True Detective : Season 2 Reviews

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June 13, 2018
It's that the second season of True Detective feels ordinary while the first felt extraordinary... The ordinariness is a quality that weighs heavily on True Detective because its cop-show genre is all over TV.
June 13, 2018
All of the lead actors dig deeply into their roles, with Farrell playing the wary, weary burnout to perfection, and Vaughn shifting into full-throttle intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 29, 2015
True Detective would benefit if everyone lightened up.
June 22, 2015
Is this season just a parody of last season, which already was kind of a parody of itself? Did I just write a line of Pizzolato-logue?
June 22, 2015
Season 2 of True Detective appears to have abandoned abandon; it is careful and controlled in a way that seems highly self-conscious.
June 22, 2015
It is formidably focused on deeply troubled people. It is set in a country that the author sees as depleted, drained of joy. And that is its strength, if you have the grit to concentrate and stay with it.
June 22, 2015
This show is dank, and sweaty, and fetid, and teeming with pain-a veritable corpse of a drama whose eyes have been chemically removed-and that's exactly why we love it.
June 22, 2015
What truly ties the True Detective seasons together is the voice and vision of Nic Pizzolatto.
June 22, 2015
This is high-quality television for sure, with some top-notch performances.
June 22, 2015
There is something fitting about this season beginning on the summer solstice; it's a time for hot, lazy reflection, and staring up at the stars.
June 22, 2015
Just cops, crooks, crime, corruption, coercion, cloverleafs and other "c"s that aren't "Cohle." The sooner we accept this, the sooner we can get properly lost in season two's tangle of highways and high speed rail.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 19, 2015
The fact that every issue is given exactly the same dramatic weight may make the viewer queasy.
June 19, 2015
The new story brings things closer to earth, using characters and story beats we've all seen before: the crooked cop, the gangster trying to go legit, the taciturn army veteran.
Top Critic
June 19, 2015
Municipal corruption? Railway construction? This is a lot less riveting than the first season of True Detective.
June 19, 2015
True Detective was a one-off, and while the name returns, the actors, the story and the director are all gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 19, 2015
No, it's not awful, and contrary to fans' anxiety, Vince Vaughn doesn't ruin the new season... And why should he? Writer Nic Pizzolatto seems hell-bent on handling that assignment all himself. Fortunately, he doesn't entirely succeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 19, 2015
Although the second season lacks the immediate impact of the first... it offers an intriguing mystery set in a skillfully realized world of corruption and alienation.
June 19, 2015
Only in the final scene do the three cops come together, after a grisly discovery beside a Los Angeles highway. That gets the plot rolling, but even so, it's both a struggle and a bit of a yawn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 19, 2015
True Detective may be remembered as one of those shows that should have stopped after one season.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 19, 2015
It could devolve into a parade of false moves, no question. And making it through the first episode without laughing is a bit tough. But darned if the mystery that eventually unveils itself isn't intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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