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  • Summary: Matthew Weiner's anthology series features stories of people who claim to be descendants of the Russian royal family (who were executed in 1918).
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 10, 2018
    75
    [“The Violet Hour”] takes some unexpected and some predictable turns along the way, but it’s ultimately an enjoyable, charming story. ... “The Royal We” is less involving than “The Violet Hour.” Shelly’s story proves more compelling than Michael’s and the Romanoff theme is more pronounced and bizarre. ... [The third episode is] the second best of the first three episodes made available for review.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Oct 12, 2018
    70
    The most salient detail I can share about all of these episodes is that they’re all at least 15 minutes too long. ... Still, the qualities that made Mad Men so good are present here, if buried a bit beneath all the excess.
  3. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Oct 10, 2018
    67
    There’s something potent there, something fundamentally Weiner-esque. But it just doesn’t connect in these three episodes. And so the show mirrors its characters in yet another way: It falls short of those which came before it.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Haigis
    Oct 10, 2018
    50
    Amazon’s The Romanoffs, an anthology series co-written and directed by Matthew Weiner, is ambitious but disappointingly inconsistent.
  5. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Oct 12, 2018
    50
    The Romanoffs asks a lot of viewers, with far-flung narratives that lack tonal consistency from episode to episode.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 11, 2018
    50
    An opulent enterprise often eliciting little more than a head-scratching "Is that all there is" after these over-long vignettes. The tone shifts gears from a trite tale of martial stagnation and temptation from the John Cheever playbook to a more successful attempt to evoke The Twilight Zone's Rod Sterling in a surreal and disorienting "House of Special Purpose." [15-28 Oct 2018, p.8]
  7. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Oct 11, 2018
    30
    The connections are faulty and the writing is weak; the Romanov/Romanoff conceit is like caviar on a ham sandwich. The three stories made available for review are slightly salacious, yes, but also narratively trite; it’s as if Mr. Weiner set out to create a hybrid of “Black Mirror” and “Hallmark Hall of Fame.”

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Nov 19, 2018
    10
    My first review ever, I felt compelled to do so because of how much I disagreed with the low ratings given to this series. Not sure why theMy first review ever, I felt compelled to do so because of how much I disagreed with the low ratings given to this series. Not sure why the lukewarm reviews...perhaps because many of the characters are "unlikeable" and certain elements of these stories are not PC...but after watching all 7, this is easily the best thing out right on in terms of TV....Episode 1: 8/10, Episode 2: 9.5/10, Episode 3: 8.5/10, Episode 4: 6/10, Episode 5: 8/10, Episode 6: 2/10, and Episode 7: 10/10. The only terrible episode is episode 6, totally unwatchable boring love story with terrible acting. Other than that, these self contained episodes were awesome, great casting, writing, suprise endings, etc. Top notch work Matt W Expand
  2. Dec 9, 2018
    10
    I've watched 5 episodes so far. Each is a totally different story with different actors. The acting is great in all of them. The visuals areI've watched 5 episodes so far. Each is a totally different story with different actors. The acting is great in all of them. The visuals are beautiful in all except episode 4, which is the dog of all the episodes, and absolute pile of crap. The stories are mixed. In fact, this is the MOST MIXED QUALITY show I have ever watched in my life. There are great ones and really really awful ones. But if you have Amazon Prime just watch the best ones. No harm no foul. So I'm giving this series a 10 based on its strongest episodes. Just skip the others.

    Out of the first 5 episodes I've seen so far, episode 1 and episode 5 are the ones to watch. In fact, episode 5 should be required viewing for everyone in this sick day and age.

    As far as I'm concerned, on the other hand, 2, 3 and 4 are junk.

    You should definitely watch Episode 5, Bright and High Circle. You may or may not love Episode 1, The Violet Hour, as much as I did.

    The first episode's story was great. It was about a somewhat wealthy bigoted old woman dealing with the fact that she has been assigned a Muslim maid, as she also deals with her son's girlfriend who wants nothing more than for the old woman to die so that her boyfriend will inherit the old woman's apartment. Episode 5 was the best. But I don't want to give away anything and spoil it. It's about a bunch of rich families and their piano teacher. That's all I'll say.

    The second episode was about a man on jury duty who lusts after another juror. It was terrible. The third, about an actress acting in a mini-series about the Romanov family in Russia, was far beyond ridiculous. It reminded me of that old Michael Douglas movie called, The Game. The fourth is about an extremely selfish unlikeable 50-ish woman who seems to be upset that all the devious selfish things she's done in her life are not paying dividends, but that instead, she's miserable. Hard to care. Hard to watch. And to make matters worse for whatever reason, the visuals and camera work in the 4th episode are not particularly great. Just average.
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  3. Oct 20, 2018
    9
    Having watched all three episodes, I know to expect the unexpected. I enjoy being taken to a different place each week with completelyHaving watched all three episodes, I know to expect the unexpected. I enjoy being taken to a different place each week with completely different stories and even genres. It's great to see these actors being given the chance to perform such distinct roles in just one episode. Rather than picking things apart, I am kind of just kicking back and enjoying. I recommend checking it out and viewing it on its own terms. Expand
  4. Nov 9, 2018
    5
    I've gone back and fourth on this show and ultimately my impressions have become mostly negative. I first accepted that it wasn't Mad Men (andI've gone back and fourth on this show and ultimately my impressions have become mostly negative. I first accepted that it wasn't Mad Men (and nothing on this show matches Mad Men) and tried to accept it on its on merits. What I got was a good first episode, an okay to great second episode, an odd third episode (the pacing was awful in said episode), a forth okay to great episode, and a fifth and sixth awful. Overall, I hope this gets cancelled so Matt Weiner can go back to doing long form storytelling on TV, provided he gets a heap of studio notes and proper restrictions so he doesn't go spending money on worthless tours of Mexico city that add nothing to the story (for god's sake, Matt, even James Bond movies only do three establishing shots of a location, not 20). Whatever restrictions he got on Mad Men were obviously for the better because that show at its worst was still better than this. Also, for a show so lavishly budgeted, it should have had multiple directors. Somehow Matt can't compose a competent image to save his own life (there was more to Stanley Kubrick than symmetrical compositions, Matt, that doesn't make you within spitting distance of him because you try to make every shot wide and centered, it's just lazy and misguided) Expand
  5. Oct 14, 2018
    5
    The pacing for Ep. 1 of this show (The Violet Hour) seemed to be all over the place. As a stand alone piece (within an anthology) it did notThe pacing for Ep. 1 of this show (The Violet Hour) seemed to be all over the place. As a stand alone piece (within an anthology) it did not work and the ending seemed glib and way too cute, given what had come before.

    The wider intent of looking at contemporary global topics (e.g. immigration and cultural diversity) through the mangled DNA of the lost Romanov herd, also felt pretentious and way too forced. Only the presence of Marthe Keller kept me engaged through out. I suspect the problem might have been that no one could quite match her talents.

    I'll persevere i think for 2-3 more outings more but I expected a punchier kick off.
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