Mildred Pierce: Season 1 (2011)

Season 1
Mildred Pierce

Critics Consensus

Loyal to its source material to a fault, Mildred Pierce compensates for its familiarity with elaborate production values and a knockout lead performance.



Critic Ratings: 56

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Air date: Mar 27, 2011
Air date: Mar 27, 2011
Air date: Apr 3, 2011
Air date: Apr 10, 2011
Air date: Apr 10, 2011

Tv Season Info


Kate Winslet
as Mildred Pierce
Guy Pearce
as Monty Beragon
James Le Gros
as Wally Burgan
Melissa Leo
as Lucy Gessler
Brian F. O'Byrne
as Bert Pierce
Morgan Turner
as Veda Pierce (Age 11)
Murphy Guyer
as Mr. Pierce
Diane Kagan
as Mrs. Pierce
Hope Davis
as Mrs. Forrester
Quinn McColgan
as Ray Pierce
Ronald Guttman
as Carlo Treviso
Elvy Yost
as Sigrid
Laura Esterman
as Mrs. Kramer
Leslie Lyles
as Mrs. Jaeckel
Darlene Violette
as Waitress 3
Annette Arnold
as Waitress 4
Margaret Hall
as Mrs. Floyd
Richard Easton
as Charlie Hannen
Brenda Wehle
as Mrs. Turner
Nick Westrate
as Sammy Forrester
Laura Rosenthal
as Waitress 2
Margaret Reed
as Maggie Biederhof
Victor Slezak
as Dr. Collins
Daniel London
as Mr. Levinson
Paul Sparks
as Mr. Hobey
Patrick Husted
as Mr. Eckstein
Rocco Sisto
as Mr. Rossi
Bradley Mott
as Mr. Rice
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Critic Reviews for Mildred Pierce Season 1

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (28)

Star Kate Winslet is a human being here, not a silver-screen archetype. And she's surrounded by an extraordinary realism, from the perfect '30s costumes and music to the excellent supporting cast.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

It pains me to say it, but Kate should draft an acceptance speech.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

I am saying - with the rather irrational, possibly unfair disgruntlement of a possessive fan - that the movie is not as weird as I would like. Still, the critic behind the fan finds much to admire in this tragedy of manners.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Winslet is increasingly impressive as the indomitable but malleable heroine who wants what she wants and gets what some think she deserves.

Jun 11, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Some viewers will love this, others will be bored into sedation. I fell somewhere in between.

Jun 11, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The new Mildred isn't perfect. Sometimes it has too much time on its hands, holding scenes just because it can. But watching it is time well-spent.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

A strange, slow, pallid, neutered affair.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Still, it all looks so wonderful and the performances are so carefully wrought that you may well find yourself leaning back to enjoy the ride, forgetting for the time being that the narrative is advancing with the reckless velocity of an iceberg...

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Mildred Pierce is a masterpiece of modern film noir - or, if you prefer, TV noir - and it's anchored by a performance by Winslet that is unlikely to be beaten at next year's Emmys.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Mildred Pierce is a wonderful achievement, that will easily stand up proudly alongside Todd Haynes' best movie work... Long-form television - and hell, most movies - doesn't get much better than this.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mildred Pierce: Season 1

  • Jul 18, 2017
    Kate Winslet delivers a powerhouse performance (when doesn't she?) in Todd Haynes's faithful and relatively restrained adaptation of James M Cain's novel.
  • Dec 24, 2014
    PERFECTION. Truly perfection. You fall into the movie and are held there, you become the characters - so perfectly played. Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce) and Guy Pearce ( Monte Beragon) don't seem to be acting - they are the characters you are there with them. Didn't expect to like this series, but I liked the original movie so I tried it. Stunning, breath-taking, hurts at times, evokes tears, hope, fear, every sense is fully engaged. This version of Mildred Pierce leaves the original movie in the dust. Left me wanting to read the book, thinking about it long after watching it, needing to re-watch it over and over, it haunts me, forces one to look life from a different lense. I believe, the hallmark of greatest movies ever made. As a single mother with two girls, the movie hit home especially hard. But I think everyone, definitely mothers, would feel the same about this movie. This movie has been added to my all time favorites along with: CItizen Kane, Forrest Gump, Vertigo, Gone with the WInd, All about Eve, Shawshank Redemption, Tombstone,12 Angry Men and to Kill a Mockingbird. The dialog is stunningly written with profound subtly, the magnificent sets, the depth and complexity of all the characters - it couldn't have been better. I wished it was longer! Left me needing to go back and look for hints / foreshadowing - so subtle you crave it - the bluebird reference for example. A true masterpiece by all involved in making this movie. Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce draw you in - and keep you there, holding you hostage. A long and gushing (unedited) review. But Mildred Pierce is a rare find, one I almost missed, it is THAT GOOD.
  • Sep 02, 2014
    Kate Winslet delivers an extraordinary performance, and leads a wonderful cast (Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood and Melissa Leo are very good). Haynes' direction and screenplay are skillful, as noteworthy are production values (especially art direction, cinematography, score, costumes, makeup and hairstyling). A HBO remarkable, unfortunately underrated miniseries.

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