Tin Star: Season 1 (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Tim Roth's haunting performance is given a combustible foil by Christina Hendricks, but Tin Star has a rusty style of faux-surreality that doesn't elevate its dime a dozen premise.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2017
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Set in the majestic Canadian Rockies, Tin Star tells the story of Jim Worth (Roth), a former British detective now small town police chief, who brings his family to the tiny, tranquil town of Little Big Bear for a better life. When a vast new oil refinery, fronted by corporate liaison Elizabeth Bradshaw (Hendricks), opens nearby and their new home is flooded with workers looking for drugs, gambling and prostitution, Jim has to work hard to protect his family and the town from organized crime. Then crime strikes back. And when Jim's family suffers a shocking tragedy, old, dark and dangerous secrets surface. We discover that Jim is not the man we think he is but is in fact 'Jack' - the professional name for his alcoholic alter-ego: a man more unpredictable, more charismatic and infinitely more menacing than Jim. Part drama, part thriller and part dark comedy, Tin Star is an exhilaratingly smart, breathlessly suspenseful thrill ride of a show as deceit, guilt, love, and all-consuming rage lead inexorably to a gut-wrenching finale.

Critic Reviews for Tin Star Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

The cast, which includes Christina Hendricks, is impressive, but it's dwarfed by the majestic scenery and dusty cliches.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Cinematically shot and twangingly soundtracked, Tin Star was a noirish thriller. Its backwoods setting and eccentric townsfolk would have rung bells for Fargo fans, while Roth was quietly charismatic. The script was gratuitously foul-mouthed, though.

Apr 9, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Tin Star becomes a cat-and-mouse thriller, where the cat has rabies and the mouse escaped from a genetic testing lab that left it with two heads.

Oct 2, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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It is limpid, anticipatory and entirely unfeeling. If all fixed points are negotiable, whether on the clock or the mirror pane, a viewer might take heed and stop following too.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

As you'd expert, there's top-notch acting from Roth, Hendricks and O'Reilly among others; the clash-of-cultures elements are funny at times and, as anyone who's lived abroad will appreciate, painfully true at others.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Tim Roth's grounded performance as a troubled cop... is the strongest pitch here, but it's unfortunately saddled with overblown supporting characters and an intrusive score which feel lifted from an entirely different show.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

The inconsistency of tone, the lack of urgency, and even the incomplete nature of the storytelling, made Tin Star a colossal waste of time and talent.

Apr 9, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Nothing wrong with the odd cliché. But Tin Star is almost nothing but cliché and a terrible waste of a talented cast.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

This contrived and unconvincing crime drama set amid the splendor of Canada's Rockies reminds us how easily shows like Fargo and Ozark could go off track if we ever felt a step ahead of the predictable action.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Tin Star has all the trappings of a great crime drama or revenge thriller, but there's really nothing underneath.

Sep 6, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Tin Star: Season 1

I won't waste a lot of words on this. I rarely feel the need to publicly vent but this show was a remitting journey into the psyche of a truly distasteful person. No antihero to be found. I just felt generally pissed off by the end of each episode so if you are a glutton for punishment have at it.

Very violent and misanthropic

Loved it, but ultimately let down by the last episode.

Tin Star, this series takes place in a low populated town in the Canadian Rockies. A veteran detective from the UK transfers to Canadia to become the new police chief of a crew of three himself included, along with him he brings his wife, son, daughter, an old bad work habit. During his first week as the new Chief he encounters hardship from some of the locales and a larger oil company. This series hits the ground running, never a dull moment. I recommend watching this series over the weekend, I watched it in a day and a half.

So disappointing. Terrific cast and decent writing. But come on! If this was a real rural Alberta town local policing would be done by the RCMP. So if you are going to call it Canada at least make it true to Canadian reality. This is the US reality superimposed on another country. Too bad. Could have been much more interesting to see a local RCMP detachment co opted and corrupted by an oil firm. Much more nuanced with bigger implications.

Loved the deep characterisation in this series, and the wonderful pacing. The relationship between Tim Roth's character and his wife unwinds in a very revealing way. So great to see a series with a balance between character driven dynamics and drama/action.

Both seasons were good.

Terrible show! I could barely make it through the 10 episodes.

Canadians and Canada is not like this!!!! Did they hire even one Canadian? Did they even ask people? Municipal police in rural Canada? I almost threw up I found this so offensive... and rolled my eyes at the inaccuracies left and right. BLARG!!!! It's like it was written for the USA and got a cheaper filming permit in Alberta and were too lazy or late to change the script. But hey - great drinking game for Canadians - drink every time they say something that is completely inaccurate. You be plastered 20 mins in.

The script is terrible The acting is even worse. I cannot think of 1 character in this series that is even a half-way believable actor. It's just that bad. I've watched 4 episodes and I don't think I can bring myself to continue the series. 2 Stars for the beautiful scenery. I stress again though - the actors are terrible, just horrid.

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