• Network: PBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 21, 2018

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5

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  1. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Oct 18, 2018
    It isn’t often that the components of a thriller can be said to blend perfectly with fiery social commentary, but it is the case with this marvelous production, which is downright terrifying in its aura of criminal menace and positively seething on the status of women--two very different dramatic forces, but they complement one another somehow.
  2. Reviewed by: Erin Keane
    Oct 30, 2018
    This haunting period thriller is the latest adaptation of Wilkie Collins' 1859 novel. ... Though set in the 19th century, it offers a timely indictment of cultural forces that privilege powerful men at the expense of women to this day.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Oct 19, 2018
    Adapted in five parts, the better for you to soak in its candlelit atmosphere, it’s a story made for serialization, and, unlike some Victorian television adaptations, it doesn't employ garish audio-visual effects to galvanize the modern viewer. Screenwriter Fiona Seres follows the outlines of the novel (and finds a way to maintain its multiple-testimony narrative), with some economical compression and original elaboration in the denouement.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 22, 2018
    The performances are solid and ingratiating. ... The miniseries’ resolution is particularly satisfying and even surprising for a story that originated in the 19th century. In Seres’ confident telling, The Woman in White is as relevant as the Time’s Up movement.
  5. Reviewed by: Hanh Nguyen
    Oct 22, 2018
    Once viewers power through the bafflingly slow first episode, the series becomes equally engrossing and enraging as patriarchal machinations push the siblings into intolerable situations.

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