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True Detective : Season 1 Episode 1 Reviews

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Randy Dankievitch
TV Over Mind
February 25, 2020

Rather, it's everything outside of the plot that makes True Detective such an interesting watch: the characters (and lead performances), the intellectual touches, and the anthology's narrative construction chief among them.

Tony Sokol
Den of Geek
January 8, 2019

Mathew McConaughey brings a cool rebel feel to his damaged detective.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Britt Hayes
June 12, 2018

The show is beautifully subdued and restrained, offering a more contemplative tone. It forgoes the typical harried nature of a procedural in favor of character, striking the perfect balance between a grim case and the effect this line of work can have.

Maxwell Haddad
The Young Folks
June 9, 2015

There is such gravitas and intensity on display that it hardly matters if we have seen similar investigations in police dramas before.

Chris O'Hara
TV Fanatic
June 9, 2015

There was so much to take in, with the jumps between years and different cases, but I think the show has all the right ingredients to a recipe for success.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Shane Ryan
Paste Magazine
June 9, 2015

After one episode, True Detective already stands out as somehow greater than the sum of its impressive parts.

Full Review | Original Score: 9.7/10
Gwilym Mumford
Top Critic
June 9, 2015

It's a show that looks and sounds as good as anything currently on TV, pairing lush, lingering shots of an artfully decaying Louisiana with T Bone Burnett's spare, unsettling soundtrack.

Amy Maloney
June 9, 2015

If finely acted, moody murder mysteries, with film noir dialogue and tortured characters are catnip to you, then this is just the ticket.

Allison Keene
Top Critic
June 4, 2015

There's so much to explore in True Detective, and it's almost unbelievable with everything that happened in the first hour, that we've only just begun.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Jim Vejvoda
IGN Movies
June 4, 2015

While it might be too early in the year or the series to call True Detective the best new show of 2014, it certainly so far has every advantage going for it in that regard.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Kevin Yeoman
Screen Rant
June 4, 2015

A decadent excursion into darkness, True Detective is one gorgeous piece of television.

Sean T. Collins
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
June 4, 2015

Is it enough to set True Detective apart from the ever-expanding squad of grim-and-gritty cop/killer dramas? That case isn't yet closed, though there's plenty of cause for optimism.

Alan Sepinwall
Top Critic
June 4, 2015

I fell pretty hard for the show, not only because the use of the talent was just so overwhelming, but because Pizzolatto's stated lack of interest in serial killers was apparent.

Marshall Crook
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
June 4, 2015

Tropes are tropes for a reason and because good acting, smart writing and lush cinematography are the most significant variables. Based on this first episode, True Detective appears to have nailed them all.

Kenny Herzog
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
June 4, 2015

You get the sense that this first installment in writer-showrunner Nic Pizzolatto's eight-part anthology series has no intentions of un-muddying his two leads' dynamic.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Erik Adams
AV Club
Top Critic
June 3, 2015

The real-life connection between McConaughey and Harrelson is synthesized into the uneasy tension that powers "The Long Bright Dark."

Full Review | Original Score: B
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