London Spy: Series 1 Reviews

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June 26, 2018
By taking its time with character development and keeping a steady pace in revealing the plot this suspenseful mystery is what all shows in this genre need to take a lesson from.
May 17, 2018
If you're like me, you'll also be enthralled by the show's intensity, by a lingering emotional undertone that makes perfectly plotted thrillers seem as heartless as algebra.
March 20, 2018
Whishaw, shaping up to be an actor of serious stature, has never nailed it better.
May 31, 2017
London Spy... is a spy thriller/love story you should be watching.
April 21, 2017
The spycraft is all offscreen, seen only in its devastating effects on Danny's life, and drama is about the heartless destruction of innocent lives to protect embarrassing truths from coming to light and the sacrifices that individuals make out of love.
September 26, 2016
Look past the sometimes-clunky script, heavy-handed imagery, and occasionally inscrutable mythology, and you'll be rewarded with a show of unusual intensity, brooding suspense, and incredible performances.
June 8, 2016
What's most striking about it as a drama, and what will frustrate some viewers, is how slow it is.
February 22, 2016
London Spy is not an easy viewing experience. It demands a lot from its viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
January 22, 2016
It's a handsome looking mystery that won't demand a longtime commitment.
January 22, 2016
I'd watch Ben Whishaw do just about anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 22, 2016
You can get sucked in by the spycraft, but this is also a parable about queerness, and a fascinating character piece for Whishaw, as he musters all his resources to fight those who deny the love that Danny knew was true.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 21, 2016
The reasons the romance lacks life and the mystery lacks intrigue are one and the same: Plot leads character. London Spy is a game someone else is playing.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 21, 2016
I was drawn in, yet not quite entranced.
January 21, 2016
Played by Spectre's Ben Whishaw in a magnetic performance, Danny is a hard-partying misfit who falls for Alex (Edward Holcroft), a shy, closeted banker.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 21, 2016
This may not be what you expect from a thriller, but it's mighty fine television nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 21, 2016
Inclusive storytelling vs. entertaining storytelling. Both can coexist. Even within the slog of London Spy, there are plenty of times when they do.
January 21, 2016
When the plot and tone go wandering, as they do with exasperating regularity, London Spy rests almost entirely on the astonishing ability of its cast.
January 21, 2016
Whishaw's performance as an emotional drifter who finds a focus only when it might be too late is too good to miss.
January 21, 2016
What's satisfying, and commendable, about this series is that it doesn't simply graft a gay romance onto a traditional spy story, but presents something whose gayness and spyness are wholly intertwined and inseparable.
January 21, 2016
London Spy is a mood piece, set in a blue-and-gray London and taking long, dawdling detours between plot twists. This might have worked if the mystery elements had been more coherent and interesting.
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