The Prisoner: Miniseries (2009)


Critic Consensus: Meekly echoing the classic orignial series, The Prisoner is a ponderous, pretentious sci-fi mystery with giant plot holes and many moments of general incoherence.


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Air date: Nov 15, 2009
Air date: Nov 15, 2009
Air date: Nov 16, 2009
Air date: Nov 16, 2009
Air date: Nov 17, 2009
Air date: Nov 17, 2009

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In this reworking of the 1960s cult hit of the same name, a man known as Six (Jim Caviezel) is held in a mysterious area called the Village, where inhabitants are known only by numbers and have no knowledge of the outside world. He meets taxi driver 147 (Lennie James), develops a bond with doctor 313 (Ruth Wilson) and goes up against Two (Ian McKellen), who has a special interest in maintaining the Village.

Critic Reviews for The Prisoner Miniseries

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (16)

Looking for logic in a remake of "The Prisoner" - even if you've never seen the original version - is like asking for two-fisted shoot-outs on "Mad Men," or for more tasteful humor on "Two and a Half Men."

Nov 23, 2009 | Full Review…

For the characters and for the viewers, the miniseries is a plodding excursion on the road to nowhere.

Nov 23, 2009 | Full Review…

As the story moves along, we understand Six's desire to get out.

Nov 23, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's filled with deep thoughts, deep meaning, cultural allusions and comparisons galore.

Nov 23, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Unfortunately the new Prisoner's dominant characteristics are its sluggish tempo, limited vision and inability to drag itself out of the shadow of the Patrick McGoohan original.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

[It] succeeds on its own terms.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

This new Prisoner tries to be mysterious and compelling, like ABC's Lost. But it's not so much Lost as Misguided.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

The producers approach the concept with all due seriousness and, for all the enigmatic details, a literalness that loses the dark humor, satirical wit and the allegorical resonance of the original.

Apr 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Not even the combined forces of Jesus and Gandalf can save this from being anything more than just a passable time killer.

Apr 20, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The opening episode and the closing episode were decent, but everything in between seems to be just fluff to add confusion to the audience via the characters themselves.

Apr 20, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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