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American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace Reviews

March 26, 2018
[A] thrilling end.
January 18, 2018
Really, the most emotionally charged and sympathetic material in the series ... belongs to Cunanan's five victims and their families.
January 18, 2018
There we have it: a pilot that sets all the pieces in motion and promises many more hours of fashion, intrigue, and stylistically splattered blood.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 18, 2018
Former Glee star Darren Criss inhabits Cunanan with more flash and impact than any model who ever wore one of Versace's creations.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 18, 2018
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.
January 18, 2018
Seriously, though, this first episode of Versace is absolutely gorgeous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
January 17, 2018
Part of the emotional power of Assassination is that the designer, in his own way, was helping the world make the transition into a different place - a transition he tragically didn't live long enough to see.
January 17, 2018
PenÚlope Cruz is stone-cold perfect as Versace's muse and sister, the hardened Donatella, and Darren Criss is chillingly convincing as the psychopathic Cunanan.
January 16, 2018
The labored timeline is not helped by the equally labored dialogue.
January 16, 2018
Again, it's Criss who is the main draw. Despite a bit of mid-season sag in the plot, he holds the viewer tight in his grip.
January 16, 2018
The drama shifts and turns constantly, but is never unintelligible in its twisting approach to the entire story.
January 16, 2018
Edgar Ramirez makes for a commanding Versace, exuding confidence in a largely quiet depiction, and yet his understated turn doesn't undermine later scenes where Gianni is scared.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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 16, 2018
If it doesn't rise to the same level as its predecessor in terms of racing through an airport to catch the next episode, Versace ultimately aces the watch-ability test with flying colors.
January 16, 2018
American Crime Story's second season, a worthy successor to The People V. O.J. Simpson, is anchored by Criss' career-making portrayal of the murderer.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 16, 2018
While Ramirez turns in a robust performance that captures the quiet sensitivity of the designer, The Assassination of Gianni Versace places Darren Criss front and center.
January 16, 2018
The Assassination of Gianni Versace isn't for everyone, either, but it's sincere and committed as it follows its own path.
January 16, 2018
[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.
January 15, 2018
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.
Top Critic
January 14, 2018
Sorry, not as good as O.J., but Criss turns in a dynamic performance in service of a desperately sad story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 12, 2018
I love the show's willingness to explore everyone orbiting Cunanan's murder spree, but the central characters feel held at a worshipful remove. Oddly, Versace is best when it leaves Versace behind.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 11, 2018
Mr. Criss is never less than persuasive as the well-educated, well-read and attractive charmer who murdered two of his former lovers.
January 11, 2018
Versace wants to be an opera too. The show, cribbing from recent-enough history to build a narrative of increasingly high dudgeon, is rigorous about its devotion to aesthetic and to its big ideas about culture and society.
January 11, 2018
"Versace" feels stretched and padded.
January 10, 2018
With an array of fantastic performances and an eye to exploring the complexity of contemporary queerness, American Crime Story has produced another interesting history play to chew on -- one with a lingering, intriguing aftertaste.
January 9, 2018
The quality of Smith's script is honored effectively through the direction of the series, by Matt Bomer, Gwyneth Horder-Payton and series creator Ryan Murphy, and through exquisite performances, beginning with that of Darren Criss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 5, 2018
"The Assassination of Gianni Versace" is more personal and heartfelt than Murphy's "The People v. O.J. Simpson," and proves that when it comes to seductive allure laced with menace, no one in TV is Murphy's match.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 3, 2018
Although I had my doubts when I started watching, The Assassination of Gianni Versace shows why Murphy and company thought this was a story worth telling in this anthology.
December 29, 2017
If you need to know definitively, with "Law and Order"-like objectivity, then "The Assassination of Gianni Versace" will be tough going. If, on the other hand, you're tantalized by the fantasies Cunanan created for himself, then carry on.