The Men Who Built America: Season 1 Reviews

July 11, 2020
At its worse, the production slips into heavy-handedness, with over-dramatic writing and self-serious performances, lending this particularly fascinating period of American history all the gravitas of a daytime soap opera.
July 11, 2020
The material is there for an intriguing show about how big business worked in a very different era. Unfortunately, that history is presented in just about the dullest way possible; the reenactments are very corny and the narration falls flat.
July 11, 2020
There is a story to be told about the building of America, and possibly even more than one serialized drama. The Men Who Built America isn't that, its hybridization of documentary filmmaking and reenactment coming up short on both counts.
July 11, 2020
Eight hours is a hefty commitment to ask viewers to spend... Especially when the docudrama series' ostentatious style begins to grate within the first 30 minutes.
July 11, 2020
How can a documentary on robber barons be so bland? Watch this to find out.
Full Review | Original Score: C