How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1 Reviews

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September 25, 2014
With the passionately committed Davis in full command, browbeating students and clients for their shortcomings and slyly reveling in her unscrupulous tactics as she practices what she preaches, Keating is a marvelous yet rather mysterious character.
September 25, 2014
If you're into soapy dramas with a dark mood and intense pace, you'll be into this.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
September 25, 2014
Viola Davis is a star, and it's long overdue that she got to frontline a show like this. It'd be a shame if that show winds up underusing her because it didn't trust that she'd be enough through the sheer brute force of her personality.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 25, 2014
The most addictive new thriller on TV.
September 25, 2014
Davis is dynamite; in one scene, she is clearly using tears to manipulate one of her students, but her fake vulnerability also hints at real regret -- there are layers of gossamer and steel here.
September 25, 2014
Smart, slick and sexy, How to Get Away with Murder might be your new obsession.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 25, 2014
Many TV pilots are front-loaded with narrative exposition, but the scenes in the premiere igniting the most spark are those between Davis and Enoch. Enoch plays Gibbs with just the right amount of naivete and confusion.
September 25, 2014
How to Get Away with Murder isn't as clever as it thinks. It often tries too hard to wow us, when it might have been better off just telling its story and developing its characters.
September 25, 2014
Unlike the other Rhimes Thursday shows on ABC, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, Murder doesn't serve up enough juicy soapy fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
September 25, 2014
The pilot is ingenious but at moments maybe a little too smart for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 25, 2014
The filmmakers (some Grey's alum) have given us another winning factor: characters to either identify with or like. Ms. Davis, certainly delivers a quality performance.
September 24, 2014
Even if you never grooved on Scandal, I'd still recommend giving Murder a try; it's easily one of the fall season's more entertaining pilots, and Viola Davis simply kills it.
September 24, 2014
Davis is such a phenomenal actress that it's tempting and easy to say that she's better than the material she's given here, but hopefully she can elevate the show around to her level.
September 24, 2014
The jury's still out on this latest [Shonda Rhimes] drama, which features an intriguing foreshadowing device to frame what otherwise feels like a hyper-caffeinated update of The Paper Chase, only with a criminal-law (what else?) twist.
September 24, 2014
Murder jumps around a lot, to the point where it's perhaps too much.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 24, 2014
Like Grey's and Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder promises to be a beautiful disaster, whether that turns into a delightful train wreck or a tortuous inferno remains to be seen.
September 24, 2014
It has excellent bones, grounded in an outstanding pedigree and Rhimes' demonstrated ability to keep an audience hooked from scandal to scandal. It's not perfect, but it's never boring.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 24, 2014
A sudsy primetime potboiler rooted in a belief that the experience of adulthood can be just as sexy as the bloom of youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 23, 2014
The pilot episode of How to Get Away With Murder is promisingly slick and suspenseful, without all the histrionic, staccato speechifying that Ms. Rhimes favors on Scandal.
September 23, 2014
Davis is a marvel. She is guilty of being fabulous, and fabulous goes a long way these days.
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