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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 2, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) returns to his New York state hometown to consult on a case of a 11-year-old accused of murdering his parents, but with no known motive. His investigations lead to secrets that some will do anything to keep and a mysterious woman named Vera (CarrieDetective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) returns to his New York state hometown to consult on a case of a 11-year-old accused of murdering his parents, but with no known motive. His investigations lead to secrets that some will do anything to keep and a mysterious woman named Vera (Carrie Coon), who may be the key to everything. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Alex McLevy
    Jul 31, 2018
    83
    Simonds manages to craft a fresh and unusual story with which to fill in the parameters of the series’ framework.
  2. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Jul 27, 2018
    83
    The exploration is carefully laid out so each twist is effectively teased, and it’s also made to be a good time, even when it gets dark. The cast of likable actors helps out on that front, and Letts, in particular, stands out early on as a good ol’ boy who’s almost too well-meaning to be trusted.
  3. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Aug 1, 2018
    80
    If the first few episodes are any indication, this is yet another disturbing/thought-provoking mystery worth unraveling.
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Jul 30, 2018
    75
    The plot twists are absurd, but the fine cast shimmers. [3 Aug 2018, p.53]
  5. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Aug 1, 2018
    70
    [Bill Pullman as Detective Harry Ambrose is] not a great performance, but with its introductory quirks somewhat reduced, it's a sturdy and inquisitive one, allowing the new figures in the story to attract his attention and that of the viewers. Paul is comparably meant to be more solid than exciting. ... Coon is perfectly enigmatic, not quite the season's villain and yet utterly unsettling.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Jul 30, 2018
    70
    Some of the storytelling feels less refined than last year--people often sound like they’re over-explaining everything or verbalizing every question flitting through their minds when more subtlety would make for more effective drama--but the cast is again strong enough that The Sinner could again be an addictive summer distraction right when we need it.
  7. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jul 31, 2018
    60
    While this new batch of episodes isn’t exactly a laugh riot, it’s weirder than its predecessor, and not just because Henig has an unnerving, wide-eyed stillness that serves the early episodes well.

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  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Sep 22, 2018
    3
    Season 1 was at least compelling to watch because it toyed rather adroitly with our mind in its first episodes. The acting was also very good.Season 1 was at least compelling to watch because it toyed rather adroitly with our mind in its first episodes. The acting was also very good.
    Season 2 is way too slow...and predictable after episode 3. The usual tropes of the community hiding a big secret, the new-age sect etc etc... are nothing new.
    And Bill Pullman seems to need a dentist in every episode.
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