Unbelievable: Season 1 Reviews

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Top Critic
December 23, 2019
Unbelievable unfolds slowly and methodically and without melodrama. Its eight episodes take the time to show the cost of sexual assault on its victims, and its deliberateness heightens the ironic sting of the series' title.
December 13, 2019
The storytelling is straightforward, shaped to the emotional curve of Marie's story, as she tries to get on with a life that seems to be contracting around her - Dever, impassively terrific, puts up a shield and acts behind it
December 4, 2019
If you like procedural crime dramas, it's top-notch.
December 4, 2019
It's bleak, but humane; enthralling, but not grossly manipulative. It is an extraordinary experience to watch and know that it's based on a true story. As such, it's unforgettable and easily one of the best crime dramas of the year.
October 18, 2019
In lesser hands Unbelievable might slowly unravel, but in the hands of writers Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, and director Lisa Cholodenko, it gets more riveting by the second.
September 23, 2019
It makes great television.
September 19, 2019
Series such as... Unbelievable do something else too: They impose justice on a world that is anything but fair.
September 19, 2019
While not a spotless transition from article to script, it's very much a "show, don't tell" portrayal of the real-life events and fallout, which lands in a must-watch spot that is thought-provoking without being preachy.
September 18, 2019
Unbelievable isn't light viewing. But in defending reality against received wisdom and eschewing suspense in favor of insight, it makes a plea for revising simplistic rape narratives.
September 16, 2019
Most of the best moments are simple, like Duvall's pensive reactions to new information: shock or grief or excitement silently written on Wever's face. The story tells itself.
September 13, 2019
The series is a warning, a devastating example of the consequences of not believing women. But the writers successfully prevent it from becoming pedantic or hacky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 13, 2019
Unbelievable isn't a programme about whether Adler was telling the truth. It's about who gets to have their story heard, who is allowed to be believed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 12, 2019
This is a smart and knowing investigative procedural, a stylish but never exploitative true-crime story, an insightful character study - and one of the best series of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
September 12, 2019
As thematically fascinating as Unbelievable can be, it's also often dramatically plodding, if not grueling.
September 12, 2019
It's an uncommon treat to see such a strong, multi-generational cast of women holding together a work that illuminates a vitally important issue.
September 11, 2019
It's a tough watch, but it's a rewarding one, not just because it has one of the best ensembles of the year but because of what it says about hope and empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 11, 2019
Even as Unbelievable hits familiar beats, it never loses its resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 10, 2019
With Unbelievable, the creative team and superb cast treat the subject with the seriousness and grace it deserves, while also telling one hell of a story along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 10, 2019
Unbelievable isn't just a gripping story, it's an incredibly compelling argument for why we need to take a frank look at the way victims of sexual assault are treated and how seriously we take them.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 10, 2019
Dever play[s] her heartbreak in quiet and deepening shadings, never pandering for outrage.
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