Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 Reviews

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August 4, 2014
Pace's excellent performance was not enough to make the show rewarding.
June 3, 2014
All of the acting is outstanding. No one delivers big speeches. But when they do speak, their words feel as precise and efficient as lines of code.
June 2, 2014
Halt and Catch Fire has all the self-importance of AMC's other modern period piece, Mad Men. But it lacks the substance to make that swagger look anything but foolish.
June 2, 2014
The premiere episode doesn't advance the story far enough to intrigue us with where it might be heading. If Halt and Catch Fire is going to catch fire, it'd better do so quickly.
June 2, 2014
The show... benefits from its stylized appearance, with a go-go pace and enough 1980s fashions to conjure memories of the Go-Go's.
June 2, 2014
It has a destination in mind, and while it can take its time getting there, every single scene has a purpose and point on its way toward that destination.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 2, 2018
Well-acted, visually striking, with an engrossing story, Halt and Catch Fire is one of the most promising dramas that AMC has delivered in recent years.
September 21, 2017
... the biggest issue is the characters themselves, which are by now copies of copies of the great antiheroes (and their equally fascinating enablers) written by Matt Weiner and David Chase and Vince Gilligan.
June 23, 2014
The series comes off as overtly coy and more than a little aimless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 3, 2014
Period tech drama is fascinating, but expect sexy stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 3, 2014
We aren't quite sure where Halt and Catch Fire is going, but there is certainly enough here to keep us interested.
June 3, 2014
If you're a fan of Lee Pace or if you enjoy dramas set in the technology world, Halt and Catch Fire is worth checking out.
June 2, 2014
The pilot even manages to find tension in mundane engineering tasks.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
June 2, 2014
Sunday's premiere doesn't give a great sense of what the show will be on a weekly basis - a business drama with a side of humanity about following one's passion, perhaps? - though it definitely leaves viewers curious about what comes next.
June 2, 2014
You don't need to speak geek to watch Halt and Catch Fire, any more than you need to know corporate law to love Suits.
June 2, 2014
It's impossible to fill the hold left by the season's end of Mad Men, but Halt and Catch Fire is a pretty strong entry.
June 2, 2014
I'm still pretty excited for Halt and Catch Fire, because I get the feeling that "I/O" was a necessary step for the series to take in order to start telling its real story.
June 2, 2014
It's success will most likely hinge on building on the characters, keeping them interesting and providing the right touch of drama as they attempt to innovate in the competitive computer world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 2, 2014
As far as spinning a tried-and-true formula, Halt has pulled off an intriguing debut that modernizes the concept and at least cleans up some of the 1950s issues that plagued Mad Men.
June 2, 2014
If you do so happen to be a tech geek like my other friend that watched the show with me- you, my friends, are in for a treat. Meet your new favorite show, computer nerds!
June 2, 2014
Once Halt figuratively puts it back in its pants, it settles into a predictable but engaging drama with a proper focus on how nerds, geeks and other proto-techies discarded their pocket protectors to launch the age of personal computers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 30, 2014
A stellar Toby Huss portrays the hard-driving Bosworth, a commanding presence. There are more than a few of these in Halt and Catch Fire, and from the available evidence an immensely seductive enterprise.
May 30, 2014
Halt and Catch Fire bears watching - until something else bears more watching and you reprogram the DVR.
May 30, 2014
So far it's promising without being riveting, with the potential to be Facebook -- or Myspace.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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