Alias Grace: Miniseries (2017)


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Alias Grace

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Biting social commentary and Sarah Gadon's hypnotic performance make Alias Grace a worthy addition to the Margaret Atwood adaptation catalog.

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Critic Ratings: 81

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User Ratings: 1198

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Air date: Nov 3, 2017

Young American doctor Simon Jordan arrives at Canada's Kingston Penitentiary to study the perplexing mind of Grace Marks, a convicted murderer.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2017

Grace shares a palm reader's grim predictions for her future and recounts the fate of her friend, Mary Whitney, a girl who was full of life.

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Grace wrestles with a terrible secret. Soon after, she meets Nancy Montgomery, a pretty housekeeper who will change the course of her life.

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Dr. Jordan digs deeper into Grace's memories to learn more about James McDermott, a hot-tempered handyman whose confession helped convict her.

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Grace recalls the day of the murders in more detail just as a familiar face from her past threatens to undo everything Dr. Jordan has been working for.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2017

After talking with Grace's lawyer in Toronto, a doubtful Dr. Jordan returns to Kingston to observe Dr. DuPont's unorthodox "experiment."

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Based on the award-winning novel by Margaret Atwood and inspired by true events, Alias Grace tells the story of Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon), a young, poor Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who - along with stable hand James McDermott (Kerr Logan) - finds herself accused and convicted of the infamous 1843 double murder of her employer Thomas Kinnear (Paul Gross), and his housekeeper Nancy Montgomery (Anna Paquin).

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Critic Reviews for Alias Grace Miniseries

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (45)

... Alias Grace is discomfiting, compelling, deeply insightful television.

Nov 13, 2017 | Full Review…

[Sarah] Gadon's performance is remarkable and the direction of Mary Harron ("I Shot Andy Warhol") improves it further still: In tight focus, her eyes betray nothing, or rather betray no one.

Nov 1, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

...an electric six episodes driven by the pursuit of truth and a hell of a main character...

Oct 31, 2017 | Full Review…

The real attraction is the performances, particularly [Sarah] Gadon's.

Oct 31, 2017 | Full Review…

I suspect that every viewer will agree upon one particular verdict -- television, in adapting the novels of Margaret Atwood, now has a record of 2 for 2.

Nov 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Alias Grace can be as light-hearted and pleasant a story as it is a probing, surreal and melodramatic character study.

Nov 4, 2017 | Full Review…

Although it may not have so much visual strength, there are some quite inspired moments that help 'Alias Grace' to be a jewel that deserves to be discovered. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Sarah Polley's script makes for a thrilling domestic mystery.

Oct 23, 2018 | Full Review…

It's ultimately a testament to the level of mystery surrounding Grace Marks and the murders for which she is imprisoned, a mystery that remains even today.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a fantastic cast and is very well written... I was very intrigued right from the start.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

The series is a jewel: a harsh story, that of a life mistreated from birth by the mere fact of being a woman, treated with subtlety and elegance and always away from the ravenous stimulus of the most elementary morbid... [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 30, 2018 | Full Review…

The series, whose duration invites to be devoured in one sitting, plays with the unreliable narrator to keep the viewer constantly alert and reconfiguring the puzzle of the story as presented by the protagonist. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Alias Grace: Miniseries

  • Jan 20, 2021
    Fascinating & riveting...,acting was ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ . Finished it last night and still thinking about it. I don't care about a S2...but more of these top-notch films should be shown.
  • Nov 27, 2020
    Amazing in so many ways. The overall atmosphere is a mix of psychological, horror & elegant aspects, not to forget the warming opening theme, class dialogue, complex storytelling, and top camera work. Sarah Gadon is one fine promising actress too | follow us at @uncle.review
  • Nov 22, 2020
    Very well done, IMO. Good story, well written, well-directed, and well-acted. Marvelous.
  • Nov 19, 2020
    Superb reconstruction and magnificent interpretation of Sarah Gadon As in all nineteenth-century reconstructions, there will always be a dark side in the narrative of these period stories, for or against with or against, there will always be subject to controversy or discussion. It's actually a very, very pretty drama series, with an exceptional portrayal of Sarah Gadon as Grace Marks and not to mention the wonderful re-enactment. Nothing to say against, it's a good series of the genre.
  • Nov 11, 2020
    Over all a very tense and well executed story with flawless acting and visuals. Unfortunately, the fact that the entire plot hinges on most of the female characters being stupid and most of the male characters being literal rapists is incredibly frustrating and distracting. However, the reveal that the story has likely been altered or embelished by Grace to gain sympathy from the doctor almost saves it. I can only really describe this as "very on brand for Margaret Atwood".
  • May 19, 2019
    Haunting story with excellent performances. A great series to binge on during a stormy day.
  • Dec 16, 2018
    Loved it. Literary and artistic and I was never sure where it would lead. It made a powerful statement on women's roles in society.
  • Dec 05, 2018
    Chicks get a raw deal in the olden days.
  • Oct 23, 2018
    Really well done, great story
  • Oct 20, 2018
    Wonderful series with the saddest ending, but she's a servant so there wasn't a whole lot of hope from the start. I did so wish that the psychiatrist had freed her; he loved her so.

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