Escape at Dannemora: Miniseries (2018)

Escape at Dannemora

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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: 58


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User Ratings: 462

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Air date: Nov 18, 2018
Air date: Nov 25, 2018
Air date: Dec 2, 2018
Air date: Dec 9, 2018
Air date: Dec 16, 2018
Air date: Dec 23, 2018
Air date: Dec 30, 2018

Escape at Dannemora: Miniseries Photos

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 (58) | Top Critics (29)

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…
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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…
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Escape at Dannemora, while well worth seeing for the performances, requires patience that it doesn't quite repay.

Nov 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Escape at Dannemora is a marvellous prison drama that requires patience and commitment, and features magnificent performances from three of the best actors working today.

May 5, 2020 | Full Review…

'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…

Arquette's portrayal of a biddable woman with a low IQ and unfulfilled yearnings feels compellingly real.

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

Audience Reviews for Escape at Dannemora: Miniseries

  • Mar 16, 2020
    "Escape at Dannemora" is Ben Stiller unique gemstone as well as one of the best stories about two inmates who escape from a prison. By the way,Paul Dano and Benicio Del Toro are beyond great in this mini-series and both of them deserved an award for their performance.
  • Feb 23, 2020
    There are cinematic labors that the audience can find edifying in some way, shape or form. Then there are those pieces that although well-made, present the viewer with no one you like or want to like. This is one of those stories; a story of horrible people acting horribly and nothing more. You think you are starting to believe in one of the characters but they are all so beyond redemption that the story... ...really isn't worth telling. That is the fatal flaw of this seven-part series. Excellent acting, truly excellent acting and good linear direction, good directing. These few items are what saved the rest of the movie from getting zero stars in my opinion.
  • Feb 11, 2020
    Like watching paint dry in the rain. The "sex" scenes are a little disturbing. The music can get annoying as it is in the foreground, not the background. The speaking is a bit muffled and mumbled most of the time, especially when it is drowned out by the music. Arquette and Del Toro are amazing and watching them be their dynamic and somewhat disturbing characters are the only reason I continued to watch. Could have been a long movie instead of a drawn out series.
  • Jan 18, 2020
    I was so impressed by so many actors. Patricia of course, but also the man who played her husband. He was so good at playing dumb. Really well done.
  • Dec 12, 2019
    Ken Jacowitz was in this miniseries, so as a person of moral conscience, I must give it a 1/2.
  • 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. 

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