Catherine the Great: Miniseries (2019)

Catherine the Great

Critics Consensus

Helen Mirren delivers a commanding performance in Catherine the Great, a sumptuously rendered drama that's only real shortcoming is its limited runtime.



Critic Ratings: 17

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User Ratings: 0


Air date: Oct 21, 2019
Air date: Oct 28, 2019
Air date: Nov 4, 2019
Air date: Nov 11, 2019

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Critic Reviews for Catherine the Great Miniseries

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

Nothing is subtle about it: not the acting, not the directing by Philip Martin, not the production design, not the costumes.

Oct 11, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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The producers and commissioning editors made a decision that their heroine would be older - much older - on screen than she was in real life. Has this happened before? I can't think that it has... and really, it is quite fantastic: game-changing, almost.

Oct 3, 2019 | Full Review…

This series isn't just a vehicle for [Helen Mirren], it's a golden carriage. She is sumptuously dressed and adoringly, luminously photographed in great palaces in Russia. It's an amazing spectacle but Mirren easily dominates it.

Oct 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Fabulous as the sets are, they pale next to the magnificence of Helen Mirren, looking as creamily ageless as though she's bathed in all the caviar of Lake Baikal.

Sep 27, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Catherine the Great is the historical drama series I've been waiting for; massive, lush, beautiful, and with an element that's so often missing in big dramas about major figures: incredibly human.

Sep 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Helen Mirren is amazing. I just think they missed an opportunity to let her tell a great story.

Oct 17, 2019 | Rating: 6.0/10 | Full Review…

It represents the greatest performance of Helen Mirren's career. But, just because the acting is as good as it is, that does not mean that it is an achievement. Rather, this is a good mini-series that is missing that special something to make it great.

Oct 11, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

A superficial, but effective series. [Full Review in Spanish]

Oct 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It is gloriously shot, the landscapes a wash of crimson and gold, the interiors burnished, every luxurious plate of food a glistening still life. Yet realism intrudes, often.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Stars Helen Mirren, who is marvellous. That should do you. That's your reason to watch, right there. But as I must expand, I shall also tell you it's fun, it's sexy, has a clever script and covers a period in history that hasn't been done to death.

Oct 7, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Catherine The Great is an attempt to splice the historical grandeur of The Crown... It achieves that, with sumptuous sets and costumes, and a galloping pace of palace rumpy-pumpy that would tax a warren full of rabbits on Viagra.

Oct 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

While the miniseries is mesmerizing to take in, beneath its aesthetic splendor lie vast, unplumbed depths.

Oct 10, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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