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The Man in the High Castle: Season 1 (2015)

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Critic Consensus: By executive producer Ridley Scott, The Man in the High Castle is unlike anything else on TV, with an immediately engrossing plot driven by quickly developed characters in a fully realized post-WWII dystopia.

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An alternate version of life in the U.S. in the 1960s -- if Nazi Germany and Japan had won WWII.

Cast

Alexa Davalos
as Juliana, Juliana Crain
Luke Kleintank
as Joe Blake
Rupert Evans
as Frank Frink
Rufus Sewell
as John Smith
Joel de la Fuente
as Inspector Kido
DJ Qualls
as Ed McCarthy
Michael Rispoli
as Don Warren
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Critic Reviews for The Man in the High Castle: Season 1

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (29)

The best new drama of this 2015 crop, and a show well worth supporting.

October 26, 2015 | Full Review…
NPR
Top Critic

With brooding British actor Rufus Sewell leading a strong cast, this history-twisting dystopian fantasy is must-see streaming TV.

October 26, 2015 | Full Review…
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

There are a few flaws in the six episodes Amazon made available for review, but none of them undermines the depth and power of Dick's premise.

September 25, 2015 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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If you were looking for a reason to sign up for Amazon Prime, this is it.

September 21, 2015 | Full Review…
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

The direction hid the episode's big surprise well, and the drama continued to promise more.

March 11, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Daily Telegraph (UK)
Top Critic

"The Man in the High Castle" immediately grabs you with one of the more evocative opening credits sequences in recent memory.

February 1, 2015 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Man in the High Castle: Season 1

½

JonathanW.

Super Reviewer

½

"The Man In The High Castle" is good and entertaining, but there's just a little something "off" about it that keeps you from loving it. For example: how many Nazi movies have you seen where the opening credits are set to a show tune...sung as a dirge...with a bizarre pidgin English enunciation? If this seems intriguing to you, I would agree -- but it also hints that something's not quite right with whole project. The acting quality is inconsistent, which can be off-putting at times. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Joel de la Fuente are very good in their roles as occupying Japanese characters. Rufus Sewell and Alexa Davalos are better than average, while the hunks (Kleintank and Evans) are merely adequate for their roles. For a lesson in flat, two-dimensional acting, look no further than the uninspired performance of Camille Sullivan as the Pacific States resistance leader who may have been sight reading her role. I simply couldn't tell -- or care about -- what was going on in the Pacific States resistance -- which is somewhat problematic for a movie of this type. Nor did I really care much about any of the characters (except Tagawa's!) after 10 episodes, which again, is problematic for a serial story. The script is good, but not great. The story and twists are good, but they seem to lack grounding. Similarly, the period costumes and CGI visual effects are good but not great. That's how it is for the whole season: Good, but something prevents it from being great. You'll have fun if you watch it, but you probably won't gather around the water cooler with your coworkers to discuss anything about "The Man In The High Castle" after you've seen it.

ChristianC.

Super Reviewer

½

The Man In the High Castle is a alternative historical drama where the Axis won the second world war and the United States became divided between the Japanese, the German and the Free States. A woman living in the Japanese colony found a secret film showing what would happen if Allied won the war, she then must deliver it to resistance forces while others have plans to prevent rebellions from happening. Quite thoughtful but rather slow in terms of the pacing

SylvesterK.

Super Reviewer

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