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Waco: Miniseries (2018)



Critic Consensus: Waco brings its fact-based drama to life with an outstanding ensemble, though its sympathetic approach to the main character may offend some viewers.


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Told from several perspectives of those most intimately involved from both sides of the conflict, including surviving Branch Davidians which has never been shared on television before, is surprising in its stark contrast to the media narrative at the time and what is remembered of Waco almost 25 years later.


Michael Shannon
as Gary Noesner
Taylor Kitsch
as David Koresh
Julia Garner
as Michelle Jones
Andrea Riseborough
as Judy Schneider
Paul Sparks
as Steve Schneider
Rory Culkin
as David Thibodeau
Shea Whigham
as Mitch Decker
Melissa Benoist
as Rachel Koresh
John Leguizamo
as Jacob Vazquez
Demore Barnes
as Wayne Martin
Annika Marks
as Kathy Schroeder
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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (15)

Waco is an excellent addition to the subgenre.

November 9, 2018 | Full Review…

The Waco series seems overly eager to vindicate Koresh. And that taints an otherwise well-told story.

January 25, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

What Waco needs, and fails to achieve, is a complex, unified theory of Koresh.

January 25, 2018 | Full Review…

A compelling, tragic tale that allows stars like Kitsch and Shannon to play different, surprising roles, just like the new cable channel that's featuring the show.

January 24, 2018 | Full Review…
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The show creates its own problems in telling this story, especially as it can't seem to handle the scope.

January 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Waco won't be the first drama to reduce a tragedy to its simplest components, but this doesn't offer much confidence that these are the right components or the only ones.

January 23, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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