Perry Mason: Season 1 Reviews

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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.
June 22, 2020
To those who know the title, Perry Mason is unexpected. Those who don't may well be enamored of its overall execution, fitting of a top title. It's a high grade of fine that left me in want of something entirely new.
June 22, 2020
All of the characters... feel so full and that sparks real investment in this case and also investment in their intense personal stakes in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 22, 2020
Yet despite my reservations, there are enough enjoyable moments here to make "Perry Mason" worthy of eight hours of your summer viewing.
June 22, 2020
From the start, it's obvious that Matthew Rhys was the right choice for this role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 22, 2020
There is much to enjoy here. Everyone in the show is good, and it's nice to see Rhys get a chance as a solo lead; he doesn't waste it.
June 21, 2020
Perry Mason is best when it's lively and sharp, with an appealingly grim sense of humor, just like its title character.
June 20, 2020
The series is gory and dour with a bone-deep cynicism, but it's also optimistic in its own small way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 19, 2020
Rhys is instantly affecting, with his sad eyes, fedora and worn-out jacket. The entire production benefits from an amber-hued look that blends period detail with splashes of gore, and welcome bursts of dark humor.
June 19, 2020
It is never spectacular or terribly original, but it is always absorbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 19, 2020
Strained at times, wandering at others, "Perry Mason" finds its footing eventually and by its end you may want to watch a second season even as you hope it's better than the first.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 19, 2020
If this "Perry Mason" is all this, is it Perry Mason at all? And the only answer is: I don't care. It is now.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 19, 2020
The conclusion of Perry Mason is not overly cheerful, but it's not entirely cynical either. Perry Mason, after all, is back on the job.
June 19, 2020
"Perry Mason" doesn't sink its hooks in as deeply as it might; still, in keeping with the legacy of a lawyer famous for almost never losing, the show clears the bar in terms of earning a favorable verdict.
June 18, 2020
A terrific, atmospheric and adult take on life in Los Angeles in the early 1930s, a place so corrupt it might make a decent person go insane. Perry is played by Matthew Rhys with a gusto that is gripping from the start.
June 18, 2020
The strong cast led by the magnetic Rhys ensures that even when the conspiracy sags, you will be clamouring to spend more time with this cast beyond finding out whodunnit.
June 18, 2020
It's not the Perry Mason that you'd expect or even the one that you'd probably desire, but it's a decent foundation and brimming with potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 18, 2020
Matthew Rhys plays both extremes of his Perry Mason perfectly - the brooding, nonconformist of so many film noirs, as well as the emotional orator of those stirring summations to the jury.
June 18, 2020
From the pilot to the final episode, "Perry Mason" knows itself: This Perry Mason is a rebel, and he's bringing everyone along for the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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