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Escape at Dannemora: Miniseries Reviews

December 28, 2018
It doesn't have the energy or excitement of a B picture, though it does, despite its general somberness, manage to feel exploitative.
December 28, 2018
The actors and Stiller's direction keep Dannemora mostly interesting despite how thin the characters are, but you can't help wishing their skills had been applied to a more fundamentally compelling story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 28, 2018
Pulling off a TV show about a jailbreak can be an equally tricky endeavor, one that Escape at Dannemora attempts with mixed, occasionally exhilarating, results.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 28, 2018
We're all just innocent bystanders to this unraveling, sensational crime and its aftermath, and perhaps we'll be left to ask ourselves whether getting too comfortable in any routine makes us vulnerable and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 28, 2018
Escape At Dannemora could easily package itself as a stylish, well-pedigreed action tale and still be wildly entertaining -- and it's to the credit of [the filmmakers and actors] that it mines deeper, and more subtle terrain.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 28, 2018
Patricia Arquette's excellence as Tilly is the strongest selling point of a show where the points of an unsurprising plotline are subordinate to a memorable intensity of performances.
December 3, 2018
It's not quite enough to keep audiences more than mildly interested.
November 19, 2018
Arquette's transformation into Tilly, meanwhile, is shocking, both physically and with regard to her personality. Out of all the performances, Arquette's wins the prize for contortionist acrobatics...
November 19, 2018
At its best, Escape at Dannemora isn't the story of two men running for their lives; it's the story of a far larger prison whose invisibility makes it that much tougher to escape.
November 19, 2018
Dannemora at times can seem like a life sentence for viewers, although its grit, realism and performances are major selling points throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 16, 2018
Measured but never dull, "Escape from Dannemora" works on its own terms, with no need of the factual justification upon which so many docudramas and biopics lean.
November 16, 2018
Mostly, the project serves as a showcase for the actors. They provide plenty of reason to watch, but like Matt's elaborate plan, when it comes to "Escape at Dannemora," patience is required as well as rewarded.
November 16, 2018
A sterling evocation of prison life.
Top Critic
November 16, 2018
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.
November 16, 2018
Del Toro walks off with the show by seeming not to do anything in particular, even though every move, glance, and silent pause was doubtless precisely calibrated to achieve a specific effect.
November 15, 2018
Escape at Dannemora is a master work of true-crime dramatization, remarkable in that it feels true in a way that even transcends the record of what happened.
November 15, 2018
Throughout sits the figure of Tilly, simultaneously terrifying and pathetic, toxically real and unforgettable.
November 15, 2018
The best possible version of a stranger-than-fiction truth told fictionally. The right director at the right time with the right actors and the right story can turn the salacious into the superb.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 14, 2018
It's a credit to Patricia Arquette's performance, and to "Escape at Dannemora," that Tilly feels as credible as the real person she is; Arquette makes "Dannemora" worth sticking with even as the show's running time grows punishing.
Top Critic
November 14, 2018
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.
November 14, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 14, 2018
Escape at Dannemora, while well worth seeing for the performances, requires patience that it doesn't quite repay.
November 13, 2018
Showtime's Escape at Dannemora proves yet again that the miniseries is the site of the most engaging long-form storytelling in television today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 13, 2018
The constraints of the genre, coupled with characters you ultimately don't care about, end up undercutting the best of Escape at Dannemora's intentions.
September 21, 2018
Arquette, in particular, is hard to look away from as a woman desperate to feel wanted. The character seems to take over her entire body
September 12, 2018
A barely recognizable Arquette gives a performance that is extraordinary in every detail. It will get to you.