The Night Of: Miniseries Reviews

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June 26, 2018
The worst gap between rigorous style and ridiculous substance fortunately comes early in "The Night Of," which is why I can argue honestly that you should push through it to what comes after.
June 25, 2018
What redeemed the show... was Ahmed's magnificent performance, and the disturbing, and convincing, coming of age his character underwent during his time behind bars.
June 25, 2018
There are more important things to consider in "The Night Of" than foot fungus, but much of the show's greatness is embedded in minor details like that one, an accumulation of grace notes that bring this world and its characters to life.
June 22, 2018
Everyone else, whether in jail, court, or the police station, is a variation on a character portrayed more distinctively in other TV shows.
September 26, 2016
Once its skin is peeled back, the series serves as a scathing assessment of the criminal justice system.
September 3, 2016
One thing I do know: I'm hooked.
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 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
As Stone, Turturro refracts shades of gruffness, disenchantment, tenderness, exhaustion, and idealism not just scene by scene, but moment by moment.
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
The Night Of's premiere suggests a mystery story unafraid of contrivance and coincidence.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 11, 2016
A riveting mystery and a penetrating examination of how the criminal justice system dehumanizes its travelers; it's made all the richer by an embarrassment of precisely-drawn character studies.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
July 11, 2016
It's brutal and brilliant, perhaps the best new TV series you'll see this summer.
July 11, 2016
It is a workman-like whodunit (or, more apt, a did-he-really-do-it?) and a somber meditation on the hellishness of the slow-grinding bureaucracy of the criminal justice system.
July 11, 2016
Turturro may be the most recognizable face in the ensemble, but he's not the whole show. Without Riz Ahmed's riveting performance as accused murderer Nasir "Naz" Khan, the opening episode could have been pedestrian, even barely watchable at times.
July 11, 2016
HBO's superb limited series doesn't break new ground so much as it showcases a group of actors, writers and directors working at an exceptionally high level, merging potentially familiar genres into a thoroughly absorbing mystery and character study.
July 8, 2016
Forgive the misdemeanors and focus on the knowing minutiae and stellar performances, both of which are enough to make "Night" another must-see program.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 8, 2016
Familiarity doesn't make The Night Of any less involving, though, in large part because of Ahmed's charismatic and sympathetic performance as Naz.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 8, 2016
The summer's still young, but in terms of prestige series, it's going to be difficult to top this.
July 8, 2016
The Night Of is compulsively watchable and extraordinarily rewarding, a brilliant and addictive mystery that inspires the viewer to go back and watch the same scenes again, looking for subtler character beats and hidden clues.
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