Madoff: Season 1 Reviews

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February 4, 2016
The beginning, especially, is all over the place, though Madoff eventually gels into something you want to keep watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 4, 2016
Madoff is a miss, quite unable to measure up either on the outrage/explanation quotient or the reveling in billions quotient.
February 3, 2016
It feels gimmicky, with Dreyfuss talking to the camera to boast about himself, and opts to tell the story in an artsy way that doesn't service the message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 3, 2016
Dreyfuss never lets you down when it comes to swagger. Too bad the movie ultimately lets the actor down.
February 3, 2016
Even for these observations of the broader financial services and wheelings and dealings context, the more compelling argument the miniseries makes might have to do with what we see and how we see it, how we buy into seductive presentations.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
February 3, 2016
Just go read Madoff's Wikipedia entry instead. It will give you all of the same impressions, and at least it doesn't have a voiceover.
February 3, 2016
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.
February 3, 2016
Unfortunately, the bad outweighs the good, keeping much of the miniseries in the red. Not even Dreyfuss and Danner's best efforts can't save Madoff from itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 3, 2016
Dreyfuss somehow refrains from chewing the scenery, though the script at times would have him leaving only flecks of drywall.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 3, 2016
Dreyfuss plays Bernie as a salesman. Instead of selling a product, he's selling prestige by proximity. Yes, sometimes he could be overblown and cartoonish, but, in a lot of ways, the performance fits the crime.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 3, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 3, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
February 3, 2016
Hang in there with Madoff, and a surprisingly humane narrative awaits.
February 3, 2016
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.
February 3, 2016
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.
February 3, 2016
It's a chilling look at the rise and fall of a man whose greed knew no limits and unleashed a tide of misery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 3, 2016
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.
February 3, 2016
Overall, Madoff isn't really worth your time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 3, 2016
This one seems much more flatly written whose main device is a near-constant narration. A duddy, you might say.
February 2, 2016
As a whole, the special proves to be a worthwhile one, delivering a polished, yet unspectacular version of the Bernie Madoff story.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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