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  • Series Premiere Date: May 19, 2018
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  • Summary: Guy Montag (Michael B. Jordan) does his job of burning books without question until he meets someone that helps him to decide to go against his mentor (Michael Shannon) and society at large in Ramin Bahrani's adaptation of Ray Bradbury's sci-fi novel of the same name.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. 90
    It feels timeless, but also very much of-the-time. More so than Francois Truffaut’s 1966 version of Fahrenheit--This Fahrenheit is distinctive, so on-message from one moment to the next, and so scary in both its depictions and implications, that there are times where it feels as if it’s intellectually brutalizing the audience, slapping viewers across the face to get them to wake up from a stupor.
  2. Reviewed by: Terry Terrones
    May 14, 2018
    67
    While the three leads' performances are excellent, particularly Michael Shannon as Captain Beatty, the cast of Fahrenheit 451 gets shortchanged by the film format.
  3. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    May 14, 2018
    58
    As a story, it holds together well enough, if a bit too neatly. Even if you haven’t read the book, there’s a lack of urgency to the film because it fits so snugly into generic expectations.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    May 15, 2018
    50
    Fahrenheit 451 has its highs and lows. But you will walk away wanting to read a physical book, and maybe embrace it for a few moments beforehand.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    May 18, 2018
    42
    A disappointing film that can’t seem to rise above room temperature.
  6. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    May 16, 2018
    40
    [The new Fahrenheit 451] is generic, its critique muddled and its tone as subtle as a flamethrower.
  7. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    May 18, 2018
    25
    The dialogue sounds tin, near-parodic. ... Fahrenheit 451 has it heart in the right place, but its head sure crawled up somewhere.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 20, 2018
    7
    Interesting at times, boring most of the film. Great actors, amazing performances and some good action. It could have been way better but theyInteresting at times, boring most of the film. Great actors, amazing performances and some good action. It could have been way better but they decided to make it medium. Expand
  2. May 23, 2018
    6
    Fahrenheit 451 has good casting and performances from the main leads, some good action and tense moments, but otherwise lacks an engaging andFahrenheit 451 has good casting and performances from the main leads, some good action and tense moments, but otherwise lacks an engaging and memorable story. Expand
  3. May 23, 2018
    4
    I've been a reader most of my life but obviously when I was a kid I started with books according to my age. However when I started with moreI've been a reader most of my life but obviously when I was a kid I started with books according to my age. However when I started with more mature books I formed a trilogy with three novels that frankly had nothing to do with each other except that two of them were dystopic.
    Those books were the first adult novels I read and that's why I've always had a special appreciation for them. The novels to which I refer are: 1984, Slaughterhouse-Five and Fahrenheit 451.

    I'm not one of those crazy literature fans who get upset if the source material is altered when it becomes a film because I understand perfectly they are completely different mediums. Even so I must emphasize this film is a failure and I will not say it just because it wastes its cast, especially Michael Shannon, I say this because the film was unable to adopt even a little of the subtlety of the novel and far from being able to call it a successful adaptation it's rather the idealization of something that never materializes and therefore it's inevitable to judge it based on the book because the story was too good to be wasted this way.

    A sad misfire coming from HBO.
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