A Very English Scandal: Miniseries Reviews

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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 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.
September 18, 2018
A Very English Scandal seemingly does the impossible: kicking a very dramatic narrative into goal but lining it with some uproarious moments and a lot of humour.
July 3, 2018
Frears has long been a great actor for directors... Here, he brings the absolute best out of Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw, who give riveting performances in the telling of one of the U.K.'s most shocking political scandals. This is a must-see.
July 3, 2018
A Very English Scandal continues to swing back and forth... between madcap farce and historical tragedy.
July 2, 2018
At its core, A Very English Scandal is a very dark and sad tale, but you might not really notice it at first, because it's so very fun to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 2, 2018
A delicious three-part import with a first-class pedigree...
July 2, 2018
Grant is a revelation.
June 29, 2018
Still it's hard to deny the overwhelming force that dominates everything about this enterprise, namely its buoyant comedy, much of it lashing wit or a softer spoofing.
June 29, 2018
Real life does not always lend itself to dramatic adaptation, but Davies and Frears manage to make of it something both thoughtful and antic, historical but only in the brief asides a history lesson.
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June 29, 2018
As a playground for Whishaw and Grant, A Very English Scandal soars.
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June 28, 2018
A funny, sad, engaging winner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 28, 2018
Whishaw gives a performance that is the equal of Grant's in skill and nuance. His Scott is handsome, winsome, vulnerable, and unstable.
June 28, 2018
"A Very English Scandal" is a dazzling three hours and in pace and potency puts "The Crown" to shame.
June 25, 2018
There is an eccentric bit of electricity that runs through A Very English Scandal, one of the tightest and brightest and most sublime miniseries that you're likely to see on television in 2018.
June 20, 2018
Three hours is enough time for two great actors to craft performances whose collision-and an enmity that comes to look a bit like love-is some of the more edifying fun around.
June 14, 2018
It's a fascinatingly sordid story, and yet somehow instructive, showing how attitudes have changed - not only toward homosexuality but also in the way victims of powerful predators were judged.
June 4, 2018
It's become tediously predictable to praise this drama but, as Thorpe, Hugh Grant really has proved he's getting better as he's getting older...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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