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  • Series Premiere Date: May 12, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 97 Ratings

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  • Summary: The five-episode limited series based on the novels by Edward St. Aubyn spans several decades of Patrick Melrose's (Benedict Cumberbatch) life that included physical abuse from his father (Hugo Weaving), a mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who did nothing to stop it, alcoholism, drug addiction,The five-episode limited series based on the novels by Edward St. Aubyn spans several decades of Patrick Melrose's (Benedict Cumberbatch) life that included physical abuse from his father (Hugo Weaving), a mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who did nothing to stop it, alcoholism, drug addiction, recovery, marriage, and fatherhood. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    May 14, 2018
    100
    To be honest, it’s also not the easiest viewing experience, especially if you lack awareness of the depths to which Cumberbatch and St. Aubyn push Patrick. Watching Cumberbatch race through so many character shades proves dizzying in that first hour. But in return, subsequent episodes allow the viewer to appreciate his periods of steadiness and calm. ... Nicholls makes optimal use of St. Aubyn’s silvery language throughout the script. Edward Berger’s direction and James Friend’s cinematography ensure the visual experience speaks as loudly and purposefully as the people in Patrick’s world.
  2. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    May 10, 2018
    90
    Anchored by Cumberbatch’s performance, the miniseries is remarkably neither too long nor too short.
  3. Reviewed by: Ira Madison III
    May 11, 2018
    90
    While we’ve certainly seen stories that satirize society’s upper class and upend their addiction to manners to great comic effect, this series hinges on a dazzling performance by Cumberbatch that reminds us why he’s become one of the internet’s most obsessive riddles of the past eight years.
  4. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    May 9, 2018
    88
    Patrick's life may be in shambles, but the series manages to assemble its disparate pieces into something deeply beautiful. It might just be powerful enough for Cumberbatch's notoriously spirited fan base to forget all about Sherlock and Strange. Maybe.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    May 9, 2018
    80
    The series as a whole is not without its flaws, but it’s definitely worth watching for what Cumberbatch brings to it.
  6. Reviewed by: Joseph Falcone
    May 14, 2018
    70
    Under the guidance of Cumberbatch, who serves as executive producer, Nicholls’ translation is a surprisingly positive endeavour, combating the inherent bleakness and social commentary of Aubyn’s stern prose with black comedy and an unceasing desire to better one’s self. ... There’s just too much to unpack in a mere handful of hours--simply put.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    May 12, 2018
    30
    Unless you have a mysterious fascination with ravaged children or junkies coming apart at the seams, this show is best avoided.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. lug
    May 13, 2018
    10
    Truly enjoyed this opening episode. Roller coaster of emotions is probably best description of Cumberbatch's portrayal of Melrose. Having readTruly enjoyed this opening episode. Roller coaster of emotions is probably best description of Cumberbatch's portrayal of Melrose. Having read the books I was not upset that some aspects were not covered or were left out. Wonderful job by screenplay writer to bring to life the essence of the story. Cannot wait for the rest of the series. Cumberbatch is simply stunning in the part and gives 110% to it!!! Bravo!! Expand
  2. May 22, 2018
    10
    Cumberbatch does it again. What else is there to say? I will never stop watching his work because he is honestly batting a thousand
  3. May 13, 2018
    10
    Cumberbatch in a new skin. The colourful character Patrick, played by Benedict perfectly! WOW! This is one of the best TV-series I've seen inCumberbatch in a new skin. The colourful character Patrick, played by Benedict perfectly! WOW! This is one of the best TV-series I've seen in the last 1-2 years. Wow, just wow. All done well! I look forward to the next series! Expand
  4. Jun 14, 2018
    8
    Another great performance from Mr. Cumberbatch. The darker and seamier side of the idle rich in Britain. It's a hard slog due to the mainAnother great performance from Mr. Cumberbatch. The darker and seamier side of the idle rich in Britain. It's a hard slog due to the main character's consistent inability to rise even half way out of his self loathing and self pity. I understand that the real character was even more unlikable. Victims of horrific childhoods do have options, and it is an uphill battle, but when you opt for brain altering drugs the decks are stacked. Expand
  5. Jul 8, 2018
    8
    Holy **** Benedict Cumberbatch is actually genius. His acting as Patrick Melrose is just the best I've ever seen. The show was depressing butHoly **** Benedict Cumberbatch is actually genius. His acting as Patrick Melrose is just the best I've ever seen. The show was depressing but had a hopeful ending. Expand
  6. Jun 18, 2018
    7
    I never really cared about Cumberbatch and his performance irritates me in parts but the show does grip you from the start. It's very well made.
  7. May 13, 2018
    0
    Too much scenery chewing with Cumberbatch yet again. Couldn't get pass that performance to give it another chance. One hour felt like aToo much scenery chewing with Cumberbatch yet again. Couldn't get pass that performance to give it another chance. One hour felt like a lifetime. Hard pass. Expand

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