Maniac: Miniseries Reviews

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October 2, 2018
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.
October 2, 2018
Maniac is more like a meandering journey that tries to deliver a message that doesn't actually exist amidst a science fictional world that attempts to straddle the border between reality and fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 26, 2018
Maniac seems more concerned with being great than being arresting, relatable, or funny... it's hard to let the actors' goodness raise to the forefront while sitting in that smog of importance.
September 28, 2018
Maniac on Netflix is not nearly as clever as it thinks it is.
September 21, 2018
With such a weak sense of place and individual characters, the show never really works. It never transcends its basic conceit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
September 28, 2018
While impressive for its detailed and certainly imaginative world building, Maniac rarely dares to truly confound its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 3, 2018
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).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 20, 2018
Understandably off-kilter but chaotic and dense Pharma Satirical-Fiction, nevertheless. Maniac is a pill that's difficult to swallow with adverse narrative side effects.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 14, 2018
For all its manic poses and deflationary snark, it's ultimately patronizingly sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 15, 2018
In its tautological mantra, though, Maniac ends up echoing its own central failing.
September 21, 2018
While the leads, especially Stone, are fine, their performances sometimes struggle against the off-kilter nature of the material.
September 23, 2018
Maniac is a big, weird, tightly controlled mess of a show.
September 17, 2018
The show is half-baked and inconsistent: we've got a sad man and a badass woman, but they never feel like more than conceits, pre-stocked with conflict and resolution.
September 20, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2018
With Cary Joji Fukunaga at the helm and actors Emma Stone and Jonah Hill willing to go down these rabbit holes, the series elevates television to new heights
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 7, 2018
Maniac is an odd tale about a world where rather peculiar happenings occur in a deeply believable yet stylistic way
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 21, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 24, 2018
This is the kind of miniseries that will get attention for its visual creativity, but it's a trip worth taking because of the deeper places it wants to explore.
October 15, 2018
If you can appreciate storylines, within storylines, within storylines, Maniac may be the perfect limited series for you.
September 28, 2018
Surprise. That intangible so difficult to achieve. That moment in which a series leaves classic parameters and takes the path that you never thought you wanted to walk. [Full Review in Spanish]
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