The Dovekeepers: Season 1 (2015)

Season 1
The Dovekeepers

Critics Consensus

Despite taking a unique female perspective, The Dovekeepers fails to tell a story that takes flight.



Critic Ratings: 12

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Mar 31, 2015
Air date: Apr 1, 2015

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This adaptation of Alice Hoffman's novel depicts the lives of three Jewish women during the Siege of Masada by troops of the Roman Empire near the end of the First Jewish Roman War.

Critic Reviews for The Dovekeepers Season 1

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

In all, the actors deliver even when the dialogue feels a bit starched and the story seems to hew a bit too faithfully to Josephus' real documentation of the Masada siege's survivor tales.

Apr 2, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

In the end, The Dovekeepers has too many mixed messages but not enough of a point.

Mar 30, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

But beyond the expected cheese factor, The Dovekeepers is a missed opportunity to deliver a compelling modern interpretation of the famous mass suicide.

Mar 31, 2015 | Full Review…

The Dovekeepers takes an epic true story of courage and resistance - the battle of Jewish settlers against Roman soldiers in Masada about A.D. 73 - and boils it down to a Harlequin romance.

Mar 31, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The Dovekeepers aspires to be All That Kingdom Of Heaven Allows, but major execution problems clip the wings of this wannabe Biblical melodrama.

Mar 31, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Here's to the return of the classic network-TV miniseries, colorfully if rather breathlessly embodied by CBS's two-part The Dovekeepers, a tragic historical romance played out against the fabled siege of Masada in the year 70 CE.

Apr 2, 2015 | Full Review…

If you are a fan of ancient Judaica or faith-based historical dramas, The Dovekeepers offers enough to keep you interested, if not wholly entertained.

Apr 2, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's not the stance of The Dovekeepers that is inherently problematic (if only because the audience is likely to agree with it), but how the story is told.

Mar 31, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

Designed to play as a moving adaptation of Alice Hoffman's bestseller, The Dovekeepers is more of a wounded duck.

Mar 30, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Dovekeepers... is so bad it is virtually impossible to believe it exists in the current landscape of American television.

Apr 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Imagine Cecil B. DeMille directing Game of Thrones on a Sharknado budget -- which honestly might be a better use of your brainpower.

Mar 31, 2015 | Full Review…

It's good to see that The Dovekeepers is stretching its wings, even if it doesn't manage to soar.

Mar 31, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Dovekeepers: Season 1

  • Jul 15, 2016
    Hard to follow in the begging, but, good if you can hang on to watch it all. Very interesting story about the Seige of Masada
  • Apr 24, 2015
    I skipped through most of it it was so boring. I tried to watch it because Jonas Armstrong is in it but i don't know any of the other actors. I didnt even understand what was going on. men, women, fighting.

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