The Queen's Gambit: Miniseries Reviews

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November 23, 2020
Part addiction drama, part rags to riches story just teeters on the edge of intrigue with solid all-round performances, but at times it felt a bit too stretched out to fully achieve a checkmate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 20, 2020
The Queen's Gambit is undeniably sentimental, but I would argue that it's the various ways it holds back that makes it so effective.
November 20, 2020
Taylor-Joy makes you fascinated by the character without being sure you exactly like her, or necessarily approve of her actions...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 20, 2020
The Queen's Gambit probably could have wrapped in six episodes, but when a show's world is rendered so beautifully, you won't mind a little extra time to look around.
November 20, 2020
A compelling coming-of-age story that also explores how substance abuse has become such a killer in western society.
Full Review | Original Score: B=
November 20, 2020
...all the rage now, and deservedly so...
November 18, 2020
That Beth's exquisite, porcelain features remain so remarkably untouched by the scourge of alcohol and drug abuse is one of the few flaws in an otherwise fabulously entertaining tale of how an orphaned girl found herself through the mastery of chess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 16, 2020
Queen's Gambit has become the rarest of things in the modern age: a watercooler show that has more than a 72-hour shelf life.
November 14, 2020
One of the things i love about this miniseries is it's not just a peek behind the curtain. You really feel like you have a backstage pass into this world of competitive chess play.
November 13, 2020
Scott Frank varies the progression to the thrilling end with just enough flashbacks in the plot.
November 13, 2020
There's never really any doubt of the outcome in this glossy, moving, and fabulously enthralling fantasy, in which Beth seems able to turn her addictions on and off almost at will.
November 13, 2020
Scott Frank made an entertaining film. But its heart and soul come from Walter Tevis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
November 12, 2020
Anna Taylor-Joy is a joy to behold as the prodigy chess player. The series could have been shortened but the overall effect is solid entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
November 11, 2020
Even if you don't know your knight from your bishop it's thrilling, while the naturalistic script flows beautifully. Most satisfyingly, every time you think it's going to fall back on some awful 'woman in a man's world' trope, it just doesn't.
November 10, 2020
It's perfectly good, very watchable, and fills in the blank spot that The Crown has left in its absence.
November 9, 2020
A story that addresses all of its issues with depth, consideration, and elegance. [Full review in Spanish]
November 9, 2020
More female led television series like this one please!
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 6, 2020
The fact that you are constantly surprised by The Queen's Gambit's refusal to fall for trite, well-trodden tropes makes it more surprising that this is a work of fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 6, 2020
Taylor-Joy delivers a screen acting masterpiece, as she expresses flickers of emotion with a faint widening of an eye, a miniscule tilt of the head or a twitch of the lips. Terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 5, 2020
The Queen's Gambit is a drama peppered with elegance both in terms of cinematography, music and performance.
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