Mr. Mercedes: Season 1 Reviews

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October 10, 2018
The performances are strong throughout the show and writing is solid as well. Unfortunately, even the well-written dialogue is held back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 25, 2017
The genius of this series was that all of the characters, even the most minor, were so quirky and so well cast that they seemed to have lives that extended beyond their presence on screen.
September 22, 2017
The bedrock is King's book. TV hasn't always done justice to fiction's greatest living storyteller. Mr Mercedes looks like it will.
August 31, 2017
I may have my quibbles about some of it, particularly in terms of the unnecessary changes, but overall, it's a pretty solid adaptation to date.
August 10, 2017
The players keep warm what could be a chilly exercise.
August 10, 2017
David E. Kelley definitely still has it, but working with some constraints - adapting a novel and/or working with a forceful director like Bender or Jean-Marc Valle - makes it easier for him to remind us of that fact.
August 10, 2017
Mr. Mercedes is a fine example of something that has been less frequent over the years -- an effective Stephen King adaptation carried by strong performances and smart writing choices.
August 10, 2017
Mr. Mercedes has the Kelley hallmarks -- snappy dialogue, credible characters, a story that adds up, an overall feeling of polished craftsmanship. It may lack King's intensity, but it holds on to a measure of the author's dark humor.
August 10, 2017
Executive producer and writer David E. Kelley has delivered another powerful adaptation on the heels of his Emmy-nominated Big Little Lies for HBO.
August 10, 2017
Mr. Mercedes comes off as a plodding compendium of serial-killer and cop cliches, all conveyed via an unrelentingly dour tone and almost suffocating aesthetic of drab greens, blacks and browns.
August 9, 2017
The well-paced, escalating cat-and-mouse game between Hodges and Hartsfield gets a solid background from the rest of the cast.
August 9, 2017
Things go bump in the night in Mr. Mercedes, although this adaptation of the 2014 Stephen King novel is ghosties-free.
August 9, 2017
The series shows signs early on that it is ready to go beyond the classic cat-and-mouse formula, and to deepen the story with grace notes that touch on everything from aging to senior citizen dating and relationships to economic disparity.
August 9, 2017
David Kelly and Stephen King have been entertaining the masses for many decades now, yet in Mr. Mercedes, they're both doing some of their best work in years.
August 9, 2017
Thanks to these capable actors, the stately buildup provided by the first half of this series makes the wait for the payoff worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 9, 2017
Mr. Mercedes is awfully good. King always gives you a good story... few television series feature working- or lower-middle-class people as their protagonists; these are Stephen King's people -- he makes them varied and vivid.
August 9, 2017
The real crime isn't the mass murder that starts things off. It's putting actors like Brendan Gleeson in something so ham-fisted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
August 8, 2017
Gleeson is the perfect choice for Hodges, and his gruff yet charming demeanor is irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 8, 2017
When Bill asks Ida why she is so intent on having a relationship with him, she might as well be answering for everyone tuning in... She's settling. And that's precisely what you'll be doing if you make time for Mr. Mercedes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 8, 2017
From where I'm sitting, Mr. Mercedes looks to be the best TV adaptation of a Stephen King novel yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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