Briarpatch: Season 1 Reviews

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February 25, 2020
If you were to feed every so-called "prestige" series to an AI, what it spit out on the other end would be a lot closer to Briarpatch than anyone's probably willing to admit.
February 11, 2020
Characters flirt with type but finally come across as original and real and thus worth caring about, while the performances are first rate, rooted in decades of film history but individual and modern at the same time.
February 11, 2020
Its faults are easy enough to forgive because Briarpatch is an easy and entertaining watch with a firecracker cast, kooky character, and funky world.
February 11, 2020
Briarpatch is lovely to look at and its story clicks along at an entertaining clip. The trouble is that the second you stop watching it, none of its burrs stick.
February 7, 2020
The world that Andy Greenwald has set up in Briarpatch is one that's worth visiting, despite the heavy hand on quirk.
February 7, 2020
Sometimes too stylized for its own good, as if Wes Anderson adapted a John Ridley novel, Briarpatch is a slice of naughty noir that might satiate your mystery cravings this winter.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 7, 2020
A slow burn is a tricky way of storytelling to pull off, and Briarpatch runs the risk of being remembered for a series that chose style over substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 6, 2020
It's not a bad thing to have Robert Rodriguez / David Lynch ambitions.
February 6, 2020
[Briarpatch] is so kooky and yet so stagnant.
February 5, 2020
Sometimes absurdly funny, other times a little dull and draggy, "Briarpatch" is at least unlike the usual TV fare.
February 4, 2020
The best way to describe the new drama Briarpatch is that it's not quite enough, and never really what you want it to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 60/100
February 4, 2020
Briarpatch has a wonderful cast and some inspired ideas; if it can slow down and figure out a more elegant way to deliver its fusion of icy cool and ramshackle quirk, St. Boniface will become a wry and appealing place for viewers to put down some roots.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 4, 2020
Greenwald clearly knows his detective fiction, both on the page and on the screen, and he effectively deploys the conventions of the genre while adding in just the right touch of surrealism.
February 3, 2020
The central mystery isn't as interesting as the atmosphere surrounding it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 3, 2020
Even at its murkiest, Briarpatch is furiously entertaining and wildly unpredictable. It's that rare thrill ride with smarts - and exotic animals.
January 30, 2020
"Briarpatch" draws us in quickly, with swift, sure sketches of the town, the colorful types who populate it, and a general air that things just aren't right.
January 28, 2020
Briarpatch has a lot of interesting ideas going on, but the thing about small-town mystery is outlandish theatrics and melodrama only get one so far.
January 27, 2020
If Briarpatch's mysteries are interesting, its characters magnetic, and its flashes of surrealism amusing, the show never quite rises to the level of emotional engagement. There's nobody to love or even like much in Briarpatch.
January 21, 2020
"Briarpatch" tries too hard, perhaps, to capture the pulpy atmosphere of its literary cousin, but if you're looking for a multi-layered storyline with a colorful cast of characters, this could be right up your alley.
September 12, 2019
Andy Greenwald, Sam Esmail and company seem to have a clear vision for the world and tone they're trying to create, and it's thrilling to see a show so aware of what it wants to do (and so good at accomplishing it).
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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