Survive: Season 1 Reviews

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May 13, 2020
Turner is good, as his her fellow survivor (Corey Hawkins), but so much time is spent before the crash even occurs that it's a slow, redundant introduction, and Turner's voice-over doesn't help.
May 13, 2020
Sophie Turner gives a performance which fluctuates between unhinged and placidly rational on a dime. Her voice over is reminiscent of Fight Club in the matter of fact delivery, classification of mental disorder and character introductions.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 13, 2020
It's the technical aspect of [It] that impresses the most. But while Turner and Hawkins are engaging performers, and the production design presents some horrific scenarios for their characters, there's something a little shallow about the entire premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 13, 2020
Turner is a bit stiff here, and her American accent is shaky, but she and co-star (and fellow plane crash survivor) Corey Hawkins work well together as they traverse the harsh wilderness.
May 13, 2020
Survive showcases some very melodramatic moments of acting that often feels like a drama class exercise. Still, having only seen the first four chapters, it's possible Survive improves in future chapters now that all the emotional set-up is out of the way
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
May 13, 2020
The show's treatment of mental illness is reductive to the point of almost romanticizing suicidal ideation as a kind of Kurt Cobain-esque beautiful pain that reflects how we should truly see the world.
April 24, 2020
Suicide haunts compelling, cliffhanger-heavy survival show.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 13, 2020
There are some nice moments of cinematography throughout but overall this is a decent story told in an unconventional manner. Still, if you are shelling out for Quibi, you could do worse than spending ten minutes each day seeing where this story goes.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
April 10, 2020
Sophie Turner takes the lead in a tonally uncertain drama about young people's mental health, set in a psychiatric facility called Lifehouse, equipped with landscaped gardens, a palatial pharmacy, and a "feelings doctor just for you."
April 6, 2020
It's essentially The Mountain Between Us for a younger set, only more concerned with depression and suicide, and is an odd fit for Quibi's limited dimensions.
April 6, 2020
As much as Survive escapes becoming completely melodramatic thanks to nuanced performances, there's a disconnect between the characters and the story at hand, often leaning more on its visuals-and Quibi's distribution method hinders its connection.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 6, 2020
One way or the other, I'd like to bet the pairing of Turner and Hawkins will continue to make Survive an engaging, entertaining watch as we get more installments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 6, 2020
It looks and feels like prestige Hollywood fare, and Turner is superb as a woman haunted by her own illness.
April 6, 2020
At best, Survive is intense and austere. At worst, it's needlessly triggering and somehow still wildly boring.
April 6, 2020
In the uneven but intermittently startling and compelling "Survive," Sophie Turner from "Game of Thrones" turns in passionate, empathetic work as Jane, a troubled young woman with a family history of suicides.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 6, 2020
If you can get used to the small segments, Survive is a pretty compelling tale of what it means to want to live when all hope seems lost.
April 6, 2020
Survive might have worked in another format but on Quibi it comes across as gloomy and tedious.
April 6, 2020
The phone dimensions are a bit limiting for a show of this scope, but the life-and-death drama eventually sinks its hooks deep into you thanks to a revelatory performance from [Sophie] Turner, who gets some great material to work with.
April 6, 2020
It's honestly hard to say whether the irresponsible suicidal ideation or the "artsy" flashback editing is more upsetting.
April 6, 2020
Indeed, the show is action-packed, but it is also filled with convincing acting from [Sophie] Turner as this struggling young woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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