Falling Water: Season 1 Reviews

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January 25, 2019
The only thing that's crystal clear is that this won't be a short trip, so it's up to a viewer to decide if the show is languorously absorbing or just painful slow... My not goes to painfully slow.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 13, 2016
The sole appeal upon which Falling Water relies is mystery, and I'll admit that after watching I do want to learn the answers to the questions the plot has posed. But I don't wish for the answers so much that I'll sit through another hour.
October 13, 2016
The idea of dream-traveling isn't new - see 1984's Dreamscape - but this is a good-looking and intriguing reworking of the premise.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 12, 2016
After the four episodes made available for advance viewing, things were clarifying somewhat and an addictive quality was emerging, but not everyone may get that far.
October 12, 2016
Falling Water is a hollow puzzle box. It is a twisting, turning show that centers on dreams but completely loses the required balance of a series like this one: don't just present new questions, give us a few answers too.
October 12, 2016
Falling Water has too much ambition in its current iteration, which is more frustrating than admirable.
October 27, 2016
If you're feeling burned TV series after TV series that plants a central mystery and then dances around it for too long to sustain interest, proceed here with cautious optimism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2016
Intriguing but irritatingly opaque, this drama traffics in dreamy imagery and surreal plot developments that seem cobbled together from other mysteries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 14, 2016
We don't expect answers to the series' biggest questions yet, but we should at least know what the characters are striving for collectively and what's really at stake here. Otherwise, it's hard to really care about what happens each week.
October 13, 2016
The problem with Water is that it keeps promising revelations that are constantly withheld, as though we might not keep watching if the show tipped its hand about what all this dream investigation is really about.
October 13, 2016
Ultimately the show is too precious by half and too confusing by a third. Actually, it's not that confusing, but when there is no person to really care about, viewers might find it hard to be engrossed in the tangled world that the writers are presenting.
October 12, 2016
There's a compelling TV show underneath its heavily stylized packaging, and if you have the patience to watch that play out then you will be rewarded.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.9/10
October 12, 2016
So far, the tension has felt more tailored to give the illusion of stakes and mystery and gravitas rather than a filter for legitimate urgency.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 12, 2016
The performances are solid and the production values also make the grade under the direction of show-runners Gale Anne Hurd (who spent a season on The Walking Dead) and Blake Masters (Brotherhood).
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 11, 2016
It's easy to drift. About then Falling Water usually does something shocking or creepy to make you wake up and pay attention. But really, does anyone like being jolted when they are nodding off?
October 11, 2016
Based on the first four episodes, what can be said is the series starts strong - though not as strong as Robot - and has the potential to build into another cult hit for NBCUniversal.
October 10, 2016
Most bad shows are bad because their creators have no imagination and make obvious choices. Falling Water is bad because its creators have attempted something very complicated but failed to ground it in any credible way. They're in way over their heads.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 5, 2016
Perhaps, if one took copious notes, consulted the show website's "About" page... the convolutions in "Falling Water" would yield rewards. As it is, it's hard to imagine finding the time for this dull, plodding thought experiment.
September 22, 2016
Unfortunately, Falling Water makes the mistake of prioritizing intrigue over interest, failing to take any of its concept or conspiracy and connect it to meaningful characterization or narrative stakes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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