The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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It's satire and besides being tongue-in-cheek, should be funny. It isn't, it's funny like a toothache, and sinister. And it's hard to connect with the characters because they are not engaging and take the dark side of satire too seriously.
Maniac is absolutely absorbing in those moments, but they are far too few and the show never really connects the dots (even though, granted, not all dots need be connected when talking about the subconscious).
Maniac is just showing off from the first scenes. Like the man said, it insists upon itself. I felt just as trapped in Fukunaga's oppressively bespoke universe as Annie and Owen are in theirs, and I'm pretty sure that's not the point of the series.
Maniac is a new kind of TV experience that constantly questions what it means to be "normal," or if such a thing even exists. It's the rare psychological puzzle show that wears its heart on its sleeve, finding the humanity in mystery.