How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1 Reviews

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September 26, 2014
Davis is so magnetic. But there's some logic issues that are hard to get over.
September 25, 2014
Does "How to Get Away With Murder" deserve a second look? Based on Rhimes' track record, yes. Will it win us over in three months? The jury is still out.
September 25, 2014
In "The Paper Chase," the legendary John Houseman gave life to a law professor who is both character and cataclysmic event.
September 25, 2014
It is simultaneously totally fun and somehow wan: kicky and fast and, so far, just a copycat.
September 25, 2014
A few minutes in, and you can sense a promise of sex, surprises, and a healthy dose of fun. And so far, the show delivers. You want a shot at a hit, that's how you do it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 25, 2014
Davis is strong, but I'm not signing up for a season pass just yet.
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
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
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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 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
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 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.
September 22, 2014
How to Get Away With Murder has more hooks than Victorian underwear, and while it's so fast paced, you barely realize that it isn't always credible, you do get that it's always fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 22, 2014
The pilot is nerve-wrackingly frantic, but if anyone can make this flaming Paper Chase exciting, it's Lady Rhimes-a-lot.
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