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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 56 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: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  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. Apr 9, 2018
    9
    Very good bit of intrigue, subterfuge and macabre. I will continue to watch.
  4. Apr 8, 2018
    8
    Dug it. Sandra Oh is great, if not a bit over the top as the brilliant/disaffected MI-5 agent discovering a new player in the EuropeanDug it. Sandra Oh is great, if not a bit over the top as the brilliant/disaffected MI-5 agent discovering a new player in the European theatre. Always am up for some nitty gritty British/Euro spy stuff. Watched the first episode online, wish I didn't have to wait an entire nother for the second. Expand
  5. May 9, 2018
    8
    This was a pleasant surprise. Kinda spy vs spy but there is something fresh about it. Not a zombie, vampire or super hero in sight. I get aThis was a pleasant surprise. Kinda spy vs spy but there is something fresh about it. Not a zombie, vampire or super hero in sight. I get a sense that it does not take itself too serous but it makes for good tv escapism. Expand
  6. Apr 21, 2018
    6
    the problem of this show is that it doesn't know whether it takes it seriously or not, whether it makes fun of spy tropes or has to resort tothe problem of this show is that it doesn't know whether it takes it seriously or not, whether it makes fun of spy tropes or has to resort to the most tired of them.
    Otherwise it is fun, but not at all in the same league as Hannibal or any far more intelligent -and dare I say beautiful- shows that some pundit critics compare it to.
    It's British in its self-deprecatory tone, but as always with English snobs, it's just fake-modesty and wants us to believe it is smarter than the plebs....which it is not.
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  7. 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

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