Riviera: Season 1 Reviews

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.
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
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
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.