Perry Mason: Season 1 Reviews

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July 13, 2020
"Chapter Four" is a squeeze play. Outside forces push the old guard out like fingers on a tube of toothpaste. It is a great setup for a takedown.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 6, 2020
This time round the bedrock is corruption -- in the police force, politics, business -- making the stakes higher, and the gig so much tougher. It's an intriguing mix that's as intelligent as it is stylish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 24, 2020
Matthew Rhys more than lives up to the billing of being very sad: His Perry Mason is a brooding, self-loathing mess of a man who will need to get his act together...
June 24, 2020
Judiciously cast as Mason is The Americans star Matthew Rhys, who is so good at finding the gravity in the lives of troubled men...
June 24, 2020
Matthew Rhys' powerful performance is the main reason to watch this reboot of Perry Mason, but the mystery is intriguing enough to justify watching all of the show's fine performances.
June 23, 2020
It looks and sounds wonderful, every set and costume furnished in immaculate detail, with enough nudity and violence to let you know this is Telly For Grownups.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 23, 2020
Such a great stroke of casting is part of the rich sense of detail and atmosphere that makes this a show to bask in its environment.
June 23, 2020
2020 is the year of the few joys, and Perry Mason is one of those joys for me.
June 23, 2020
Holding it all together is Rhys, who's beyond wonderful here. Every moment of pain, sadness, disgust and anger seems etched into his face. This Perry Mason won't be for purists, but it's definitely for me.
June 23, 2020
Although the hard-boiled sleuth shtick is aged... Rhys makes the part his own, the storytelling is slick, and the prosthetics team earns the worthy tribute of our vomit with some seriously nasty corpses.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 23, 2020
It is promising enough to suggest that it's worth sticking with, just about. Matthew Rhys is fantastic... He manages to cut through all the heavy portent to show some decent signs of a personality, though he is bogged down by the occasionally clunky line.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 23, 2020
Perry Mason is, ultimately, a set-up. Jones and Fitzgerald have dissected the comfort TV procedural and stripped it back to an origin which gives them plenty to work with.
June 23, 2020
Matthew Rhys is exemplary, as are most of the performers on the series, though sometimes the mystery elements can get a little sloppy and frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 23, 2020
The writing is taut and peppered with black humour, while Terence Blanchard's jazzy score evokes a down-beat period feel without specifically referencing musical styles of the era.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 23, 2020
The series takes refuge in narrative conventions and stellar performances. Rhys has the perfect face for this dirty and disenchanted Mason. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 23, 2020
Matthew Rhys uses self-mocking wit and caustic charisma to make you love a guy who is not the least bit lovable. Perry Mason is the ugliest fun-to-watch show since Showtime's cuddly serial-killer-next-door series Dexter left the air.
June 22, 2020
The production value cannot be overstated. From elaborate press conferences à la Chicago to tense debates behind closed doors, the plot line graciously shepherds its audience and characters through interesting settings ripe for the exploration.
June 22, 2020
Perry Mason couldn't be returning at a better time.
June 22, 2020
One of the year's best dramas.
June 22, 2020
The HBO production brings the usual measure of premium cable sex and violence amid brilliant cinematography and terrific casting.
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