Alias Grace: Miniseries (2017)

Alias Grace

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 80

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Nov 3, 2017
Air date: Nov 3, 2017
Air date: Nov 3, 2017
Air date: Nov 3, 2017
Air date: Nov 3, 2017
Air date: Nov 3, 2017

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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).


Sarah Gadon
as Grace Marks
Anna Paquin
as Nancy Montgomery
Kerr Logan
as James McDermott
Paul Gross
as Thomas Kinnear

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Critic Reviews for Alias Grace Miniseries

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (34)

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

Nov 13, 2017 | Full Review… 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…

Alias Grace doesn't strike the zeitgeist in the way The Handmaid's Tale did; this is historical fiction rather than a dystopian alternative future.

Oct 27, 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…
Top Critic

[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…
Top Critic

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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Alias Grace: Miniseries

  • 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.
  • Oct 08, 2018
    The first half of the finale is confusing and appears to change the show's genre. The adolescent Grace should have been played by a different actor.
  • Aug 22, 2018
    It is a truth that we need to see. We also need to realize that... this wickedness is still inside of us.
  • Jun 15, 2018
    My only complaint is that there are only 6 episodes!
  • Jun 10, 2018
    Pretty good, but no payoff.
  • May 02, 2018
    Alias Grace retains all the elements Worth of a successful Margaret Atwood's adaptation in a finely woven and engaging narrative - while also showcasing Sarah Gadon's as a promissing rising star.

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