Critic Consensus: The Alienist boats an impressive cast and superb production design, but a sluggish pace and too many tropes keep it from truly standing out in an overcrowded genre.
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Fanning is strikingly good as Sara, her face radiating an innocent glow as it lifts like a sunflower towards the Doctor.
I found it hugely enjoyable, a quite unexpected treat, a beguiling amalgam of truthfully felt family drama and an exciting sci-fi survival adventure series.
The Alienist spends more time telling you what's going on beneath the surface than allowing for any real depth to emerge.
The result is a series that has all of the brooding intensity of Fukunaga's HBO show, but little of the necessary narrative energy to pull it off.
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