The Last Tycoon: Season 1 Reviews

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.
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 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
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
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.
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
Tycoon manages to capture the wistful tone Fitzgerald so often employed, while also being a breezy binge-watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 27, 2017
The Last Tycoon is so sumptuous that it's easy to overlook how pedestrian the story often is. That's not immediately apparent because what's onscreen is stunning.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 27, 2017
The Last Tycoon is not routinely indirect or oblique, but the slightly square sincerity and earnestness of this lovingly crafted series are often winning.
July 27, 2017
Quirks aside, The Last Tycoon brings out the best in Fitzgerald's work. The inner turmoil of Fitzgerald's genius mixed with Hollywood glamor and intrigue make for a feast for the eyes and the mind.
July 27, 2017
The new series has smartly reimagined Fitzgerald's story without ridding it of the author's hand.
July 26, 2017
The Last Tycoon, has been turned into a wildly uneven series -- a Hollywood melodrama whose frothy soapiness produces a few strong performances and a host of clichés.
July 26, 2017
The show looks beautiful enough and has been so well-cast that those qualities can sometimes be enough when you're looking for a streaming option on a hot summer weekend.
July 21, 2017
At its best, The Last Tycoon is an absorbing trip back to Hollywood's not-so-Golden Age. And even when it slips, it's still pretty good melodrama.
July 19, 2017
Despite a lackluster leading man, Amazon's The Last Tycoon provides an entertaining and multifaceted glimpse into the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10