Catherine the Great: Miniseries Reviews

October 23, 2019
Catherine The Great's storytelling never manages to equal the grandeur of its richly detailed set design; as the series unfolds, those extravagant visuals become more and more like façades from the mythical Potemkin villages.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 23, 2019
I think there's a tight two-hour movie about Catherine the Great that could be far more entertaining or a six-hour miniseries that could be far more informative and illuminating.
October 22, 2019
There's a lot of yelling and passionate making up, but it's all a little distant and slightly embarrassing, like watching a couple you don't know arguing in a parking lot.
Top Critic
October 22, 2019
Mirren will get an Emmy nod for this because she's Mirren. She is a great actress, and she's certainly good here. A pity she'll get that nod for so cramped a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 22, 2019
You can feel that [directors] are relying on the mighty Dame Helen to do most of the dramatic heavy lifting here. You can also sense when, despite her best efforts, that particular plan of action still falls short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 21, 2019
Although you should watch Catherine simply to enjoy the rare reverse May-December pairings, the show isn't by any means perfect.
October 21, 2019
The peccadilloes of royalty never go out of fashion, but Catherine -- with her tumultuous decades-long reign -- brings more intrigue to the party than most. Couple that with Mirren's presence, and Catherine the Great pretty well lives up to its name.
October 18, 2019
Stepping back from the series' four episodes reveals a disappointing lack of ambition in portraying such a titanic force's final days.
October 11, 2019
Nothing is subtle about it: not the acting, not the directing by Philip Martin, not the production design, not the costumes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 4, 2019
The parts are all good - the scenery, the performances, the script - but they add up to slightly less than their sum. Perhaps it is the extra exposition that makes it feel too ponderous and prevents it from taking flight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 3, 2019
Helen Mirren is magnificent as an august, complex Catherine, simultaneously imposing and insecure, underestimated and resented as a woman in power.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 3, 2019
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.