Narcos: Season 1 Reviews

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October 19, 2018
The American plot, with middling American actors and a distracting voiceover, is a C. The Colombian plot -- with Brazilian actor Wagner Moura in a gorgeous performance as the grand, monstrous Escobar -- is an A.
May 25, 2017
Narcos is power-packed, addictive and worth the ten hours you'll spend stuck to your screen.
March 7, 2017
Even if you're already familiar with the broad strokes of Escobar's rise and fall, it's worth watching Narcos to experience the textures of the Colombian drug trade at its ugliest.
January 19, 2017
For all its flaws, Narcos' first season could just be one hell of a prequel to a mindblowingly good second season.
November 13, 2015
Narcos [is] an electrifying new Netflix series.
November 13, 2015
Narcos is a good show where bad men do bad things and good people get hurt. There have been plenty of shows that cover this familiar ground, but only Narcos deals with the truth behind the fiction, for better or for worse.
November 13, 2015
It's a very well-executed version of an outlandish story that is still, when told across 10 hours, functionally familiar.
September 17, 2015
It could be that it's not 100% accurate, but for the most part it is and it's the way it's told that gets to you. [Full review in Spanish]
September 17, 2015
A dated, reduced and without redeeming qualities Netflix series.
September 16, 2015
For this hyphenated viewer, Narcos works, linguistic flaws and all.
September 16, 2015
You cannot make this up. People say that all the time, but in this case, you simply cannot.
September 10, 2015
Narcos does a great job of introducing us to the figure of Pablo Escobar... magical realism was born in Colombia: there is no other way to tell this story without having people wonder what's real and what isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
September 8, 2015
Viewers will be sure to binge watch with a gusto akin to the clientele that snorted up Escobar's finely produced powder.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
September 5, 2015
"Narcos," the latest Netflix original series, purports to tell the epic tale of El Patrn but for some awful, misguided reason filters it all through the perspective of a bland gringo DEA agent.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 4, 2015
Not only do I recommend this series, but I also suggest reading up on the real story of Escobar, because some of the stuff that you'll read surpasses fiction. [Full review in Spanish]
September 1, 2015
Narcos soon kicks in as a fascinating game of cat and mouse.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 31, 2015
Narcos is shot through with a winning mixture of the tragic and comic. It's savagely funny when it looks at the contradiction at the heart of America's relationship with drugs.
August 31, 2015
Ultimately, though, and for all its deliberate ambiguity in places, Narcos is most memorable for the way it makes clear the profound difference between being brave and having what people here call "balls." That alone may be worth 10 hours of your time.
August 31, 2015
This is a potentially great TV series waging war with a deeply mediocre one, and the mediocre series almost always wins.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 31, 2015
Finding out how Escobar rose in power and status to become a murderous megalomaniacal drug lord is as fascinating as it is frightening.
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