Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story Reviews

June 11, 2020
Did Dan Broderick deserve to die? No, but Slater's performance, and the way he pulls the rug out from under Betty, takes me back to my theater experience watching Heathers.
June 10, 2020
Amanda Peet's performance is more than enough to put Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story on a season pass.
June 8, 2020
While Betty's performance gets much less convincing, Peet's just keeps getting better and better. There is not a moment wasted, not a single line or non-verbal reaction not fully explored for all its potential.
June 5, 2020
Christian Slater and Peet both take material that could have easily become wild melodrama and give it a sharp, dramatic depth.
June 3, 2020
Amanda Peet delivers a riveting performance as she captures the downward spiral of a wife and mother who's had the rug very publicly ripped out from under her feet.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 2, 2020
Slater's recognizable star power aside, the focus, really, is exclusively on Betty, and if there's any real reason to recommend The Betty Broderick Story, it's to appreciate the sheer range and volume of characterizations Peet gets to offer.
June 2, 2020
By the time it's over, Betty Broderick is both "a woman scorned" and one better understood, without sacrificing any of the trashy chewiness that has drawn viewers to such material since long before she ever pulled the trigger.
June 2, 2020
The Betty Broderick Story explains what drove Betty to bare her teeth. It may also make you reflect on what it would take for you to do the same thing.
June 2, 2020
The success of this USA series hinges on Peet's fantastic portrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.9/10
June 2, 2020
Peet is very good playing opposite a cold Christian Slater, but she has to modulate her madness so it can last over 10 episodes.
June 1, 2020
Convincing in both her misery and her capacity for dangerous payback, Peet scorches the screen as a loose cannon of festering paranoia and self-pity.
June 1, 2020
[Amanda Peet] is very, very good, somehow playing all sides of the tonal kaleidoscope here at once, differing depending from which angle you look at it.
May 26, 2020
Amanda Peet doesn't portray Betty as much as she embodies her. It's an astonishing performance: so painful at times that it's difficult to witness -- yet so compelling, it's impossible to look away.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 18, 2020
Peet's career-best performance is perfectly paired with Slater's appropriately stoic and conniving portrayal, effortlessly delivering a grade-A depiction of gaslighting, sometimes to the beat of a fun Neil Diamond song.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5