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Gotham: Season 1 Episode 1 Reviews

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Mike Cecchini
Den of Geek
July 18, 2018

Difficult to judge. When it works, it works very well. But when it doesn't, there are moments that land with resounding thuds so heavy that you almost expect them to appear in technicolor, Batman '66 style, on screen.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Walters
Paste Magazine
July 17, 2018

It was a solid - if at times bumbling and awkward - start for the show.

Jeremy Egner
New York Times
Top Critic
July 16, 2018

While there's something numbingly dutiful about the stylized slaying and the ensuing roll out of future villains... if you have any "Batman" sympathies at all, you can feel it working on you.

Anthony Ocasio
July 16, 2018

Fox's Gotham will provide a thoroughly fun and entertaining hour of television that can stand on its own merits.

Aaron Neuwirth
The Young Folks
July 16, 2018

It is a procedural crime drama and a series set inside a comic book world. That is neat enough as far as the visual aesthetic goes, but providing familiar characters in new forms does enough to create an even richer environment.

Sean McKenna
TV Fanatic
July 16, 2018

Truthfully, I like the casting for all the characters and the grim moody setting that encompasses this crime drama that won't (or shouldn't) just be a cop procedural. The fact that FOX seems willing to go for something a bit more serialized is exciting.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dave Golder
Total Film
July 16, 2018

It's all very low key, and timid, as if it's scared to play with the premise.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark Trammell
TV Equals
July 16, 2018

A decent start to a promising series that could well end up being one of the better comic-derived shows on television, though it's got a ways to go before it achieves "Arrow" levels of awesomeness.

Zach Dionne
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
July 16, 2018

Anachronistic dress and architecture fills every frame, and beautifully so. This show's deco-noir sets, costume design, and sweeping city shots are top-notch. It looks, sounds, and feels like classic comic-book Batman.

James Garcia
We Got This Covered
July 16, 2018

As with all series premieres, Gotham has its rough edges, but with a bit more focus and more clear intentions, it can live up to its true potential and become an important and seminal chapter in the Batman mythos.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Joseph McCabe
July 16, 2018

Gotham's ambition alone makes its pilot worthwhile viewing. Whether that ambition translates into the kind of scope that fuels the best genre TV remains to be seen. But for now, I've got Jim Gordon's back.

Kevin Fitzpatrick
July 16, 2018

By its pilot at least, Gotham displays all the A-to-B plotting of a police procedural, but seems entirely uncertain of how to incorporate its established mythology.

Darren Orf
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
July 16, 2018

Series creator Bruno Heller wastes no time introducing his audience to the murderous underworld of Batman's city... Heller uses nuanced language to raise Gotham above being a typical cop/crime drama.

Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez
Tom & Lorenzo
June 8, 2018

It's Jada who steals this hour - and who will probably continue to steal the hours to come. It's the best work we've seen her do in years.

MaryAnn Sleasman
November 24, 2014

Gotham's pilot had its low points and high points, but the lows weren't so low that the highs couldn't save it.

Chris Hayner
November 24, 2014

Now that Gotham has arrived, it's easy to see the producers went out of their way to include just about everything Batman-related they could, without the telltale cape and cowl.

Karmen Fox
Baltimore Sun
November 24, 2014

The dialogue wasn't the pilot's only downside. The plot had little breathing room, ham-fisting nearly every recognizable villain before the half-hour mark: Catwoman, the Riddler, the Penguin, Poison Ivy.

Oliver Sava
AV Club
Top Critic
November 24, 2014

This pilot suffers from a classic case of "show, don't tell," throwing heaps of clunky exposition at the audience rather than finding ways to incorporate these details smoothly into the story.

Adam Bellotto
Film School Rejects
November 24, 2014

Lift yourself up out of the comic book nitpickings, though, and Gotham is a cut above the average cop show. It's trying to do something weird and special, and it seems to be succeeding, given the amount of groundwork that's laid out in this first hour.

Alan Sepinwall
November 24, 2014

The pilot itself is among the best you'll see this fall. It looks great, the two leads have instant chemistry, and everything hums along nicely as a slightly larger-than-life crime saga.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
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