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7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 133 Ratings

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  • Summary: Written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the adaptions of the novellas by Luke Jennings follows the cat-and-mouse chase by MI5 security officer Eve (Sandra Oh) for the international assassin, who goes by the codename Villanelle (Jodie Comer).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Apr 5, 2018
    100
    Killing Eve is a spy story, a murder mystery, a spellbinding character drama, and a gloriously wicked comedy. It all comes together to make one of the year’s most delightful and captivating series that will hopefully play on for many seasons to come (Serendipitously, the series was renewed for Season 2 just before this review published).
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Apr 7, 2018
    90
    Alternating effortlessly between weirdly funny and chillingly tense, Killing Eve is the utterly endearing love child of oddball British novelist Luke Jennings and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who writes and stars in the eccentric Brit television comedy Fleabag.
  3. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Apr 11, 2018
    90
    Killing Eve, which like Fleabag is mostly set in London, has the same irreverent sense of humor and the same intense exploration of the psychology of its lead characters. Here, those qualities don’t always come together with the conventions of the spy story in perfect harmony. But they do make something new, gratifying, and--in its finest moments--thrilling.
  4. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Apr 6, 2018
    80
    Killing Eve is attempting something rare, wild and risky. It may not always hit its chosen targets, but it’s usually entertaining to watch it try.
  5. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Apr 10, 2018
    80
    Killing Eve is an escapist show, but it demands you take your brain with you.
  6. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Apr 9, 2018
    80
    Enjoying Killing Eve for the wickedness of its narrative, its tart and caustic humor and the exciting run-down is a simple enough proposition. All of those components are satisfying, and both Oh and Comer turn in substantial performances, making the most of their screen time both separately and together--particularly together.
  7. Reviewed by: Julia Selinger
    Apr 4, 2018
    75
    The series combines a dry comedy's affection for the mundane with the slick look and tone of a psychosexual thriller, and the result is something wholly original, suspenseful, and caustically funny.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. Apr 21, 2018
    10
    Ridiculous black comedy the lead is excellent Ms Oh lifts it above the average. I'm actually looking forward to the third episode so it mustRidiculous black comedy the lead is excellent Ms Oh lifts it above the average. I'm actually looking forward to the third episode so it must be doing something right, for me anyway. Expand
  2. May 18, 2018
    10
    What surprises and delights here is that the old trope of cat and mouse, Spy v Spy is given a 360 degree turn and works so well that KillingWhat surprises and delights here is that the old trope of cat and mouse, Spy v Spy is given a 360 degree turn and works so well that Killing Eve becomes your new obsession ! From the casting of two mesmerizing actresses in the leads to the charismatic writing and high production values of the show, (even the music will knock your socks off), you cannot predict what old Spy Icon will be banished and replaced with a thrilling, new episode. It should come as no
    surprise that BBC America has guaranteed a Second Season before the current Season aired its first episode! Don't miss this one!
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  3. May 21, 2018
    9
    It's a great show because it's different and refreshing. Imagine Bond, only if he was the bad guy, a she, and a total sociopath/psychopath.It's a great show because it's different and refreshing. Imagine Bond, only if he was the bad guy, a she, and a total sociopath/psychopath. Our intrepid hero, also a she, an older Asian woman to boot (something one NEVER sees on TV) on a worldwide hunt/chase for this evil Bond using only her wits and no weapons, special gadgets, or any of the usual tropes one sees in these sorts of shows/movies. Throw in British style black/deadpan humor/snark, and you pretty much have a winner. One of the best new shows on TV this season.

    While there is enough action, suspense, and intrigue to keep one entertained, if you're looking for gun battles, explosions, sex, and frothing at the mouth, eccentric villains, look elsewhere. This is the true "thinking mans" spy thriller.
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  4. Sep 22, 2018
    7
    Sideways' Sandra Oh, older but just as wonderful, doesn't disappoint. Entertaining, quirky, mildly shocking unless you buy in a hundredSideways' Sandra Oh, older but just as wonderful, doesn't disappoint. Entertaining, quirky, mildly shocking unless you buy in a hundred percent to the comedy, which is nearly always possible. The amorality of one or two of the most brutal actions teamed with the intentional non-sequitur humour wears you down after a while. Just sometimes flags, sometimes agent Eve doesn't seem on the ball enough in tense situations and when that happens it loses its edge. This is a kind of female 'talented Mr Ripley' where we are meant to develop a soft spot for the anti-heroine. A great cast with Jodie Comer as the versatile psychopath and the ambience of cool contemporary 'spy music' will keep you watching, maybe even back-to-back episodes. Expand
  5. May 6, 2018
    4
    This writing in this show is dragging it down. Unrealistic, and borderline stupid scenarios that deflate what otherwise is a great premiseThis writing in this show is dragging it down. Unrealistic, and borderline stupid scenarios that deflate what otherwise is a great premise supported by good actors. I understand trying to be original but not at the cost of incredulous story-telling. Expand
  6. Jun 3, 2018
    3
    It's interesting to watch for now, but the plot is this: screaming, lesbians, murder. **** be crazy.
  7. Oct 1, 2018
    0
    There should be a name for an effect where the show seems better than it really is, simply because of the subject matter. MI5, russians,There should be a name for an effect where the show seems better than it really is, simply because of the subject matter. MI5, russians, assassins, serious stuff, right? Wrong! For all its self-important charachters (sometimes too much so), the treatment is so naive and cartoonish as to beggar belief. What starts off as a brilliant show drops off somewhere amidst the subliminal feminist messages and self-congratulations.Will not be investing any more time in watching the second season. A great opportunity wasted! Expand

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