Sharp Objects: Miniseries (2018)

Sharp Objects

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A nearly unbearable slow burn, Sharp Objects maintains its grip with an unshakably grim atmosphere and an outstanding cast led by a superb Amy Adams.



Critic Ratings: 128


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Air date: Jul 8, 2018

In the series premiere, St. Louis Chronicle reporter Camille Preaker returns to her rural hometown of Wind Gap, Mo., to file a story about two missing girls, one of whom was found dead and presumed murdered. The assignment, which reunites Camille with her overbearing mother, Adora, brings back traumatic childhood memories, including the death of her younger sister, Marian, when both were schoolgirls.

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Air date: Jul 15, 2018

Camille searches for clues at the funeral and wake for Wind Gap's latest victim, and clashes with her mother over Camille's presence in the town. Meanwhile, Richard finds a surprising way to arrive at a conclusion about the murderer's profile; and Camille pays a visit to the working-class home of a young boy who says he witnessed the abduction, and confronts Chief Vickery about why he ignored the boy's claim.

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Air date: Jul 22, 2018

Camille relives a recent tragedy as she struggles to piece together the murders in Wind Gap. Meanwhile, Richard grows frustrated with Chief Vickery's assumptions regarding potential suspects; and a defiant Amma shows off her wild side to Camille, but Adora admonishes Camille for meddling in the investigation and a town in mourning.

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Air date: Jul 29, 2018

Camille agrees to show Richard some of Wind Gap's crime scenes, though the tour opens up old wounds. Meanwhile, Alan confronts Adora about her sharing confidences with Chief Vickery, who is concerned about the Crellins hosting the annual "Calhoun Day" attended by Wind Gap's youth; and, fired from his job at Preaker Farms, John shares off-the-record revelations with Camille that raise fresh concerns for her.

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Air date: Aug 5, 2018

Despite a potential serial killer on the loose in the community, Wind Gap residents gather for Calhoun Day, an annual Southern-pride festival hosted by Adora on the grounds of her house. As Amma and her friends act out a traditional play depicting the sacrifices made by the wife of a Confederate soldier, Adora shares confidences with Richard that may impact his relationship with Camille.

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Air date: Aug 12, 2018

Adora provides Chief Vickery with a key piece of evidence in the Ann Nash murder case; Richard probes for details about Camille's dark past; John's girlfriend, Ashley, looks to make news for herself; Amma bonds with Camille during and after a wild party.

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Air date: Aug 19, 2018

Camille (Amy Adams) crosses a line in her investigation of the prime suspect. Richard (Chris Messina) coaxes Jackie (Elizabeth Perkins) to offer up info about Marian Preaker's death. Adora (Patricia Clarkson) takes pains to keep an ailing Amma (Eliza Scanlen) under her roof and in her care.

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Air date: Aug 26, 2018

Concerned for the safety of Amma (Eliza Scanlen), Camille (Amy Adams) puts her own life in jeopardy as she gets closer to the truth behind the shocking mysteries surrounding the Wind Gap killings.

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After the gruesome murder of a preteen girl and the disappearance of another, reporter Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) reluctantly returns to her hometown to cover the crimes. Now, Camille has to work through her own personal trauma and risk falling into past self-destructive habits, while also clashing with her oppressive mother Adora (Patricia Clarkson) and trying to uncover the mystery behind what is happening in the city of Wind Gap.

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Critic Reviews for Sharp Objects Miniseries

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (47)

We don't see female anti-heroes like Camille on TV very often, a woman whose trauma and bad choices are written on her body in ways you will remember long after the show's final credits have rolled.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…
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Sharp Objects is part and parcel of the streaming era, not an outlier. Put another way, don't take my word for it that the show is fantastic.

Aug 10, 2018 | Full Review…
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Sharp Objects feels like it has the most to prove, insistently taking up prestige drama standards and then repositioning, reworking, or flat-out challenging them.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Amy Adams' Sharp Objects stands a good chance at becoming the show of the summer.

Jul 11, 2018 | Full Review…
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Sharp Objects is bleak by design. It offers little relief. It is sweaty and slow, with the sensory inputs - like all that sound - turned up until the walls and weather close in.

Jul 9, 2018 | Full Review…
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One can appreciate Adams' performance, though, without buying into the overall endurance test required by Sharp Objects.

Jul 9, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Amy Adams' slow-burn psychological thriller will leave you on pins and needles

Jul 23, 2020 | Full Review…

It is perhaps [the] intense directorial authorship [of Jean-Marc Vallée] - very few series are entirely directed by a single person - that is most distinctive about Sharp Objects. The mystery is good, but the tone, mood and style are better.

