Sharp Objects: Miniseries (2018)

Sharp Objects

Critics 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.



Critic Ratings: 123


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User Ratings: 1687
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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 (123) | Top Critics (43)

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

While the storyline contains familiar (not to say overused) crime-story tropes, Sharp Objects succeeds as a mood piece.

Jul 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

Adapted from a 2006 novel, Sharp Objects is unusual, but not in a bad way. Often creepy and disturbing.

May 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

  • Oct 08, 2019
    This gave me so much chills. can't wait for season 2! "don't tell mama"
  • Oct 08, 2019
    talented, brilliant incredible, amazing show-stopping, spectacular, never be the same, totally unique completely not ever been done before! (seriously, go watch it and celebrate a truly terrifying female story)
  • Sep 25, 2019
    Production is great, Amy Adam's acting is fantastic. She is a true actress. Every time she is on screen thats the best parts. She really carries the show, because the show is not that exciting. It can be boring at times and is often slow but the story line is great, the ending pays off. This is the kind of show yo have to be in the mood in for. Definitely worth the watch if you're looking for something in this genre.
  • Sep 12, 2019
    Amy Adams performance is prodigious and absolutely volcanic, and it's just enough to keep this unmoving plot to keep viewers watching, and it pays off.
  • Aug 29, 2019
    A sharp script with awesome actors performance.
  • Aug 20, 2019
    Great. Loved it. But some of the psychoses does not hold up but overall quite good.
  • Aug 16, 2019
    Sharp was like no other mini-series out there, a very slow the story, the terror on the town wind gap, their previous murderers..the story it self was good really really good.. being a book by Gillian Flynn know by Gone Girl I wasn't expecting more of him, his storytelling is like no other, pretty good and neat at all. I really enjoyed it, but, in the final we're..there are some answers to be answered...we olny see the end for Camille and her sister it self but..what about her father..her not-boyfriend..or the people there..their reactions to the final reveal of the more thing...Amy Adams have a phenomenal acting...she's an incredible actress, particularly on this one role.
  • Aug 15, 2019
    When i chose to watch this show i had no idea what it was going to be, all i knew was amy adams was in it. It unexpectedly shocked me with how great this show really was. One of her memorable roles
  • Aug 14, 2019
    Thematically interesting and brilliantly acted, but painfully slow and far too long Although Sharp Objects has been advertised as a murder-mystery, it's really interested not in who's behind a pair of murders in a Missouri town, but in how those murders affect a trio of women caught up in the investigation. Feminine in design rather than feminist, the show is a portrait of tainted motherhood and corrupted sisterhood, and focuses on internecine inter-generational conflict, matrilineal dysfunction, and the difficulty of escaping past trauma. But whilst the acting is exceptional, and the show is well edited, it left me unengaged, uninterested, and bored. Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) is a barely-functioning alcoholic who works as a reporter in St. Louis, and who is sent to her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri to report on the murder of two young girls. Her mother, Adora (Patricia Clarkson), looks down on her with barely-concealed disappointment, and Camille is especially haunted by the memory of her younger sister Marian, who died when they were children. In the years since, Adora re-married and had another child, Amma (Eliza Scanlen), who fascinates Camille with her dual personality – dutiful daughter who plays with a doll's house, and roller-blading lollypop sucking teenage temptress. Based on the 2006 Gillian Flynn novel, Sharp Objects was written primarily by showrunner Marti Noxon and Flynn herself, and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, who was also lead editor. This is important insofar as the editing is the show's calling card, attempting to draw us into Camille's psyche via fleeting snippets of childhood memories. So, for example, adult Camille lies in bed and stares at a crack on the ceiling and when we cut back to the bed, she's a child looking at that same crack; adult Camille is shown opening a door, and child Camille enters a room. This inculcates us into Camille's mind, also hinting at her trauma, without ever being too revealing. Vallée overuses the technique, neutering it of its potency, but that notwithstanding, it's a good example of "show, don't tell", and of content generating form and form giving rise to content; the memories are tied to Camille's fragmented psychology, with the brief cuts acting like splinters in her mind. Thematically, the show focuses on female experience, specifically motherhood/daughterhood. Adora is a woefully bad mother who made little secret of the fact that she preferred Marian to Camille, telling her, "you can't get close. That's your father. And it's why I think I never loved you. You were born to it, that cold nature". Later she admits that what she wanted from Camille was the one thing Camille couldn't give – she wanted Camille to need her. The show also deals with how women respond to familial trauma, arguing that the pain experienced by abused women is just as valid as that experienced by abused men, the manifestations of trauma just as catastrophic, and the anger engendered just as self-destructive. We're used to seeing stories focused on damaged, hard-drinking male characters with dark backgrounds, but Sharp Objects is about the female equivalent. Indeed, in Wind Gap women are locked into the virgin/slut binary; it's a place where a woman's worth correlates with her femininity, her maternal instincts, and her acceptance of her place in androcentric societal structures. However, I just couldn't get into it. The biggest problem is the pace. I understand it's a character drama, not a plot-heavy murder-mystery, but as episode after episode ended flatly, I just stopped caring. Almost nothing happens. And that's not hyperbole, I mean it literally. Tied to this is that the show is far, far too long. The novel is 254 pages, but the show runs 385 minutes, with the characters not interesting enough to take up the slack. Elsewhere, the flashback editing is used so often that it loses its potency and starts to feel like Vallée is using it arbitrarily rather than in the service of character. Additionally, the show abounds in clichés – the alcoholic hard-as-nails journalist, the incompetent local police, the out of town detective to whom nobody listens, the gossiping women. Vallée also has a tendency to overuse certain images, thus robbing them of their effectiveness – Amma and her friends roller-blading around town, Amma playing silently with her dollhouse, shots of Camille filling a water bottle with vodka. There's a lot to admire in Sharp Objects, but precious little to like. Not exactly a work of post-#MeToo fempowerment, it certainly has a female-centric perspective, and its examination of issues usually associated with men is interesting. The performances are top-notch and the editing is decent if overused, but the show did little for me. I understand it's designed holistically rather than cumulatively, and I have no problem with that. But the pace is enervating and the characters just aren't interesting enough to fill the runtime.
  • Jul 27, 2019
    kept me on the edge of the couch, i couldn't stop watching it. this was amazingly done. bravo.

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