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Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 Reviews

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October 9, 2018
Halt and Catch Fire stumbles right out of the gate with its squandering of its talented actors on inconsistent, thin characterizations [...] and a noticeable lack of the drama and mystery it so desperately wants to create.
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 1, 2014
The actors do try hard to make the high-tech drama more engaging, but for a series about punks and pioneers, Halt and Catch Fire seems too safe to ultimately, ahem, catch fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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.
May 29, 2014
The performances are exceptional. The dialogue is ham-fisted and stilted. The dark, grim tone is intriguing. The pace is choppy.
August 4, 2014
Pace's excellent performance was not enough to make the show rewarding.
May 29, 2014
So heavy-handed that it comes off as a little silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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 23, 2014
The series comes off as overtly coy and more than a little aimless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 29, 2014
Despite its assets, though, the series still feels more like a programmatic reboot of familiar themes than anything shiny, new and next-gen.
May 30, 2014
The problem is, once you get past the shock of a fresh premise and watch the pilot, the show starts to seem formulaic, with stock characters and what sounds like placeholder dialogue that was supposed to be filled in with good stuff later but wasn't.
May 27, 2014
Halt and Catch Fire has me excited for a new drama in a way that I haven't felt about a show in a very long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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 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 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
The pilot shows the time, perseverance and attention to detail of some of television's best programs, and if the other nine Season 1 episodes are half as good, Halt and Catch Fire will be worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 29, 2014
Halt has earned both my interest and my patience. Actors this good deserve a showcase, and AMC viewers deserve a show that respects brains for their content, not their calorie count.
June 2, 2014
The pilot even manages to find tension in mundane engineering tasks.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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
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