Ozark: Season 1 Reviews

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July 30, 2019
With a vision of a shrinking middle class and defeated relationship ambitions, the series is a brilliant jewel in an endless sludge of original Netflix titles.
July 25, 2017
Beneath its hazy Missouri surface, there are intriguing elements to Ozark. When the series looks past Marty's story, it finds something worth coming back for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 25, 2017
There is a lot of entertainment in Ozark, but the feel of it is, at bottom, phony. It does not have the depth and authenticity of drama that grew organically from one writer's vision. It just doesn't.
July 24, 2017
(The) air is heavy in Ozark, and the torment that its characters create and endure is as smothering as the humidity along the lakeshore, offering onlookers sinister thrills.
July 24, 2017
It's bound to suffer from comparisons to Breaking Bad, even to Fargo, and of course the vicissitudes of a family life on the lam have never been better explored than in The Sopranos, but I'm reckoning it will hold its own and then some.
July 24, 2017
Ozark repeatedly overturns dramatic cliches, but it's always convincing. Linney is, as ever, magnificent. And the Lake of the Ozarks, where the deep water is never far from shore, is a gift.
July 22, 2017
Now that's how you make a thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 22, 2017
Ozark has the potential to be many interesting things, and the fact that it commits to none of them feels like overextension.
July 22, 2017
Crime dramas that audit the cost of morally murky American materialism are a dime a dozen, but Ozark makes a convincing case that this mostly spent genre still has worth.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 22, 2017
In Ozark, a lot happens, but not much is going on.
July 22, 2017
Bateman strikes the right mixture of guilt, terror and glib intelligence to make us reluctantly root for him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2017
A lot of this would play more thrillingly if the characters didn't seem as wooden; if the series felt like it was written to serve more than just a need to present power plays.
July 20, 2017
Ozark does most things right. Not every plot point feels completely plausible, but the show looks good and plays well; the writing is crisp and not too colorful; the performances are unforced and believable.
July 20, 2017
Netflix is trotting out a Jason Bateman-Laura Linney show where the least interesting parts are Jason Bateman and Laura Linney.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 20, 2017
For we who miss Breaking Bad, it's Breaking Bateman!
July 20, 2017
While the fish-out-of-water concept is one of TV's oldest, Ozark carves out its own path with clever twists
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July 20, 2017
Ozark can be excruciatingly cumbersome. There are many moving parts, none compelled to move with haste. If the characters were more engaging and likable, pace might not even be an impediment. They're not, so it is.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 20, 2017
Ozark is simply too busy to contextualize its story and surroundings. Having swum out too far in its own murky waters, the show frantically kicks and flails its way to an open-ended conclusion that doesn't quite feel like it was worth all the trouble.
July 20, 2017
Dubuque quickly gives us a strong ensemble of city folk and hicks, innocents and thugs. The overall vibe of the show is suspenseful, but there are small pockets of comedy usually found in the behavior of the locals.
July 19, 2017
Netflix has yet another unique player in its assembly line of original series.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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