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I Know This Much Is True: Miniseries (2020)
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Young Adult Dominick Birdsey
Young Dessa Constantine
Domenico Onofrio Tempesta
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It's not Ruffalo's fault - he's great here - but the material is spread too thin over too much canvas, then culminates in too banal a "truth." In a word, it's as dull as it is grim.
Each brother could become a showy caricature of their written selves, and yet [Ruffalo] lives in the small, quiet moments as well as big, explosive outbursts.
"I Know This Much Is True" misses the mark in terms of storytelling. It just sits there, a roiling mass of misery that fails to provide you with a compelling reason to keep watching.
Seeing actors do what they do best, with Cianfrance giving them the space to do it, makes I Know This Much is True a real feast.
It's hard to imagine this grim wallow -- which mistakenly views trauma and drama as interchangeable -- playing that much better even in a time of overwhelming peace and prosperity.
The best performance I've seen of Mark Ruffalo (plays the lead twins) in this HBO mini-series that is perfect from the first to the last minute. Without a doubt one of the favorites of the year. [Full review in Spanish]
[It is] essentially a classical Greek tragedy in the clothing of a wannabe Great American Novel, running its characters through an endless tide of misfortunes before the gut-wrenching catharsis.
Combined with Cianfrance's addiction to this story and the intimacy of the acting, I Know This Much Is True creates a palatable amount of realism in tragedy.
Ruffalo's tour de force feels just like a vehicle for him. But not for the whole story that should have been told. [Full review in Spanish].
Mark Ruffalo delivers what may be the finest performance of his career. Gritty, challenging and an incredible ensemble cast to include Native actors Michael Greyeyes and Tatanka Means.
I Know This Much is True does not manage to fully captivate its audience due to its very lose adaptation of the source material. [Full Review in Spanish]
Audience Reviews for I Know This Much Is True: Miniseries
Apr 06, 2021One of the most difficult things I have ever watched, one that doesn't quite leave you satisfied, but with a sort of melancholy happiness. Mark Ruffalo's dual performance is absolutely impressive, even though it doesn't showcase nearly enough of the other part. Kathryn Hahn is lovely as always, and the writers and director were absolutely on-point. I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE was powerful from start to finish, though not at all a fun ride to be on.
Mar 31, 2021Best mini-series I have ever seen , I cried every episode
Mar 17, 2021I Know This Much is true is a tough but very enjoyable series to watch. Mark Ruffalo's performance is excellent and he deserves a lot of credit for it. Playing a character as unique as Dominick and most importantly Thomas Birdsey is tough and only top tier actors like Ruffalo can pull it of. The series has a good supporting cast as well with a great chemistry among unlikely stars. My only complaint would be the holes in the storyline and the uneven episode times. Otherwise this is why it sits comfortably in the top half of the best things on TV recently
Mar 17, 2021The best mini-series I have ever seen to date.
Mar 11, 2021The story was fascinating and it was hard to not keep watching but the pace was a bit too slow for me. I think this whole story from beginning to end could have been movie length (90 mins) or about 3 show episodes, but instead we're "treated" to 6 episodes between 40-50 minutes a piece. That was my only complaint about this mini-series is that it wasn't mini enough and it may have been better as a movie.
Feb 26, 2021Ruffalo is an antisemite
Jan 16, 2021Mark Ruffalo is devastatingly good in this mini series. This show shows brilliantly how important family is and how to bring up someone who finds this world challenging and when are you pushing them to much. It was great to see those kinds of questions asked in this show.
Jan 08, 2021Kept waiting for more to happen but it fell short. Dragged.
Dec 25, 2020I'm almost afraid to say it because it's so obvious, but Ruffalo is very good.
Dec 06, 2020Mark Ruffalo being depressed, angry and schizophrenic for 6 hours straight just to get weird mystic/cursed/deus ex machina ending. It felt like they cover plot holes and plot meaninglessness in depression for some reason. Don't worth it.