Critic Consensus: Houdini's cast is talented, but given the decades of fascination surrounding its subject, the show is oddly lacking in intrigue.
Tv Season Info
Adrien Brody falls short of making history's greatest magician reappear in Houdini, an ambitious two-part miniseries that tries too hard to capture every aspect of a full life
History's Houdini could use a little more magic, but thanks to Adrien Brody, this new miniseries gives intriguing dimension to a man who these days has become mostly myth.
History's flashy Houdini is determined to skate through so many events (some of dubious veracity) and to sledgehammer home their "importance" that it undercuts any emotional uppercuts.
Audience Reviews for Houdini: Season 1
History Channel's biopic miniseries Houdini features some dramatic power, interesting characterizations, and an ultimately satisfying portrayal of the legendary performer. This success is due nearly entirely to Adrien Brody, who injects more nuance, skill, and complexity to Houdini than was otherwise written. This performance anchors the series through it's sometimes distracting editing and stylistic additions. From a narrative standpoint, we are sometimes frustrated with the film's jerkiness, and a preoccupation with hitting on all of his major life events, than really constructing a portrait of the man. Yet, Brody's performance along with a capable supporting case sustain it through the narrative deficiencies.
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