The Deuce: Season 1 Reviews

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December 14, 2017
The Deuce is intelligent, sensitive, and fun, a show about exploitation that is not exploitative, a blast that's also a tragedy.
November 20, 2017
For everyone who's dumbfounded by the mountain of sexual-harassment claims that rises hourly, and wondering, "How did we get here?" - this show provides a compelling answer.
October 30, 2017
After watching the first few episodes, I had no desire to watch it again. I caught up with it later and was glad that I did, though there were many moments -- intentional, I'm certain -- where watching it was an endurance test.
September 19, 2017
It is a coolly mesmeric depiction of the dynamics of power, delusion and exploitation.
September 18, 2017
The Deuce is certainly a feminist series-and half its directors are female-but its smartest move is to resist turning sex into a thesis, exploiting the contradictions instead.
September 14, 2017
For your money and their effort, the show promises a sensual yet sufficiently gritty, occasionally violent and nostalgically illicit act of time travel...
September 12, 2017
It's the kind of storytelling-ebullient, moving, brutal and informed with human mystery-whose every chapter only whets the appetite for more.
September 11, 2017
The subject matter, the nature of most of the characters, may not seem appealing, but there is a resilient humanity at the base of The Deuce. Most of all, there is a great story and even greater storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 11, 2017
David Simon's sleazier-than-thou new HBO show treats Manhattan like a Magic 8-Ball, where losers from the outer boroughs, uptown or across the country get shaken up; the hope is that they come up with a better future for themselves.
September 11, 2017
The Deuce is the dirty lowdown, with much of the action below the belt. There's nothing pretty here. But in the eyes of this beholder, you'll otherwise know great drama when you see it.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
September 11, 2017
Those compelling, artfully drawn characters keep you enthralled even as the show goes about the slow business of showing how pimps, prostitutes, the mob and police helped turn a back-alley pursuit into a billion-dollar industry.
September 11, 2017
The rightful heir to The Wire.
September 11, 2017
The Deuce is fascinating for taking us back to a time when any kind of porn imaginable wasn't available on whatever device you're using to read this.
September 9, 2017
The Deuce can't hold all of its many pieces together, despite the pockets of strong writing and performances, making viewers bounce around a visceral world with just not enough emotional gravity.
September 8, 2017
The Deuce shows the '70s as a hell that no one should want to return to, even if it was a hotbed of creativity.
September 8, 2017
The Deuce is the kind of smart, well-written and character-driven series that won't be overwhelmed by its sex-heavy concept, nor too reliant on it to sustain interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 7, 2017
Once again, David Simon spins dramatic gold from the hard-to-follow inner workings of a city and even harder-to-face realities, avoiding moral judgments despite regularly wading into vice, all while delivering the latest in appointment TV.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 7, 2017
That macro idea makes The Deuce smart. Its micro detail -- a Studs Terkelesque catalog of the million ways to chase a hustle -- makes it art.
September 7, 2017
The Deuce never loses sight of the human. And for all the drama of its plot, it consistently and gratifyingly goes small, letting us learn about its characters gradually and in relation to one another.
September 7, 2017
The Deuce works equally well as a snapshot of its time -- or really a series of snapshots that, strung together, bring the show's ugly reality into illuminating focus.
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