The Last Tycoon: Season 1 Reviews

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March 1, 2019
A diverting series that uses history the way revelers at a Gatsby-themed party today use a strand of fake pearls... It's a missed opportunity. One that, after a gorgeous 10 hours, you may not remember.
March 1, 2019
The melodrama is largely focused on the people inside and on an industry that's always been in love with itself. It's not a perfect show, but it's a pretty perfect binge-watch, if that's how you choose to do it.
August 10, 2017
The Last Tycoon feels more like an exercise in getting a style from the past down pat and less like a modern TV series that you'd want to watch. That's not just a stumbling block -- it's a wall.
August 1, 2017
The flaw in this visual and stylistic gem, however, is that the plot beneath all this polish does not contain much in the way of human significance or honesty for a viewer to grab onto.
July 31, 2017
The Last Tycoon is in the vein of Hollywood's current trend of turning the cameras on itself... this latest effort is just glossy and showy, like the unreality of Hollywood itself, lacking much of a heart or soul. Worse than that, it's predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 31, 2017
The Last Tycoon -- from Billy Ray and Christopher Keyser, executive producers and writers -- has, in addition to its looks, superb writing, wit and huge ambition, its grasp of the passionate political heart of the era. There are no dead spots.
March 1, 2019
The Last Tycoon has all the glamorous trappings of old Hollywood: Amazon clearly threw lots of money at the screen, with sumptuous costumes by Mad Men designer Janie Bryant. But the joy is missing.
March 1, 2019
The series acutely feels like an idea that would have made for a good movie, instead of being stretched to a breaking point to make it work for TV.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 2, 2018
While the period details are exquisite throughout "The Last Tycoon," the conflict doesn't jump off the screen quite like the costumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 28, 2017
Part of the problem is that [Matt] Bomer's performance doesn't suggest the emotional or artistic depths of Monroe. In a role that calls for a Don Draper, he is too often like a less-pouty Pete Campbell.
December 27, 2017
The Last Tycoon is a 1930s Hollywood drama based on the last, unfinished novel by F Scott Fitzgerald. This script should have stayed in the drawer, too.
December 20, 2017
There's a lot of pedigree here, but none of it jumps off the screen.
September 13, 2017
The miniseries isn't the blockbuster masterpiece that Fitzgerald envisioned and left incomplete, but it's full of fun for literary and Tinseltown history buffs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 31, 2017
The Last Tycoon, the new show on Amazon Prime, is a sumptuous dip into 1930s Hollywood.
August 24, 2017
Strong pilot, strong finale but in-between? Hours and hours of luscious mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 3, 2017
It looks pretty, and Matt Bomer's matinee idol looks certainly help, but more than that, it's the carefully-written characters that make The Last Tycoon a pleasantly insightful piece of TV.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 1, 2017
The Last Tycoon is an entertaining, lush serial but doesn't necessarily rise to the breakout level that will allow it to completely cut through the din of Peak TV noise.
July 31, 2017
The Last Tycoon is a bit silly when it's trying to be dramatic, and some of the lines are jarring when they're trying to be profound.
July 31, 2017
While it has the look down, the story needed a lot more fine-tuning. This season is simply too scatter-brained in focus and not very successful in molding its cast of characters into compelling, fully realized individuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.7/10
July 31, 2017
It's absolutely gorgeous to behold in its sumptuous re-creation of 1930s Hollywood glamour, yet glacial in pace, only sporadically catching dramatic fire.
July 31, 2017
Like a lot of pop-up prestige shows in the post-Mad Men era, it's both good enough and not as good as it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 31, 2017
The result is a glossy look at the time period that, despite leaning on some familiar emotional and story territory, still makes for an engaging, enjoyable viewing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 28, 2017
Melodrama has its pleasures, and some viewers will doubtless happily be caught in the stories' myriad threads. And some performances win out over the material.
July 28, 2017
Admirable care went into the costumes and settings; the script, not so much. There is quite a bit of awkward, didactic dialogue here. Nuance, apparently, had not yet been invented in the 1930s.
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