Mildred Pierce: Season 1 Reviews

March 1, 2021
Haynes's Mildred Pierce is reminiscent of an earlier period when American writers and filmmakers knew something.
April 16, 2020
You haven't seen authentic melodrama until you've seen this, Todd Haynes's slow, simmering adaptation of the James M. Cain novel.
July 19, 2018
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...
June 12, 2018
[Todd] Haynes' storytelling here is quietly hypnotic, exquisitely detailed and imminently watchable.
June 12, 2018
The new version is much different which we're immediately grateful for; no one needs a replacement of the terrific 1945 Joan Crawford noir.
June 12, 2018
Mildred Pierce is proof that television productions can more than compete when it comes to creating something truly cinematic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 12, 2018
There's no way to say it without sounding hyperbolic - this is one of the best things to ever air on television.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 12, 2018
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.
June 12, 2018
I think [author James M.] Cain would marvel at the acting and production values, but roll his eyes at the plodding pace... And yet Mildred Pierce has a visceral, snake-farm fascination.
June 12, 2018
In a(nother?) career performance, Kate Winslet moves fluidly between casual carnality and the buttoned-up rectitude of the "women's picture."
June 12, 2018
A strange, slow, pallid, neutered affair.
June 12, 2018
The miniseries looks fantastic, and the performances, particularly from Ms. Winslet, are terrific and more true-to-life than one might expect from a melodrama set during that period of time.
June 12, 2018
It's a deeply human work from a director who undertakes each new project with a nearly inhuman commitment.
June 12, 2018
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.
June 12, 2018
The lesson, I think, is that you shouldn't take classic movies and seek to improve them... The great American movies were never meant to be literary or respectable.
June 12, 2018
It's hard to think of too many films in which ordinariness, especially for a woman, especially in this era, is presented as such a virtue, but it means Haynes' Mildred Pierce compels without ever resorting the film noir excesses of the 1940 version.
June 12, 2018
It's probably worth sticking with, not for the fun of it - there's not much of that around - but because it will suck you in.
June 12, 2018
It could have done with some of the melodrama of the Joan Crawford film; at points, if it were moving any slower it would start playing backwards. But the design is spot-on, and both Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel Wood are great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 12, 2018
It seems [Todd Haynes] felt he could squeeze a little life out of Mildred Pierce's characters and settings. In that way, Haynes largely succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 12, 2018
Haynes' meticulous approach invites us not to empathize with Mildred and be seduced by her lurid life, but to peek into a time machine.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10