Critic Consensus: "The Great Patriotic War" is taut and purposefully paced with glimmers of humor, heart, and heightened stakes for a good majority of The Americans' cast of characters.
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Critic reviews for The Great Patriotic War
The family of spies has been divided, and it's hard to see anyone going back to the way things were during "the old days -- like, the pre-Renee days."
I can't see this as bonding between a mother and her adult daughter. It's a psychological honeytrap.
Unlike the previous episodes, which simmered with Elizabeth and Philip's suppressed contempt for one another, "The Great Patriotic War" is an episode bursting with explosive revelations for the two of them.
Pain is a wheel and it rolls along, picking up speed and crushing others under its path. Philip Jennings may have just become the first person in the history of The Americans to merely step off of the wheel.
Did any of you conclude that episode by thinking, "Brilliant. Now I have to go throw up"?
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