Taboo: Season 1 Reviews

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+
January 10, 2017
This tale sometimes feels like what might have happened if Sweeney Todd went after the East India Company, but it's weighed down by less-than-thrilling characterization.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 10, 2017
Hardy may want to mix in a romantic comedy sometime soon, if only for his own sanity. But for now, he's got demons to work out and it's an exorcism worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 10, 2017
This is clearly an obsessive, personal work, and it's intriguing on that level - more so if you're a fan of Tom Hardy, who has become the most exciting example of the Miserablist school of acting.
Top Critic
January 10, 2017
Hardy's great - as always - but the story at times can be as turgid as the Thames in winter.
Full Review | Original Score: B+