Goliath: Season 1 Reviews

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August 27, 2018
Each episode closes with a twist. Whether that twist is big or small, it gives viewers just enough of a push to want to continue disentangling something that runs a bit deeper than your average court case.
December 20, 2017
[Billy Bob Thornton] carries each scene, trope-laden as they may be (the drinking problem, the cheesy one-liners) with an effortless swagger that's both engaging and exciting.
December 14, 2016
If you're struggling with all the sci-fi weirdness of Westworld and never quite got Orphan Black, you will love the straightforward thrills of Goliath.
November 22, 2016
Compelling, gritty crime series has nudity, cursing, drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 19, 2016
Sitting through them is likely going to feel like a comfort food-fueled evening enjoying a Law & Order marathon from the comfort of my couch.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.8/10
October 19, 2016
Given all the loose-ended, bizarro world TV dramas currently in play, it turns out to be a distinct pleasure to review a limited series with a linear storyline and a definitive ending.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 17, 2016
Goliath's commitment to the way TV used to be made, with just enough allowance for how shows are made now, has offered up a best-of-both-worlds scenario.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 14, 2016
Against all odds, it's really good. Most of that has to do with the man playing the anti-hero, Billy Bob Thornton, whose expertise always surprises me even though he has proven himself countless times.
October 14, 2016
Goliath isn't a groundbreaker by any means - it bears some resemblance to Glenn Close's Damages - but it's a solidly entertaining legal thriller that benefits enormously from Billy Bob Thornton's strong lead
October 14, 2016
Thornton's grizzled charisma goes a long way toward making Goliath seem fresh. Same goes for his cohorts.
October 14, 2016
With the exception of some added F-bombs, Goliath plays like a reasonably decent prime-time legal mystery circa 1998, not a modern drama revelation.
October 14, 2016
What truly elevates Goliath are the performances by Thornton and Arianda.
October 14, 2016
[It's a] solid new legal drama.
October 14, 2016
The entire cast is better than the material, but Thornton in particular is working at such a high level that the gap between his talent and the quality of the writing and filmmaking eventually becomes a show in itself.
October 14, 2016
Goliath has plenty of moments where it verges on predictably prolonged melodrama, but it also has scenes that gracefully elevate the courtroom-suspense genre.
October 14, 2016
What's there so far is... entertaining TV, but steady updates in the upcoming episodes could make Goliath truly mighty.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 14, 2016
Some things we can probably count on, though. Mr. Kelley and Mr. Shapiro... will serve up a snappy piece of dialogue every few minutes. Mr. Thornton, even in one of his more routine performances, will be a pleasure to watch.
Top Critic
October 13, 2016
As a hard-luck lawyer looking to get off the booze and back in the game, his McBride sounds like a stock character, except Thornton... creates someone who's anything but stock... He's the best reason to keep watching.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 13, 2016
The familiar archetypes and silly plot contrivances of Goliath are all executed at a high level by skilled writers and an excellent cast. When one episode of Goliath ends, you really want to watch the next one.
October 13, 2016
That's a lot of acting chops squeezed into one series, and Kelley is too gifted a writer not to produce some clever.dialogue and twists; still, the tale of a drunken lawyer seizing this shot at redemption can't help but feel a tad stale.
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