Hand of God: Season 1 Reviews

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September 14, 2015
It's not boring... It's awfully wearing, like having your nose rubbed in malevolence and turgidity, without offering up enough character drama to make it worthwhile.
September 9, 2015
The wheels keep turning but can take too long to get rolling while the plot hits some ruts in the road. But as a viewer, I still remained more inclined to think "Hmm, where's this going?" rather than "I've had it, that's it."
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 8, 2015
Amazon's new drama Hand of God boasts a stellar cast of veteran and newer actors, yet it fails to compel as it weaves a story of attempted suicide, rape and religious fervor.
September 8, 2015
The drama... offers nothing new in the twists-and-turns department... but you're unlikely to see a show anywhere else that tackles religious hypocrisy so powerfully, including the edgiest cable outlets.
September 8, 2015
It's trying so incredibly hard to be edgy and dramatic that it fails miserably at it. It's baroque in its darkness, but not in a really interesting or original way, sort of like a teen with an unlimited credit limit at Hot Topic.
September 8, 2015
Much like yesterday's forgotten prestige dramas, Hand Of God looks terrific and features a cast too excellent to ignore, but its strengths don't compensate for the effortfully "edgy," heavy-handed writing.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 14, 2015
There's no real reason to hold out for any sort of levity should you decide to endure all ten hours of this thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
September 9, 2015
This is a show that's unnecessarily bleak, far too impressed with its own edginess, and completely predictable to anyone who's watched television before.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
September 4, 2015
When Hand of God explores Pernell's visions and messages from PJ, it becomes an intriguing, mystery-laced, character-driven story.
September 4, 2015
Four episodes in, I can't say I've warmed to Watkins' dark and not always coherent vision. But there's a crackling electricity between his characters that's kept me watching.
September 2, 2015
Often feels like the TV-series equivalent of wearing a hair shirt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 9, 2014
Bleak drama explores big themes via sex, language, violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 8, 2015
Ron Perlman is a uniquely vivid actor, capable of much more than the growling, barreling, dour agent of plot he's given to play here.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 4, 2015
Amazon is currently in the "spare no expense" stage of original-content production, and it shows everywhere but in the story.
September 4, 2015
We're also treated to two women who are broken down to something almost solely sexual.
Full Review | Original Score: D
September 4, 2015
[The cast performances are] exactly the kind of performances that have turned many an unassuming thriller into a classic, but they can't quite pull off that trick here.
September 3, 2015
It's such an engaging, original, quirky, and thought-provoking drama, it should be seen.
September 3, 2015
The promising premise and the talented cast will hold [viewers] longer than the series ultimately proves to deserve.
September 2, 2015
Despite the overcrowded canvas, Hand of God is oddly compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 2, 2015
A great cast can't rescue Hand of God from itself.
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