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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 8, 2018
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  • Summary: St. Louis crime reporter Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) returns to her small Missouri hometown for a story about a murder of a young girl and the disappearance of another only to experience reminders of her past in this eight-part drama based on the novel by Gillian Flynn.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jul 6, 2018
    100
    Sharp Objects turns out to be everything you might have wanted. And also some things you didn’t know you wanted: This eight-part HBO miniseries is a scary thriller, a Southern gothic melodrama, a serial-killer murder mystery, and a dual portrait of motherhood and sisterhood--all of it combined with a sleek ease that rarely lets any effort show.
  2. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Jun 8, 2018
    90
    With a cast led by Adams operating at the peak of her abilities, Sharp Objects is dazzlingly itself, a show in thrall to the horror of its premise but one that finds nuance within unremitting darkness. ... As a detective story, it’s top-of-the-line, and its detective, a reporter who’s too close to her story and far too removed from compassion and from a clear understanding of reality, is a character that will endure long after the mystery is solved.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Jul 6, 2018
    90
    Sharp Objects’s touch remains delicate throughout, thanks to its gifted lead, its beautiful writing, and, yes, its laser-sharp editing.
  4. 80
    Whenever Sharp Objects seems to be on the verge of spiraling into contrived pot-boiler absurdity (which is often, particularly in its latter half), the quicksilver filmmaking and Adams’s exact and understated lead performance pull it back.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Jul 6, 2018
    75
    The plot of Sharp Objects starts meandering again as it heads toward the finish. But the lack of narrative progress is a small frustration, because the characters are so well crafted. Adams reaffirms herself as one of the strongest American actresses. And HBO proves once again that patient storytelling is worth the investment.
  6. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jul 5, 2018
    70
    Aside from some slightly hammy subplots and the predictable snack of a red herring or two, those are my criticisms. In the same breath, I can’t deny that I charged through seven hours of Sharp Objects with an obsessive appreciation for the overall effort, propelled mostly by Adams’s effectively morose and complicated portrayal of Camille.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jul 12, 2018
    45
    In the #MeToo era, HBO's Sharp Objects will inevitably be proclaimed a work of eloquent female empowerment. It isn't. It's slow, confusing, over-gothed and under-articulated. There's a good story squeaking from underneath all the messy baggage it carries, but it's probably easier to just go to Kmart for another suitcase rather than unpack this thing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 42
  2. Negative: 19 out of 42
  1. Jul 9, 2018
    10
    Promising story! The atmosphere is great and i love the relation between characters. Pretty good so far, I'll wait to see where is going this series.
  2. Aug 27, 2018
    10
    I went into watching this show with the expectation that it would continue on HBO. Wasn't sure about it at first, but it ended up being aI went into watching this show with the expectation that it would continue on HBO. Wasn't sure about it at first, but it ended up being a great mini-series with very disturbing characters. The show develops quickly over 8 episodes but I liked the pace and delivery. Expand
  3. Oct 5, 2018
    8
    One of the best series of this year. Amy Adams acting is perfect, probably the best portrait of a mental disease I've ever seen, and herOne of the best series of this year. Amy Adams acting is perfect, probably the best portrait of a mental disease I've ever seen, and her character development was well executed. Adora and Amma characters made me feel so many different things, specially in the last episodes... I love that almost all the narrative lays on women. The photography and art direction are terrific too! Expand
  4. Jul 17, 2018
    5
    Clichés everywhere you look. In practically every single aspect with few exceptions. The flashbacks, the slow pace, the unspoken dirty smallClichés everywhere you look. In practically every single aspect with few exceptions. The flashbacks, the slow pace, the unspoken dirty small town secret, the ambitious FBI agent, alcohol, smoking, dysfunctional family, sex abuse. That said the actors are very good. All of them. It will all hang on the finale. If (as I fear) it's the obvious well trodden conclusion then this will be forgettable...but if they venture off the reservation, who knows, this might be an award winner..?? Expand
  5. Aug 8, 2018
    3
    It's a show about a murder of young girl in a small town in Missouri and Amy Adams is a journalist named Camille who grew up in that town butIt's a show about a murder of young girl in a small town in Missouri and Amy Adams is a journalist named Camille who grew up in that town but has left it a long time ago, after her sister got murdered there.
    She is joined by Chris Messina as detective Richard Willis from Kansas City who is somewhat a specialist for those kind of murders.

    Now, according to Wikipedia this is supposed to be a psychological thriller.
    After watching 5 episodes, I can assure you, there is nothing thrilling about that show.
    It's a psychological something.

    Sure, it has atmosphere and brings you in a certain mood. Is that enough? Of course not.
    Since nowadays it has become almost obligatory to add a chock full of flashbacks to any tv show, the writers appear to have made the decision to double down on that.
    Being true or not, you get the impression half of every episode consists of flashbacks.
    Ok, maybe only 30%.
    Additionally the producers thought it was masterpiece cinema to switch back and fourth between present and past within a second.
    To go even further, you'll see Amy Adams (now) seeing Amy Adams as a girl as well as other characters from the past in one scene.
    Sometimes, while watching this, you get the feeling, these flashbacks give you some crucial information about the killer and you have missed it.
    Or maybe you haven't missed anything. You just don't know.

    After 5 episodes, almost half of the season, Camille and Richard still have no clue who the killer is.
    They have literally nothing.
    Instead we have the very original story of someone coming back to her home town having to face her past and confront her (*sigh*) 'inner demons' .
    Of course, after 5 episodes, we don't know much about these 'inner demons' either.

    How do make people watch this show and stay with it until the finale?
    You give them interesting characters and an interesting story even though it might have no thrills most of the time.

    The problem with this show is: It. Has. No. Interesting. Characters. Period.

    You get characters you get stories, but nothing about it is compelling.
    The main character herself is somewhat of a stereotype. A damaged, alcoholic human being incapable of maintaining a personal relationship.
    Yeah. Fresh and new.

    There is simply not much more to it. It's well crafted, technically, but it's so much style over substance it's infuriating.
    I really don't use the term 'pretentious' a lot but this is definitely a big pile of pretentious BS.
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  6. Sep 14, 2018
    3
    My girlfriend and I both sat through this strangely compelling eight hour torture session and both found it ultimately boring and unsatisfyingMy girlfriend and I both sat through this strangely compelling eight hour torture session and both found it ultimately boring and unsatisfying . The majority of the episodes are filled with unengaging characters talking about nothing interesting, basically padding out the vacuous screen time . A reporter who does little investigating, a borderline incompetent police chief, no murder suspects, no tension or menace of a lurking child killer, the list goes on. Amy Adams main character is covered in self harm scars and words which she has conveniently carved upside down and in reverse to allow others to read them, also on her back too somehow. Her sister is irritating in the extreme, and the last episode is just ridiculous. Could have been so much better. Disappointing. Stick with Twin Peaks for a fix of small town weirdness. Expand
  7. Sep 8, 2018
    0
    Compelling, esp Adams, but no editor and reporter work that way, and no unproven reporter spends that much unproductive time on an out of townCompelling, esp Adams, but no editor and reporter work that way, and no unproven reporter spends that much unproductive time on an out of town assignment. Some continuity problems, too. But Adams and that cast are so good that that's a quibble. . Expand

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