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7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 28 out of 44
  2. Negative: 8 out of 44

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  1. Jul 24, 2019
    2
    The first episode was incredible. Intense, disturbing, intriguing. But with the second episode everything goes downhill. The characters introduced in Mexico are very flat, they hardly every speak (especially the nephew, who just sits there brooding). There's too much of a pause between each line of dialogue and the long panning shots start to become a chore. It's a real shame as there's aThe first episode was incredible. Intense, disturbing, intriguing. But with the second episode everything goes downhill. The characters introduced in Mexico are very flat, they hardly every speak (especially the nephew, who just sits there brooding). There's too much of a pause between each line of dialogue and the long panning shots start to become a chore. It's a real shame as there's a lot it had going for it, the amazing music by Cliff Martinez of course, the cool plot line established in the first episode, with this corrupt cop trying to balance his love life whilst staying alive. Then it all gets very dull. Expand
  2. Jun 28, 2019
    8
    This is the second show that I have seen, where the unflinching vision of the Directors and Writers have resulted in Masterpieces that have seriously blurred the line between TV and Film, to create a unique viewing experience.
    The first being the magnificent Twin Peaks the return, and now this.
    Too Old to Die Young takes no Prisoners. You either let it into your life or you don't. NWR is
    This is the second show that I have seen, where the unflinching vision of the Directors and Writers have resulted in Masterpieces that have seriously blurred the line between TV and Film, to create a unique viewing experience.
    The first being the magnificent Twin Peaks the return, and now this.
    Too Old to Die Young takes no Prisoners. You either let it into your life or you don't. NWR is never going to make it cozy and easy for you, never going to hide away from the cold depiction of all those hard to confront issues that are part of the Human Existence, and he is going to show it to you in his own unique diamond edge style.
    Scenes are long, the camera still, dialogue sporadic, the viewer has no choice but to soak up the hyper real colour, lighting, and the ubiquitous White Noise of each scene, with characters arranged like characters from a Renaissance painting.
    It is stunning and hypnotic to watch.
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  3. Jun 25, 2019
    10
    Subversive? I don't know if neo-noir, dirty cops and Mexican drug cartels were mixed for the purposes of rolling cigarettes into their figurative shirt sleeve. As for the stagnant camera frames, I believe they are intended to achieve two things, capture imagery photographically and disquiet and re-quiet the audience--the freneticism of audiences silenced by the inaction of the filmmaker.Subversive? I don't know if neo-noir, dirty cops and Mexican drug cartels were mixed for the purposes of rolling cigarettes into their figurative shirt sleeve. As for the stagnant camera frames, I believe they are intended to achieve two things, capture imagery photographically and disquiet and re-quiet the audience--the freneticism of audiences silenced by the inaction of the filmmaker. These episodes no doubt suffer from absurdity but if anything they do not over-rely on dialogue. Expand
  4. Jun 23, 2019
    10
    One of the most awkward, unsettling, disturbing show's I've ever seen--but sooooo well done!
  5. Jul 8, 2019
    8
    Uber-slow but all the more fascinating. Clever writing, top notch acting and breathtaking photography.
  6. 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. 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 meThis 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. Expand
  7. 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 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
    I'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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  8. Jun 21, 2019
    8
    Los espectadores más impacientes no tienen nada que hacer aquí. Pero los que aprecien el estilo del director disfrutarán cada capítulo. Gran puesta en escena, personajess inquietantes, toques de violencia dura y buena banda sonora.
  9. 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.
  10. Jun 20, 2019
    10
    Fans of Refn and/or Brubaker will not be disappointed as both creators influence is very apparent in this 15h downward spiral into the heart of darkness. Brubakers harsh, disturbing and surprising writing certainly shines through. The scenes and characters often feel like they would belong in the world of his Criminal-Series. The slow pacing/long shots and grading add to the graphic-novelFans of Refn and/or Brubaker will not be disappointed as both creators influence is very apparent in this 15h downward spiral into the heart of darkness. Brubakers harsh, disturbing and surprising writing certainly shines through. The scenes and characters often feel like they would belong in the world of his Criminal-Series. The slow pacing/long shots and grading add to the graphic-novel vibe, similar to looking at Sean Phillips artwork, frame by frame so you can admire the mood and darkness he puts into his drawings. Refn's neo(n)-noir aesthetics are just a perfect match. If you are not familiar with the creators and their work, be aware that the show is not only very slow paced, but also very disturbing. Brutal torture, physically and verbally as well as some very bleak moments, that will probably haunt me a while – almost every episode is an atrocity-masterclass. My only complaints about the show are, that they often used CGI blood (a minor mishap but noticeable and immersion breaking none the less) and some supernatural elements, that kinda felt out of place for a serious show like this. Aside from that, there is nothing I did not like about this show. It's one of the boldest achievements in modern "television", a tour de force of blood, sex and bleak neon-colored images. Now critics may disagree with me on this, it's one of those shows you either love or hate. But you still have to admire the work that went into this behemoth of show. Expand
  11. Jul 7, 2019
    5
    Еще до выхода "Слишком стар, что бы умереть молодым", многие пророчили, что творческая свобода и хронометраж в 13 часов позволят Рёфну разгуляться на всю катушку, так что амбиций было много. Лично я считаю, что сериал получился крайне слабым не потому, что ожидания были велики и оказались не оправданы, а потому что Рёфн так и не придумал, зачем растягивать довольно простую и, что самоеЕще до выхода "Слишком стар, что бы умереть молодым", многие пророчили, что творческая свобода и хронометраж в 13 часов позволят Рёфну разгуляться на всю катушку, так что амбиций было много. Лично я считаю, что сериал получился крайне слабым не потому, что ожидания были велики и оказались не оправданы, а потому что Рёфн так и не придумал, зачем растягивать довольно простую и, что самое важное абсолютно не насыщенную действиями историю на 13 часов.

