The Returned (US): Season 1 Reviews

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October 19, 2017
Naturally, there's a big twist that sends these happy endings spinning out of control.
October 19, 2017
While there's at least a language barrier reason for remaking the French version of The Returned ... that's still not enough creative justification for this identical, second version of the same show to exist.
October 19, 2017
This version has a brisker pace than the fine French original, though it wouldn't be called action-packed. With its ominous and dark undertone, call it cerebral sci-fi.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 19, 2017
The first episode is slow-paced and deliberate, with a dream-like tone ... Things pick up a bit in the second episode
March 12, 2015
Cuse and Tucker do a good job of translating the deeply unsettling miracle at the heart of this show.
March 10, 2015
It's almost a shot-for-shot remake of the original, but that's not what makes this version a derivative TV zombie. It's the lack of atmosphere and the near-complete absence of a mournful, mysterious tone that makes the new version feel empty and hollow.
March 10, 2015
Basically what you have in the American remake of The Returned is a hologram of the original -- a soulless, artless, passionless and pointless copy.
March 10, 2015
There is a strain of macabre humor, which both lightens the moment and adds an edge.
March 10, 2015
I loved watching the people of the town react to seeing their loved ones return from the dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.9/5
March 10, 2015
The show captures grief almost as well as the original does, depicting its orbital pull, where, no matter how far away you get, you always loop back somehow.
March 9, 2015
The American version of The Returned is well on its way to being every bit as good as the French original. It may even improve on certain aspects of the show, we'll have to wait and see.
March 9, 2015
It's not quite as atmospheric or accomplished as the original, but it's way closer than I expected it to be, anchored by strong performances throughout and an understanding of what worked about the original.
March 9, 2015
Though his version is not quite as eerie and enigmatic as the French version, it's still pretty dang eerie and enigmatic, particularly for those watching the story unfold for the first time.
March 9, 2015
Carlton Cuse and Raelle Tucker's series is cold and banal because it tries too hard to duplicate the original without capturing the essence of what made the story so compelling.
March 9, 2015
Slow and mournful, The Returned is interesting but not, in the early going, enormously compelling. Maybe that won't be true for newcomers to the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 9, 2015
The Returned is a strong English remake of the acclaimed French series Les Revenants.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 9, 2015
Why does it all just feel so flat? Each of the 10 episodes focuses on one of the newly returned, and I found myself caring less and less about who it was going to be and what sorts of secrets they were going to uncover.
March 9, 2015
The Returned has a Twin Peaks vibe, and not just because the scenery features green trees and rushing water. It shares a surreal, dark majesty with that show, and like Twin Peaks, the viewer wants to watch on to find the answer to a central mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 9, 2015
A&E sent the first four episodes for review and I gobbled them down like one big bag of popcorn. The Returned has staying power.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 9, 2015
All told, a heavily crowded series, stuffed with characters and interwoven tales of vengeance, betrayal, murder-unyielding in its darkness, unfailing in its power to hold you in its grip.
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