Critic Consensus: The Leftovers makes a bold narrative choice in "International Assassin," an exhilarating and provocative hour of television.
as Kevin Garvey
as Laurie Garvey
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as Tom Garvey
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as Erika Murphy
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as Michael Murphy
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as Young Patti Levin
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Critic reviews for International Assassin
Hallelujah, people! All praise be to the kind and merciful souls of Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, who saw it fit for us all to get a much-needed win in a series committed to dealing with loss.
The final two words of the episode that Michael Murphy utters speak for every viewer. It's the only reaction for what unfolded. Damon Lindelof, who used purgatory or some rough definition of it, in Lost, pulls the trick like a master again.
From week to week The Leftovers is a beautifully written, acted, and produced meditation on loss, anxiety, love, depression and more.
"International Assassin" has ripped open a hole in The Leftovers. A pathway, might be a better word. It put its cards on the table and made a dozen decisions about the type of story that is being told. Kevin will be forever changed.
Just as gripping, and powerful, and strange, as the rest of this season.
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