Westworld: Season 1 Reviews

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October 18, 2018
Amid actual cowboys and robots, it had a plot that made you sit up and try.
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 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 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+
October 3, 2016
This is an impressive opening that ponders the qualities that make us human without bludgeoning us over the head with the differences between man and machine. And the cast is terrific.
October 3, 2016
The fact that many of us recognized this and still kept tuning in, tweeting out reactions and tweaking what-if theories after every episode, speaks well to Nolan and his showrunning partner Lisa Joy's ability to make insanely watchable television.
October 3, 2016
All this within a story that twists and turns with plot and intrigues with character development. And that's why HBO, for all its missteps and flameouts, with all the increased competition, remains unique.
October 3, 2016
Westworld is thrillingly threading a tight needle: It's resolutely aware of its formula while simultaneously trying to puzzle out the dark impulses behind it. If that's the future of the HBO drama, it's an exciting one.
September 30, 2016
The opportunity to watch Anthony Hopkins in a weekly series would alone be reason to watch, and here he's surrounded by people who can play at his level.
September 30, 2016
What keeps Westworld interesting in its early going, despite its flat patches and flights of pretentiousness, is its willingness to think big.
September 30, 2016
What I know for certain is that I'm hooked, although it took a couple eps to sink into it and a lot of conversation to appreciate it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 30, 2016
I can't think of another recent series that's so aggressively about what it's about while also being about storytelling, especially the 21st-century TV variety.
September 30, 2016
It's a star-powered, gorgeously shot philosophy class, but one that may be too stiff and ponderous for those who like their action with a little more humanity.
September 30, 2016
The question of whether Wood and company can make Westworld as emotionally viable as it is fascinating to watch remains to be seen. Still, try looking away.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 30, 2016
A fascinating, philosophical study about the fact that it is memory-how it allows us to learn and grow and change-that makes us human.
September 30, 2016
The series scores most highly when it draws near to a theme Crichton barely touched: the relationship between the robots and their makers.
September 29, 2016
It's the finesse with which the show handles these heavy questions that will keep me coming back, but it's also worth noting that the garish spectacle is rendered expertly.
September 29, 2016
Ambitious to the edge of a cliff, Westworld is an undeniably exciting journey into the future cast through a filter of the past.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 29, 2016
While Brynner, Richard Benjamin and James Brolin were perfectly fine in the original, the new Westworld features a far more accomplished group of actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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