Perry Mason: Season 1 Reviews

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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 25, 2020
The first Perry Mason series grounded itself in a rigid formula... The new Perry Mason, though, abandons one formulaic genre for another, in this case the saggy, ponderous, narratively inert eight-episode prestige drama.
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
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 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
Despite the stylish appearance of this show and the impressive cast, it lacks brio. There's only so much acting that Rhys can do with his face - at some point he has to deliver a killer line and the script isn't sharp enough.
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
Too much of this show, a punishing eight installments, feels like yet another iteration of what we've seen already, elsewhere and often superior.
June 19, 2020
A gorgeous show in terms of production design and the cast is strong from top to bottom, but writers Rolin Jones & Ron Fitzgerald struggle to find a story worth investing in for at least the first half of the eight-episode season.
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
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
If there were less ruminative wheel-spinning and more dramatic substance to this Perry Mason, the overkill might not be so distracting.
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+
June 18, 2020
Why this character? Why this setting? Why this genre? Forget it, Jake; it's Reboottown.
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