The Looming Tower: Miniseries Reviews

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August 5, 2019
This miniseries is talky and dense, and the material is fascinating for politics junkies.
April 29, 2019
What was surprising was how much of a high-octane rollercoaster the first episode was.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 19, 2019
As volatile, womanising FBI agent John O'Neill, [Jeff Daniels] no less all-American but revelling in a foul-mouthed, all-guns-blazing role taken from the sort of real life that's stranger than fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 29, 2018
It's probably too much to expect an American-financed production to put itself into the minds of the enemy, to make the drama richer and confound our sympathies.
December 29, 2018
The effect is to turn the story into a police procedural where everyone knows the bad guys are going to get away with it and the personal struggles of the main characters feel especially low stakes given the tragedy we know is inevitable.
March 29, 2018
This [is a] handsome, ambitious drama series.
March 8, 2018
On the evidence of the first episode, it is quite a gripping series, and there are two fantastic performances at its heart.
March 5, 2018
The three episodes made available to critics are masterful and smart in how they use our knowledge of what happened on 9/11 to supply retroactive suspense to the events of the late 1990s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 1, 2018
... The Looming Tower is a taut, tense restaging of the internecine squabbles between the FBI and the CIA in the lead-up to 9/11.
Top Critic
February 28, 2018
It's a bitter history lesson, artfully delivered at a time when we're still coping with the aftermath.
February 28, 2018
The Looming Tower is clear-eyed about how human failings like vanity and obsession complicate the job of ensuring national security.
February 28, 2018
This first-class project is still a tale well worth telling.
February 28, 2018
An accessible, illuminating series that does not downplay the petty and tragic elements of the tale.
February 28, 2018
In so many ways, The Looming Tower is most affecting as a portrait of America in the Nineties...part of the poignance of The Looming Tower is that this America is gone for good.
February 28, 2018
Fresh from playing a Bible-spouting mass murderer in Neftlix's Godless, the very busy Jeff Daniels turns to rival streamer Hulu for another command performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 28, 2018
Every time The Looming Tower threatens to spin off into melodrama completely, the cast (and talented directors) find a way to ground it.
February 28, 2018
It powerfully illustrates how much the "fear of the other," which present-day politicians have seized upon, is all a matter of perception, or perhaps exposure.
February 27, 2018
The result is a crisp, quickly paced and essentially ordinary crime procedural, with a surprising amount of fictionalization for dramatic effect and narrative convenience.
February 27, 2018
The sharply written and acted series keeps you hooked, even though you know the story ends horrifically.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 27, 2018
The Looming Tower could have been stymied by our familiarity with its denouement, but like so many 90s stories being reprised today it's approached with enough distance and scrupulousness that it rarely feels like a slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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