Mad Dogs: Season 1 Reviews

August 11, 2017
Mad Dogs is a major commitment, one that those who like their comedy in shades other than pitch black may not be willing to make.
February 17, 2016
On the surface there's a gripping, contorted thriller with many spellbinding plot twists. Beneath that, there's mordant commentary about very large geopolitical issues going on. It's rather brilliantly pulled off.
January 27, 2016
The cast is top-notch... acting like a bunch of fun-loving dudes having their male-only Big Chill moment - but then also bringing a palpable undercurrent of tension and competition that gradually rises to the surface.
January 26, 2016
Mad Dogs, in other words, is trying something that's really complicated and ambitious, and failing as often as it's succeeding. But in my book, you get at least a few points for effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 25, 2016
Although Mad Dogs never lags, it never fully seems to functionally set the hook, either.
January 22, 2016
As Mad Dogs propels forward, it actually is most compelling in its slower moments, when Joel, Lex, Gus, and Cobi address their strenuous pasts with one another and what that means for their current situation.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 22, 2016
Muddles together elements of thriller, black comedy, midlife crisis drama, and a pinch of horror and waters the resulting concoction down with enough incessant bickering and aimless, contrived wandering to render the concoction monotonously unpalatable.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 22, 2016
Every time I was on the verge of throwing up my hands at the seemingly limited structure, Mad Dogs would present some haunting image I wanted to see more of.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 22, 2016
The truth-telling gets a little repetitious, a little annoying, a little dull; there are only so many bandages you can rip off to reveal other bandages you can rip off to get down to the skin you can peel back to get down to the bone.
January 21, 2016
The perils pile up to an absurd level in this 10-part drama with some late, much needed relief from Fargo's Allison Tolman.
January 21, 2016
It's a familiar theme, but thrillingly executed in the early going.
January 20, 2016
Ultimately, it's difficult to picture anyone wanting to binge-watch a 10-episode show that ends up being quite predictable.
January 19, 2016
Ryan's writing, collaborating with Cris Cole, is typically razor-sharp, but the real draw here is the cast, all of whom find ways to stand out in a show that's very plot-driven.
February 1, 2015
The show's view of Belize vacillates between astute and offensive... But it sustains a fine mix of irony and menace, and makes excellent strategic use of silence.
February 1, 2015
The drug runners are cartoonish (one wears an animal mask that's more adorable than menacing), and the show's cultural assumptions about the people of Belize are silly, if not offensive.
February 1, 2015
A few moments are undeniably unnerving, but I doubt they'll be enough to attract even fans of the "vacation gone wrong" horror genre.
February 1, 2015
The cast Ryan and Cole have assembled have a watchable, scratchy chemistry and the final 15 minutes see the pace ratcheted up several notches.
January 31, 2015
It's sort of like The Big Chill with murder.
January 16, 2015
Its midlife-crisis themes are tired, uninvolving and depressing.
January 15, 2015
Amazon's Mad Dogs pilot has a slow-boil quality that's ill suited to a "vote to see more episodes" competition.
Full Review | Original Score: C+