Hatfields & Mccoys: Season 1 Reviews

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August 26, 2018
The supporting cast might deserve its own review just to talk about the great deal of people who turn in good performances. But the highlight of the supporting actors is Mare Winningham, who might well be the MVP of the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 23, 2018
The combination of powerful acting from all levels of the copious cast and the authentic-feeling depiction of primitive backwoods life in the bleak aftermath of the American Civil War isn't pretty, but it's morbidly compelling.
January 5, 2018
... the most watched program ever on The History Channel when it first broadcast in 2012, [it] is a fine attempt to create engaging drama while remaining true to the history.
October 26, 2012
This is a high-class cast, and all the performances were worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 25, 2012
Hatfields & McCoys is like a hillbilly version of Dallas. Everyone's a bit of a scumbag, so it's hard to care what happens to them, which is just as well, because folks die regularly, without much preamble, in fairly gory ways.
August 10, 2012
Hatfields & McCoys is a wonderful miniseries rich with history, emotion and character.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
May 29, 2012
Once the characters sink in and start embracing their absurd, hick-ish nature, and the show stops trying to marry its inherent tone with stuffy, needless melodrama, it becomes a much more enjoyable ride.
May 29, 2012
It's got law and lawlessness duking it out against a backdrop of grime, guts and gravelly voices, but this is all served up humorlessly and laden with self-seriousness.
May 28, 2012
With Kevin Costner as Devil Anse Hatfield and Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy, an immediate standard of dramatic excellence is set by the two actors to which the rest of the cast must live up -- and they do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 28, 2012
The channel may have hit pay dirt with a gritty project that feels like the real McCoy.
May 28, 2012
There's a darkness that sometimes makes us examine who we're rooting for and why.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 28, 2012
All in all, this is a solid miniseries, worth watching for anyone intrigued by the subject matter. But I wanted it to be great, and I'm bummed that it's not.
May 28, 2012
Over the next few hours, Hatfields and McCoys aplenty will die, though mostly not the ones played by the actors you recognize, because this is History Channel and nobody's doing this miniseries for the glory of the cameo.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 27, 2012
Hatfields & McCoys is a perfectly respectable piece of work, and probably better than we could have expected for a History mini-series
May 27, 2012
The miniseries is full of stand-out performances from great actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 27, 2012
Hatfields & McCoys may be too expansive for its own dramatic good.
May 26, 2012
The miniseries is blessed to have actress Mare Winningham as Sally McCoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 25, 2012
It is a powerful and often heartbreaking piece of filmmaking that ponders just how thin our veneer of civilization really can be.
May 25, 2012
It may be historical fiction, but there's no rooting interest in either the Hatfields or the McCoys as History gets into the scripted game.
May 25, 2012
Maybe the story of the Hatfields and McCoys doesn't amount to anything at all. Maybe, since it also doesn't make much of miniseries, it was meant to be a footnote and nothing more.
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