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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 8, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 215 Ratings

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  • Summary: St. Louis crime reporter Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) returns to her small Missouri hometown for a story about a murder of a young girl and the disappearance of another only to experience reminders of her past in this eight-part drama based on the novel by Gillian Flynn.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Dec 14, 2018
    100
    Graced with some of the best performances Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson have ever given, directed with sure-handed and sometimes flamboyant style by Jean-Marc Vallee and dripping with honey-coated but often barbed dialogue, “Sharp Objects” is flat-out great television.
  2. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jun 19, 2018
    90
    On TV, Sharp Objects can't precisely capture Flynn's prose and the internalized descent into disorientation taken page-by-page, but series director Jean-Marc Vallee finds his own visual language that, driven by a ferociously wounded performance by Amy Adams, makes this eight-hour limited series haunting and riveting--both prestige and pulp.
  3. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Jul 9, 2018
    90
    Adams, with the support of executive producers Flynn, Noxon and Vallée and an extraordinary team of co-stars, makes Sharp Objects use Camille to weave a palpably dark parable about history’s impact, and how failing to confront its lasting damage traps us. Grim as this assessment may be, this also makes the drama one of the better offerings on TV right now--not a feel-good summertime story by any means, but one deserving of attention and worth seeing through to the finish.
  4. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Jul 5, 2018
    80
    Sharp Objects may not be compulsively watchable, but it’s much better than the “Gone Girl” movie, with its own sweaty, sensual, mesmerizing atmosphere.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Conner
    Jul 11, 2018
    75
    The layered darkness that inhabits Flynn's work is the primary hurdle here, and fans looking for a captivating mystery with Gone Girl's twists and turns will be disappointed. Fortunately, for those willing to soak in the experience, director Jean-Marc Vallée (Big Little Lies, Dallas Buyers Club) allows for the slow burn required to inhabit Flynn's deeply personal corners.
  6. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 6, 2018
    70
    Solving the crime is almost incidental to the lingering puzzle of Camille's clouded past. With prickly vulnerability, Adams brings poignant dimension to Flynn's pulp melodrama. [9 - 22 Jul 2018, p.12]
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jul 12, 2018
    45
    In the #MeToo era, HBO's Sharp Objects will inevitably be proclaimed a work of eloquent female empowerment. It isn't. It's slow, confusing, over-gothed and under-articulated. There's a good story squeaking from underneath all the messy baggage it carries, but it's probably easier to just go to Kmart for another suitcase rather than unpack this thing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 45
  2. Negative: 20 out of 45
  1. Jul 9, 2018
    10
    Promising story! The atmosphere is great and i love the relation between characters. Pretty good so far, I'll wait to see where is going this series.
  2. Sep 19, 2018
    10
    This mini HBO series is a perfect thriller in which you can see a complicated situation between Camille and Adora, Sharp objects travelsThis mini HBO series is a perfect thriller in which you can see a complicated situation between Camille and Adora, Sharp objects travels through the reasons for their intricate relationship and the effects that this has had for Camille. This series generates a great interest because nothing is predictable and when it seems that it is, you need to pay attention. I recommend watching and enjoy it Expand
  3. Jul 31, 2018
    8
    i've watched three episodes so far. I think there's genius here in the storytelling. Initially the flashbacks and the too close for comforti've watched three episodes so far. I think there's genius here in the storytelling. Initially the flashbacks and the too close for comfort camera-work and fragmentary, momentary shots might be annoying or seemingly pointless, but i think they are very intentional and constructive: taking us deeper into the main character's experiences. It also seems to be going pretty deep into identity issues and how sexual expression are so vexed for teenage girls especially. Expand
  4. Aug 14, 2018
    6
    I wanted this to be a shocking, dark thriller. I was looking forward to that. But, right from the start, it's so humorless, at least whatI wanted this to be a shocking, dark thriller. I was looking forward to that. But, right from the start, it's so humorless, at least what I've seen so far. I keep trying to watch and then turning the show off. There's nothing especially original here. A ton of cliches. Yes, Amy Adams is good, but the character she's playing is so dour, so difficult to root for and so distinctly unentertaining. She's a difficult stranger plodding through life. It's a slog. Maybe it'll get better in the 2nd season? We'll see. Note: that's about as drab a show open as I've ever seen. anemic music. Aimless montage. Misses the southern gothic vibe completely, IMHO. Expand
  5. Jul 13, 2018
    3
