The Investigation: Season 1 Reviews

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February 19, 2021
The drama is subtle and patient, if sometimes dry, but there is something extremely powerful about not framing a woman's murder as pure entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 18, 2021
In this first episode I already admire the taciturn intensity of all involved in bringing justice to the dead. Can't wait for the next five Monday nights to see it through. Join me?
February 9, 2021
Wall's parents, Ingrid and Joachim (Pernilla August and Rolf Lassgård), add much-needed humanity as they experience immense kindness from their neighbors and continue to push for justice.
February 9, 2021
It's a welcome approach, not relying on gruesome imagery to sell the narrative, even if the series doesn't always make of most of their absence by showcasing other interesting investigative tools.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 9, 2021
This feels like a new direction for true crime, an antidote of sorts to the showier serial killer documentaries that seem to be everywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 9, 2021
Raises the bar for true crime drama. It does so by rejecting every last one of the genre's conventions.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 8, 2021
It feels truthful, and is deeply affecting, and is incredibly tense even though you know the outcome. There is nothing schlocky about it at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 4, 2021
The Investigation [is] not only refreshing but also respectful - something that other true-crime dramas have failed to do before.
February 2, 2021
Seeing these cops and prosecutors make their way through Madsen's lies to get to the truth will be interesting to watch.
February 2, 2021
The Investigation eschews any vulgar trappings typical of the genre, choosing to methodically shine a light on the worst parts of humanity rather than letting them linger unchecked in the spotlight.
February 1, 2021
As an effort to inject some personal domestic drama into an investigative piece it's a misfire.
February 1, 2021
It's a slow-moving, slow-burning six-part drama that is a variant on the Scandi-noir template; it's a new and strangely mesmerizing type of true-crime series anchored in deeply understated acting and plot development.
February 1, 2021
It's poignant TV, and it's deliberately slow so the few moments when there's finally a big break in the case feel like a sharp, sudden relief. Still, The Investigation is also a reminder of why very little crime TV is like this.
January 31, 2021
The Investigation belongs in the conversation alongside Mindhunter and Broadchurch when discussing the finest and most emotionally riveting police procedurals of this century
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
January 29, 2021
Its intense unity of vision makes The Investigation the first great scripted series of 2021.
January 26, 2021
Even with an extensive epilogue dedicated to Wall and her parents' endeavors to remember their late daughter... the show can't help feeling like it's also sidelining the real-life woman without whose death it would have never existed.
January 25, 2021
Shame. A spot of torture and 'tache-twirling would've spiced up proceedings no end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 25, 2021
The show's center is not the gruesome details of Wall's murder, but the process of investigation itself. It's a procedural in the truest sense of the word.
January 25, 2021
Rather than airbrushing his acts from history - for that heinous killing did happen, as all those so very involved must know - it had just been decided to ignore his name.
January 25, 2021
Though the horror of this case certainly casts an indelible shadow over The Investigation, it never overwhelms the unshowy, everyday goodness on display at every turn. Lindholm has certainly achieved his mission of making a story about heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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