Westworld: Season 1 Reviews

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August 15, 2017
The finale of Westworld was the best the show has been since the pilot. That doesn't speak well of the season as a whole.
May 31, 2017
The effect is both aesthetically pleasing and morally distressing, accentuating the blindness of those who refuse to see the waywardness of their actions but, satisfyingly, will be made to.
January 24, 2017
The great thing about this HBO series is how the creators (Lisa Joy; Jonathan Nolan) have preserved the bare bones of the original concept while reconceiving the whole thing from scratch and in absorbing detail...A compelling clash of genres.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 18, 2017
Westworld's first episode may sow the seeds for some thought-provoking storytelling about artificial intelligence, but it couldn't escape the same tired old tropes about violence against women.
December 7, 2016
Mixing the traditional look of the old West with the slick and glossy sci-fi world, the Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones) score, labyrinthine plot and magnetic performances, Westworld is impeccable television.
December 7, 2016
Scriptwriters are paid a lot of money to sort out this stuff. Can't wait to see how they do it.
December 7, 2016
It goes beyond the original movie, beautifully expanding its narrative and its themes. [Full review in Portuguese.]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 5, 2016
Ironically, for a show about robots, Westworld's one major failing is that it has no beating heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 15, 2016
The first season has crawled at a snail's pace, and not to the benefit of the characters' emotional lives - like, say, on Mad Men.
October 28, 2016
The most daring thing about Westworld is that it proposes to answer the question of where consciousness comes from and how it might arise in machines.
October 18, 2016
Westworld achieves consciousness at the opportune epoch, with its parable steeped in synthetic fantasy as reality, revolutionary artificial intelligence, and hyper-paranoia toward the postmodern surveillance state.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
October 17, 2016
It's the kind of trippy conceptual project that would be unbearable if it weren't so elegantly made. So far, it works, mostly-not because it's perfect but because it gets under your skin.
October 11, 2016
If you think numerous scenes of suggested rape, misogyny and graphic depictions of pointless murder are cool, then have at it. Me, I'm not a psychopath, so it's clearly not for me.
Full Review | Original Score: D
October 10, 2016
Westworld is a fascinating exploration of what it means to be human, and a thoughtful critique of violent entertainment (while also being violent entertainment.) It's one of the most ambitious, intriguing shows of the year.
October 7, 2016
This is the best kind of sci fi: It entertains you and makes you think.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 5, 2016
It's not Game of Thrones at all, of course, but it is a great big show we could happily obsess over in the same kind of way.
October 5, 2016
The cinematography - I know it's only telly, but the word is apt - is spectacular, as are the elaborate sets and the actors who, quite often have to play a crashing computer, a dramatic challenge surely beyond most.
October 4, 2016
This is not going to be the next Game Of Thrones: It is too cerebral and its mythology too constrained, to evolve into a long-running saga. But this ambitious series is well worth watching anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 4, 2016
It is superbly balanced, with steady, at times slow story development perfectly complimented by barely contained insanity. Westworld is drama of the highest calibre.
October 4, 2016
HBO's Westworld has thriller elements, but it's a much more philosophical tale, stunningly realized and beautifully acted, but it occasionally gets bogged down by its deliberative pacing and overly-freighted dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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