    Во-первых, стоит отметить, что дерзкий и необычный подход, если и не оправдывает себя, то хотя бы говорит о себе своей дерзостью, что запоминается. Сериал имеет структуру фильма, который просто нарезали на 10 частей, то есть, допустим, завязка расположилась аж на первых 4 сериях и не одна серия не закончится клиффхэнгером. Вот только такой подход абсолютно не оправдан и вызывает лишь раздражение, ведь самое тяжелое это вытерпеть первые 4 эпизода.

    А вот во-вторых, мы натыкаемся на то, что для 13 часов тут очень мало чего происходит, тот же Твин Пикс: Возвращение имел схожую структуру, но был настолько насыщен разного рода действиями, что не давал заскучать. Тут же атмосфера медитативности выглядит как издевка, ведь когда персонажи делают паузы по 5-10 секунд, что бы сказать "ОК" или "Ладно" это только вгоняет в скуку и рушит всю атмосферу. Да и визуально тут скучно, что абсолютно губительно для такого рода повествования. Очень много статичных и ничем не примечательных кадров, конечно достаточно кадров и красивых, только вот смотреть на них 1-3 часа еще интересно, но только не 13. Да, определенно моментами сериал интересен, именно тогда, когда что-то происходит, особенно 6 эпизод, где почти всю серию мы наблюдаем за конкретными действиями.

    Сюжет же интригует по началу, ведь очень сложно разобраться что к чему, вот только к финалу, тебе настолько сильно разжевывают посыл, как будто держат за круглого идиота и финал получился откровенно не интересный и ни о чем.

    По итогу тратить на это время я бы советовал только истинным фанатам датского режиссера, остальным советую проходить мимо.
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  12. Jul 29, 2019
    0
    Don't let the poor pacing distract you from the poor everything else.

    What to praise in a show like this? The costuming? The guy who held the boom mic? Surely someone involved was doing good work, but whoever they were, they certainly didn't have any creative control.
  13. Aug 15, 2019
    6
    Refn's attempt at a series isn't as great as he thinks it is. The writing is pretentious and obnoxious with no purpose and there are episode that have nothing to do with the rest of the show. Just don't watch it.
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
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Jun 14, 2019
    30
    Stylishly crafted but stultifyingly dull. ... Jesus had better be some kind of savior if Too Old to Die Young is going to be more than just a ponderously portentous sleazefest shaken out of its torpor by the occasional bloodbath. [Prime Video only screened episodes 4 and 5]
  3. 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]