Taboo: Season 1 Reviews

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January 12, 2017
If Taboo can eschew its leanings into the outr in favor of the concrete, it will have more going for it than Tom Hardy's powerful presence.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 11, 2017
The first episode's muted colors, dialogue-scarce scenes and preliminary plot set-up are worth plodding through for its penultimate showdown.
January 11, 2017
The metaphorical gloom and doom of Taboo is likewise dense and relentless but so enveloping you can't help but be sucked in.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 10, 2017
The series itself dives into bewildering sojourns through memory. . .or is it fantasy?. . . showing tribespeople with painted faces and bizarre asides in which James whispers in unfamiliar tongues to unseen forces.
January 10, 2017
It's worth the effort.
January 10, 2017
Taboo's gruff and tough and silly, and I'm hooked.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 24, 2018
The Hardys have created a period piece with a grim, noir feel, and ballsy execution. There are plenty of betrayals, murders, conspiracies and a clash of primitive and modern western values.
July 10, 2018
The actor, also the creator of the series, has a hypnotic presence halfway between a rhinoceros and a peacock. [Full Review in Spanish]
January 16, 2018
... an amazing Tom Hardy in one of his usual genius performances... [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 5, 2018
Tom Hardy continues his uncontested reign as the most enthralling young actor currently alive.
December 29, 2017
As a showcase for Hardy's considerable acting chops, Taboo is passable, but once you peel away [Tom] Hardy's detailed performance you begin to realize that there's almost nothing to the character he's playing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 28, 2017
The formula of the show is well set: uncanny impressions, relentless passive aggression and a surprising amount of pathos, this time all soused in vino tinto.
December 28, 2017
If you could fathom what Hardy was growling, Delaney's closing run-in with Jonathan Pryce's East India Company boss suddenly put things on a knife-edge, promising just the sort of conflict you'd return for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 27, 2017
I want to be kind about the series because it looked fantastic. It had, as I say, great lines. There has not been such a blissful collective display of character acting for a while: the best supporting actor gong goes to the lot of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 27, 2017
For not giving up on historical dramas, even if not perfecting the genre, Tom Hardy's Taboo deserves your attention. Give it some.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 11, 2017
At the very least, with all the period detailing and potential for Back-Stabbing and Lies, it's filling the Game of Thrones void. And, seriously. Tom Hardy. Watch it for him alone. He's spectacular.
September 11, 2017
...call it Peaky Blinders: The Early Years, or Boardwalk Empire 1814 if you need a quick shorthand...
September 6, 2017
Tom Hardy delivers brooding silences and colorful dialogue with relish.
September 1, 2017
... if you have ever wished to know what you get when too many alpha males gather in a room, perhaps this is it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 28, 2017
This is the trouble with the show overall: It's just not clear, even after three episodes, what the fascinating James Keziah Delaney wants.
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