Mosaic: Season 1 (2018)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

Mosaic​ has enough moving parts -- and fine performances -- to deliver a gratifying murder-mystery plot, though its jumbled structure and heavy-handed narrative may still leave viewers slightly wanting.



Critic Ratings: 41


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User Ratings: 75

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Air date: Jan 22, 2018
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Set against the backdrop of a mountain resort town, MOSAIC follows popular children's book author and illustrator Olivia Lake (Sharon Stone), whose literary success makes her a local celebrity in the tight-knit community. At the annual fundraiser, where she is accompanied by trusted friend and confidante JC (Paul Reubens), she sets her sights on a handsome, young newcomer in town, aspiring graphic artist Joel Hurley (Garrett Hedlund). Encouraged by the doting and flirtatious Olivia, he accepts her offer for a place to stay and work, but the unexpected arrival of Joel's girlfriend, Laura (Maya Kazan), sends Olivia into a jealous tailspin. Olivia subsequently has a chance meeting with charming stranger Eric Neill (Frederick Weller), another new arrival in town, whose duplicitous intentions to sweep her off her feet for financial gain have an unexpected outcome. When Olivia disappears on New Year's Day, leaving behind a blood-soaked studio, MOSAIC becomes an intricate whodunit, and it is up to detective Nate Henry (Devin Ratray) and Eric's sister, Petra (Jennifer Ferrin), to unravel the mystery.

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Critic Reviews for Mosaic Season 1

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (14)

Its very existence is a stake in the ground that suggests that scripted TV can be much more than a passive viewing experience. For now, Mosaic, the series, is compelling enough to capture the attention of many an armchair sleuth.

Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…
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Fans of more traditional crime drama that ends wrapped in a bow may find themselves frustrated, as will fans of more traditional good writing and acting.

Feb 20, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

[Sharon] Stone doesn't make the character likeable exactly - Olivia is much too flawed for that - but she does make us care as the noose begins to tighten.

Feb 20, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Less a show than a television experience, it's brilliant and exasperating.

Jan 29, 2018 | Full Review…

It's never, ever sentimental -- the familiar Soderbergh sharpness is found throughout -- but director, writer, and performers all leave room for the little streaks of meanness, insecurity, fear, and compassion to emerge.

Jan 25, 2018 | Full Review…

It is about as heatless and heartless as a murder story could be-and there's no overcoming that on a phone or on a television.

Jan 22, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Nevertheless, Mosaic is a victim of its own experimental condition... a cold hybrid designed so that we may participate, and that is not transmitted to television no matter how much the scenes invite us to be witnesses. [Full review in Spanish]

Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Without choices, it's another passive, of-the-moment crime drama... It's only in the app that Mosaic becomes unlike anything you've come to expect from prestige TV.

Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Stone is both haunting and purposefully infuriating as the egotistical Olivia Lake, a combination of every pseudo-intellectual rich person who has ever existed. Likewise, the whodunit mystery at the show's core is a solid one.

Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Steven Soderbergh has done something special with the limited series format that will make other creative talents sit up and take notice.

Dec 18, 2018 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mosaic: Season 1

  • Jun 07, 2019
    The biggest trick that Soderbergh pulls off is how smoothly the casting and the tone shifts, you will be amazed how this goes, more than where this goes. Mosaic Soderbergh is always the man for the thriller. And breaking that image of his, in this mini-series, the thrills rely more upon drama and the horror.. well, on short supply. The director, Steven Soderbergh collaborating with the writer Ed Solomon, almost looks like a match made in heaven. The absurdity of the world that Solomon is famous for creating, Soderbergh with his authenticity labels this storyline with enough credibility to grab your attention. Another endorsement of the series which lured me in, was through this bizarre setting of this case that allows you, the audience, to interact and solve on your own. Something that Black Mirror, infamously tried later on too, and not to mention failed miserably. But the difference between Bandersnatch and this Soderbergh product, is that latter one is infused on telling the story first, rather than handing over the stick to its viewers. And despite of constraining themselves to not fall for the commercial aspect, as Black Mirror did, the series still lacks the communication to build any possible hype. Also, It lacks the romance between the characters for us to care about. And as a result, this creates an outreaching physical distance where even someone as skilful as Soderbergh too feels incompetent and helpless, on serving the purpose. The crowdedness in the screen makes the filling of the gap in the narration easily. It is also difficult to cope up, on separating their individuality but if got hold of them, the narration grows complex and easy at the same time. Soderbergh, an expert in exploring such a theme, coming from Traffic and Ocean's Trilogy, this is like a piece of cake for him. It's a pseudo reaction that only he gets to enjoy it and we, as an audience, just teased or tortured- choose your preference- in this Mosaic structure crime drama, breaking the fourth wall and re-building the crucial first three.
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    If you like chewing food but not swallowing this is the one for you.
  • Mar 09, 2018
    sort of interesting, but very loose. I still wanted to know what happened....then the ending.... Don't waist 6 hour of your life on this.
  • Jan 31, 2018
    Please! Mosaic worked for me and as you can see the majority of people. I'm not critic, but I'm an avid viewer of all RT's over 60 crowd (the %, not the age). What I liked - the acting was really great. Stone, goes without saying, and her portrayal of a semi-sympathetic narcissist, was really good. Ferrin's steely performance impressed me to no end, and thoroughly believable as a smart and semi-accomplished woman with "issues". Hedlund, good, but... no spoiler, didn't convince. Cutting this short, my favorite was Retray. Man, give this guy more stuff to do! There were scenes where he made the whole 6 episodes worth coming back for. Needless to say...liked it and wished it went ONE MORE episode ...but then the 'wanting more' is probably why I enjoyed it
  • Jan 19, 2018
    totally mind blowing!

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