Picnic at Hanging Rock: Miniseries (2018)

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Critics Consensus

Natalie Dormer charms in Picnic at Hanging Rock, a stylish retelling of an Australian classic -- though convoluted sub-plots at times distract from its otherwise tantalizing delights.



Critic Ratings: 51


Audience Score

User Ratings: 118
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Air date: May 25, 2018
Air date: May 25, 2018
Air date: May 25, 2018
Air date: May 25, 2018
Air date: May 25, 2018
Air date: May 25, 2018

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Appleyard College becomes the epicenter for this mystery when three schoolgirls and a teacher go missing.


Natalie Dormer
as Mrs. Appleyard
Lily Sullivan
as Miranda Reid
Madeleine Madden
as Marion Quade
Samara Weaving
as Irma Leopold
Ruby Rees-Wemyss
as Edith Horton
Inez Curro
as Sara Waybourne
Lola Bessis
as Mademoiselle Dianne de Poitiers
Harrison Gilbertson
as Michael Fitzhubert
Yael Stone
as Miss Dora Lumley
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Critic Reviews for Picnic at Hanging Rock Miniseries

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (21)

There are all sorts of hazards on picnics: wasps, sunburn, sweaty cheese, grassy sandwiches, dogs snatching the sausage rolls. Or, you know, several guests inexplicably vanishing into a geological formation.

Jul 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I'm halfway to being seduced by this swoony confection, which comes in six episodes and with so many blossomy female hormones, you can practically smell them.

Jul 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Languorous as a perfume ad, Picnic at Hanging Rock is certainly atmospheric.

Jul 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If Weir's film was a romantic, surreal, shimmering mystery-Twin Peaks by way of John Keats-the new Hanging Rock is a more Gothic work of horror, revealing the rot that permeates the blooms of the Victorian bouquet.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

The story centers around the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and one teacher on Valentine's Day in 1900 and the subsequent investigation, covering its impact on students, families and staff.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[Natalie] Dormer is the best thing about "Picnic at Hanging Rock..." But she's not the only worthwhile aspect of the miniseries, even if the story may be a bit overextended at six hours.

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…

A wonderful renovation of a mystery classic, that against all odds, manages to remain faithful to its original hieroglyphic poetics. [Full Review in Spanish]

May 26, 2019 | Full Review…

[It] is a lush, often haunting, immensely satisfying and sometimes tormenting endeavor.

Dec 28, 2018 | Full Review…

The new show addresses awakenings in its own terms.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Nonetheless, in its rather po-faced way, Wednesday's episode was intriguing enough to suggest that it might be worth sticking around to find out.

Sep 5, 2018 | Full Review…

You know something bad has happened yet somehow can't rouse yourself above crippling lassitude to attempt to care.

Aug 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Its cast is pitch-perfect and its screenplay is a masterclass in how to transform a revered classic into something that's both unique to itself and also deeply reverential towards everything that came before it.

Aug 9, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Picnic at Hanging Rock: Miniseries

  • Jul 24, 2019
    A surreal gothic noir set in Victorian 1900's that leaves you with a sense of breathlessly uncomfortable suspension as the mystery unfolds and we get to know these girls after the fact. It can be slow at times, but well worth the wait.
  • Jun 02, 2019
    A stylish retelling of Joan Lindsay's classic, this series sets itself apart from the excellent 1975 movie by adding a little more meat to the bones of some of the characters stories. While sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, it is refreshing to see a different take that doesn't just rehash what came before it. Natalie Dormer's Mrs Appleyard is given a completely new back story and played fiendishly well by Dormer, and some interesting new dynamics are introduced between the girls of the story. The score, while not quite as haunting as the panflutes of the original movie, is wonderfully atmospheric in its own way, particularly the theme for Miranda. For those familiar with the infamous supposed final chapter of Lindsay's novel published several years after her death, there are some interesting nods to the conclusion said to be (albeit without proof) the original intension of Lindsay before she was advised to trim the chapter from the story in the interest of retaining the mystery. While the series doesn't commit all the way to this ending, there are certainly elements of it apparent. I personally enjoyed this new and intriguing conclusion but it could prove frustrating to some. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable show occasionally bloated by subplots but definitely worth the time.
  • Mar 10, 2019
    Samara Weaving is a terrible actress...how does she get work?
  • Mar 01, 2019
    meh....the ending spoils the whole series. all the mystery and questions we as viewers want answered are left unfulfilled. dont waste your time.
  • Oct 19, 2018
    I don’t think the writers ever read the book or saw the original movie. What nonsense.
  • Oct 09, 2018
    Natalie Dormer (Queen Marj 4ever) eu te venero!
  • Sep 05, 2018
    The plot development is too slow and because of that it's easy to become disinterested while watching
  • Aug 31, 2018
    watched 3 episodes now and I have to agree with critic Kevin Ritchie who noted an imbalance between the substance of the movie and a ‘stylistic overkill’. It could have been a beautiful series, but while the trailer was grasping my attention in a positive way, I find the style of music and filming in the long run quite irritating and distracting from the story. The same goes for the overacting of one of the characters. Pity, because as a whole the actors and actresses are quite good and the story worthwhile. With some more editing, especially shortening of some sequences and less dreary music, it would have greatly improved.
  • Aug 19, 2018
    Amazing! Arguably the best directed miniseries I have ever watched.
  • Jul 27, 2018
    Perfect. So stylish and so very very queer. I loved it.

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