Mindhunter: Season 1 Reviews

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July 29, 2019
Though it seems like a typical crime show, Mindhunter has enough going on at both the level of ideas and visual construction to keep its trajectory compelling.
December 12, 2017
The "Co-ed Killer" is played terrifyingly by the previously unknown Cameron Britton. We watch Ford and Kemper initially dance around each other before establishing a curious bond.
November 9, 2017
The series finds horror not by detailing the broken bodies of victims, but the banality of this misogyny and how easily it blooms.
November 3, 2017
The maternal shaming and belittling is epically horrific.
October 31, 2017
Mindhunter's exploration of sexism takes on an academic dimension.
October 27, 2017
As the morbid interviews and interrogations all threaten to blur together, the domestic scenes, the ones that take place outside the purview of the FBI, ratchet up their nuance and intrigue.
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October 25, 2017
Despite its procedural trappings, Mindhunter proceeds in a curious, shaggy, sidelong way that defies the serial-killer-of-the-week formula promised by its pilot.
October 23, 2017
It's a head trip, a cerebral consideration of all the terrifying things that can go wrong inside the minds of murderers and men.
October 20, 2017
Sometimes it's hard to tell where the acting begins and the sociopathic rage ends.
October 18, 2017
The scenes are seductively paced, the tone is almost noir, the period detail is solid but not distracting, and the soundtrack (including, of course, the Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer") is always on point.
October 17, 2017
Mindhunter is compelling purely as a well-executed, smart, and suspenseful work of crime drama, but it is necessary viewing because it so deftly provokes a conversation about that very same crisis.
October 17, 2017
It is a disturbing premise about a disturbing topic. Mindhunter capitalizes on all the skin-crawling discomfort of it.
October 16, 2017
Mindhunter is charming, a conversational exploration of criminal behavior that could become an origin story for modern American madness.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 13, 2017
It's about us, the audience, and it just might be one of the great TV dramas of the year.
October 13, 2017
In fairness, the two Mindhunter episodes provided to critics have more going for them than mere atmosphere, largely thanks to robust performances by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany.
October 13, 2017
Groff is a fascinating choice to play Holden Ford, because he can be rather affectless as an actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2017
Meanwhile, what makes the opening scene fascinating and surprising is that it isn't a serial-killer scenario.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 13, 2017
Mindhunter is engaged with the process of law enforcement, but a procedural it isn't. Instead, it examines how crime is fought to ask what it is we really want cops to do for us.
October 13, 2017
The show's at its most absorbing when it's spending time with monsters...
October 13, 2017
From the looks of its early chapters, Mindhunter is equally invested in the psychology of its characters and viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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