The Night Manager: Miniseries (2016)

The Night Manager

Critics Consensus

The Night Manager's smart writing and riveting story are elevated all the more by Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston's captivating performances.



Critic Ratings: 62


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1618
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Air date: Apr 19, 2016
Air date: Apr 26, 2016
Air date: May 3, 2016
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Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), a former British soldier turned night manager in a luxury hotel in Cairo, ends up in possession of confidential documents about illegal weapon trades, and turns them into the International Enforcement Agency in London. A few years later, while working in Switzerland, he is recruited by Angela Burr (Olivia Colman), an intelligence officer who's investigating Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie), a corrupt businessman with ties to the secret arms trade. While trying to infiltrate Roper's organization, Pine has to deal with his attraction for Roper's girlfriend Jed (Elizabeth Debicki), his constant disagreement with Roper's associate Corkoran (Tom Hollander), and the fact that the whole operation is being kept secret from parts of the intelligence agency for fear of being shut down. The spy drama is based on the novel of the same name by John le Carré.

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Critic Reviews for The Night Manager Miniseries

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (26)

The production and performances really do deserve such adulation, but the miniseries itself feels like a rather by-the-book spy story - which, notably, it is; an acknowledgment that means even more when you consider the author of said book is [Carre].

Apr 19, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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What remains is the heart of the matter: A cat-and-mouse game in which the "The Pounce" moves in slow motion - and in both directions.

Apr 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The real le Carré unreels here, with savvy updates (re-gendering the book's male spy boss) strengthening his nail-biting storytelling and ever keen focus on the toxic bureaucracy behind even the most opulent intrigue.

Apr 18, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Night Manager stands tall as a stand-alone gem that elevates the cat-and-mouse game without ever entrapping itself. Bravo. Pip pip. All that stuff.

Apr 18, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

In AMC's thoroughly enjoyable miniseries The Night Manager, Laurie, with a healthy tan and clear blue eyes, is perfectly beguiling and chilling as a billionaire arms dealer selling everything from guns to napalm during the Arab spring.

Apr 18, 2016 | Full Review…

(Hugh Laurie's and Tom Hiddleston's) performances have a gold-standard feel to them, in that you can't imagine anyone else as either character.

Feb 22, 2016 | Full Review…

The Night Manager is so respectful of its chosen genre as to occasionally verge on parody.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The Night Manager is almost doggedly devoted to showing its steps, but that just makes the payoff feel earned.

Jul 31, 2018 | Full Review…

It's implausibilities are neatly disguised by screenwriter David Farr and Danish director Susanne Bier... She earns vivid work from the whole cast and vastly improves the book's sexual politics.

May 17, 2018 | Full Review…

he director Susanne Bier films Hiddleston and his many damsels in distress as if they were in a perfume commercial... [Full review in Spanish]

Dec 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Night Manager: Miniseries

  • May 21, 2019
    My favorite 1 season tv show I have ever watched. Excellently acted and directed with a compelling story throughout.
  • Mar 02, 2019
    I normally do not do five star reviews, but as a long time Le Carre fan, I'd have to say that The Night Manager is one of the few Le Carre adaptations to truly hit the mark while also providing an entertaining experience. Incredible performances by Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Coleman, Hugh Laurie, and the rest of this powerhouse cast is just icing on the cake. So join young Jonathan Pine as he works with pregnant but wise and driven British intelligence officer Angela Burr to bring down the ruthless and cunning Richard "Dickie" Roper and his equally ruthless and loyal team of international arms dealers. You will NOT regret it.
  • Feb 24, 2019
    People are being unfair to Hiddleston. I think he was fantastic in this. Coleman and Laurie were also a delight to watch. It's generic and formulaic to a certain extent, throwing in everything you can find in a typical spy movie. But it's executed properly it gives you no reason to be mad at it. I read the book, and I find this to be an excellent adaptation. I even respect the modifications incorporated in the series, deviating just enough to make the story flow more fluidly, without losing too much of what makes this a work inspired by le Carre. And lastly, I love that Burr is a pregnant woman in this series.
  • Feb 18, 2019
    Hands down my favorite mini series of all time. Ive watched it through 5 times now and its just as riviting as the first time!
  • Feb 16, 2019
    A well done entertaining series with great cast. However, it is just an enhanced version of the typical story where terrorists are arabs and a good looking western man saves the day.
  • Dec 17, 2018
    Binge-watched over 2 days... FANTASTIC. Hooked from the first scene and loved the intricate plot and the sheer brilliance of the ending. Tom Hiddleston is captivating and Hugh Laurrie superb. Gonna binge-watch again... when I get a chance.
  • Sep 19, 2018
    Absolutely loved it!
  • Aug 05, 2018
    "the dirty work" is left upto viewers' imagination.. The Night Manager 3 And A Half Out Of 5 The Night Manager is a character driven mini-series adapted from the novel by John Le Carre, that swept away three Golden Globes on the acting category and was nominated for the best series too. As much as simple the plot is, despite of its genre, it doesn't unnecessarily grows convoluted or even attempts to make impossible possible. And such simplistic reasons is why it connects with the audience instantly and stays true to its tone throughout the course of it. The adapted screenplay by Farr is smart as it glorifies each little moments with equal dignity keeping the audience enchanted in its self-created tense bubble that doesn't pop but explodes. Addition to that, it not only is edited perfectly but each character's perspective is accounted in perfectly for it to justify the actions. It is rich on technical aspects like sharp sound effects, stunning live locations, alluring costume design and metaphorical cinematography that seeks viewers' attention through it. Beir; the director, is ahead of her game and the viewers, for her description of a sequence is not only electrifying but thought-provoking too; she is in your head from the start. The performance objective is the ace in the hole for the series, since the casting pays off more than well, as Hiddleston, Laurie and Colman have genuinely invested their heart in it. Pragmatic conversations, three-dimensional characters, tense environment and stellar performances are the high points of this mini-series. Beir's world in here is bolder, faster and scarier than it may seem and no matter how many times the makers plays their "close call" theme, it never gets old, it never gets dull. The Night Manager isn't shady or twisted as one's usual spy thriller and is instead beautiful on visual aesthetics and neat on terms of projecting the questionable morality where "the dirty work" is left upto viewers' imagination; a slick move.
  • Feb 27, 2018
    Waiting for season twooooo.
  • Feb 15, 2018
    As thrilling as watching my mother eat breakfast.

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