The Stranger: Season 1 Reviews

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February 21, 2020
Each new discovery leads to more danger and often life-threatening results. Eight episodes, a binge-worthy weekend. Go for it.
February 19, 2020
'The Stranger' is an effective and addictive thriller, but despite its overabundance of elements, it is incredibly meaningless. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 18, 2020
It's the kind of show where you keep saying "this is ridiculous!", but end up watching it all anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 18, 2020
Good fun.
February 18, 2020
A clever, mystery thriller, that doesn't reveal its secrets until it absolutely has to.
February 10, 2020
If you're a fan of British mysteries and strong women, I can't recommend it highly enough.
February 7, 2020
The skillfull tying together of all the twisty knots is an all-enveloping and charged experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.7/5
February 7, 2020
In lieu of a single, compelling premise, its mystery is a web of disparate threads, which not only makes it plot-heavy but prevents any real character development.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 7, 2020
In elevating the emotional stakes to the same level as the conspiracy, Brocklehurst imbues "The Stranger" with a weight that stays with the viewer more effectively than all the other weekend crimetime options parading across TV schedules.
February 6, 2020
The notable performances by Siobhan Finneran and Richard Armitage... are the strongest pillar that make the series work, even though it doesn't fulfill all its expectations. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 5, 2020
The Stranger is a lot like most decent mystery novels: Entertaining, but meant to be consumed not remembered.
February 3, 2020
[Harlan] Coben is nobody's idea of a literary crime writer, but this briskly recounted, plot-driven saga about skeletons in suburban closets is not entirely lacking in psychological insight.
January 31, 2020
It's an enjoyable and entertaining series that, while it doesn't leave a lasting impression, also doesn't allow any time for boredom.
January 31, 2020
Not dark enough to be great, but highly bingeable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 31, 2020
A strong and sprawling cast (Stephen Rea is also in it, as is Jennifer Saunders) work hard to keep all the balls in the air, and you will feel a strong urge to watch the second episode immediately, if only to clear up a few things.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 30, 2020
The Stranger is a curious beast, an almost-pure mystery, which shows its machinery so nakedly that it almost defies you to switch off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 30, 2020
It's your typical Coben yarn, with multiple and seemingly unrelated threads going on at once, characters who have dark secrets that are alluded to but not mentioned outright until enough tension is drawn out, and mysteries upon mysteries.
January 30, 2020
It's mostly successful with some caveats, but does well with its performers and main narrative to unearth the truth and to become a reliable British mystery drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 30, 2020
Yet the original hook remains.
January 30, 2020
Anyone who binged The Five or Safe is likely to do the same with The Stranger, which delivers the same sort of empty-calorie thrills.
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