The Night Of: Miniseries Reviews

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December 31, 2016
The Night Of is a classic slow-burn murder mystery. It's also one of the rare shows in this era of binge-watch TV that is best consumed in a week-to-week format, rather than in one sitting.
December 15, 2016
This isn't about a miscarriage of justice-the prosecution is presented with as much respect and dignity as the defense-but about how the slow gears of justice grind up those caught in its wheels.
September 26, 2016
Once its skin is peeled back, the series serves as a scathing assessment of the criminal justice system.
September 21, 2016
If I had to cite one reason to keep tuning in, it's John Turturro.
September 7, 2016
The chaotic courtrooms, the lawless prisons, the overworked public servants are all victims of corrupt organisations. This isn't TV. This isn't HBO. The Night Of is the real deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 3, 2016
One thing I do know: I'm hooked.
August 11, 2016
This is Turturro at the top of his game.
August 5, 2016
The Night Of is certainly HBO's most electrifying series since the original True Detective, and one of the biggest and most intricate.
July 25, 2016
A show like this one is so busy saying something about the justice system and the prison-industrial complex that it rarely has a moment to consider that one of the injustices here is that a person was killed.
July 19, 2016
Somber detective story is weighty, mature.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 15, 2016
I'll take it over Game of Thrones any day.
July 13, 2016
A moving human drama that also illustrates the price paid by families of the accused, who are mostly poor and non-white.
July 13, 2016
The real New York kick comes from [Richard] Price's ability to thread his research with strands of black, barkingly funny cynicism.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
July 13, 2016
Drawing influences from The Wire, this HBO show boldly tackles race in the face of the criminal justice system.
July 12, 2016
That's the brilliance of The Night Of; not that it invites us inside a jail cell, but that it dares us to lock the door.
July 11, 2016
The miniseries unfolds in leisurely fashion -- maybe too leisurely for some viewers. But it's hard not to admire how carefully observed and precisely rendered the scenes are. The level of detail is extraordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 11, 2016
As Stone, Turturro refracts shades of gruffness, disenchantment, tenderness, exhaustion, and idealism not just scene by scene, but moment by moment.
July 11, 2016
From the start, it's a murder mystery, but one that raises questions beyond whodunit, including: Can anyone, once accused, ever be presumed innocent?
July 11, 2016
Having chosen pragmatism over self-pity, The Night Of becomes something new: An anti-antihero drama. Like found-object art or high camp, it is deceptively ambitious in its ability to dance so closely to the edge of derivation.
July 11, 2016
It feels, at times, like not much is happening as The Night Of unfolds, but every scene is weighted with meaning and the performances are stellar from top to bottom.
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