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No firing guns, orchestrated special effects, fistfights or high-speed car chases. And yet it remains absolutely gripping.
The glory will go to [David] Tennant as the guest star, but Lee Ingleby deserves just as many plaudits for his equally restrained, unshowy and completely convincing performance as the officer in charge of the investigation.
Criminal is an intriguing experiment in intensity, aided by set and sound design that ramps up the claustrophobia.
Criminal has a fascinatingly heightened tone all its own. This is a show that could go places.
International cop drama has unique format, formulaic cases.
God bless the Brits, no one comes close to matching their brilliant TV police procedural series.
Without a doubt, Criminal is one of the most daring and genius pieces of drama to hit Netflix.
There's something crushingly repetitive about Criminal, primarily because of its contained setting which risks restraining the action to the point it feels claustrophobic.
Audience Reviews for Criminal: UK: Season 1
Dec 07, 2020First rate crime series. Compelling, riveting, superb.
Dec 01, 2020Very effective use of a limited space and framework to create compelling drama.
Oct 12, 2020Criminal: UK is a mildly entertaining crime drama, but it's not realistic, the set looks too showy and sleek, and there's little character development. The acting is good, not outstanding, and the characters felt believable. On the other hand, the policing doesn't come across a believable and neither does the building they're in. Some of the episodes/criminals are definitely better than others - the last episode was easily the worst with a weird twist about one of the detectives. Sometimes the pacing feels off. Season 2 is much the same. It's worth a watch, but it's not as incredible as everybody says.
Oct 05, 2020Enthralling. By the end of each episode you forget you have not left this interrogation room the entire time.
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Sep 23, 2020The sucess of this show hinges entirely on performances which in this series are outstanding.
Sep 17, 2020Very slowly paced, Criminal UK pushes the boundaries and the possibilities of creating a drama in a very small setting.
Sep 07, 2020For those of us who listen to the podcasts, who watch the documentaries, read the news and books, etc., this show is a definite must-see. The cast is amazing and definitely work together so well. It's all very restrained and to a certain degree passion-less, which is what interrogation is all about. You can never let the suspect know how he/she is affecting you while you are trying to get information from them. How do I know? I worked as a legal assistant for a criminal defence lawyer in the mid to late 80s. So yeah, I've seen some things that I wish I could unsee but can't. I don't think American TV could make their version of this series because from all the American detective/police shows I've seen, they live on showing all the emotions: anger, hate, disgust, etc. all of which detectives/interrogators feel but can't show. In other words, it's like the 90s British show "Spaced"; look but don't mess with it.
Sep 04, 2020An excellent one-room drama that can be chilling; however, it lacks the sort of character revelations that one would expect in a one-room play that focuses on interrogation.
Jul 29, 2020Starts a blast with Tennant, ever strong with Atwell and a rather unnecessary flip on the last one. Good show, needmore.