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Will it fill a day's worth of binge-watching? Absolutely. Is it made by some of the most impressive talents working in film and television today? Undoubtedly. Will it go down as one of the series highlights of the year? Sadly, that is very, very unlikely.
Lisey's Story's failings aren't an indictment of King the screenwriter, they're a tribute to King the novelist.
When those wails seem to catch her by surprise, Moore captures that idea of out-of-nowhere despair better than almost anyone.
The porousness of the action becomes frustrating and, ultimately, off-putting. I don't mind being toyed with by a show; I don't need strict linearity. But the willful swirl and the withholding of coherence are too extreme here.
The back half of this miniseries is so bogged down by inconsistent pacing, drawn-out scenes, muddled plotting, and a frustratingly anticlimactic ending that all the good Lisey's Story delivers before that collapse ends up overshadowed.
Another King adaptation that can be added to that long list of disappointments with this wasted snooze fest.
This is intense, dark and disturbing material that could have woven the thread more adeptly through the needle. Sometimes we worry about Stephen King.
Julianne Moore and Clive Owen are both very suitable. [Full Review in Spanish]
Larraîn manages to maintain the same pulsing direction he demonstrated in Ema or Jackie, but only in the first episode. The series loses steam, though. [Full Review in Spanish]
King put so much of his heart into both the novel and onto the screen that you can't help but be moved by it, despite the pacing issues. Of course he didn't want to take too much away in his adaptation: how do you edit a love letter?
Audience Reviews for Lisey's Story: Limited Series
3d agoWhy don't Americans know how to tell a story, the way the British can? It's now episode four and at this point, my interest in Boo'ya Moon is starting to fade. The A-list actors are reduced to a D-list script in which Joan Allen and Clive Owen are reduced to vapid expressions and comatose trances and Moore just keeps repeating her "terror" face. The episodes of Scott's childhood abuse and Lisey's attack are depressing violence-porn fests that are very graphic but do nothing to advance the story, which hasn't moved much since the first episode. In fact, Lisey's graphic attack, which seems to go on forever, seems to be part of a misogynistic trend in seeing women get beaten up (think of "I Care a Lot"). At first, the aesthetics and cinematography seemed lush, but it got blown apart with the entrance of that silly low-budget "monster" in Boo'ya Moon -- JJ Abrams recycling the "Smoke Monster" from Lost. Tuning out. Bye bye, Boo'ya!
4d agoHad to stop watching episode 4. Sickening violence against "Lisey" is uncalled for and disgusting. I may skip thru it to see what happens or not. Stomach turning.
Jun 12, 2021I've seen through The Yum Yum tree and I love it! Brilliant acting writing and directing I really have enjoyed it and it has a Terence Malick feel to it, especially the first episode.
Jun 11, 2021Technically brilliant but a very pretentious narrative make Lisey's story an unsatisfactory TV show
Jun 11, 2021Seriously bad. The series had nothing going for it. The sound was bad the editing was bad the story horrible... What a waste of time.
Jun 10, 2021Not worth the pain of waiting a week to see what happens. I don't think I'll be continuing with the remainder of shows but I willing to give it one more episode too many better programs to watch than waste time with this . It won't be winning any awards for sure
Jun 10, 2021The show was extremely good .This book the show is adapting is one of Steven King's best work and Apple TV+ is producing gems like "Ted lasso" "Servant" etc so I was very excited and the show didn't disappoint.It has a very unique story .After watching the 3rd episode I was completely good .The production quality is much better than mos shows on Netflix .It's a must watch on Apple TV+
Jun 10, 2021Wow.. I think most king fans want more it and castle rock and less of this junk.
Jun 09, 2021A real snoozer that while well-acted is bound to put you to sleep.
Jun 08, 2021Julianne Moore' talent has been used and abused many times for commercial purposes, this project better be good and worthy of her effort.