Narcos: Season 1 Reviews

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November 13, 2015
Narcos [is] an electrifying new 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 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.
August 31, 2015
Like any decent dealer, Narcos keeps offering a hint of the quality stuff to keep me sweet.
August 28, 2015
After a slow start, Netflix's new 10-episode drama Narcos, which is about the pursuit of the famous Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar, gets its hooks in and is hard to stop watching.
August 28, 2015
With more plot strands than a Dickens novel, this is drama that commands your utmost attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 28, 2015
Not surprisingly, Narcos is most compelling in the scenes involving Escobar.
August 28, 2015
It's a worthy effort, to be sure, but worthy doesn't always equal entertaining.
Top Critic
August 28, 2015
For some, Narcos will revive the most troubling TV depictions of Latinos as criminals and drug traffickers, despite the show's heroic efforts to humanize everyone involved.
August 28, 2015
Virtually every performance is equal to the quality of the script, but Moura is especially compelling as he manipulates the seeming incongruities of Escobar's character to heighten his aura of unpredictable menace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 28, 2015
That most of the story is true is utterly fascinating, especially when it comes so close to melodrama with kidnappings, affairs, extortion, murder and a few devious families controlling insane amounts of wealth.
August 28, 2015
It's the woefully rare example of by-the-numbers storytelling that serves as a reminder of how those numbers got their sequence in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 28, 2015
The premiere episode, especially, channels Goodfellas and the Elite Squad films, offering a fast-paced, graphically violent tour of an often savage subculture.
August 28, 2015
Narcos makes a chillingly persuasive case that the high-level drug biz isn't fundamentally different from most other business. Supply, demand. Risk, reward.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 28, 2015
In addition to being a terrifically solid ten episodes, Narcos feels like the most of-its-moment show that any show has ever been -- a distillation of the best, or at least the trendiest, aspects of contemporary television and film.
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