War & Peace: Season 1 Reviews

August 31, 2017
This was fantastic to look at, generally, with mises en scne 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 10, 2016
This is a series far better than your average Downton-style Sunday bodice ripper.
February 8, 2016
I can't remember the last time I was so seduced by the storytelling or sublime visual power of a TV drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 19, 2016
As an expression of what lies beyond, above and below the mixed-up affairs of men, nature matters very much here. If that isn't clear, if you can't feel it, the bottom falls out of the story. But the bottom stays put.
January 19, 2016
The cast and pervasive prettiness of the surroundings may be enough to encourage some viewers to seek out Tolstoy to fill in and make sense of the myriad limitations and gaps.
January 19, 2016
This version of War & Peace may not have all of its parts intact, but it keeps the structure of the plot in place, giving a nice overview of Tolstoy's novel, and keeping a tight pace for TV.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 19, 2016
Lovers of costume drama and romance, Russian-style, will feast their eyes on a splendid new production of Leo Tolstoy's 19th-century novel War and Peace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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January 19, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 15, 2016
It looks absolutely lovely: The Empire-waist gowns! The parties! The jaw-dropping palaces! There are undoubtedly treats for the eyes in almost every direction. As for the story, however, War and Peace feels like a long, dull slog to Moscow.
January 15, 2016
At no time will the viewer feel that he or she has been transported to 1805 Russia, the drawing rooms of St. Petersburg, or the blood-soaked battlefields of the Napoleonic wars. That said, it's not entirely a bad time.
January 13, 2016
Ultimately this is a production of noble ambition and grand execution; a thrilling trumpet blast for the new year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 13, 2016
I'm already hooked -- if only to find out what Mathieu Kassovitz will be like as Napoleon. I'll be back next week for more of Davies's latest sexed-up dossier of the classics.
January 5, 2016
Dano was excellent as the confused and easily led Pierre, visibly uncomfortable in the role of aristocrat.