Maniac: Miniseries (2018)


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Maniac enthralls with its dazzling visuals, adventurous narrative, and striking performances from both Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.



Critic Ratings: 101


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Set in a world somewhat like our world, in a time quite similar to our time, Maniac tells the stories of Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill), two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each for their own reasons. Annie's disaffected and aimless, fixated on broken relationships with her mother and her sister; Owen, the fifth son of wealthy New York industrialists, has struggled his whole life with a disputed diagnosis of schizophrenia. Neither of their lives have turned out quite right, and the promise of a new, radical kind of pharmaceutical treatment -- a sequence of pills its inventor, Dr. James K. Mantleray (Justin Theroux), claims can repair anything about the mind, be it mental illness or heartbreak -- draws them and ten other strangers to the facilities of Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech for a three-day drug trial that will, they're assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems, permanently. Things do not go as planned.


Justin Theroux
as Dr. James K. Mantleray
Emma Stone
as Annie Landsberg
Jonah Hill
as Owen Milgrim
Sally Field
as Dr. Greta Mantleray
Sonoya Mizuno
as Dr. Fujita

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Critic Reviews for Maniac Miniseries

All Critics (101) | Top Critics (32)

It's a visually compelling, often funny show that is sharp on a number of contemporary themes.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Maniac plays with genre and dramatic expectations to gain insight into the human condition in ways that other programs can't touch.

Sep 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Dive in, don't think, enjoy. You most likely will, by the way.

Sep 19, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

For those looking to study a TV show, look no further. For those looking to fall in love, well, there's no pill for that.

Sep 14, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Stone is built for this kind of project, having demonstrated in films as varied as La La Land and Birdman that she can be a classic leading lady or a grubby character actress, a girl next door or a glamour puss.

Sep 24, 2018 | Full Review…
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Vibrant, ridiculous and, to varying degrees, moving.

Sep 21, 2018 | Full Review…
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Maniac might just be Netflix's most ambitious show yet. It's a genre-hopping rollercoaster ride that never lets up for all of its 10 episode run, and it is one of Netflix's best shows of 2018 so far.

Feb 28, 2020 | Full Review…

Ultimately, what makes Maniac so compelling are the performances by its cast.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

It soothes you with its relaxed atmosphere and deep indie mumbles, then sucker punches you with emotion and deep thots.

Oct 9, 2019 | Full Review…

'Maniac' is stimulating, different and occasionally very smart. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 9, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

All in all, Maniac episode one is more of an intriguing start than a strong one, but with lots of potential being set up for the show to go in exciting directions over the remaining nine episodes.

May 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite the retro-future setting, Maniac is very much of our times. It seems like every other day that fundamental aspects of truth, subjectivity and accountability are being questioned in all sorts of ways from all sorts of places.

May 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Maniac: Miniseries

  • Jun 23, 2020
    Started out with some potential. Really enjoyed the setting and some of the characters. The final third of the season is where things fell apart for me. Just silliness with no purpose.
  • May 30, 2020
    She's a maniac, MANIAC on the floor! 10/10.
  • Apr 21, 2020
    A discerning cinema nut once said, "if it gets too complicated, you lose your target audience."
  • Mar 24, 2020
    Mind Blowing, Emotional
  • Mar 16, 2020
    The show starts strong, with a compelling techno-mystery. It quickly and predictably devolves into recurring virtual reality nonsense, which is so uninteresting that I eventually gave up on trying to finish the series.
  • Mar 07, 2020
    Maniac makes me feel constantly confused and unsure of why anything is what it is. The cast members (Emma Stone, Jonah Hill etc.) are brilliant as always, unfortunately they weren't given a great deal to work with. As they were plunged into the strange and abnormal futuristic world that had me worried for the sanity of Cary Joji Fukunaga and Patrick Somerville. That being said on a brighter note: The scene layouts are masterful, as well as the choice of lighting, creating a variety of atmospheres throughout the series (ranging from in patient to trippin on acid.)
  • Feb 02, 2020
    loved every absurd but fascinating second of it.
  • Jan 04, 2020
    surprised more people haven't seen this.
  • Jan 02, 2020
    Tarantino-esque retro-futuristic ode to mental health and friendship.
  • Dec 29, 2019
    Great miniseries. Such a pity that it Is so Short! Emma Stone and Jona hill Play their roles pretty good

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