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
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
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
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
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
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.
March 9, 2015
While neither series is at all funny, the A&E one will be inadvertently amusing to anyone who has seen the original, which is available with subtitles on Netflix.
March 9, 2015
For a show with the thankless task of trying to recreate one of the more beautifully shot series of the past 10 years, The Returned looks good.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 9, 2015
The original is so much better that this new show is only for people who can't stomach subtitles - admittedly a very large constituency among US viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 9, 2015
It's fashionable to dismiss remakes, thanks to all the adaptations of tense, terrific foreign films that wash up on our shores missing some essential DNA, but some of them actually reveal the durability of the original source material.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 6, 2015
Because Cuse and producer Raelle Tucker have copied the thin substance and not the rich style of their French predecessors, "The Returned" will likely feel like an uninspired imitation of something to anyone watching.
March 6, 2015
A good story well-told, even if you've heard it before, can still captivate - and that's the case with The Returned.
March 6, 2015
It needs either to be more eerie and otherworldly or to address the social and psychological consequences of its premise squarely. As is, it isn't sufficiently dead or alive.
March 6, 2015
The series deploys the tropes of the horror genre in service of a meditation on grief.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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