Homecoming: Season 1 Reviews

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Top Critic
December 17, 2018
Movie superstar Julia Roberts crushes here, benching her legendary smile - mostly - to play a frazzled, damaged administrator discovering the dark side of a corporate-run program for veterans.
November 12, 2018
This is [Julia Roberts'] first major television role, and I understand why she took it: It allows her to do the two things she does best -- to deploy her killer charm and to bare her teeth against an adversary.
November 5, 2018
The result is a television series that's frequently breathtaking.
November 5, 2018
Slow at first, the 10-episode Amazon series finds its groove in later episodes, which explore the kind of provocative themes that make this feel like a Black Mirror installment stretched into miniseries form.
November 2, 2018
It's all suggestion and unease, layered under the sun-dappled sheen of the outside world, and it makes for a smartly compelling disjunction. This world is not what it seems, and we're here to find out why.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 2, 2018
Every episode of Homecoming, each crisp half-hour installment, is a compact exploitation film, spinning an anxious yarn about systematic abuse.
November 2, 2018
It's dark, but in its way also fun - which is not necessarily to say funny - without straining to be, and suggests human feelings surviving beneath the shellac of too-modern life.
November 2, 2018
It builds momentum even as the first few episodes may seem to meander, and it comes together in a suspenseful thriller with an emotional punch.
November 2, 2018
But even when that final piece of puzzle locks in, we're still left with so many questions and potentially intriguing developments, we already can't wait for season two.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
November 2, 2018
This is a well-executed mystery that avoids a lot of the pitfalls of both mystery shows and science-fiction-tinged shows: it's not overdetermined, it's not overcomplicated, and it's not suddenly upending itself.
November 2, 2018
Homecoming is adapted from a podcast, and while its audio roots show, that's a benefit -- the conversations are very, very important.
November 2, 2018
Every serious conversational exchange lands with remarkable immediacy.
November 2, 2018
Roberts starts to show her incredible range as a performer, turning her emotions on a dime and filling up the small screen with as much magnetism as she ever did on the big one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 2, 2018
Whigham's portrayal of Carrasco is the most compelling. He provides a strong rooting interest as a dogged investigator who's seen as just another nameless underling by his condescending boss.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 1, 2018
Whether the focus is Roberts' quiet, darkening subtlety, Whigham's stony determination or Cannavale's sleazy aggression, the performances lift the narrative instead of battling for supremacy.
November 1, 2018
When Roberts goes to those places, I feel her authenticity.
November 1, 2018
The result -- despite minimal action, plenty of confusion and near-constant bleakness -- is a feeling of elation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
November 1, 2018
There's Roberts, who is superb (and always is).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 1, 2018
The series is based on a podcast fictional series created by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg, who've helped Esmail refashion their audio-based narrative... into a terrific, tightly strung tale of deceit and memory
October 31, 2018
With its lean storytelling, contained plot, and focus on characters as opposed to power structures, it makes chaos feel manageable.
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