Aug 22, 2018 | Full Review…

It's disturbing but yet it's a brilliant way to end the slow burner of series. It's a murder mystery I won't let go of in a hurry

Jan 28, 2020 | Full Review…

Adams delivers a flawless performance once more and is perhaps the female TV anti-hero we have been waiting for.

Jan 7, 2020 | Full Review…

[T]his was a mood piece first and foremost, an investigation more into the mind of main character Camille Preaker than any small-town murders.

Oct 17, 2019 | Full Review…

A good final episode has given a great closure to a miniseries that may not have been as solid in general terms as pointed its first chapter. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sharp Objects: Miniseries

  • Aug 24, 2020
    It was good , but it was not perfect- and I wish it was and it could have been. sense of time warping in a small town and the atmosphere were great. The fact that it was slow I liked, I did not like how fast the last episode was, though. Felt really crammed considering the previous episodes. Amy's drinking felt forced and pointless, sort of unnatural at times. It felt like it served no reason and was there to shock at times. It took a central stage , I'm not sure how I feel about it- being a drunk is a personality trait ? They presented Amma as a very cruel girl and she gave out great psycho and sociopath vibes. I would have assumed however that she killed the girls out boredom, out of revenge on her mom treating her like a doll, out of helplessness that she has no control over her life and anger towards her chained meaningless existence, rather than being jealous of the attention her mom gave to the other little girls. it would have made more sense to be honest. The relationship with her boss did no develop great- he was presented in way too monochromatic palette considering the complexity of the other characters and his general "goodness" did not stand great with me, not very convincing. The relationship between Camille and Richard felt real. There was no stupid romance, they both realized it was a hook up without any perspective at the end. They did not try to make them a thing which I appreciate and is what most often happens in life. The bipolarity of Adora was really well played and executed. At times they made it seem like she was *trying* to kill them , instead of showing her as being ill and not realizing she is killing her children, at least not on a surface-conscious level.
  • Jul 29, 2020
    Beautifully layered, adding contradictory and deep characters, with immaculate detail in the plot. Some criticise the series as slow, but the pace is good and allows you to invest in the characters and the great plot
  • Jul 14, 2020
    This show requires patience which is richly rewarded as the series progresses. The unconventional editing allows the viewer to peer into the lead role's mind and begin to understand her mental illness which was brought about through childhood trauma. A powerful, devastating portrait of small town America with an ending you will never forget. S
  • May 24, 2020
    Not sure how this show rated so high. It is unbelievably boring. Couldn't relate to any of the characters.
  • May 15, 2020
    Excellent production and cinematography, great acting, with an eerie sense of something amiss and looming. Deep characters and deep plotlines.
  • May 13, 2020
    Touching and intimidating at the same time in its own creative way.
  • May 09, 2020
    Excellent pacing. Very suspenseful. I like the play with gender and serial killers. Great portrait of small town in the south. Excellent acting.
  • May 06, 2020
    Exceptionnal and remarkable. I watched every episode twice before the end. It took my breath away. Fantastic cast and location. Just WOW...
  • Apr 17, 2020
    Incredible mini-series. A week after binging it, I still finding myself replaying some of the key scenes in my head. Very well directed, edited, and acted.
  • Apr 02, 2020
    this is probably my favorite thing that i have ever seen on television. i'm currently rewatching it in 2020 because i love it so much. sharp objects is a compelling and captivating murder mystery/thriller that is well worth your time. as someone who read and throughly enjoyed gillian flynn's "sharp objects" i was incredibly happy with this screen adaptation. the story is for the most part completely in line with the text. the only differences i had noticed were the addition of the calhoun day event and the mental hospital stay with the young roommate, alice. the rehab visit explains the significance of the led zeppelin songs camille listens to in her car, i'm also a huge led zeppelin fan so i appreciated this detail. i really liked the direction the writers/directors went in and these additions to the story. the actors in this show display expert performances portraying these dark, complicated characters. the story is brilliant and unique. sharp objects is dark, thrilling and the ending will most definitely surprise you. the cinematography is stunning and the soundtrack is excellent. patricia clarksons performance as adora is creepy and cold. amy adams' commitment to her character is obvious and her performance will break your heart. even though i was familiar with the story, i found every scene gripping. in conclusion, this series is a truly epic and masterful work of art thanks to many talented people. i've heard rumors of a 2nd season and i actually do not want that to happen because it is perfect as is. if a second season is released, i will certainly follow it, i just think it's unnecessary and i would hate for this perfect series to be ruined.

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