The Killing: Season 1 Reviews

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November 13, 2018
The series is excellent, absorbing and addictive. When each episode ends, you long for the next - a hallmark of great dramas.
November 19, 2015
Now that the Killing has been true to its word about solving its mystery in a single season, if it does come back again, I hope that it keeps in mind that its appeal lies far more in its characters than in its twists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 19, 2015
At this early stage, it's hard to know whether The Killing will live up to AMC's aspirations and become The Next Great American Television Show, but, with a mystery this engrossing, who really cares?
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 3, 2011
The Killing is the least prepossessing, an eerily quiet, yet compelling and complex, tale of the way the murder of a teenager affects the lives of many people.
April 3, 2011
The Killing stands out - it is scary and suspenseful, but in a subdued, meditative way that is somehow all the more chilling.
April 3, 2011
The Killing is your basic Law & Order murder mystery - the step-by-step investigation, the list of perps that expands with each new piece of evidence, the "aha!'' and "really?'' twists.
April 3, 2011
What distinguishes this drama from countless mysteries about missing young women gone to terrifying deaths is the unrelenting focus, complex and haunting, on the family left behind. A riveting tale with a hunt for the killer that's no less compelling.
April 3, 2011
The series is excellent, absorbing and addictive. When each episode ends, you long for the next -- a hallmark of great dramas.
April 3, 2011
Teenage Rosie Larsen is horrifically murdered, but it doesn't feel sensationalistic. It just feels very real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 3, 2011
Some viewers may find The Killing a little too cold and deliberate, but give it time. Its intensity builds steadily, giving the series unexpected power.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 3, 2011
The Killing is emotionally spare and atmospherically dank.
April 3, 2011
The prologue practically functions as a schematic diagram of all the police procedurals - with their virtuous investigators and their quasi-necrophiliac tone - that The Killing seems to deconstruct and reassemble on a higher plain.
April 3, 2011
How slow can you go? That's up to your threshold as a viewer.
April 3, 2011
A show that is visually poetic, normatively compelling and, most important, sustainable for a good long haul.
April 3, 2011
This grim, absorbing show restores the horror to homicide, while its cliffhangers deftly propel viewers from one hour into the next.
April 3, 2011
The Killing is one of those murder stories in which the only things possibly as sad as the death it documents are the lives that survive it.
April 3, 2011
The Killing marks another bull's-eye for AMC in presenting complex, literate, well-crafted television.
April 3, 2011
There are moments when you find yourself thinking like a detective, scanning the wide, densely packed frames for hints of where this engrossing drama might go next.
April 3, 2011
Something wicked this way comes. And a TV audience starved for good new drama should embrace it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 3, 2011
What is missing from The Killing? Everything you've come to know and love on a cop show. Don't miss it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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