A Very English Scandal: Miniseries Reviews

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March 8, 2019
Grant's Thorpe is charismatic company yet essentially deeply sad, a stranger even to himself. It's a very English kind of suffering.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 4, 2019
'A Very English Scandal' chooses humor as a combat weapon: because the oppressors are won with laughter. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 8, 2019
This masterful drama certainly resurrects the seedier, more headline-grabbing elements of the case and retells them with stunning panache and beautiful comic timing - but the effect now is... to put that version of England on trial.
January 30, 2019
If it's difficult to see Thorpe as a victim from the first two episodes, it's a scene in A Very English Scandal's closing episode that renders Davies' point crystal clear.
December 28, 2018
As it is, because the true events it so deftly depicts are largely unknown to American audiences, the three-part A Very English Scandal will make for very satisfying mini-binge on Friday night or this weekend.
December 18, 2018
Grant is capable of far more range, emotion and subtlety than many of his roles allow, and he gets to show that off here, somehow giving this portrait of a master manipulator some humanity in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 18, 2018
Russell T Davies pens the three-parter and -- as with all of his work -- he expertly blends comedy with the drama, and the end result is something magnificent.
December 18, 2018
Mind you - and this is the beauty of the story - nothing is straightforward.
December 18, 2018
Thorpe was a thoroughly bad egg, but thanks to Grant's mesmerising performance, one you're happy to spend some time with.
December 18, 2018
There is an appealing madcap quality to all three episodes of the show, but the series reaches its dramatic peak in the final installment, with wonderful courtroom scenes.
December 18, 2018
You get the officiousness, the fear, and the ambitiousness in [Grant's] performance.
December 17, 2018
Whishaw's performance as Scott, a symphony of insecurity and need, works as a perfect stylistic complement to Grant's charismatically double-sided Thorpe.
December 17, 2018
Grant is just so thoroughly likeable and even the character of Thorpe is drawn with wit and affection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 17, 2018
If you think British historical dramas are all decorous whisperings about how one should behave upon meeting the queen, this mini-series is here to prove that notion wrong.
December 17, 2018
What makes A Very English Scandal land, and not careen too far into silliness, is how genuinely grounded it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 17, 2018
Although A Very English Scandal will probably best be remembered for the two incredible performances at the heart of its narrative, it is also a careful study in how to balance a story in which the truth is almost certainly stranger than any fiction.
December 17, 2018
Positively Clintonian in his rakishness, charm, and preternatural ability to enjoin people to clean up his many messes, Thorpe oozed charisma-which Grant captures brilliantly.
December 17, 2018
It was exhilarating and dynamic, this tragicomedy of errors, without sacrificing the ability to say something serious amid all the madness. A sensational adaptation, in every sense of the word.
December 12, 2018
Great acting in political sex scandal miniseries.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 30, 2018
Ben Whishaw as Scott mesmerizingly combines the vulnerable and the determined, with a determination born of principle as much as need.
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