Gracepoint: Season 1 (2014)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

While it may suffer in comparison to its British predecessor Broadchurch, Gracepoint brings an engrossing, sophisticated, and stylish crime drama to network television with Anna Gunn as a commanding lead.



Critic Ratings: 60


Audience Score

User Ratings: 194
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Air date: Oct 2, 2014
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This crime drama is an Americanized version of the British series "Broadchurch," both from creator Chris Chibnall. The show follows detectives Emmett Carver (David Tennant, who also played the same role in "Broadchurch," although the character was named Alec Hardy) and Ellie Miller (Anna Gunn) as they investigate the murder of a young boy in a small, tight-knit coastal community. The seemingly idyllic town is shocked by the tragedy, but the citizens of Gracepoint soon become suspicious of each other as they realize the killer is likely one of their own. The cast also features Jacki Weaver as Susan Wright; Nick Nolte as Jack Reinhold; and Michael Peña as Mark Solano.


Anna Gunn
as Det. Ellie Miller
David Tennant
as Det. Emmett Carver
Jack Irvine
as Tom Miller
Jacki Weaver
as Susan Wright
Jessica Lucas
as Renee Clemons
Josh Hamilton
as Joe Miller
Kendrick Sampson
as Dean Iverson
Kevin Rankin
as Paul Coates
Kevin Zegers
as Owen Burke
Michael Peña
as Mark Solano
Madalyn Horcher
as Chloe Solano
Virginia Kull
as Beth Solano
Nick Nolte
as Jack Reinhold
Sarah-Jane Potts
as Gemma Fisher
Nikolas Filipovic
as Danny Solano
Adam Greydon Reid
as Raymond Connelly
Alisen Down
as Kathy Eaton
Linda Darlow
as Mary Parnell
Connor Depape
as Dylan Miller
Tom Butler
as Chief Terrence Morgan
Darcy Laurie
as Hugo Garcia
William Stewart
as Frank Bryant
Chad Krowchuk
as Luiz Sanchez
Patrick Gilmore
as Pete Lawson
Chloe Babcock
as Julianne Carver
Giacomo Baessato
as Off. Douglas Kearn
Karyn Mott
as Angela Schulz
Janet Kidder
as Sara Burke
Shaker Paleja
as Off. Bob Yeaton
Alison Matthews
as Desk Sergeant
Mary Black
as Mrs. Novik
Sonia Beeksma
as News Anchor
Edwin Turner
as Elderly Shopper
Isaac Keoughan
as Photographer
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Critic Reviews for Gracepoint Season 1

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (29)

A grim, gray slog, absent pleasure.

Oct 2, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

By this point, I'm ready to turn off Gracepoint entirely and forever... But then I remember Nick Nolte is in this show....So I persevere, despite now knowing this show may truly kill me.

Oct 2, 2014 | Rating: D | Full Review…
Top Critic

It turns out that knowing all the sides of a story doesn't necessarily improve it. You can have all the pieces at your fingertips -- the puzzle may still disappoint.

Oct 2, 2014 | Rating: D- | Full Review…

Gracepoint tells a well-paced, multilayered story. At the end of each episode, you want to see what will happen in the next one.

Oct 1, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Go watch the original and skip this waste of time, even though it will mean missing a bizarre performance from Nick Nolte.

Oct 1, 2014 | Full Review…

Gracepoint, a remake of the spectacular 2013 British drama Broadchurch, is my biggest disappointment of the year precisely because someone got it in their head that Americans can't handle subtlety and nuance.

Oct 1, 2014 | Full Review…

Gracepoint is Broadchurch with the two best aspects removed from it, making it an even more standard take on the average mystery show.

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Gracepoint isn't bad as a generic whodunit, but you don't have to be an Anglophile to see that the original, which was more interested in accurately representing small-town people and values, was far superior.

Mar 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Gracepoint is at times gripping and unrelenting television, and at least in the episodes that I watched, stands high on the cliffs above everything else on basic cable.

Oct 2, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The sense of loss, shock and mourning is still artfully conveyed.

