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83

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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 197 Ratings

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  • Summary: Written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the adaptions of the novellas by Luke Jennings follows the cat-and-mouse chase by MI5 security officer Eve (Sandra Oh) for the international assassin, who goes by the codename Villanelle (Jodie Comer).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Apr 5, 2018
    100
    Killing Eve is a spy story, a murder mystery, a spellbinding character drama, and a gloriously wicked comedy. It all comes together to make one of the year’s most delightful and captivating series that will hopefully play on for many seasons to come (Serendipitously, the series was renewed for Season 2 just before this review published).
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Apr 7, 2018
    90
    Alternating effortlessly between weirdly funny and chillingly tense, Killing Eve is the utterly endearing love child of oddball British novelist Luke Jennings and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who writes and stars in the eccentric Brit television comedy Fleabag.
  3. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Apr 11, 2018
    90
    Killing Eve, which like Fleabag is mostly set in London, has the same irreverent sense of humor and the same intense exploration of the psychology of its lead characters. Here, those qualities don’t always come together with the conventions of the spy story in perfect harmony. But they do make something new, gratifying, and--in its finest moments--thrilling.
  4. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Apr 6, 2018
    80
    Killing Eve is attempting something rare, wild and risky. It may not always hit its chosen targets, but it’s usually entertaining to watch it try.
  5. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Apr 10, 2018
    80
    Killing Eve is an escapist show, but it demands you take your brain with you.
  6. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Apr 9, 2018
    80
    Enjoying Killing Eve for the wickedness of its narrative, its tart and caustic humor and the exciting run-down is a simple enough proposition. All of those components are satisfying, and both Oh and Comer turn in substantial performances, making the most of their screen time both separately and together--particularly together.
  7. Reviewed by: Julia Selinger
    Apr 4, 2018
    75
    The series combines a dry comedy's affection for the mundane with the slick look and tone of a psychosexual thriller, and the result is something wholly original, suspenseful, and caustically funny.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 32
  2. Negative: 6 out of 32
  1. Apr 21, 2018
    10
    Ridiculous black comedy the lead is excellent Ms Oh lifts it above the average. I'm actually looking forward to the third episode so it mustRidiculous black comedy the lead is excellent Ms Oh lifts it above the average. I'm actually looking forward to the third episode so it must be doing something right, for me anyway. Expand
  2. Dec 21, 2018
    10
    Love, love, love this show. Sandra Oh is incredible in her role as Eve. The women roles are written strong, independent, and witty sarcasticLove, love, love this show. Sandra Oh is incredible in her role as Eve. The women roles are written strong, independent, and witty sarcastic personalities. I am so excited that this show has already been renewed for a second season. This is a must watch Expand
  3. Jan 12, 2019
    9
    Sandra Oh is so good in this show she almost convinced me to watch Greys Anatomy. Almost, though, I don’t hate myself enough to catch up onSandra Oh is so good in this show she almost convinced me to watch Greys Anatomy. Almost, though, I don’t hate myself enough to catch up on 15 seasons worth of medical soap opera.

    Killing Eve is the funniest drama to come about since Breaking Bad.
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  4. Jul 6, 2018
    8
    Convincing, intelligent dialogues, authentic and not over-styled characters.
  5. Apr 21, 2018
    6
    the problem of this show is that it doesn't know whether it takes it seriously or not, whether it makes fun of spy tropes or has to resort tothe problem of this show is that it doesn't know whether it takes it seriously or not, whether it makes fun of spy tropes or has to resort to the most tired of them.
    Otherwise it is fun, but not at all in the same league as Hannibal or any far more intelligent -and dare I say beautiful- shows that some pundit critics compare it to.
    It's British in its self-deprecatory tone, but as always with English snobs, it's just fake-modesty and wants us to believe it is smarter than the plebs....which it is not.
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  6. May 31, 2018
    4
    I think the overarching story is a good one but alas is let down by mediocre writing and directing. I think the viewer is introduced to thisI think the overarching story is a good one but alas is let down by mediocre writing and directing. I think the viewer is introduced to this early in the first episode, 2nd scene I think, where the chinese chick is having a nightmare and screaming her **** off. Have we not moved on from this overly melodramatic, childish nonsense in 2018. A later episode has 3 assassins who turn on each other in just one of the most amateurish, nonsensical, childish scenes I have had the misfortune to witness of late. This scene would pass as slapstick comedy, quite out of place with the genre of most of the episodes, one where you find your eyes rolling up.

    I think we also need to consider just how many shows we need pushing the feminine star/hero who just happens to prefer other women to boys. It's a shame, it's an interesting story which just was not translated to screen very well.
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  7. Oct 1, 2018
    0
    There should be a name for an effect where the show seems better than it really is, simply because of the subject matter. MI5, russians,There should be a name for an effect where the show seems better than it really is, simply because of the subject matter. MI5, russians, assassins, serious stuff, right? Wrong! For all its self-important charachters (sometimes too much so), the treatment is so naive and cartoonish as to beggar belief. What starts off as a brilliant show drops off somewhere amidst the subliminal feminist messages and self-congratulations.Will not be investing any more time in watching the second season. A great opportunity wasted! Expand

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