Sharp Objects: Miniseries Reviews

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July 24, 2019
Misogyny and trauma are the focus and the feeling of Sharp Objects, but the story is so empathetic to women's perspectives that it never feels exploitative. A deeply immersive, feminist take on TV crime.
August 10, 2018
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.
July 19, 2018
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.
July 16, 2018
HBO proves once again that patient storytelling is worth the investment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 13, 2018
[It's] gripping enough but requires patience. It's non-linear in structure, and be prepared, because while it's a murder mystery on the surface, it's about the exploitation and manipulation of women and the self-damage that results.
July 13, 2018
Homecoming tales have an easy shortcut to character and backstory...but Sharp Objects is no voyage in sentimentalism.
July 11, 2018
Sharp Objects can be evocatively pointed with its figures and images. Its sick-joke surrealism ripens the mood.
July 11, 2018
Amy Adams' Sharp Objects stands a good chance at becoming the show of the summer.
July 10, 2018
[Adams] is the beating heart of every scene she is in, which is most of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 9, 2018
Adams is even better than we've seen her before, giving us an absolutely mesmerising portrait of a woman ground down from within by what she has suffered and with no energy left even to hope for salvation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
July 9, 2018
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.
July 9, 2018
If the vein of resentment and inwardly directed rage feels relevant to 2018, it's because Flynn, Noxon and the series' other writers are simply acknowledging that it has always been there.
July 9, 2018
The grisliness of the imagery, the aching damage in Camille, the delicate theatricality of Adora, the lovely danger of Wind Gap-all meld to make a series whose darkness is as alarming as it is undeniably enticing.
July 9, 2018
Amy Adams will soon be in need of an extra shelf in her trophy cabinet. She paints a complex portrait of a woman on the edge, in a masterful display of turmoil.
July 9, 2018
A two-hour movie just can't compete with an eight-hour series for creating a layered, complicated world.
July 9, 2018
The haunted, swooning mood of Sharp Objects works on me, though. Comparisons to short-run mystery sagas like True Detective are obvious, but this is more of a simmering meditation, a portrait of multigenerational female strife.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 9, 2018
One can appreciate Adams' performance, though, without buying into the overall endurance test required by Sharp Objects.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 9, 2018
The atmosphere is chilling, but the plot keeps digressing, and the miniseries feels bloated. Still, the cast is first-rate.
July 9, 2018
The gripping series is full of riddles waiting to be deciphered, and phenomenal performances by Adams and Clarkson pull viewers closer to whatever danger lies beneath with each hour-long episode.
July 6, 2018
Sharp Objects is more than a murder mystery with a ripe female body at its center - in fact, it interrogates that very formula.
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