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Patrick Melrose: Miniseries Reviews

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May 21, 2018
I watched the first episode twice and both times it blew my socks off.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 21, 2018
[Patrick Melrose] is tremendous. Benedict Cumberbatch flounders around in the title role as a 1980s toff junky heading for rock bottom, sort of like a cross between Richard E Grant in Withnail & I and Jacob Rees-Mogg in every interview, ever.
May 21, 2018
It is a feat of sheer executive wheedling and ingenuity.
May 18, 2018
It was as if [Benedict Cumberbatch] were meant for this part, as if he had been storing up a special tank of energy for years to play it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 17, 2018
This may make for good TV, but it only made me crave the immersive experience of reading the books-of taking that long, slow walk with Patrick out of hell, with a few zingers along the way.
May 17, 2018
Everything is opulent, and everything is desperate: just right, in other words.
May 16, 2018
It's all quite entertaining, but while there's black comedy and plenty of dry asides in Cumberbatch's performance, the character's inner pit of pain and terror gets blotted out by the display of thespian fireworks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 16, 2018
The actor's calculatedness, known to fans of Sherlock, looks radically different as he counts the minutes, and even the seconds, until his next hit, or whiles away the hours after giving drugs up.
May 16, 2018
Watching Showtime's Patrick Melrose, the five-part miniseries adapted from the mostly autobiographical novels of Edward St. Aubyn, it soon becomes clear that Benedict Cumberbatch is delivering one of the best performances of his career.
May 15, 2018
Joyless miniseries dwells on drug use and child abuse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 15, 2018
With harrowing bravado and lacerating wit, Benedict Cumberbatch instills an achingly vulnerable core to the tortured hero.
May 15, 2018
Obviously this adaptation of an Edward St Aubyn novel adds far too much glamour to the squalid reality of controlled substances, but it's got Cumberbatch in it, so I suppose that's all right then.
May 14, 2018
[Patrick Melrose] is a series that's beautifully acted by an exceptional cast, and yet which won't be for everyone given its unrelentingly dour nature.
May 14, 2018
But it's Cumberbatch's performance that will grab you from the start.
May 14, 2018
A limited series can't only be about one man's performance, even if the actor does his part to earn the responsibility.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 14, 2018
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
[Benedict] Cumberbatch's performance is a standout.
May 14, 2018
It is addiction personified, sympathetic without being celebratory or glamorised.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 14, 2018
Stream it, but only because of the great actors involved. But we're wary that this will be a showcase of excess that doesn't play well on TV.
May 11, 2018
Cumberbatch's performance is a masterpiece of vulgarity.
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