Black Narcissus: Miniseries (2020)


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Black Narcissus

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Black Narcissus doesn't quite escape the shadow of its cinematic forebear, but this miniseries sufficiently keeps the faith with excellent performances and visual splendor.

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Critic Ratings: 26

36%

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User Ratings: 22

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Air date: Nov 23, 2020

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Air date: Nov 23, 2020

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Cast & Crew

Chaneil Kular
Dilip Rai
Gemma Arterton
Sister Clodagh
Gianni Gonsalves
Srimati Rai
Patsy Ferran
Sister Blanche
Rosie Cavaliero
Sister Briony
Soumil Malla
Joseph Anthony
Gina McKee
Sister Adela
Nila Aalia
Sister Angu Ayah
Diana Rigg
Mother Dorothea
Karen Bryson
Sister Philippa
Jim Broadbent
Father Roberts
Kulvinder Ghir
General Toda Rai
Charlotte Bruus Christensen
Ayela Butt
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Critic Reviews for Black Narcissus Miniseries

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (17)

"Black Narcissus" is a beautiful production but its melancholic tone is a hard sell to keep audiences sustained over three episodes.

Nov 23, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

It struggles for three hours to justify its existence.

Nov 20, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It is succinct and well-told in the three hour-long episodes... But there are characters and themes that certainly could have benefited from intelligent expansion.

Nov 19, 2020 | Full Review…

High praise also goes to Rosie Cavaliero as practical Sister Briony, and Patsy Ferran, whose vivid features act their way right out from under that veil.

Jan 7, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Handsome though this drama was, it had its faults.

Jan 7, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This was soooooooo slooooooooow. It's a narrative about cloistered sexuality, and at various times you wanted to shout: can we uncloister the sexuality now? Get it all out in the open? And call it a day?

Jan 4, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Danish cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen's (A Quiet Place, The Girl on the Train) TV directing debut certainly boasts plenty of searing imagery, talking points and opportunities for raised eyebrows.

Jan 4, 2021 | Full Review…

Doubling as the director, Christensen is helped by an impressive performance by Gemma Arterton as Sister Clodagh.

Dec 28, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The repression of desire in a lonesome spot turns into acting pyrotechnics in this version.

Nov 30, 2020 | Full Review…

While it's got the standard BBC tentpoles of great locations and fine acting, we were left not only cold by the first episode, but thoroughly bored.

Nov 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Black Narcissus is solid for what it is, and if FX was looking for its first entry to be good looking but unremarkable, it's scored well.

Nov 25, 2020 | Full Review…

This version, despite being well-paced and well-acted, is a dud, relying on tropes and caricatures of the local citizens.

Nov 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Black Narcissus: Miniseries

  • 1d ago
    I really enjoyed this although I was left feeling like it could have been longer. Very dreary and almost gothic feeling at points. Very sad and dark story about repression and faith with a hint of the supernatural. Great performances by the cast.
  • 2d ago
    Borderline incoherent
  • Jan 12, 2021
    A bit rubbish, pointless, depressing, drawn out. lots of adjectives to describe this three part series.
  • Dec 30, 2020
    I don't get all the hate surrounding this. I haven't read the book or seen the film, so maybe this is where comparative bias can seep in. Judging this on its own merits, I would overall say that they could have done better but they still created an engaging drama. Hats off to Gemma Arterton and Alessandro Nivola for their great performances that pretty much carried the show. From the first moment they met you could feel the undeniable chemistry between them. An interesting story which with a bit more time and effort could have been superb.
  • Nov 28, 2020
    Black Narcissus 1947 is one of my favorites. I was a bit apprehensive when I saw a mini series was being made, I vowed not to watch. I decided to give it a chance and I was entertained. I think they did a pretty good job. I did like the acting and the slight additions to the story while not changing the story I'm familiar with, yes there was a bit of extra filler but it was fine. It does not surpass the perfection of the 1947 version but they did make it their own and it was entertaining. I would recommend it.
  • Nov 27, 2020
    I have not seen the movie version. So, I can't compare the 2 versions. I really enjoyed this TV mini-series. Beautiful cinematography, well acted. It kept my interest throughout all 3 episodes.
  • Nov 26, 2020
    I don't understand why people aren't raving about this! I found it beautiful to watch, engaging story, brilliant performances. I watched the whole thing in a day (with some breaks) and was grateful for it. Highly recommended!
  • Nov 25, 2020
    I watch waiting for something to happen but it never did.
  • Nov 24, 2020
    If "Black Narcissus" is truly regarded as a series, then it should be considered unprecedented for cable television in terms of its production scope. While Charlotte Bruus Christensen's directorial debut is visually stunning and wildly ambitious, its three-hour runtime struggles to extract momentum or thematic value from Amanda Coe's sluggish screenplay and lousy characters.

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