Rectify: Season 1 Reviews

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March 29, 2019
Sundance's first original dramatic series feels damply airless-the tension might be ripped open at any moment by a thunderclap of revelation.
May 14, 2018
Rectify is so unusual a show, with its own deliberate pace and premise and approach, that it may not build enough viewership to keep going. But that doesn't mean it's not a worthwhile show, or a memorable one - because it is.
September 18, 2013
It's those supporting characters that make Rectify worth watching.
April 23, 2013
It is numbing in the opposite way of a show like The Following. In its painterly human drama it forgets that subtlety is not the same thing as suspense.
April 23, 2013
Like Sundance's other recent dramas, Restless and Top of the Lake, Rectify moves at its own pace -- and offers its own rewards.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 23, 2013
That story is so powerful all by itself that I'm looking forward to seeing the show explore it at length, at its own pace, taking time without seeming to take time.
April 22, 2013
Each episode of Rectify unfolds like a new chapter in a richly engrossing novel, fleshing out these characters with fascinating precision, and giving every member of the supporting cast a chance to shine.
April 22, 2013
The subject matter is heavy, but the episodes are beautifully written and move at a contemplative, but never boring, pace.
April 22, 2013
For some, [it] will feel like a very slow sentence. For others, the performances, the clear sense of time and place, the beautiful images and the thoughtful things the series has to say about life, death and spirituality will feel like no time at all.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 22, 2013
The greatest thing about Sundance's haunting, transporting Rectify is that it's willing to be timeless, and to take its time. It's pokey, atmospheric, and the opposite of plot-driven. And it's one of the best things I expect to see on TV all year.
April 22, 2013
It's the tender, realistic moments where Rectify thrives, distinguishing itself from the bulk of other series with similar subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2013
Its simmering mystery and artfully depicted dysfunction make every scene hum with tension.
April 22, 2013
Those six episodes are well worth watching. Maybe McKinnon can rectify the plot issue in a second season.
April 22, 2013
There's not a bad performance to be had in Rectify.
April 22, 2013
Rectify is at once familiar and unlike anything else on TV right now. Yes, it's great.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 22, 2013
The cast is stellar, you can almost feel the Georgia heat
April 22, 2013
Rectify is touching in so many ways, and the only drawback is that six hours is not nearly enough to tell this story, with an open-ended conclusion that's more disturbing than satisfying.
April 22, 2013
Rectify would be lost in transition without Young's stellar work in the lead role. It's a fearless, fully immersed, Emmy caliber performance tinged with sadness, searching, primitive pleasures and even a little comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 21, 2013
the main focus of Rectify stays on the most interesting material - on what it means for a person to find himself with a future, after having written himself off as a dead man walking.
April 21, 2013
It resembles nothing so much as a bad indie film, the kind of slow and tepid bummer that used to fill Sundance's late nights and afternoons when it was a full-time movie channel.
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