True Detective : Season 1 Reviews

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June 13, 2018
McConaughey and Harrelson don't just fill out these characters, they disappear into them, delivering two of the best performances you'll see in TV or film this entire year.
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June 13, 2018
It's a winner. But it's also an oddball, and a weirdo, and an interesting-cum-strange companion, and someone - um, something - you won't mind spending time with.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 13, 2018
True Detective has some tangy dialogue and it can whip up an ominous atmosphere, rippling with hints of psychedelia, but these strengths finally dissipate, because it's so solipsistically focussed on the phony duet.
June 22, 2015
It's perhaps a good thing that Season 2 seems pretty straightforward about what it is, which is a California noir involving a murder and a shady land deal. (You could do worse.)
August 7, 2014
Fans and speculative readers can rest easy: the finale of "True Detective" lived up to its foundation.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 10, 2014
The show's creator, Nic Pizzolatto, brought to the script, the eight-part series focused on the on-again, off-again bromance of Marty Hart and Rust Cohle. And that's what made the series so polarizing
October 23, 2018
There is so much that the first season of True Detective gets right.
September 24, 2018
True Detective absorbs you from the first minute and never lets go. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 20, 2018
There are hints of a more pervasive and pernicious evil at work in rural Louisiana. Despite these hints, the narrative doesn't go deeper than an episode of Law and Order: SVU.
July 23, 2018
You may find it a little slow, and the Deep South accents sometimes cry out for explanatory surtitles, but you're liable to find it seeping into your consciousness like a troubling dream you can't shake off.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 13, 2018
The show will probably join the ranks of great television mysteries.
June 13, 2018
The riveting lead performances are what keep you engaged when the going gets static - something more than engaged, actually. Harrelson and McConaughey are nothing less than mesmerizing.
June 13, 2018
True Detective is the rare show that's brave enough to make viewers so uncomfortable - and brave enough not to overstay its welcome once it has.
January 31, 2018
[This arc is] going to be very compelling (and creepy) to follow.
November 3, 2017
For all the talk of this golden age of television, of which True Detective is supposedly so emblematic, this is less television than an epic movie told at luxuriant pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 15, 2017
The cinematic series spun a web over this short, eight-episode season...
September 12, 2017
True Detective tries very hard to be strange, but never becomes more than a digest of Southern Gothic clichs.
August 28, 2017
It's not your fault that True Detective made its million clues add up to nothing and kicked its viewers out.
March 7, 2017
True Detective is a demanding and promising show.
June 16, 2014
It's a moving and soulful closer to True Detective, which has solidified itself as one of the best shows of the year. Nic Pizzolatto created a rich, intelligent, dangerous but beautifully textured world.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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