Mr. Mercedes: Season 1 Reviews

August 10, 2017
The players keep warm what could be a chilly exercise.
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
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
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 8, 2017
This is an all-star crew operating at near the peak of their abilities. It makes for a tight, terrifying story of a retired cop and the madman who got away but won't go away.
August 8, 2017
Most of all, the writing is what really drives Mr. Mercedes. The naturalistic pacing and character development provide a superior cast with more than enough fuel for a gripping ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 8, 2017
Mr. Mercedes is premium-unleaded nightmare fuel right out of the gate, without even a touch of the strange or supernatural.
August 8, 2017
Mr. Mercedes isn't prestige-class pulp, but it's a quality star vehicle fueled with enough poignancy to make it worth the ride.
August 8, 2017
The drama comes off as an unappealing combination of Stephen King's most ghastly horror moments mashed into a hard-boiled detective story. It doesn't earn its violence, even with a game cast and compelling ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: C