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War & Peace: Season 1 (2016)



Critic Consensus: War & Peace boasts sumptuous visuals and the narrative remains largely faithful to its sprawling source material, even if the pace may challenge less patient viewers and the period detail is slightly lacking.


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A mini-series about the rise and fall of five aristocratic families in Russia as they vie for power following Napoleon's invasion. Based on Leo Tolstoy's 1869 novel.


Paul Dano
as Pierre Bezukhov
Gillian Anderson
as Anna Pavlovna
Lily James
as Natasha Rostov
James Norton
as Andrei Bolkonsky
Jim Broadbent
as Prince Bolkonsky
Aneurin Barnard
as Boris Drubetskoy
Olivia Ross
as Mademoiselle Bourienne
Jessie Buckley
as Princess Marya Bolkonskaya
Aisling Loftus
as Sonya Rostova
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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7)

I can't remember the last time I was so seduced by the storytelling or sublime visual power of a TV drama.

February 8, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Now enter this latest version, which not only has to make its own sense of that sprawl but stand shoulder to shoulder with all those other versions. It's a wonder that it does, and then some.

January 19, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Ultimately this is a production of noble ambition and grand execution; a thrilling trumpet blast for the new year.

January 13, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

War & Peace is entertaining, and novel, it is a feast of good actors in a powerful production of those who begin to give credit to the emerging sector of series in Europe. [Full Review in Spanish]

July 11, 2018 | Full Review…

This was fantastic to look at, generally, with mises en scène so lavish and spectacular - those palaces! - that it made today's super-rich look rubbish, made it look as if they live in back-to-backs in Bradford with outside toilets.

August 31, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

While Tolstoy's novel may have been a slog, there's no way anyone can be anything other than gripped and enthralled by the BBC's lavish production of War And Peace.

August 10, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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