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Better Call Saul: Season 1 Episode 1 Reviews

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Judy Berman
Flavorwire
September 21, 2017

Though it wasn't quite the same tour de force as Breaking Bad's pilot, it was absorbing and fun to watch all the way through, introduced rich characters and deep conflicts that are sure to pay off for seasons to come...

Chris Harvey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
Top Critic
March 11, 2015

Odenkirk was just rounding the character out, bringing him to life in all his new found depth and complexity so that we'd care about him just as much as we did about Walt once the action kicks in.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ian Berriman
Total Film
March 2, 2015

Uno is a supremely confident start to a series that feels very much of a piece with Breaking Bad, but doesn't feel like it exists swamped by its shadow. Walter who?

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Liz Shannon Miller
indieWire
Top Critic
March 2, 2015

It's a treat to see Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould push the universe they originally created into some new directions, and really rely on the concept of longform storytelling, letting mysteries unravel slowly.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Scott Weinberg
Nerdist
February 11, 2015

It doesn't look like the producers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould will have any trouble avoiding the spin-off pitfalls that plague so many other television franchises.

August King
The Young Folks
February 11, 2015

Each sequence is cannily constructed both to pull off a laugh and peel back another layer of Jimmy's personality/predicament.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jordan Adler
We Got This Covered
February 9, 2015

What seemed at first like a wacky expansion option that could not possibly live up to its source could just be what the network needs to recover from Walter White's exit.

Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Alan Sepinwall
HitFix
February 9, 2015

Almost from the start, Saul has different aims than its parent show: it's lighter in tone, closer to an overt comedy, and the transformation Jimmy's going to go through between now and when he meets Walter White isn't nearly as drastic.

Gerard Gilbert
Independent (UK)
Top Critic
February 9, 2015

Better Call Saul was always going to sink or swim in Odenkirk's central performance, and he certainly proves up to the task of fleshing out the two-dimensional Saul of Breaking Bad.

Tim Surette
TV.com
February 9, 2015

Better Call Saul's series premiere established the future Saul Goodman as a real character with real problems; he's already being fleshed out beyond the caricature he was on Breaking Bad, and I have a feeling there's some really good stuff up ahead.

Kimberly Roots
TV Line
February 9, 2015

Its flawed protagonist and his talented portrayer Bob Odenkirk are more than capable of holding your attention for an hour each week, and its relaxed storytelling is a nice counterpoint to Bad's breakneck speed.

Kevin Yeoman
Screen Rant
February 9, 2015

For all its flirtation with indulging in its own pedigree, "Uno" quickly becomes a surprisingly distinctive premiere, capable of taking Saul Goodman from an essential but ancillary character to the center of his own peculiar universe.

Roth Cornet
IGN Movies
February 9, 2015

Here's the good news: Saul is great. At the very least, it delivers one hell of a strong open.

Full Review | Original Score: 8.7/10
Richard Vine
Guardian
Top Critic
February 9, 2015

This first episode felt like creator Vince Gilligan proving that he can shift gears. We're in the same world, but driving around at a different pace - in a very different car.

Kevin P. Sullivan
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
February 9, 2015

After a glimpse of Gene for Cinnabon and nearly an hour with Jimmy, I'm more curious about what's happening at the food court than the courthouse.

Sean T. Collins
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
February 9, 2015

The final act is pleasurably weird, fast-paced and funny.

Troy L. Smith
Cleveland Plain Dealer
February 9, 2015

Thankfully, Better Call Saul isn't the story of what happened to Saul Goodman after his epic run with Walter White. It's the story of how he got there.

Donna Bowman
AV Club
Top Critic
February 9, 2015

"Uno" reacquaints us with a character whose spiel is as slick and sludgy as motor oil, and shows us that his paranoia and misanthropy come from years of being kicked around.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
David Segal
New York Times
Top Critic
February 9, 2015

The final seconds of this show are arguably its most promising.

Shane Ryan
Paste Magazine
February 9, 2015

I loved it. Odenkirk is a joy to watch, even when you forget the big narrative swings and focus on the little hysterical touches.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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