Gunpowder: Miniseries Reviews

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June 22, 2018
Given its dramatic subject matter, strong performances, and handsome production values, this series should satisfy anyone with a love for British historical drama. It's thoughtful and well-made.
March 13, 2018
Nasty, visceral and gutsy, as, I'm so sorry to say, is history, and truth.
January 10, 2018
Compelling historical drama has brutal violence, nudity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 21, 2017
The conspirators' efforts may have come to naught, but the efforts of Bennett, Harington and his co-stars do justice to their history.
December 21, 2017
For those with only a passing familiarity with the attempted regicide of the Gunpowder Plot, HBO's new miniseries is an engaging, occasionally thrilling primer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 19, 2017
Director J. Blakeson, along with cinematographer Philipp Blaubach, crafts scenes with equal attention to style and detail, furthering television's efforts to deliver a story that's as visually impressive as its cinematic counterparts.
December 19, 2017
While I wouldn't recommend Gunpowder as something around which to gather the family as you sip holiday eggnog, it's certainly well-done and harshly engaging.
December 19, 2017
Gunpowder is less an entertainment than it is a curious, one-off attack on the entire genre of period-piece drama.
December 18, 2017
While historically accurate, that doesn't make Gunpowder a picnic to watch, or do enough to flesh out the characters.
December 18, 2017
The biggest issue with Gunpowder, though, is that it's dominated by excessively talky scenes that often unfold in hushed tones and undercut the urgency of what's happening.
December 18, 2017
Gunpowder locates a human drama at the heart of an event codified in history books as a conflict between monoliths.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 18, 2017
Mr. Bennett's script, while it delineates the issues, doesn't make us care about the people involved. Even capable actors like Mr. Gatiss, Peter Mullan and Shaun Dooley can't make their characters much more than Classics Illustrated cutouts.
December 18, 2017
The results are entertaining enough (the writing from Ronan Bennett and directing from J Blakeson has a fluidity to it that never makes you check the time) and the cast certainly delivers.
Top Critic
December 18, 2017
A gluepot of a miniseries with good actors and no pulse.
December 15, 2017
... "Gunpowder" is too limited in scope to give him enough material to fully form the character.
December 15, 2017
This depiction of history from the perspective of the powerless fails to spark.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 15, 2017
Not only is Gunpowder better than Game of Thrones' entire latest season, it's the kind of creative project that proves Harington deserves to be watched in the future for more than his puppy eyes or bastard bona fides.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
December 14, 2017
In an age in which thin stories are often stretched on the rack to produce 10 or 13 hours, Gunpowder lives fast, dies young, and doesn't overstay its welcome.
November 13, 2017
Kit Harington may have been the presumptive star of Gunpowder, but really this classy reimagining of the 1605 plot was about giving some of our finest character actors the platform to do their thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 29, 2017
The plot came to seem more and more naive; I'm not sure if it's the enterprise that was dim and doomed, or the fact that it was being vocalised by a bunch of mucked-up Burberry models.
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