Escape at Dannemora: Miniseries Reviews

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January 2, 2019
It's a slow trod to get to a climax that was well-documented at the time, pierced with very occasional moments of violence and more frequent bursts of songs from the eclectic soundtrack that serve to kick up the rhythm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 2, 2019
Arquette's portrayal of a biddable woman with a low IQ and unfulfilled yearnings feels compellingly real.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 28, 2018
The actors and Stiller's direction keep Dannemora mostly interesting despite how thin the characters are, but you can't help wishing their skills had been applied to a more fundamentally compelling story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 28, 2018
Pulling off a TV show about a jailbreak can be an equally tricky endeavor, one that Escape at Dannemora attempts with mixed, occasionally exhilarating, results.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 28, 2018
The series is driven by the performances of three of America's greatest actors working at the top of their games.
December 28, 2018
We're all just innocent bystanders to this unraveling, sensational crime and its aftermath, and perhaps we'll be left to ask ourselves whether getting too comfortable in any routine makes us vulnerable and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 28, 2018
Escape At Dannemora could easily package itself as a stylish, well-pedigreed action tale and still be wildly entertaining -- and it's to the credit of [the filmmakers and actors] that it mines deeper, and more subtle terrain.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 28, 2018
Patricia Arquette's excellence as Tilly is the strongest selling point of a show where the points of an unsurprising plotline are subordinate to a memorable intensity of performances.
December 28, 2018
Coupled with the leisurely direction of Ben Stiller (yes, that Ben Stiller, breaking with his comic career), who gives his story the time and space to breathe, [screenwriters] Johnson and Tolkin create a claustrophobic portrait of a dank, wormy, pit.
December 18, 2018
You'd just think a show about dangerous criminals, scandalous affairs and adorable pugs would be a bit more...exciting? But with mostly solid performances, this too-strange-to-be-true story is still worth checking out.
December 17, 2018
If you are looking for a performance that truly deserves both your attention and respect, Oscar winner Arquette owns that spotlight Escape at Dannemora.
November 28, 2018
Escape at Dannemora is a great drama, but it's also a warning to stay the hell out of rural upstate New York.
November 27, 2018
Prison break drama has great performances, sloggy pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 27, 2018
A series that certainly feels authentic -- surely a godsend for anyone who constantly tuts "unrealistic" at the TV -- but at times it is also extremely slow moving. If you have the patience, however, there is plenty of reward.
November 26, 2018
[Stiller] displays a strong sense of mood, a vivid awareness of place and a keen eye for layered characters.
November 21, 2018
Thrives on its performances...it's no easy feat to keep the energy and tension up for a story with a lot of built-in monotony and no surprise ending.
November 19, 2018
Arquette's transformation into Tilly, meanwhile, is shocking, both physically and with regard to her personality. Out of all the performances, Arquette's wins the prize for contortionist acrobatics...
November 19, 2018
A slow-simmering eight-episode exploration of how a lonely prison worker, given a doozy of a performance by Patricia Arquette, could be seduced into helping a couple of quietly scheming inmates.
November 19, 2018
It seems as though Showtime, Stiller, and everyone else involved have a smart, substantive drama on its hands.
November 19, 2018
At its best, Escape at Dannemora isn't the story of two men running for their lives; it's the story of a far larger prison whose invisibility makes it that much tougher to escape.
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