Wormwood: Miniseries (2017)


Critic Consensus: Wormwood's real-life mystery unfolds in hypothetical tendrils guided by Errol Morris' singular vision and style that will keep viewers engaged despite the four-hour run time.


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Air date: Dec 15, 2017
Air date: Dec 15, 2017
Air date: Dec 15, 2017
Air date: Dec 15, 2017
Air date: Dec 15, 2017
Air date: Dec 15, 2017

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Combining a virtuosic performance by Peter Sarsgaard with Morris' legendary interview style, Wormwood examines this case from every possible angle, bringing the viewer face-to-face with some of the United States' darkest secrets.


Peter Sarsgaard
as Frank Olson
Molly Parker
as Alice Olson
Christian Camargo
as Dr. Robert Lashbrook
Scott Shepherd
as Dr. Robert Lashbrook
Tim Blake Nelson
as Dr. Robert Lashbrook
Bob Balaban
as Dr. Harold A. Abramson
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Critic Reviews for Wormwood Miniseries

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (19)

It's a true-crime documentary with a terminal case of Netflix bloat; an investigation into a heavily reported subject that ultimately yields no new information.

Dec 18, 2017 | Full Review…

A fascinating piece of filmmaking that challenges the form in new ways as it recalls themes its director has been interested in his entire career.

Dec 15, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A hybrid blend of documentary and Cold War thriller that makes The B-Side, Morris's loving portrait of radical photographer Elsa Dorfman earlier this year, look almost straightforward.

Dec 14, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

But then Morris also includes recurring fictionalized sequences - not the generic reenactments we tend to find in average cable documentaries, but artful scripted pieces featuring well-known actors, led by Peter Sarsgaard as Frank Olson.

Dec 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Their testimonies unfolds alongside a series of dramatic reenactments that may or may not illustrate the precise nature of the events being described. The result is a documentary-fiction combination like nothing seen before.

Dec 13, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Errol Morris's new docu-drama examines the 1953 death of CIA biochemist Frank Olson in obsessive, claustrophobic detail.

Dec 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

What Errol Morris has done with Wormwood is create a documentary that weaves between fact and fiction, attempting to piece together the best obtainable version of the truth knowing full well there may be nothing but lies and deception.

Oct 30, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

There's a fascinating hour and a half documentary or a tight mystery thriller in here ... Yet, in its current state, it's bloated, uneven, and plodding.

Oct 29, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

For over four hours Wormwood works as a series of layers being lifted, revealing more disturbing layers as the story unfolds.

Aug 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Morris pushes his signature-style to further break open and break up the uncertainty and opacity of a jigsaw-puzzle past.

Jul 6, 2018 | Full Review…

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