The Night Manager: Miniseries Reviews

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Top Critic
November 26, 2019
Jonathan Pine doesn't shoot bad guys, and the one fistfight he gets into with multiple people, he loses badly. Instead, Pine is the most charming, intelligent, seductive spy on television.
June 20, 2019
With Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie heading a perfect cast and Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier calling the shots, this adaptation-and-update of the John le Carré thriller is a ripper.
May 23, 2016
An elegant but ultimately empty John le Carr adaptation, starring Hugh Laurie.
May 20, 2016
From the undulating shapes and symbols in the opening credits to Hiddleston's enigmatic, slightly perturbing performance as the show's hero, the entire product feels like nothing so much as the world's most elaborate audition tape for 007.
April 24, 2016
This bottomless inner life is mostly absent from this version of Pine, but Hiddleston sure keeps the show humming along, scarcely giving us a chance to notice.
April 20, 2016
All the permutations of its plot, however grisly and threatening, never dominate the show in the way they are meant to.
April 19, 2016
The series is well-made and well-acted throughout, and if it's rarely thrilling, it's also rarely dull.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 19, 2016
It is tense but linear, clearly framed to take full advantage of its stars' strengths and, it must be said, their cross-demographic fan base.
April 19, 2016
The Night Manager is very, very old-school, and that is a great part of its considerable charm and fabulously engaging narrative.
April 19, 2016
The Night Manager is a class act, not only because of the care that has gone into the writing, direction and performances, but in the great respect the creators show to the quality of le Carr's novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 19, 2016
The Night Manager was Mr. le Carr's first post-Cold War novel... Two decades later, the replacements he found already feel quaint, and the same can be said of this glossy, generic adaptation.
April 19, 2016
Each weekly episode of The Night Manager will feel too short. But the pleasure is so great that we should probably thank AMC for letting it stretch out over six weeks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 19, 2016
There's no denying the excitement of the end product, which pulls viewers along on a strong current of suspense, glamour, and macho regret, and gives us two lead performances worth savoring.
April 19, 2016
The production and performances really do deserve such adulation, but the miniseries itself feels like a rather by-the-book spy story - which, notably, it is; an acknowledgment that means even more when you consider the author of said book is [Carre].
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 18, 2016
The miniseries captures this Le Carr essence, but also the story's breathless suspense. The pace is slow, nobody raises their voice - and yet you're glued to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 18, 2016
What remains is the heart of the matter: A cat-and-mouse game in which the "The Pounce" moves in slow motion - and in both directions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2016
If the program doesn't quite have the heft of The Honorable Woman, London Spy or The Americans - some of TV's most memorable and moving espionage stories - this lush miniseries nevertheless has much to recommend it.
April 18, 2016
The real le Carr unreels here, with savvy updates (re-gendering the book's male spy boss) strengthening his nail-biting storytelling and ever keen focus on the toxic bureaucracy behind even the most opulent intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 18, 2016
The Night Manager overcomes cliches... in large part thanks to the combined appeal and talents of Hiddleston, Colman, Laurie and Hollander. Together, they prove that action TV can be made at a high level of quality, and quality TV can be entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 18, 2016
The Night Manager stands tall as a stand-alone gem that elevates the cat-and-mouse game without ever entrapping itself. Bravo. Pip pip. All that stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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