Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist: Season 1 (2018)

Season 1
Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist

Critics Consensus

Evil Genius makes up for a lack of conviction and nuance with an intriguing sense of discovery and plenty of entertaining insanity.



Critic Ratings: 30


Audience Score

User Ratings: 190
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Air date: May 11, 2018
Air date: May 11, 2018
Air date: May 11, 2018
Air date: May 11, 2018

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Critic Reviews for Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist Season 1

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (10)

If you want a gripping, at times frustratingly odd story told well, Evil Genius does the job.

May 30, 2018 | Full Review…

This fascinating four-part Netflix true crime doco investigates the 'Pizza Bomber' case, a bizarre bank heist which occurred in the town of Erie, Pennsylvania in 2003.

May 18, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Evil Genius sits squarely in the "intense docudrama" format with which the network has had so much recent success.

May 16, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

For a series that features, by its own description, a "master manipulator," Evil Genius feels more like a confused, unwitting pawn than an adversary worthy of taking on the challenge to uncover the truth.

May 11, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The case of true crime storytelling that can be too easily classified as merely satiating the supply-and-demand for such unconscionable tales.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The whole thing is far sadder than it is mysterious.

Dec 15, 2018 | Full Review…

As fascinating as it is messy.

Dec 15, 2018 | Full Review…

There's a noticeable lack of polish in Evil Genius and although it's a compelling journey, it's not a particularly pretty one to watch.

Nov 29, 2018 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

The twists, turns and unreliable accounts in this true story make this documentary series stand out.

Nov 24, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Only becomes more captivating-and bizarre-in the final episode when a crucial witness makes an appearance.

Dec 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist: Season 1

  • Dec 28, 2018
    Amazing plot, creepy characters.
  • Dec 23, 2018
    A stunning look into the sordid tale that cost Brian Welles. Its a 4 hour part documentary that gets interviews from all parties involved (law enforcement, the conspirators, people who knew the conspirators, jailhouse snitches, etc), getting facts and assertions. Its a pretty fair and objective piece that shines a spotlight on this tragic and sad case.
  • Aug 30, 2018
    Love, love, LOVE it!
  • Aug 03, 2018
    unheard of story in my books but this was a very interesting watch.
  • Jul 04, 2018
    Evil Genius doesn't shy away from details, which all but help it provide crucial information and answers about its topic.
  • Jun 24, 2018
  • Jun 01, 2018
    Evil Genius - An interesting doc on a crime I had never heard of. It’s only 4 eps, which is good, since it felt like it was getting repetitive. The woman is(was) looney tunes, and is uncomfortable to even listen to. I don’t know how they thought all the parts of the plan were going to succeed. It’s just bizarre for supposedly super smart people to do something so dumb. Of course the cops were going to stop him after robbing the bank. No way were they ever getting the $250,000. Worth watching, but nothing super amazing like some of the other docs I’ve watched.
  • May 31, 2018
    Misleading name for such a dull and small robbery ti sensationalise it and get viewers.
  • May 28, 2018
    I was liking this Doc but it didn't have any real resolve.... other than that Watching this woman was like watching a crack head talk. I guess mental Illness looks close to a crack addict.
  • May 26, 2018
    Another Duplass DOCUMENTARY. Excellent.

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