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The Alienist: Season 1 (2018)



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The Alienist opens when a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes grips New York City. Newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Geraghty) calls upon criminal psychologist (aka alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl) and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. They are joined by Sara Howard (Fanning), a headstrong secretary determined to become the city's first female police detective. Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and early forensic investigation techniques, this band of social outsiders set out to find and apprehend one of New York City's first serial killers.


Daniel Brühl
as Dr. Laszlo Kreizler
Luke Evans
as John Moore
Dakota Fanning
as Sara Howard
Brian Geraghty
as Theodore Roosevelt
Douglas Smith
as Marcus Isaacson
Matthew Lintz
as Stevie Taggert
Matthew Shear
as Lucius Isaacson
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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.

January 23, 2018 | Full Review…

What must have come to life in the pages of the book struggles to find so much as a spark on the screen -- difficult, admittedly, through the pall of smoke and shadows that tend to choke it.

January 22, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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It's a lushly rendered, gritty tale with the kind of nudity, gore and explicit themes often seen in today's quality TV shows. But it's still a largely predictable story.

January 22, 2018 | Full Review…
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... somewhat unique in setting but same old/same old in terms of the overall genre.

January 22, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Serial killers are always intriguing because they feel so alien, but The Alienist can't will itself to be anything more than an R-rated update.

January 22, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The Alienist spends more time telling you what's going on beneath the surface than allowing for any real depth to emerge.

January 18, 2018 | Full Review…

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