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Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

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  • Summary: John Dutton (Kevin Costner) and his family deal with numerous issues involved with owning the largest ranch in the US including politicians, land/oil developers, an Indian reservation, and its neighbor, Yellowstone Park.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jun 16, 2018
    85
    Fiercely engrossing.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 14, 2018
    70
    The two-hour “Yellowstone” pilot is both talky and somewhat predictable as it establishes the characters, their relationships and conflicts. But future episodes offer more surprises and deepen the characters--flashbacks help establish why Beth is the way she is--making “Yellowstone” an enticing summer diversion.
  3. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Jun 20, 2018
    70
    Though “Yellowstone,” at least in the early going, has its flaws--please make scenes of people having sex standing up against a wall go away forever--it’s a solid piece of work.
  4. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jun 14, 2018
    50
    Yellowstone’s weaknesses is its failure to teach viewers why (or why not) we should root for his independence; his Western entitlement alone won’t cut it, and the character Costner plays is unfortunately averse to explanatory monologues. ... Sheridan mostly resists the temptation to turn the series into a soap opera, relying on his knowledge of what today’s West actually looks and feels like, which gives the series its authentic air. The Montana and Utah locations help, too, supplying plenty of high-def beauty.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jun 20, 2018
    50
    There are larger-than-life characters and then there are impossible-to-believe roles, and “Yellowstone” runs deep with the latter. ... There’s a much easier way of summing up “Yellowstone”: Horsepucky.
  6. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Jun 19, 2018
    42
    So much of Yellowstone seems needlessly morbid and painfully paced.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jun 18, 2018
    30
    A big, sprawling mess ... Yellowstone tries to be so expansive and soap-operatic that there's barely any realism in it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 7 out of 15
  1. Jul 1, 2018
    10
    Great show with the huge potential. Feels very Sheridan. If you've watched his movies and love them before you will more than likely enjoyGreat show with the huge potential. Feels very Sheridan. If you've watched his movies and love them before you will more than likely enjoy this series too. I assume the first episodes should give us the detailed presentation and intriguing set-up while the other half of the show will develop in a very dramatic and frantic detective-like story. Expand
  2. Jun 20, 2018
    10
    Reminds me of Game of Thrones but instead of dragons, Montana. Lots of characters each with their own motivation and personality differences.Reminds me of Game of Thrones but instead of dragons, Montana. Lots of characters each with their own motivation and personality differences. The pacing was slower and the movement not as crisp as I would have suspected but I have an inkling it's due to the episodes that follow tying together the pilot's breadcrumbs. It's a 10 from me because I want to see what happens next and the characters are intriguing, despite their morality being questionable at best. Expand
  3. Jun 25, 2018
    10
    Very much enjoyed it so far. Haven’t been this entertained in a long time. Give it a shot and see for yourself.
  4. Jul 7, 2018
    4
    Sadly, virtually totally derivative material here. Maybe the "writers" should have re-visited Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove" to understandSadly, virtually totally derivative material here. Maybe the "writers" should have re-visited Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove" to understand how to do a sweeping western saga right. I was primarily drawn to watch by virtue of a credible cast. But, if you put sophomoric dialogue in their mouths, it's not gonna elevate the final product. I am only rating it this high as there is so much junk on the summer schedule that anything watchable gets a partial pass... Expand
  5. Jun 29, 2018
    3
    I just can't relate to billionaire cattle ranchers on any level. Not my cup of tea or in this case buffalo chips.
  6. Jun 25, 2018
    3
    Typical gratuitous profanity laced bore lacking in story craft, but that's what's delivered from narrative challenged immature "talent"Typical gratuitous profanity laced bore lacking in story craft, but that's what's delivered from narrative challenged immature "talent" produced and financed by today's studio stooges. Expand
  7. Jun 29, 2018
    0
    Pretty much disappointed,i mainly only watched 1st episode to see Buck Taylor,Rudy Ramos and Ian Bowen, and to see what it is about and i lovePretty much disappointed,i mainly only watched 1st episode to see Buck Taylor,Rudy Ramos and Ian Bowen, and to see what it is about and i love those 3 actors above and wish they were in more movies,i like Kevin Costner,but not near as much as the 3 i mentioned above,so i am sad Buck and Rudy are only in 1st episode,but i went ahead and watched 2nd episode..because Ian Bowen was suppose to be in it and i have yet to see him,i did not even see him in 1st episode,i loved him on Teen wolf and was excited to see him in a western,is he not really on here,i suffered thru the 2nd episode waiting to see him,because i am actually very bored with the Yellowstone series,so far,especially since there will be no more Rudy Ramos and Buck Taylor Expand

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