American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (2018)


The Assassination of Gianni Versace
American Crime Story

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The Assassination of Versace starts with a bang and unfurls slowly, moving backward through an intricate (and occasionally convoluted) murder mystery anchored by a career-defining performance from Darren Criss.



Critic Ratings: 97


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User Ratings: 1036

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Air date: Jan 17, 2018

In the series premiere, the assassination of Gianni Versace is spotlighted.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2018

Andrew Cunanan arrives in Miami to stalk Gianni Versace.

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Air date: Jan 31, 2018

Chicago real-estate tycoon Lee Miglin is murdered in what police describe as a random killing.

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Air date: Feb 7, 2018

Minneapolis architect David Madson is forced to go on the run with Andrew Cunanan.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2018

Minneapolis architect David Madson is forced to go on the run with Andrew Cunanan.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2018

Andrew Cunanan celebrates his birthday in San Diego as his life starts to fall apart.

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Air date: Mar 7, 2018

Andrew Cunanan leaves behind a troubled family life as Donatella Versace struggles to find her role within the Versace empire.

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Air date: Mar 14, 2018

A young Andrew Cunanan struggles with his oppressive father as a young Gianni Versace becomes a designer.

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Air date: Mar 21, 2018

The hunt for spree-killer Andrew Cunanan comes to a frantic end.

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Critic Reviews for American Crime Story The Assassination of Gianni Versace

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (38)

[Darren] Criss' performance is so good that it upends The Assassination of Gianni Versace: Where Cuba Gooding Jr.'s lackluster performance pushed O.J. to the margins of his own story, Criss, aided by scripts, pushes everyone else aside.

Jan 16, 2018 | Full Review…
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Featuring less star power than OJ but a few stellar performances of its own, Gianni Versace will be a tougher sell to casual viewers, but those who go along for this journey into the world of a sociopath will be dramatically rewarded.

Jan 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Sorry, not as good as O.J., but Criss turns in a dynamic performance in service of a desperately sad story.

Jan 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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"Versace" feels stretched and padded.

Jan 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Former Glee star Darren Criss inhabits Cunanan with more flash and impact than any model who ever wore one of Versace's creations.

Jan 18, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Getting the most out of American Crime Story will similarly mean looking past the frescoes and fabrics to the plight of people whose ken for beauty fascinated a sick man and-Murphy argues-a sick society.

Jan 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Darren Criss channels Tom Ripley as Andrew Cunanan. He is both the most confident person in the room and the most insecure baby you will ever meet.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

While having certain characteristic features of the Murphy series such as the search for impact, it does not fall into excess. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 30, 2019 | Full Review…

The backdrop, a giddy spin between disco and high culture, cannily catches the late 1990s mood with a mix of nostalgia and horror, homophobic cops exchanging mocking glances as Versace's colourful sex life gets whipped out for inspection.

May 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Unknowingly, you start to care and that's what makes this Ryan Murphy show special.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Yet, the story of Gianni Versace feels fresh. That's because its a different approach. We aren't solving a murder. We're entering the mind of a sociopath.

Oct 29, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

As long as Murphy and the show's directors continue to pull no punches from the soap opera playbook, it's going to be one hell of a ride.

Sep 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

  • 3d ago
    While it was not as perfect as "The People v. O.J. Simpson", "The Assassination of Gianni Versace" still has a great assortment of casting, with top notch performances from Darren Criss, a beautiful soundtrack from Mac Quayle and another YES to the show. A slow start that unravels to going back in time and getting faster and bloodier each second, with a wrap up that is pure and shocking. One of the best TV series ever!
  • Sep 20, 2020
    Excellent show about the life and assassination of Gianni Versace and the man who killed him and 4 others in a murder spree back in 1997. Stellar performances from the cast, especiall Criss and Ramirez, and Martin was also a pleasant surprise as Versace's partner Antonio D' Amico. The show focuses not so much in the crimes themselves, as in how Cunanan became a killer. The achronological presentation of the events adds to the fascinating story, and the production quality of the film is stunning.
  • Sep 16, 2020
    Wow! A powerful show. Darren Criss does a great job as Andrew Cunanan. Really creepy and sympathetic at the same time. The supporting cast is exceptional.
  • Jul 19, 2020
    Flowing between time periods is one of telling story but overdoing it to this extent ruins the entire experience. Way too much of going back and moving forward, picking from between and going back then going forward... ridiculous!
  • Jun 16, 2020
    A classic. Maybe a little more driven by one performance or another than season 1, but that doesn't mean it's lacking in some department. The story is great, the details are well researched and introduced but can be a little convoluted for a simple minded individual. Disregard them, it's not who this is for. It demands your full attention because it deserves it.
  • May 25, 2020
    The real protagonist of "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" is Darren Criss, who showed us how great an actor he is. He also makes his portrayal of a real killer so perfect that he conveys to us his feelings in an emotional way. In short, this second season has a lot of research and realism even though some scenes have been modified for fictional purposes.This new season entertains, catches and excites.
  • Apr 20, 2019
    The Assassination of Gianni Versace, the second season of American Crime Story is, in my opinion, better than the first because it features a beautiful cinematography and few main characters, which makes for a better development, which are interpreted in an excellent way by Edgar Ramirez, Darren Criss, Ricky Martin and Penelope Cruz, especially Criss, who is spectacular in the role and deserved to win several awards
  • Apr 01, 2019
    This season is a little frustrating since the shows quality go constantly up and down. From some of the best moments ever on tv, to sometimes long and boring uninteresting moments and sometime the timeline shifts too often also. But overall still a great show, it both look and sound amazing and the acting is top notch, David Criss that played the murder Andrew Cunanan gives one of the best acting performances I've ever seen on tv.
  • Mar 20, 2019
    "The Assassination of Versace" takes a very complicated and intricate murder mystery and, for the most part, gives us a very fascinating and terrifying character dissection of spree killer Andrew Cunanan.
  • Mar 14, 2019
    Pretentious, poorly acted overall, except Cruz and Martin. I had to stop two episodes in because I couldn't stomach the AWFUL overacted performance of Darren Criss. How everyone is raving about this guy is UNBELIEVABLE to me. He's terrible in this. He is 100 percent PHONY. There isn't a word he uttered that I found realistic, from the opening moments till when I stopped. People don't talk like him in real life. And the awful script doesn't help either. The writers have no clue how to write realistic fascinating dialogue when it comes to this particular character. Ramirez, Cruz and Martin hold everything together, but as soon as Criss is on the screen, it all goes to shit. While I realize I am in the minority, I am still hoping for someone else out there who agrees with me that Criss's performance is fake and annoying. At least in the first two episodes. Rotten Tomatoes really needs to monitor audience reviews somehow. Some Darren Criss fan boy or girl created hundreds and hundreds of fake profiles and gave hundreds of five star ratings, one after the other, with no actual reviews. How is this allowed?

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