    I typically love the characters Amy Adams portrays but not in this slow-paced murder mystery. She plays Camille Preaker, a nearly washed up,I typically love the characters Amy Adams portrays but not in this slow-paced murder mystery. She plays Camille Preaker, a nearly washed up, alcoholic, cigarette addicted newshound in St Louis running down a missing girl report in tiny (pop: 2000) Wind Gap, her hometown. So we're off to a bad start already. When she reluctantly arrives in town, she immediately pisses off the beat down police chief, then the next day comes across three teen girls in a park where she's going to join a search. She acknowledges the teens' impressive rumor machine that they already knew who she was but she whiffs the opportunity to pump the gossiping teens for any backstory on the recent young girl murder or the missing girl. That's just poor writing, poor storytelling, and all this is only in episode one, ep two hasn't even played yet. There's all these cutaways, flashbacks, too, to her childhood there and that's irritating. The atmospherics are dark, moody, seedy, backwoodsy with little accompanying/transitioning music which is 1940s-ish when it's there at all. Such an environment is going to appeal to very, very few people. I expected so much more from Marti Noxon who brought us the edgy, fast-paced "UnREAL" series, oh well, one less show to follow. Expand
  6. Sep 1, 2018
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Sharp Objects' biggest strength was also it's biggest weakness. It had an uncanny ability to "suck you in" and grab your attention in a oddly compelling sort of way, make you engrossed in analyzing all the ambiguities. It was sort of like eating junk food- you don't enjoy it, you know it may not be good for you but you can't stop eating it. Yet the more you analyzed and focused your attention, the more weaknesses you saw. The quick editing cuts, dark atmospheric lighting (etc) and word hints that seemed to lend such an artistic communicative aura in the early shows failed to develop the narrative and seemed to become rather cliche and needlessly repetitious as it progressed through. There were so many seemingly hints that were not actually hints, actions that meant nothing, the director seed only concerned with atmosphere and creating a general dark mood, rather than telling a story, a narrative. After episode 3 I feared that I would not be presented enough info to make on informed opinion on the murderer, and wisely read the book. What struck me was how Camille in the book seemed more sympathetic because she said so many statements indicating a desire to improve and become a better person. These seemed totally omitted in the TV series. We were left to interpret actions which were troubling anyway. I really had a problem being sympathetic towards Camille and her decisions seemed compulsive, her motives not clear. Her appearance as a developmentally arrested person seemed understandable, although she was unaware of it. The book seemed somewhat brighter and did not resort to all of the sadistic emotional shocks seen in the HBO series. It would have been clearer if they had given Amy Adams more lines that could make her seem more sympathetic, rather then having the actress resort to all of her familiar acting staples- pretty looks with intelligence and a beguiling smile to make you like her. And I often felt too aware that she was Amy Adams and not Camile Preaker. Sometimes her physical beauty seemed diminished, but at other times she glowed with a perfect complexion like Lois Lane. Moving back and forth between 1st and 3rd person POV is fine, but it sucks when the audience doesn't know it. Why not have Amy Adams look rough and wiped out all the way through, all the time.? What's the point of making the audience uncomfortable, assaulting the audiences emotions? I'm concerned that Munchhausen Syndrome by Proxy was presented in an exaggerated sensationalized way. Clarkson was great as Adora, but she didn't have to be that acute over the top.

    As the series progressed I began to see through all the dazzle, I become used to it and it began to seem like style over substance. I think this series will be remembered as polarizing for the audience, you either love it or hate it. Men will look at it much differently then women, and this review is a mans POV. Perhaps this series was geared more to women? No male sympathetic characters except Curry and even he had flaws. At least the women, though unsympathetic, were stronger characters. Why not show Camile looking strong by her personal attributes and decisions rather then by having her seem stronger by comparing to weaker, incompetent, and flawed men. Overall I was disappointed with this series. The ending was particularly disappointing and almost seemed frivolous, like it was just giving up and the book had a much more fulfilling ending. The writer and the director's motives perplex me. Why do they seem to want to gut punch the audience? It doesn't seem necessary, but I guess they do. Life is rough and depressing enough, why spend time watching something that seems to want to gas light you and bring down?
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  7. Sep 8, 2018
    0
    Compelling, esp Adams, but no editor and reporter work that way, and no unproven reporter spends that much unproductive time on an out of townCompelling, esp Adams, but no editor and reporter work that way, and no unproven reporter spends that much unproductive time on an out of town assignment. Some continuity problems, too. But Adams and that cast are so good that that's a quibble. . Expand

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