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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 2018
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  • Summary: Jonah Hill and Emma Stone undergo a drug trial that goes awry in this adaptation of a Norwegian comedy series of the same name.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Sep 20, 2018
    100
    Netflix’s Maniac is a fascinating, brilliant show, and one of my favorites of 2018. We should expect no less from the creative voices behind “The Leftovers” and “True Detective,” but this show still found a way to surprise me episode after episode. ... Maniac plays with genre and dramatic expectations to gain insight into the human condition in ways that other programs can’t touch.
  2. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Sep 13, 2018
    100
    Maniac is a crescendo across genres that doesn’t stop building. ... Its power comes, in part, from its refusal to sprawl. As a trial of something new, Maniac passes every test, and ascends instantly to take its place among the very best TV of the year. Its eagerness to expose unexpected angles is its great gift.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 20, 2018
    91
    Maniac, for its part, throws down a tale that swerves to the left and swerves to the right without ever losing velocity. But seeing is believing while not believing what you’re seeing is also part of the experience.
  4. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 13, 2018
    80
    There’s a fusion here between modern melancholia and those romps where potential lovers keep encountering one another in skips through time, which sounds tedious but works somewhat splendidly, once the series gets going. ... Hill and Stone are both terrifically capable at conveying the series’s many moods, while Theroux looks especially grateful to be hamming it up after so much deeply-furrowed frowning in “The Leftovers.”
  5. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Sep 20, 2018
    80
    Few shows are laid out this intricately or methodically, and the callbacks as the series progresses are gratifying and worth the effort of paying attention. This goes for Fukunaga’s winking, sumptuous direction; Stone and Hill’s challenging, ultimately miraculous performances; and Somerville’s tangled scripts. The process of uncoiling the knots might piss you off, but achieving it in the end feels like an accomplishment. Even if the achievement ends up being not as profound as you thought it might be.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 19, 2018
    80
    The audacity and eccentricity of the thing comes as a welcome jolt to a Peak TV universe where too many shows are capable but familiar, coherent but dull. Is it real? Hell if I know. Is it entertaining? Absolutely.
  7. Reviewed by: Emily Nussbaum
    Sep 20, 2018
    40
    Promising themes dissolve, episode by episode, into something more like forced quirkiness, revealing a buried conventionality, the curse of way too much cool-looking TV. ... Even an unreal world needs characters who make sense, particularly in a series that is as gooily devoted to exploring those characters’ inner lives as Maniac turns out to be. On this level, the show is half-baked and inconsistent.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Sep 21, 2018
    10
    It is amazing and so well-done. The cast is also perfect. It gets more and more exciting every episode. Iconic!!!!
  2. Sep 21, 2018
    10
    The Show was wonderful, Emma Stone stole the whole scene, she looks fantastic.
  3. Sep 21, 2018
    9
    From the three episodes I watched I get a really well made tv show with amazing acting. I like how surreal it gets and I just want to seeFrom the three episodes I watched I get a really well made tv show with amazing acting. I like how surreal it gets and I just want to see more. Emma stone stands out. The direction and soundtrack is top notch.I am probably gonna finish it today cuz it is really addictive. Expand
  4. Sep 22, 2018
    9
    I could not stop watching. Every episode is exciting and there are no fillers. Especially the last episodes towards the climax I became veryI could not stop watching. Every episode is exciting and there are no fillers. Especially the last episodes towards the climax I became very emotional and experienced all kinds of feelings. The cast did a great job and acting wise there is nothing to complain about either in the dramatic or the comedic scenes. The visuals and the 80s/new tech mixture was refreshing to watch, overall I think this mini series is a very fine and carefully created piece of art! Expand
  5. Sep 21, 2018
    3
    Wanted to love this so much because of the original. But the performances just did not hit home at all. Jonah Hill in particular was not inWanted to love this so much because of the original. But the performances just did not hit home at all. Jonah Hill in particular was not in the same realm as any of his cast, and it was difficult to watch. No chemistry with Emma (whose performance was fairly solid). If you want to beat the original version (which was phenomenal), it had better be insanely good. And it doesn't come close at all. Disappointed. Expand
  6. Sep 21, 2018
    2
    Pretentious. Boring. Yawn. Goodbye. Pretentious. Boring. Yawn. Goodbye. Pretentious. Boring. Yawn. Goodbye. Pretentious. Boring. Yawn.Pretentious. Boring. Yawn. Goodbye. Pretentious. Boring. Yawn. Goodbye. Pretentious. Boring. Yawn. Goodbye. Pretentious. Boring. Yawn. Goodbye. Pretentious. Boring. Yawn. Goodbye. Pretentious. Boring. Yawn. Goodbye. Expand
  7. Sep 21, 2018
    1
    I was excited about this due to the casting but...it's a huge miss. Emma Stone is fine in it. But Jonah Hill is NOT a serious dramatic actor.I was excited about this due to the casting but...it's a huge miss. Emma Stone is fine in it. But Jonah Hill is NOT a serious dramatic actor. He sucks the life out of the whole series. If they would have went with someone more dramatically inclined, the show could have been easier to get through. Overall, a muddled, slow moving and sadly, pointless, series. I got through the whole thing and wasn't sure what it was supposed to be about. Skip this one! Expand

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