Oct 2, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gracepoint: Season 1

  • Feb 25, 2017
    El juego de buscar al culpable esta bien logrado.
  • Dec 22, 2015
    Gracepoint is stylishly filmed but it suffers from a host of issues that keep it from living up to its British counterpart, or other top American detective miniseries' such as True Detective. Despite its grippingly dark setup, it was difficult to stay invested due to the slow pacing, unimpressive twists, and unlikeable characters. Most of these problems stem from the cast. David Tennant, Nick Nolte and Jacki Weaver are very good. Even though he portrayed a rude jackwagon, I loved Tennant's character because the script called for him to be a douche to every other character, all of whom annoyed me one way or another. Anna Gunn does a good acting job, but her character turned out to be an emotional, unprofessional cop who seems to be too clueless to do her job to any quality. Jack Irvine also deserves some attention for one of the most appallingly bad performances I have ever seen from a child actor. I am a big Michael Pena fan, but he was a disappointment here. The premise of the show is your typical misfit duo of cops who try and find a child murdurer in a small tight-knit town where everyone gets along. The series starts off rather well, but the twists were not terribly clever, and I was able to guess the killer correctly before the halfway mark. It's not because I'm super smart; I'm not. There were just a number of "duh" clues that could only implicate one person. The show relied on too many suspects lying, as opposed to their alibis leading to a dead end and flustering the investigators. It was still quite watchable due to being technically expertly filmed. Gracepoint isn't bad, but it was supposed to be a lot better with the resources it had, along with the blueprint that previous hit crime duo shows have laid out for it.
  • Jul 31, 2015
    Terrible plot changes. Terrible acting (especially Mark Solano and Tom Miller). Terrible casting. Terrible show.
  • Jan 23, 2015
    Ha! I was *almost* right in guessing who the killer was. The revelation makes you feel like this whole whodunit exercise was tiresome.
  • Dec 31, 2014
    What a colossal waste of time. Not only was this a shot-for-shot remake of Broadchurch but it was even dumbed down for American audiences. Unlike Broadchurch, there was no murder on this show, it was an accident, hence no murder investigation. And, of course, to broaden its appeal it had to crowbar in there a gay character and to let us know she was gay, like that mattered at all in the plot. If you plan on watching Broadchurch watch only the last episode as the whole show is 100% the same. BTW, this is as much a spoiler as me letting you know what happens in Titanic or The Passion of the Christ.
  • Dec 11, 2014
    I enjoyed Gracepoint. Hope they bring it back for Season 2.
  • Dec 08, 2014
    Many critics have been very unfair to this show. Most of the naysayers appear bitter that the show even exists and, rather than review the series on its merits, they trash it based on it comparison to a show they clearly have predetermined is superior. The series hasn't even ended and many have declared the show redundant in the first week of its airing. The fact is the show works very well as a standalone series. From the very start there are telling departures from the source material indicating that the resolution to the mystery will be different. Here it is Episode 9 and I still don't know for sure who the killer is -- and I have seen Broadchurch. David Tennant is astonishing in that he is playing basically the same character as he played in Broadchurch, yet it seems to be an entirely different actor in each. It is unnerving. Virgina Kull is wonderful as the grieving mother. Nick Nolte is fantastic. Jacki Weaver is a marvel. The weakest member of the cast, to me, is Anna Gunn, who fails to capture the rhythm and comic timing necessary for the banter with the David Tennant's grumpy Carver. As a result, the mood is relentlessly dark and gloomy. That is the major flaw in the show that I have found. I liked the sort of ominous music, the cinematography was lovely. Overall, I think anyone who has not seen Broadchurch should love this gripping mystery. Those who have see Broadchurch can still enjoy the mystery if they set aside their predispositions and just enjoy the ride. There are enough changes to the plot and new characters to keep the story interesting. And just to see the amazing performance by David Tennant is a delight.
  • Dec 07, 2014
    Quite like the series, thanks to Anna Gunn and a couple of others, but I am wondering where it has been significantly different from Broadchurch. Maybe the finale, well let's hope they do vary it there.
  • Dec 06, 2014
    Gracepoint is better than most of the shows on TV. The acting is superb and the suspense continues to build through out the series. I have enjoyed it thoroughly.
  • Dec 04, 2014
    Love this series. Great acting, compelling storyline, and I can't wait to see 'whodunit!'

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