Critic Consensus: HBO's adaptation of J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy is mostly dull, heavy-handed, and predictable, although it possesses a few touching moments.
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as Howard Mollison
as Simon Price
as Krystal Weedon
as Shirley Mollison
as Terri Weedon
as Samantha Mollison
as Ruth Price
as Tess Wall
as Barry Fairbrother
as Miles Mollison
as Colin Wall
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A Midsomer-perfect rural village teems with vivid characters, some of whom verge on caricature, covering the whole range of class, respectability and crookedness.
There are just enough moments of grace to keep A Casual Vacancy afloat.
By the end, when payoff time arrives, you feel as depleted -- or vacant -- as they do.
No, there's not much of an afterglow. But there is an after-effect born of small moments that resonate.
Much of the subject matter - social climbing, sexual dysfunction, overweening ambition - is usually the stuff of comedy. But Rowling's sympathy with the characters means that we rarely laugh at them and usually suffer with them.
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