Lisey's Story: Limited Series (2021)


Limited Series
Lisey's Story

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Despite an admirable performance from Julianne Moore, Lisey's Story is weighed down by an overreliance on its source material and a sluggish pace.

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Critic Ratings: 64

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User Ratings: 40

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Episodes

Air date: Jun 4, 2021

Lisey struggles with repressed memories of her tense marriage to the late novelist Scott Landon as the second anniversary of his death approaches.

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Air date: Jun 4, 2021

Jim Dooley closes in on Professor Dashmiel, who receives a warning call from Lisey.

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Air date: Jun 11, 2021

Lisey confronts a difficult memory while bool hunting, recalling Scott's moment of vulnerability about his abusive childhood.

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Air date: Jun 18, 2021

After a terrifying experience, Lisey opens up the gates of her memory to find answers in Scott's world of Boo'ya Moon.

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Air date: Jun 25, 2021

Scott takes Lisey back to when she first learned about Boo'ya Moon and reveals the horrifying truth about his family's past.

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Air date: Jul 2, 2021

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Air date: Jul 9, 2021

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Air date: Jul 16, 2021

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Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, and adapted by the author himself, Lisey's Story is a deeply personal thriller that follows Lisey Landon (Academy Award winner Julianne Moore) two years after the death of her husband, famous novelist Scott Landon (Academy Award nominee Clive Owen). A series of unsettling events causes Lisey to face memories of her marriage to Scott that she has deliberately blocked out of her mind.

Cast & Crew

Julianne Moore
Lisey Landon
Clive Owen
Scott Landon
Dane DeHaan
Jim Dooley
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Darla Debusher
Joan Allen
Amanda Debusher
Sung Kang
Dan Beckman
Pablo Larraín
Director
Julianne Moore
Executive Producer
J.J. Abrams
Executive Producer
Ben Stephenson
Executive Producer
Juan de Dios Larraín
Executive Producer
Rachel Rusch Rich
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Lisey's Story Limited Series

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (28)

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.

Jun 16, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

An eight-episode gluepot.

Jun 7, 2021 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Lisey's Story's failings aren't an indictment of King the screenwriter, they're a tribute to King the novelist.

Jun 7, 2021 | Full Review…

When those wails seem to catch her by surprise, Moore captures that idea of out-of-nowhere despair better than almost anyone.

Jun 4, 2021 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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.

Jun 2, 2021 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 2, 2021 | Full Review…

Another King adaptation that can be added to that long list of disappointments with this wasted snooze fest.

Jun 16, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This is intense, dark and disturbing material that could have woven the thread more adeptly through the needle. Sometimes we worry about Stephen King.

Jun 14, 2021 | Full Review…

Julianne Moore and Clive Owen are both very suitable. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jun 9, 2021 | Full Review…

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]

Jun 9, 2021 | Full Review…

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?

Jun 9, 2021 | Full Review…

It is hard to look away from the sublime nature of the couple's love story, one that transcends the darkness of mental illness and childhood trauma.

Jun 9, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lisey's Story: Limited Series

  • 3d ago
    Why 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 ago
    Had 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, 2021
    I'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, 2021
    Technically brilliant but a very pretentious narrative make Lisey's story an unsatisfactory TV show
  • Jun 11, 2021
    Seriously 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, 2021
    Not 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, 2021
    The 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, 2021
    Wow.. I think most king fans want more it and castle rock and less of this junk.
  • Jun 09, 2021
    A real snoozer that while well-acted is bound to put you to sleep.
  • Jun 08, 2021
    Julianne Moore' talent has been used and abused many times for commercial purposes, this project better be good and worthy of her effort.

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