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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: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  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: Tim Surette
    Sep 20, 2018
    95
    Don't let the weird tag scare you off; Maniac is the boldest, most unique, flippin' strange masterpiece of 2018.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 19, 2018
    88
    Mostly--and occasionally despite itself--Maniac is just fun, at points raucously funny. ... Dive in, don't think, enjoy. You most likely will, by the way.
  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: James Poniewozik
    Sep 20, 2018
    80
    Maniac is inventive and well-paced enough (the episodes clock in at a welcome 40 minutes or less) to breeze past its missteps. ... In an age of desiccated puzzle-stories, Maniac puts emotion first, even at the risk of sentimentality. It’s a heart-shaped Rubik’s Cube, a funny, consistently surprising fable of broken machines trying to reassemble themselves.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Sep 21, 2018
    60
    Maniac isn’t weird enough to really achieve what it wants to, but it does say something--however accidentally--about how reality is already weird enough.
  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: 44 out of 62
  2. Negative: 9 out of 62
  1. Oct 7, 2018
    10
    It seems to be inspired by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind, but more focused on psycho-analysis through dream interpretation. EachIt seems to be inspired by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind, but more focused on psycho-analysis through dream interpretation. Each character has their own repressed issues that they deal with together, as their dreams are all interconnected through the use of pharmaceuticals and a mind reading AI.

    It's very dark in the beginning, but it gets more interesting as their dreams become more and more strange; and they move from dream to dream. The dream is always connected to some real life tragedy, but they put themselves in the role of the hero in order to conquer the root of their mental problems. I like the varied landscapes and themes of the dreams, and I like the empowerment each character gets through imagining themselves as a more powerful (more normal) person.

    In the end, the movie turns out to have a very positive and uplifting destination....even if having taken us there by a dark and twisted path. I think this series could be remembered by a cult following....much like Eternal Sunshine.
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  2. Sep 30, 2018
    10
    What an amazing show kept me watching to the end. The story was fantastic! along with the acting. just all around time well spent. I did notWhat an amazing show kept me watching to the end. The story was fantastic! along with the acting. just all around time well spent. I did not want it to end. I’ll definitely recommend to all my friends Expand
  3. 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!!!!
  4. Oct 18, 2018
    8
    Netflix originals are usually pretty terrible but this one isn't; it's quite stylish, clever and unique. The acting is a bit lacking in someNetflix originals are usually pretty terrible but this one isn't; it's quite stylish, clever and unique. The acting is a bit lacking in some parts but given the sheer diversity of roles each actors must act, it's understandable and only a minor fault. This series gave me new hope for future Netflix titles. Expand
  5. Sep 22, 2018
    7
    may be terrifying, but it's the good kind..

    Maniac Maniac is a character driven mini-series about two unique personas that decides to go
    may be terrifying, but it's the good kind..

    Maniac

    Maniac is a character driven mini-series about two unique personas that decides to go under a scientific experiment and finds themselves bonding and exploring a newer world together. Created by Fukunaga and Sommerville, this sci-fi drama won't let you think that it is merely a series, for its set-pieces, production and art design along with jaw dropping visual effects gives you the apt cinematic experience.

    Along with these rich technical aspects, its comic based background score and stunning cinematography celebrates and justifies this tricky and twisted concept. The narrative is often stretched and too thin, but has gripping and adaptive structure to hold on to and since its premise allows it to jump from one illusion to another, its sub-plots and short stories are enough to attain the satisfying closure in each episodes.

    The zest to tell an honest and uncompromising tale fuels this sometimes emotionally shallow drama into a more raunchy and gut wrenching tale whose credit goes to none other than Fukunaga whose precision is far beyond one's imagination, he can easily surprise you through his sharp insight of the character's perspective. His creative world actually runs on subconscious thoughts and the major strength of his, is to not only fiddling with those characters but also the viewers where the entire frame of the screen along with props and background score that are used competently.

    Stone has emotions on the surface and with her expressive portrayal of a disturbed girl is amazing and on the other hand Hill is more reserved and subtle and addition to that, the supporting cast like Theroux and Field too delivers. The dark humor that runs smoothly which not only draws laugh but can scare you at times, the sweat drop precision of Fukunaga and the metaphorical concept that literally is imputed in each frame, are the high points of the mini-series.

    Maniac is more sane than regular tales, it doesn't overchews stuff, it doesn't take its enhanced concept for granted, it pushes the actors and viewers to newer territories that may be terrifying, but it's the good kind.
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  6. Sep 27, 2018
    6
    I'm 5 episodes in; not as intriguing and twisted as I hoped for, also feels like it's dragging on with the expectation of something about toI'm 5 episodes in; not as intriguing and twisted as I hoped for, also feels like it's dragging on with the expectation of something about to blow your mind but then fizzles into nothing. Maybe I'm spoiled by Channel Zero stories that move along with more intrigue and better pace. Emma Stone is an 'eye candy' and a very decent actress, unfortunately Jonah Hill is an absolute snooze fest that lacks dimension to be an interesting character in this series. Expand
  7. Sep 27, 2018
    0
    Full of Annoying. Unnecessary brutal scenes (they just put brutal scenes to avoid boring themselves ), and annoying scenes and sounds. Why theFull of Annoying. Unnecessary brutal scenes (they just put brutal scenes to avoid boring themselves ), and annoying scenes and sounds. Why the laboratory keeps change light in Red, Green, Blue? am I watching Teletubbies? Expand

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