The Plot Against America: Season 1 Reviews

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March 23, 2020
It watches as prejudice and injustice spread insidiously like a disease, as the abnormal and obnoxious and unthinkable become commonplace.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 17, 2020
The Plot Against America is a story that feels especially urgent in the context of the Trump administration, but it was written under a different president and it will remain relevant under presidents to come. This is, in fact, who we are.
March 17, 2020
It's also a reminder that even as the world slides into violence and chaos, kids are still kids, and some things don't change. That's a truth at once reassuring and mortifying.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 17, 2020
"The Plot Against America" is indelible piece of work about how politics reaches into personal lives.
Top Critic
March 17, 2020
Roth captured big, complicated ideas about a big complicated country. They're far too big for any screen. Sorry - even one as lovingly attended to as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 17, 2020
It is gorgeously made without having overt sepia-toned-nostalgia visual impact. Remarkably, it doesn't feel like a blunt lesson in social or political responsibility.
March 16, 2020
The conclusion is moving and more pessimistic about the possibilities for equality in the US than Roth was. Yet even that sobering ending doesn't escape the tone of a classroom lecture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
March 16, 2020
Roth's story becomes a meticulously detailed and gorgeously directed miniseries.
March 16, 2020
Simon is TV's master of realism, and here the groundedness of his storytelling combines with the distinctiveness of Roth's characters to deepen the political profundity as well as the visceral impact of this speculative fiction.
March 16, 2020
How Simon escalates the story, and just how close to home the series hits, is yet to be seen. But "The Plot Against America" is off to a promising beginning - if not in content, then in form.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 16, 2020
While the situations are inherently dramatic, the miniseries will surely resonate most powerfully among those alarmed by the country's current direction.
March 16, 2020
But the series' feet are in the 1940s while its head is in the late 2010s. And as a result doesn't feel like it fully belongs anywhere.
March 16, 2020
Factoring out the speculative aspects of the story, one is left with a moderately diverting drama of a family under pressure, arguing about whether what looks like trouble is really trouble.
March 13, 2020
[A] complex, character-driven drama that will linger in your head long after it's over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 13, 2020
A strongly relevant message does not absolve the series or its creators of fulfilling some of the essential requirements of momentum, character development and follow-through.
March 12, 2020
The Plot Against America itself is a call to action -- its own kind of agitprop. Often enough, it also asks for patience.
March 12, 2020
Minkie Spiro and Thomas Schlamme divvy up the directing duties... Both do an exceptional job of capturing the period, along with the production and costume designers, with a sense of understatement and grace.
March 10, 2020
The show is chilling in the ways that life has begun to imitate its source material's art. But it's yet another example of how Simon and his collaborators manage to craft riveting entertainment out of incisive commentary on the way we live now.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 9, 2020
Through it all Kazan's brilliantly shaded performance of a woman watching a domestic and national trainwreck in slow motion becomes the glue holding everything together.
March 9, 2020
The Plot Against America is a uniformly handsome piece of television, blending production design, cinematography and seamless special effects to build out the world of 1940s New Jersey.
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