Picnic at Hanging Rock: Miniseries Reviews

October 22, 2019
This Picnic at Hanging Rock is a study of emotional pressure, both repressed and flaunted, that nonetheless is schematic. It feels of the moment in a way that is tedious instead of illuminating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 15, 2018
You know something bad has happened yet somehow can't rouse yourself above crippling lassitude to attempt to care.
July 27, 2018
More often, the substance of this series fails to find harmony with its stylistic overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 14, 2018
Everything is amplified to the extreme: the sensuality, the violence, the suffocating symbolism of all those corsets and stockings.
May 25, 2018
While watching the six episodes of this series, you get the sense that the story would have benefited from forced brevity. Maybe the reason for all the slow motion sequences was really just to fill time?
Full Review | Original Score: 6.2/10
May 25, 2018
This "Picnic" is overheated, so pumped up with strangeness and dread that when something actually strange or dreadful does happen, it doesn't quite register - it's just another moment of weirdness in a vast sea of weird.
May 25, 2018
In the end, the more we know about why the girls disappeared, the less we feel.
May 24, 2018
Amazon's gauzy adaptation is focused so fully on style that it forgets about substance. (Though Natalie Dormer makes for a charming lead).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 23, 2018
While the secret longings of these missing young women make for a tantalizing puzzle, navigating this tiresome new Rock is no picnic.
May 22, 2018
Sadly, this feels unlikely to be a Handmaid's Tale-level hit for Amazon, for while it's solid enough to warrant a look, it's also a bit too inconsistent and bloated to rise above the crowd.
May 10, 2018
All this sub-plotting and cutting between past and present becomes a structural downfall: with so little lead-up to the girls' disappearance, we never fall under the rock's spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5