The Men Who Built America: Season 1 Reviews

July 14, 2020
The signature marks of far wider purse strings than a bog-standard BBC documentary were all over this high-octane hour, with its filmic reconstructions, its rousing soundtrack and its access to high-ranking talking heads.
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
The history is dished out at a junior high level, but when you're pitting cherries that's the way you want it. At some point it hit me. This was American history as Game of Thrones. Vanderbilt et al are stamped from the die of Tywin Lannister.
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
The stories of America's great 19th- and early 20th-century capitalists have rarely been told better than they are in this eight-hour History series.
July 11, 2020
How can a documentary on robber barons be so bland? Watch this to find out.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 11, 2020
It's a reminder that most of the things that directly shape our personal lives -- the jobs, the goods, the utilities, even the pollution -- are created and controlled by people who never stand for election.