Sharp Objects: Miniseries (2018)


Critic Consensus: 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.


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Air date: Jul 8, 2018
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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 (119) | Top Critics (42)

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…

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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It's in the writing and the performances where Sharp Objects excels - this is a tantalising, confident show with a strong female voice, even if that voice sometimes belongs to monsters.

Jul 10, 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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Incredible character-driven drama that serves as a showcase for a fantastic female cast. Haunting atmosphere.

Feb 18, 2019 | Full Review…

The series offers a different perspective on female rage than what we've seen before.

Jan 28, 2019 | Full Review…

There is a solid core to Sharp Objects, but HBO's... debuting adaptation of Gillian Flynn's 2006 novel takes an insular small-town slow-burn approach that borders on abandon-ship annoying.

Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Very few TV shows these days try and create an original visual language which elevates the material and makes it stylish and sexy. Sharp Objects does that in all its eight episodes.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sharp Objects: Miniseries

A St. Louis newspaper reporter (Amy Adams) returns to her rural home town to cover a story about a girl who has been murdered. She has quite a few skeletons in her closet, and as she deals with a very difficult relationship with her socialite mother (Patricia Clarkson) and others in this peculiar, inbred little town, there is an internal investigation and journey that she goes on. The way director Jean-Marc Vallée cut to little segments of childhood memories in the moment was very effective, and hit close to home for me. Amy Adams always seems to deliver solid performances, really putting herself into her roles, and this one is no exception. There is such darkness and vulnerability here, and you may need drink along with Adams’ character as you watch it. Clarkson and the rest of the cast are strong as well, and the way the story plays out in the final couple of episodes is excellent. That ending too, damn.


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