Picnic at Hanging Rock: Miniseries Reviews

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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
July 13, 2018
Consider it less of a period crime drama, then, and more of a deep dive into another world.
July 13, 2018
The "small-screen" version is bigger in its outlook than its big-screen predecessor. It has taken a step back to take in more - more time, more of the world. And there are no bloody panpipes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 12, 2018
There's no denying, though, that this is a feast - a picnic, let's say - for the eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 12, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 11, 2018
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.
July 11, 2018
An hour of Gothic noir may not be an obvious choice of entertainment for a sun-soaked summer evening... But Picnic at Hanging Rock is intriguing enough to contend with another evening drinking in the park at a real-life picnic.
July 6, 2018
Languorous as a perfume ad, Picnic at Hanging Rock is certainly atmospheric.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 15, 2018
It's an intriguing mystery, all if it. And Picnic at Hanging Rock isn't aiming to explain, only to make you look at its loveliness and be both awed and alarmed.
May 29, 2018
The new version is far more satisfying, albeit in a far more conventional fashion.
May 29, 2018
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
Picnic at Hanging Rock is the sapphic, David Lynch-influenced mystery-thriller that you didn't know you needed.
May 25, 2018
The series fleshes out the story by burrowing into the scenario, digging tunnels to build new narrative pathways.
May 25, 2018
Hanging Rock might be more than a decent series with rich production values and a performance that blows the doors down. Instead, it'll stay in between-far from forgettable, but unlikely to haunt your dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 25, 2018
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
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 23, 2018
[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 22, 2018
Picnic at Hanging Rock becomes so much bigger than a genre twist; it becomes the story of young women breaking out of a repressed sexuality, of a seam splitting in the side of Victorian mores and allowing the girls an opportunity to break free.
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.
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