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Generally favorable reviews- based on 87 Ratings

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  • Summary: Caseworker Heidi Bergman (Julia Roberts) worked at a secret government facility to help returning soldiers like Walter Cruz (Stephan James) transition back to civilian life. Four years later, a DoD auditor (Shea Whigham) questions Heidi on why she left in this psychological thriller based onCaseworker Heidi Bergman (Julia Roberts) worked at a secret government facility to help returning soldiers like Walter Cruz (Stephan James) transition back to civilian life. Four years later, a DoD auditor (Shea Whigham) questions Heidi on why she left in this psychological thriller based on a fictional podcast. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Nov 2, 2018
    100
    Each episode of Homecoming is about a half-hour, leaving no room for placeholder sequences or needlessly distracting subplots. Every scene, every character, every development is a key component of a jigsaw puzzle that admittedly takes quite some time to develop into something we can truly see for what it is.
  2. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Oct 23, 2018
    91
    Whigham delivers one of the year’s best TV performances. ... Esmail has worked with the creators to reconceive their audio adventure as a visual delight, full of smart performances and lingering unease. For all its Hitchcock-y camera angles and Lost-y double-reverse plot twists, Homecoming is an all-too human freakout.
  3. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Oct 31, 2018
    90
    Visually and thematically, it plays like a lean, focused distillation of Esmail’s other series. It has the cool tone, the paranoia, the visual flourishes, the mind-bending revelations. But these effects are concentrated on a single, intricate story, laid out in 10 swift and magnetic episodes. In this case, less is very much more.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 30, 2018
    80
    Roberts and James have abundant chemistry, which is crucial for a thriller built so much on two people just talking. The plot is intentionally slow to start, so the early episodes lean heavily on atmosphere and on how likable Heidi and Walter are together. Roberts and James more than deliver the latter, while Esmail is all over the former.
  5. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Nov 5, 2018
    80
    The result is a television series that’s frequently breathtaking. Each frame of Homecoming feels meaningful, and most feel at least vaguely familiar. ... As Homecoming unfurls its mystery through 10 half-hour installments, the stylistic choices can seem more like aesthetic overdecoration than vital components of something fully cohesive. ... It has the potential to expand its story in a way that melds the narrative organically with Esmail’s stylistic flourishes, rather than layering one on top of the other.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Nov 1, 2018
    80
    The pace is deliberate in “Homecoming,” but the show is rarely boring thanks to the visuals and an investment in the characters. (After episode eight, when a major reveal happens, “Homecoming” gets a little draggy, but by then invested viewers will carry through to the end.)
  7. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Oct 22, 2018
    40
    Though the episodes only run a half-hour each, Homecoming moves at a glacial pace. It finds its groove about four episodes in, and then loses it again.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. Nov 15, 2018
    10
    If you exclusively enjoy Marvel action movies or the like of Tom Cruise Reacher films, this superbly intelligent and judiciously temperedIf you exclusively enjoy Marvel action movies or the like of Tom Cruise Reacher films, this superbly intelligent and judiciously tempered drama isn't for you. It is beautifully filmed, directed, acted, paced and structured. A measured drama with a sparse deck of actors that delights with the layered but surprisingly neat story line. Julia Roberts is a revelation but some of the shots you will want to freeze frame or replay just for the visual feast that is Esmail's direction. Lots of delicious hidden motives and cross referencing. Enjoy and relish. Expand
  2. Nov 23, 2018
    9
    Not a show for viewers who need explosions and special effects to satisfy their attention spans. If you absorb yourself in this tense, edge ofNot a show for viewers who need explosions and special effects to satisfy their attention spans. If you absorb yourself in this tense, edge of your seat dialogue you will be rewarded by the one of the most gripping, best written and acted (across the board) shows this season, Expand
  3. Nov 13, 2018
    9
    Im a "normal" person and I LOVED this show... Some1 here said "normal" people wouldnt like this show. The stupidity has reached a new lvl withIm a "normal" person and I LOVED this show... Some1 here said "normal" people wouldnt like this show. The stupidity has reached a new lvl with "reviews" like that.
    I loved the pacing of the show. The acting. How it was shot. The photo and editing is amongst the best I've seen for a tv-show. The story that kept things intersting through the entire season. Twisting and turning all the way to the end leaving you wanting more.
    Sure its a slow burn, but I found it fresh. No silly Hollywood explosions etc. Give it a shot. I binged this in one day. Loved it.
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  4. Dec 2, 2018
    7
    Good show, but all "The Parallax View" vibe dies out pretty quickly and it becomes more and more a Julia Roberts' vehicle than the greatGood show, but all "The Parallax View" vibe dies out pretty quickly and it becomes more and more a Julia Roberts' vehicle than the great series it seems to be at the start. Expand
  5. Nov 7, 2018
    5
    Flashy direction and capable performances can't compensate for subpar writing: Stilted dialogue and underdeveloped characters andFlashy direction and capable performances can't compensate for subpar writing: Stilted dialogue and underdeveloped characters and relationships (especially between Heidi and her mother). Despite the s-l-o-w pace, I lasted through all ten episodes, but wondered if it had been worth the time, especially after the implausible premise was finally revealed. Expand
  6. Nov 5, 2018
    4
    Maybe this would have worked as a 90 minute movie, as it is it's dragged out to the point of boring
  7. Nov 4, 2018
    0
    Out of your tiny minds!
    This seemed intetesting however nothing happens.
    It starts slowly and never gains any momentum. Give this a miss
    Out of your tiny minds!
    This seemed intetesting however nothing happens.
    It starts slowly and never gains any momentum.
    Give this a miss you have better things to do with your life.

    The critics get it wrong again, stop paying the critics to promote garbage. Critics text book quotes on the style of filming do nothing to keep the viewer engaged.

    Julia Roberts deserved better than this rubbish.
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