Crossbones: Season 1 (2014)


Critic Consensus: John Malkovich's show-stealing performance keeps Crossbones partially afloat, but an overly serious tone and choppy editing make this a leaky vessel for his talents.


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Air date: May 30, 2014
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In the year 1715, the notorious pirate Blackbeard (John Malkovich) rules New Providence, a rogue nation in the Bahamas. His absolute power is threatened, however, when the British government hires an assassin to infiltrate his marauding band of outlaws and kill him.

Critic Reviews for Crossbones Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (15)

In Crossbones, low-tech fight scenes are a welcome relief from the customary mind-blowing special effects. Mostly, however, the reason to watch is Malkovich.

Jun 2, 2014 | Full Review…

All in all, Crossbones is about as believable as Casanova in a seminary.

May 29, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's never lost time when you're watching Malkovich and Coyle.

May 29, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An oddity with additional oddness in the form of Malkovich. But as summer diversions go, this looks to be a good one.

May 29, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Full of odd pauses and volume modulation, Malkovich's big acting holds our attention even when the show's fuzzy plotting and minor absurdities are distracting us. He doesn't steal scenes so much as rape and pillage them.

May 28, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Too much of Crossbones takes itself overly seriously, especially when Malkovich is off-screen. Serious music, serious glances, serious lines, serious people -- it's a Pirates of the Caribbean movie without Jack Sparrow.

May 27, 2014 | Full Review…

Crossbones struggles to keep things interesting.

Jul 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Even if NBC's Crossbones was not the second pirate TV show this year, after Starz's Black Sails, Crossbones would still be a disappointment.

Jun 2, 2014 | Full Review…

Costume dramas with first-rate actors don't come along every day on broadcast television, so I'm inclined to grade NBC's Crossbones on a curve. If only for the pleasure of John Malkovich's company.

Jun 2, 2014 | Full Review…

I'm happy to be along for the ride. I just hope Crossbones knows where it's going.

Jun 2, 2014 | Full Review…

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