Carnival Row: Season 1 Reviews

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September 17, 2019
Carnival Row has faltered under the high expectations held, falling a little flat on the promising basis of a new magical world.
September 17, 2019
Fantasy murder mystery has big stars, lots of sex, violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 9, 2019
The way [Carnival Row] uses Lovecraft's legacy is innovative, not least because it's so casual.
September 6, 2019
But the main problem with Carnival Row is that none of this grandly designed mythology is any fun; instead, the show is a bafflingly glum-faced trudge through pretty basic all-creatures-are-created-equal moralizing.
September 6, 2019
Far from being an indigestible pastiche, the series ends up being an entertaining and intriguing experience. [Full Review in Spanish]
September 6, 2019
An intriguing and lavish series which fully immerses you in a dark and magical World thanks to high production values and a strong ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 5, 2019
It's hard to get more timely than the ambitious new fantasy drama...
September 3, 2019
The show itself seemed to get distracted by its own world building - losing any sense of urgency or priority along the way... But it does wrap up, and in a way that leaves you with just enough curiosity to carry you into already-guaranteed second season.
September 3, 2019
Despite those momentary bright spots in an ongoing bleak collection of fates, Carnival Row largely meanders through the world of its own making.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 3, 2019
Carnival Row is a dark fantasy with an interesting premise, but suffers from uneven pacing and scattered plot focus. Also, it tries way too hard with the sex scenes to remind us it's an adult fantasy show.
September 3, 2019
It tries to squeeze an overwhelming number of storylines into its eight-episode run, resulting in a bloated - albeit beautiful-looking - mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 1, 2019
The first episode of Carnival Row does a great job of setting up a complex world, and its performances will help keep viewers engaged.
September 1, 2019
[Carnival Row] eschews glib answers and easy uplift. The result is a story which is remorselessly clear-eyed, and often remorselessly sad. The few moments of joy or triumph feel unusually honest and hard won.
August 30, 2019
Reanimates bits and pieces from different branches of the fantasy genre into a glum and lumbering beast that only occasionally sparks into life.
August 30, 2019
Carnival Row weighs itself down with a few too many plotlines, but its ambitious worldbuilding makes it worth a visit.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
August 30, 2019
For now, Carnival Row is a big-idea Victoriana fantasy which could have done with a clearer idea of what it wants to be and a lot more heart (unlike its soul-stirring theme song). And that's not good enough to be a Game of Thrones replacement at all.
August 30, 2019
Rather than escalating to Jupiter Ascending levels of campy audacity, Carnival Row sticks to its story beats of not-especially-compelling political intrigue and rekindled romance.
August 30, 2019
Doom, defeat and despair, but oh so pretty. Heavy going sure, but a wee bit enchanting.
August 30, 2019
The overall look of the series is impressive, though very cold and grim - money has obviously been spent here. So for fantasy fans, that alone could be enough inducement to plough through.
August 30, 2019
While Carnival Row aims to be the next big thing in fantasy, the result, sadly, is a lot of whimsical empty gestures.
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