American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace Reviews

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January 11, 2018
If the show's later episodes presented Cunanan's story in a more subjective light, the retelling of these events might have been worthwhile. Instead, all we get is information we already knew, packaged in the bleak veneer of a serial-killer procedural.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 11, 2018
"Versace" feels stretched and padded.
Top Critic
January 17, 2018
Ultimately, this American Crime Story is an uneven and unsatisfying account of a damaged young man who sought immortality through infamy.
February 27, 2018
It's an intriguing idea poorly executed. "Versace" makes an ambitious attempt to examine, like "O.J.," the crosscurrents of American culture, but never develops a strong and cohesive overall vision.
January 16, 2018
Cunanan's just not interesting enough to support so much screen time, especially because we don't really get to understand what makes him tick until the story's nearly over.
Top Critic
January 16, 2018
The decision to lean into the drama of docudrama means imposing an overdetermined shape onto the very real lives Cunanan shattered in a way that feels cynical and glib.
January 11, 2018
Never manages to turn Versace's murder into the same kind of miniseries-worthy epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 16, 2018
The labored timeline is not helped by the equally labored dialogue.
January 19, 2018
What might have been a furious reflection on the worth of style and aesthetic as compared to the humanity encased within such frames and settings is boiled down to an extensive Wikipedia page.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 26, 2018
Writer Tom Rob Smith, who adapted the screenplay from Maureen Orth's book about Versace and Cunanan, and director Ryan Murphy have paid only lip service to the fashion industry and Versace's role in it.
January 16, 2018
Criss' portrayal is brittle and needy (and not such a far stretch from the character he played on Murphy's Glee).
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 26, 2018
It may lack some of the sparkle of its forerunner, The People v OJ Simpson, but this rather glossy take on the events leading up to the fashion designer's murder in July 1997 continues to be fascinating.
January 18, 2018
[Penelope Cruz'] presence seemed to mark a decided change in the episode, and a feeling sank in that the rest of the season would be like a war between her team and the cops and media
January 17, 2018
The circumstances around Gianni Versace's murder may have been categorized by silence, but American Crime Story's take on Cunanan's killing sprees is one of the loudest and boldest sagas on television.
March 5, 2018
Callous as it may seem, we already know what happened to Versace. At its best, this isn't about his assassination at all, but his assassin.
March 26, 2018
[A] thrilling end.
March 1, 2018
Criss manages just the right blend of camp charisma and obsessive weirdo mendacity as the contrast is made between the fêted designer's eye-bleeding wealth and the sociopath's empty life and wardrobe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 15, 2018
Television has seen so many crime shows, and so many serial killers, that most viewers are numbed by the deaths of their victims. Versace's greatest strength as a series is the way it makes you care again.
February 20, 2018
Versace is truly Murphy at his finest - it's scarier than American Horror Story, with dark humor à la Nip/Tuck and dotted with his signature camp featuring a heavy dose of glamour and the grotesque. And yes, I think it's better than Simpson.
January 17, 2018
So, yes, American Crime story might be yet another show about serial killers, but it's also one about family, loss, and the many masks we use to get by. And, that's why you should watch Versace.
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