Patrick Melrose: Miniseries (2018)


Critic Consensus: Patrick Melrose is a scathing indictment of British high society's inherited dysfunction, cruelty, and the wealth that enables them. The Crown this ain't.


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Air date: May 12, 2018
Air date: May 19, 2018
Air date: May 26, 2018
Air date: Jun 2, 2018
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Patrick Melrose (Benedict Cumberbatch) is the heir of a decadent and troubled aristocratic family, who had a traumatic childhood living with his abusive father David (Hugo Weaving) and mother Eleanor (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who condoned his behavior. Spanning Patrick's early childhood in the South of France in the 1960s to his adult life in New York and London, the series follows the harrowing quest of a wounded man and his attempts at redemption and reconstruction. Based on the novels by Edward St Aubyn.

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All Critics (66) | Top Critics (25)

An adaptation enfolding fidelity and freshness, Patrick Melrose continues to hover close to perfection.

Jun 4, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Everything is opulent, and everything is desperate: just right, in other words.

May 17, 2018 | Full Review…

A limited series can't only be about one man's performance, even if the actor does his part to earn the responsibility.

May 14, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Lucky the first episode of Patrick Melrose, based on the book Bad News, which aired on Sky Atlantic last night, renders all fears misplaced.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Brilliant performance by a great actor in a desperately grim story.

May 11, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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Even those who believe posh, rich people don't deserve to have problems might be won over by Cumberbatch.

May 11, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Cumberbatch is so alarmingly convincing in a wide range of drug-bonkers states - mind or body in meltdown, sometimes the two together - that you find yourself hoping against hope that he's not method acting.

Mar 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Bracingly inventive... Profound and important.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Though [Benedict] Cumberbatch commands every frame like the ringmaster of a three-ring circus, there's not a lot of other acts going on at the circus.

Oct 29, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Already conveying a great deal of emotional volatility, Patrick Melrose looks to be a devastating experience but a worthwhile one.

Oct 23, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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