Wicked City: Season 1 Reviews

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September 21, 2017
Wicked City may borrow superficial elements from American Psycho, but instead of biting satire, it offers only warmed-over references and pop-psychology clichs...
November 21, 2016
The show's intricate plotting and its complex female characters-the desperately ambitious McClaren, the angel-faced, black-hearted Beaumontaine-make it fascinating despite its flaws.
October 30, 2015
Turns out, you need more than blood and Billy Idol references to make a prime-time slasher drama cool; you also need a better script -- and compelling characters that feel human instead of hokey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 29, 2015
As bloody messes go, Wicked City is still fairly tidy, but it shows promise in the form of its burgeoning serial killer, Kent and his new squeeze Betty.
October 29, 2015
If you want shows to cut to the chase and get to the "good stuff," then this is clearly the show for you.
October 28, 2015
Wicked City could have potential to catch on if it moves beyond the predictable plot and gives us more reasons to like the characters. Unfortunately, the pilot gives you little reason to believe it will even get that far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
October 28, 2015
The writing is cliched, the characters cartoonish and the action tedious, punctured by bloodshed. If there's a reason to watch, and I don't recommend that, it's only for the cool '80s soundtrack. If only it were possible to mute everything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 28, 2015
Westwick, who had his fans as the slimy but strangely sexy Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl, tries but fails to project the dangerous charisma that would keep viewers tuned in.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 28, 2015
Hollywood has long casually mixed sex and violence in poor taste, but Wicked City feels especially egregious: It's a desperate play to be a dark, adults-only story that comes off instead as purely childish.
October 28, 2015
But by the end of the first episode, it's clear that the series is less wicked, than wearisome. Something lousy this way comes.
October 28, 2015
Westwick's duality as Kent is incredible to watch. He switches between Kent's sinister and sweet personalities with chameleon-like ease, each side of his personality feeling like a separate character.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.75/5
October 27, 2015
Wicked City is neither erotic nor thrilling, and no amount of period detail is enough to make up what it lacks.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 27, 2015
In the absence of a believable or captivating story, Wicked tries to shock, but this is broadcast commercial TV. Ryan Murphy can and does more in two minutes on basic cable than Wicked can achieve in an hour.
October 27, 2015
It's a profoundly unnecessary, formally cloddish collection of grating cop-show clichs, antiseptically scuzzy nihilism, and just stupid, stupid stupidity, wrapped in cheap, loud nostalgia for the L.A. of the hair-metal '80s.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
October 27, 2015
We need another serial killer drama on television like David Beckham needs more tattoos.
October 27, 2015
The tone-deafness of the drama is apparent within mere minutes.
October 27, 2015
Wicked City is a woefully tired affair that's even unable squeeze a few drops of joy out of a famous retro scene and its enjoyable music.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
October 27, 2015
Jeremy Sisto walks though the show playing homicide cop Jack Roth, tracking the so-called Sunset Strip Killer with the preoccupied air of a man who still hasn't come to terms with Suburgatory's cancellation.
October 27, 2015
Without glamour, nostalgia or a fresh take on our violent culture, Wicked City is wicked redundant.
October 27, 2015
Apart from some subtle work by Christensen, the series doesn't have much of interest to offer or fresh to say.
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