much better had he ignored the director and spoke at a normal pace. What we see and the way people act make me think, that Refn is an idiotic creep, who thinks he's subverting the very thing he is doing without subverting it at all. Full Review »
  3. Jun 19, 2019
    4
    I'm only 2/3 of the way through the first episode and I just checked to see how much time is left for the third time.