Perry Mason: Season 1 Reviews

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June 18, 2020
A simultaneously gorgeous, gritty, and sometimes downright gory period piece filled with fine performances, but also overloaded a little with B and C storylines that could have been streamlined or cut.
June 18, 2020
Slow and grisly to a fault, this slog of an investigation into the kidnapping and murder of an infant is just too dark for the coronavirus era.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 18, 2020
I don't think you'll be bored or outraged watching "Perry Mason." The cast is filled with big, broad scene-stealers, with Lithgow's moving turn at the top of that list... Just don't get too caught up in trying to tie all those moments together.
Top Critic
June 18, 2020
A dull slough through L.A. noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 17, 2020
"Perry Mason" is a worthy origin story, and it's especially stirring when Perry at last begins to realize the power contained in the law, and his own arc bends toward justice.
June 16, 2020
A strong lead performance by Matthew Rhys, an ensemble to die for and impeccable Depression era production values makes a solid case for itself without ever exactly giving a compelling answer as to why his was the brand anybody wanted to mine.
June 16, 2020
Perry Mason is careful to situate its righteous officer within a structure that is deeply broken. Unlike those predecessors, however, it doesn't center police to an extent that their humanity seems to counterbalance the corruption around them.
June 16, 2020
Despite the fine performances and sumptuous period photography, Season One is much clearer on what it doesn't want to be than on what it does.
June 11, 2020
Rhys deftly unfurls the enigmatic character layer by layer, crafting this degenerate into a more recognizable version of the legal icon revered for decades.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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