Riviera: Season 1 Reviews

January 2, 2020
Riviera so far is a mess of one-dimensional characters and a dialogue that is almost downright cliche at times.
April 23, 2019
Despite its pompous overcoat, Riviera has started out as a deceivingly brisk thriller which certainly holds promise.
April 23, 2019
Riviera has the feel of a slick international production, with various actors from various countries playing various roles that only sometimes appear to be in the same series.
April 23, 2019
Though most characters remain thin, the performances are pleasant at worst -- Stiles is good with her character in states of stress, if less convincing in the quieter moments; one never buys her as an art expert.
April 23, 2019
Sky drama can do better than this.
July 31, 2018
The dialogue is more Crossroads motel than le Carre...If the sunshine can blind you to that, it's warming up to be nicely ridiculous and trashy, like Footballers' Wives with the odd glimpse of an old master.
December 19, 2017
The age of the male antihero may be coming to an end, but that of the female is just beginning.
September 14, 2017
There are twists, there are turns. There is a sleek visual sensibility and a pretty dang resplendent setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.2/10
September 12, 2017
The 10-part Sundance Now drama, billed as a thriller, spends almost as much time luxuriating in wealth as it does telling its story. And that's a shame, because an intriguing plot simmers behind those lingering shots of the Mediterranean coast.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 24, 2017
Yes, it looks great but Riviera is overly serious, frequently implausible and not terribly memorable; in art terms, it feels like an expensive frame, plonked on a finger painting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 24, 2017
The writers are Neil Jordan and John Banville, and a mystery greater than the killing is how an Oscar-winner and a Booker prizewinner could come up with something quite so trashy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 24, 2017
Riviera isn't high art, and doesn't pretend to be. It's slick, glamorous, fast-paced, precision-tooled entertainment: brain-candy of the purest grade, and I gobbled it up.
August 24, 2017
There are an awful lot of good people in this shambles who must have forgotten how to know any better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 24, 2017
There's nothing radical or challenging about Riviera: It efficiently combines elements of soap operas, murder mysteries and thrillers, and, as the frosting on top, it gives viewers a peek at the luxurious lives of the oligarch-adjacent global elite.
August 23, 2017
Looking like a bargain-basement Sharon Stone or a Britney (on a good day) lookalike - [Stiles] lacks the presence to make us follow her through nine more episodes as she discovers what a dirty, double-dealing scoundrel she married just one year ago.
August 23, 2017
It's already a holiday for the eyes. Now it just needs to transport our imaginations, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 23, 2017
Laughably implausible as her character may be, Stiles is on form here and it's her presence, along with the stupefying magnificence of the Mediterranean, which makes Riviera perfectly diverting fluff.
August 23, 2017
Certainly there is more money than thought here. It smacks of TV made by too many people and designed to appeal to too many people, and it ends up appealing to no one.
August 14, 2017
Life doesn't imitate art, though, as Woody Allen said; it imitates bad television. Thankfully, Riviera, with its world of wealth and image, is quite good television, and very far removed from life as we know it.