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The Staircase: Season 1 Reviews

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July 6, 2018
By the end of its examination of the ways a trial can be skewed by investigators and faux "expert" witnesses, you will never want to break the law and face a so-called jury of your peers.
July 5, 2018
The sheer amount of archival footage in this show is absolutely nuts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 2, 2018
It makes for very powerful TV.
June 26, 2018
It's illuminating how flawed and na´ve the concept of blind justice is.
June 25, 2018
This rotating cast of vampires and misfits not only makes for a thrillingly sloppy and mad case, it creates extraordinary telly, all whittled down from 16 years of footage.
June 18, 2018
If The Staircase is a puzzle, it's one that still works no matter how you decide to arrange the pieces.
June 15, 2018
Unmissable stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 15, 2018
It is a tragedy of epic proportions, sprawled out over 15 years. Days turn into weeks, weeks into months, months into years. The case drags on. Yet Kathleen Peterson remains dead, reduced to a series of graphic images, to pieces of bloody evidence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 12, 2018
Groundbreaking true crime documentary is still compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 12, 2018
At its core, there is an extraordinary study of the character of a man, Michael Peterson, a storyteller caught up in his own drama, playing along.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 12, 2018
The Staircase is less like other true crime documentaries and more like the Richard Linklater film Boyhood, although much sadder and involving real people.
June 11, 2018
I strongly considered sticking a fork in my eye at least eight times while the footage rolled... and rolled, and rolled, and rolled.
June 11, 2018
The Staircase is like a true-crime version of the Up series, albeit on a much more modest scale. It is compelling, but like many entries in this genre, not exactly an objective work of journalism.
June 11, 2018
The one-sidedness does mean you never get any sense of Kathleen...and certain questions go unanswered...Still, it's 13 hours you won't mind never getting back.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 11, 2018
To call The Staircase a docu-series is a gross exaggeration. It is filmed entirely from the perspective of Peterson's team, an overwrought exploration of a self-involved family.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 9, 2018
There's a lot of waiting around, a lot of eavesdropping on the minutiae and small-talk of the legal system. But that offers its own insights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 8, 2018
The Staircase leaves you with an understanding not of how righteous justice is, but how evasive for so many, and how the best investigative work is thorough and slow-like the documentary itself.
June 8, 2018
This three-tiered telling of "The Staircase" -- which builds, step by methodical step, on what transpired before -- is an extremely shrewd demonstration of getting maximum bang for its bucks.
June 8, 2018
The Staircase demonstrates how to ride the wave of a sensational true story, zooming in on fine details before pulling back to unleash game-changing revelations at the steady rate of one stunner per episode.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 8, 2018
It's tricky to write about this series without giving spoilers and, by dint of it being a trial drama, it's much more satisfying...
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