Vinyl: Season 1 Reviews

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September 26, 2016
It takes time for the sharp corners to smooth but it's worth the investment. Cannavale in full flight is a sight to behold.
April 11, 2016
The makers of Vinyl need to realise that a decent soundtrack is not a panacea for dud scenes and bad dialogue.
February 22, 2016
Fine. So be it. I'm happily inured, as should you be, to Fear of Missing Out, especially 43 years on.
February 17, 2016
I there anything less rock 'n' roll than an hour-long Sunday-night drama on HBO?
February 16, 2016
Your reaction will vary on your liking for the kind of people the filmmakers have chosen to focus on... After watching something like half the season, they strike me as unbearably tiresome and uninteresting.
February 16, 2016
The first thing that's wrong about Vinyl, HBO's new drama about the music industry in the '70s, is that the music doesn't feel important.
February 15, 2016
Vinyl, in other words, is the Hard Rock Caf: chaos for tourists. Still, if you squint, you can see what the creative team was going for-a deep dive into the muck of a long-lost Manhattan, all bets off, no safe places, no trigger warnings.
February 15, 2016
The Dolls' David Johansen sang about personality crises while the building fell on top of Richie. But if the smile on Richie's face as he emerges from the wreckage bleeding but alive is in any in indication, his personality is in crisis no more.
February 15, 2016
It's solid, entertaining, not at all original, but we're going to watch it all the same. Because: Martin Scorsese.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
February 15, 2016
This two hour curtain-raiser was awash with sex, drugs, rock'n'roll and (being a Scorsese project) bloody, skull-crushing violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 15, 2016
It's one more bad note in a would-be rock 'n' roll symphony that's full of them.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
February 15, 2016
Powerful. Emotional. But also kind of predictable.
February 15, 2016
It would be easy for the story itself to get caught up in the odd style and tone. Instead the two work hand-in-hand to deliver that extra narrative punch, delivering one of the most intriguing and finished-feeling shows of 2016 to date.
February 15, 2016
This is a Sopranos-style approach to the '70s record business, a Boardwalk Empire with a sexy central character, a kaleidoscopic view, dealing with a different manner of thug.
February 14, 2016
Martin Scorsese's latest foray into TV feels like an overdose of adrenaline meant to distract us from realizing we've seen most this before.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 12, 2016
Vinyl brims with authenticity, ecstasy, and reverence for the sweet spot where guitars, drums, drugs, lights, smoke, and a flair for the transgressive intersect.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 12, 2016
It is exactly the story rock has told about itself time and again, and not a ton is gained in the retelling here.
February 12, 2016
Vinyl's first five episodes reveals a beautifully made, sophisticated-enough antihero drama in the Mad Men or Boardwalk Empire mold, but one hampered by incongruities that keep it from being a true game changer.
February 12, 2016
Leaves you thinking that something different is happening here, and that something important is being said about the place where art and commerce collide. And that's reason enough to listen.
February 12, 2016
You might want to keep Vinyl spinning, though, if only for Bobby Cannavale's smart, sardonic portrayal of Richie Finestra.
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