Escape at Dannemora: Miniseries (2018)

Escape at Dannemora

Critics Consensus

Escape at Dannemora's slow pace demands patience, but those willing to wait will be rewarded with a chilling mystery that provides the perfect showcase for its talented cast -- especially so for the incredible Patricia Arquette.



Critic Ratings: 57


Audience Score

User Ratings: 435
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Air date: Nov 18, 2018
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Tv Season Info


Benicio Del Toro
as Richard Matt
Patricia Arquette
as Tilly Mitchell
Paul Dano
as David Sweat

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Critic Reviews for Escape at Dannemora Miniseries

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (28)

It's a slow trod to get to a climax that was well-documented at the time, pierced with very occasional moments of violence and more frequent bursts of songs from the eclectic soundtrack that serve to kick up the rhythm.

Jan 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's not quite enough to keep audiences more than mildly interested.

Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Dannemora at times can seem like a life sentence for viewers, although its grit, realism and performances are major selling points throughout.

Nov 19, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

In some ways, "Escape At Dannemora" is one of the year's best TV series... But there's a problem with this detailed rendering of a prison break. It takes way too long to tell the story.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Yes, "Dannemora" is hard and cold. The light is muted, the shadows deep, while seven hours of this could easily turn into prison time. But thanks to that cast and Stiller's masterful direction, they don't - not once, not remotely.

Nov 14, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Stiller and Arquette make Escape at Dannemora an intense, exciting, and character-elevated miniseries. A focus on human error over institutional failings makes for a distinct and gripping experience.

Nov 14, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

'Escape at Dannemora' will remain in the memory as a remarkable story about bad companies, bad influences and one of the best recreated true stories of recent years. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The slow burn of the planning phase is rolled out like a marathon, the ducks that need to be lined up are but a few, but getting them plumb is thrilling even as it tugs at the attention span.

Feb 15, 2019 | Full Review…

The three leads are dispicable, but everything is carefully crafted to be able to empathize with their plight. [Full Review in Spanish

Feb 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Ben Stiller's 'Escape at Dannemora' whitewashes the reality of America's carceral system.

Jan 6, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Escape at Dannemora: Miniseries

  • Jul 20, 2019
    Escape at Dannemora's turns a potentially intriguing premise led by talented actors into a torture divided in seven long parts - thanks to a deslusional decision to turn Ben Stiller into its director.
  • May 16, 2019
    I admit, I was super into this show, Episodes 1-4. But I became completely confused, when they play this ridiculous music like all of a sudden I'm watching and episode of weird..i liked it when it was moody, creepy and brooding and then...boom! Network television
  • May 15, 2019
    How did this bore get 89%? ridiculous! super slow boring as boring can be. Good actors in a total time waster of a sleeping pill.
  • Mar 16, 2019
    Interesting modern period drama with a less common view of prison and the dynamics of long-term inmates and prison guards/staff. The flashback episode and ending episode were weaker than the rest for me.
  • Mar 11, 2019
    "Escape at Dannemora" is a top-notch miniseries that blew me away with its superb directing and terrific performances. This series is definitely one of Ben Stiller's better efforts behind the camera and he does a good job telling this fact-based story. I think where the series truly shines is in its outstanding lead performances from Patricia Arquette, Benicio Del Toro, and Paul Dano. All three of these actors do a great job transforming into their characters, particularly Arquette who is unrecognizable in her role which is reminiscent of Charlize Theron in "Monster." The most glaring flaw in the show is its pace. This is definitely more of a slow burn rather than a fast-paced thrill ride. There were times that I felt that the story might have been told better in the format of a longer film rather than a 7 part miniseries. Nonetheless, it's a series that is worth checking out because it really stays with you because of how unnerving and impactful it is. 
  • Feb 09, 2019
    4 episodes too long. Would have been a great movie. But 7 episodes is just way too long and boring.
  • Jan 26, 2019
    It was entertaining for the most part
  • Jan 19, 2019
    When I started watch this serial I thought that it would be like Prison Break. But after watching few series I think that this is a different story.
  • Jan 12, 2019
    Slow pace at first but is worth the wait , brillant acting from Benico Del Toro and Patricia Arquett.
  • Jan 12, 2019
    What's great about this series is that it needs to tell the story in 1 season so it doesn't drag along with pointless scenes. Every episode is a treat and acted superbly by the whole cast. My only complaint is that the ending focused too much on some characters and not enough of some others when the story revolved around everyone pretty equally throughout. Ben Stiller should be proud of this. Everything works from the drama to the humour to the suspense. It's not slow paced either - not sure why that's in the description. I felt the pace was spot on.

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