Madoff: Season 1 (2016)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

Madoff boasts a knockout performance from Richard Dreyfuss, whose obvious enjoyment of the role helps make up for the miniseries' surplus of polish and overall lack of perspective.



Critic Ratings: 31

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Feb 3, 2016
Air date: Feb 4, 2016

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Richard Dreyfuss
as Bernie Madoff
Blythe Danner
as Ruth Madoff
Tom Lipinski
as Mark Madoff
Danny Deferrari
as Andrew Madoff
Peter Scolari
as Peter Madoff
Erin Cummings
as Eleanor Squillari
Michael Rispoli
as Frank DiPascali
Frank Whaley
as Harry Markopolos
Charles Grodin
as Carl Shapiro
Lewis Black
as Ezra Merkin
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Critic Reviews for Madoff Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (20)

A watchable yet curious undertaking for a network that would rather be the broadcast home of Marvel action heroes but still can't seem to make those particular investments pay off.

Feb 3, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Hang in there with Madoff, and a surprisingly humane narrative awaits.

Feb 3, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The film is otherwise unremarkable, really, but because Dreyfuss is given an exceptional tool with which to pound the sincerity of his remorselessness, it elevates what could be facile villainy to something more indelible.

Feb 3, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Madoff feels like a network-TV attempt at something much darker and deeper, but outside of its charismatic leading man, there isn't much to recommend it.

Feb 3, 2016 | Full Review…

Dreyfuss is sensational as Madoff, a twinkle in his eye as he explains his "magic." He's a likable scoundrel at first, playing with his grandkids, reassuring his wife. The depths of his lying, his chutzpah, is almost beyond belief.

Feb 2, 2016 | Full Review…

The miniseries that is constructed around [Dreyfuss], though, is flat and simplistic, with none of the intelligence and intrigue that has elevated other stories set in high finance, Billions and The Big Short.

Feb 2, 2016 | Full Review…

Madoff succeeds where it counts, at least: it gets great stuff out of Dreyfuss, and from Danner, who gives Ruth a boozy tragicomedy that nicely offsets Madoff's wheezy villainy.

Feb 3, 2016 | Full Review…

Dreyfuss somehow refrains from chewing the scenery, though the script at times would have him leaving only flecks of drywall.

Feb 3, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Neither particularly bad nor stellar, Madoff is a mildly entertaining, though far from impressive, miniseries with oversimplified depictions of white-collar thieves, bumbling to the point of cartoonish financial analysts, and fraud run rampant.

Feb 3, 2016 | Rating: 5.5/10 | Full Review…

I'm not sure how much is invented in the script, but one thing is clear: Dreyfuss turns out to be the real magician in making a film with so much financial detail so often entertaining.

Feb 3, 2016 | Full Review…

Overall, Madoff isn't really worth your time.

Feb 3, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This one seems much more flatly written whose main device is a near-constant narration. A duddy, you might say.

Feb 3, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Madoff: Season 1

  • Jan 31, 2018
    The powerful and gripping true story re Bernie Madoff and his Ponzi scheme. Richard Dreyfuss does a spectacular job portraying Madoff, and he carries the show on his back. The mini series asks important questions that arise from a tragedy like this. This is the best Madoff "documentary" out there.
  • Feb 05, 2016
    Great performances by an A-list cast. Tragic story for the victims.
  • Feb 05, 2016
    Great!! Dreyfuss narative essential to understanding the complex stock market.
  • Feb 05, 2016
    It's the acting that makes this show worth watching. Richard Dreyfuss plays Madoff with an evil, impish charm and Blythe Danner as Ruth Madoff, is a real standout as the women who stood by him almost until the end. It's a powerful indictment of the greed of the American rich and the ignorance of the American financial system what allowed this horrible story to actually occur.
  • Feb 05, 2016
    Great casting - excellent acting and writing. Can't figure out why the "pro" critics didn't like it. Learned about what happened - Dreyfuss showed us the appeal (you have to have appeal if you're going to steal billions of dollars!) of the man and the sleaziness - no easy thing to do! Seems as though it ought to have been obvious to everyone around him - but he was a sociopath, and sociopaths are the best at keeping people involved and engaged with them as they steal them blind - or beat the bejeesus out of them (ask many battered women) It's truly one the things that hindsight is the only sight. Except for the one who saw there were no clothes - and no one wanted to believe him. Another point made, maybe not strongly enough! - was that all the big banks and investment companies that failed did exactly what Bernie did - but no one at all (except Michael Moore) seemed to get it. All around, something not to be missed.
  • Feb 04, 2016
    I knew the Madoffs ; the acting and casting is terrific

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