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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 25, 2018
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  • Summary: The first season of the anthology series created by Alexandra Cunningham and based on Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard true crime podcast focuses on Newport Beach interior designer and single mother Debra Newell (Connie Britton) who falls for a con man posing as a doctor namedThe first season of the anthology series created by Alexandra Cunningham and based on Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard true crime podcast focuses on Newport Beach interior designer and single mother Debra Newell (Connie Britton) who falls for a con man posing as a doctor named John Meehan (Eric Bana). Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Nov 12, 2018
    91
    A dazzling matchup of pulp and prestige. ... Britton is perfectly cast as Debra. ... As Meehan, the actor [Eric Bana] pivots from charming to chilling and back with astonishing ease. [16 Nov 2018, p.45]
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Nov 26, 2018
    70
    Glossy and well-acted, its transfer from your daily commute’s most suspenseful listening stretch ever to serviceable wine-and-laundry-folding companion show feels, all in all, a smooth one.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Nov 20, 2018
    65
    Viewers accustomed to Connie Britton playing Teflon-strong characters on “Friday Night Lights” and “Nashville” may take a minute to adjust to her role as a soft-spoken, breathy interior designer who falls for a scam artist in Bravo’s pulpy, addictive “Dirty John.”
  4. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Nov 19, 2018
    50
    This dramatization feels less like “The Jinx” or “Making a Murderer,” and more like a weird mix of Southern California lifestyle satire and a “Dateline” episode.
  5. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Nov 26, 2018
    50
    Director Jeffrey Reiner gives this a ‘90s soap patina that works--to a point. The intelligence that Britton and Bana provide gets shoved aside in favor of scenes that look like they couldn’t possibly be true (but are). When “Dirty John” begins to unravel, we lose interest and feel as duped as Debra.
  6. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Nov 20, 2018
    50
    Dirty John is little more than a fancy Lifetime movie. ... There is some pleasure in watching the inevitable unfold, particularly since the cast is solid. Britton is, as usual, a sympathetic lead, even if her character is written to be shallow. And, as her daughters, Juno Temple and Julia Garner are formidable. ... As with Debra, John is written as a flat bad guy whose deeper drives are inscrutable.
  7. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    Nov 14, 2018
    25
    There’s not a lot of nuance to be found here, with any trace of psychological depth replaced by cheesy love montages and paint-by-numbers confrontations. We’re given no sense of why Debra is making these terrible decisions... over and over and over again.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Feb 13, 2019
    8
    I enjoyed this after listening to the podcast - which I would recommend that everyone do first. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be nearly as believableI enjoyed this after listening to the podcast - which I would recommend that everyone do first. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be nearly as believable and I would’ve probably given up at some of the ridiculous writing and story lines. But the events did actually happen, and were quoted verbatim from the real victims. I think the podcast is more suspenseful and gritty, but the show expands on it by showing how Eric Bana as John can be seen as the charming ladies man who conned a lonely Deborah before showing his true colors. And I really enjoyed how spoiled and bratty the show made Deborah’s daughters, allowing John to attack their credibility when they were warning their mother and trying to distance themselves from him. I thought Deborah ignoring them in the podcast was head scratching, but see it more believable with how the daughters were portrayed in the show. l think overall the show gave me a better perspective of what happened than just the podcast. Really unbelievable that this story is a true event - zombie kill and all! Expand
  2. Jan 27, 2019
    5
    Airing on Bravo, though it feels like Lifetime. Really feels like everyone from the writers to the crew to the cast just kind of phoned this one in.
  3. Dec 17, 2018
    3
    I think I would have liked this series better as a true-crime podcast because, as a hybrid drama, it disappoints. Its high gloss and starI think I would have liked this series better as a true-crime podcast because, as a hybrid drama, it disappoints. Its high gloss and star power promise deft characterization and skillful plotting, but don't deliver those things. Instead, as so often in life, terrible things happen for no apparent reason to people who are hard to understand and harder to like. The overall story is most interesting at the beginning, when the audience isn't quite sure that the Eric Bana character is a con man because the people accusing him are so petty and smug that viewers want them to be wrong. Once the Connie Britton character discovers his collection of restraining orders (helpfully stashed where she can easily find it), all mystery vanishes, and the series becomes very predictable, melodramatic, and steeped in pop-psychological cliches. Expand
  4. Dec 26, 2018
    3
    I am not sure which is worse...the writing or the acting. I believe Eric Bana and Jean Smart are collateral damage. Connie Britton, JuliaI am not sure which is worse...the writing or the acting. I believe Eric Bana and Jean Smart are collateral damage. Connie Britton, Julia Garner and Juno Temple play the most unlikable characters in the most unbelievable manner....
    Watching this reminds me of reading 50 Shades...HORRIBLE WRITING, but like a bad accident you just have to keep watching to see what happens
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