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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 18, 2018
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  • Summary: The Ben Stiller-directed eight-part limited series dramatizes the 2015 Dannemora prison break in upstate New York, where convicted murderer Richard Matt (Benicio del Toro) plans an escape with fellow inmate David Sweat (Paul Daon) with the help of Tilly Mitchell (Patricia Arquette), theThe Ben Stiller-directed eight-part limited series dramatizes the 2015 Dannemora prison break in upstate New York, where convicted murderer Richard Matt (Benicio del Toro) plans an escape with fellow inmate David Sweat (Paul Daon) with the help of Tilly Mitchell (Patricia Arquette), the married prison shop supervisor who had become involved with both of them. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Nov 15, 2018
    100
    A transformative work that so vividly brings the drama to life it might as well be brand-new to its audience. ... [Ben Stiller's] gorgeous and haunting work, combined with a career-best performance from Arquette, helps Dannemora transcend into one of the best TV experiences of the year.
  2. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Nov 13, 2018
    100
    Though there are moments throughout Dannemora where Stiller shows off his talent for creating thrilling, tense sequences regarding the machinations leading up to the escape, the series is perhaps even more dynamic in its quiet character moments. It’s an acting showcase for the leads.
  3. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Nov 8, 2018
    90
    Riveting and superbly acted seven-part true-crime docudrama. [12-25 Nov 2018, p.11]
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Nov 14, 2018
    80
    Stiller and the writers get a little carried away with the dull work these men had to perform before they escaped. But still, the acting carries us through, as if we’re under a dark spell.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Nov 16, 2018
    80
    A smart, watchable, elegantly made fact-based drama.
  6. 75
    It’s to the credit of everyone involved (especially director of photography Jessica Lee Gagné and her love of humble Kelly Reichardt grays) that they stick to the story, tell it with not an ounce of bombast and leave this post-Altman purgatory the way they found it. Some stones unturned, but otherwise a hollow, puttering husk of existence is left thoroughly gleaned.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Nov 13, 2018
    50
    Unfortunately, all the top-notch acting can't quite overcome the pacing problems of Escape at Dannemora. It takes five episodes to get out of the prison and even Stiller's most impressive and creative efforts at illuminating all the discovery, digging and sweat it took to get there can't make it more exciting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Nov 19, 2018
    10
    loved the first episode, will watch it till the end, great setting, awesome bunch of characters
  2. Dec 12, 2018
    10
    Do not miss this. The acting is top notch... All three leads give award quality performance. Del Toro is incredibly watchable in his slimyDo not miss this. The acting is top notch... All three leads give award quality performance. Del Toro is incredibly watchable in his slimy seductive role. I cannot believe Ben Stiller directed this. It looks grimy and claustrophobic and the town is incredibly depressing but also strangely beautiful. More than anything, you feel like you are there in this cold dirty place where nobody really wants to be. Once the action starts. (im through 4 episodes) the procedural part of planning the escape is superb. Somehow Arquette is equally pathetic and relatable, I could believe in how she got to this point... The scenes inside the bowels of the prison are really tense even though you know what's going to happen. I'll say it again. Do not miss this. It's fantastic. Expand
  3. Nov 30, 2018
    10
    This is a fantastic true crime drama that is unlike any TV show I have ever seen. The texture of the characters is so deep you will need toThis is a fantastic true crime drama that is unlike any TV show I have ever seen. The texture of the characters is so deep you will need to watch each episode at least twice to take it all in.
    Can't wait for episode 3 as the inmates plan their prison break. I just get the feeling that the writers and director will take us all to some very dark places!!! BRAVO!!!
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  4. Nov 19, 2018
    10
    This show is secretly **** hilarious, I think some people just don't realize it yet. First one is amazing and they didn't even start escaping yet.
  5. Nov 19, 2018
    9
    What a fantastic pilot episode! The four lead actors are truly incredible - masters of their craft. So great to see David Morse back inWhat a fantastic pilot episode! The four lead actors are truly incredible - masters of their craft. So great to see David Morse back in action. And Benicio? This role fits him like a glove. And Arquette? Just give her the Emmy now. Expand
  6. Dec 10, 2018
    6
    Despite the good acting, especially Patricia Arquette who may win an Emmy for her performance here, I found this show lacking in appeal. It isDespite the good acting, especially Patricia Arquette who may win an Emmy for her performance here, I found this show lacking in appeal. It is gritty and full of unsavory characters as might be expected in a prison film. That makes it realistic, I suppose, but still not my favorite type of story. At times it is excruciatingly boring. They could have reduced the number of episodes by half and made for a much more interesting and faster paced series. I am being generous by giving it a 6. Expand
  7. Nov 28, 2018
    0
    I"m writing from Malone. I worked Clinton (Dannemora) for 12 years. I know Palmer, Tilly was married to my cousin (before Mitchell).I"m writing from Malone. I worked Clinton (Dannemora) for 12 years. I know Palmer, Tilly was married to my cousin (before Mitchell).

    First, what's with the Chicago accents?

    Second, I've lived in that jail. Inmates don't have "papers" ( I still don't get that scene) and the yard scene is missing CO's. That just doesn't happen. There are CO's all over that yard. The picnic table scene makes no sense at all, and the "shakedown" guard's hair touches his collar. Doesn't happen.

    Also, the cell block looks like the old Oz set.

    Palmer never had keys to to catwalk. I never had them ( and he would have reported to me ).
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