Maniac: Miniseries (2018)



Critic Consensus: Maniac enthralls with its dazzling visuals, adventurous narrative, and striking performances from both Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.


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Set in a world somewhat like our world, in a time quite similar to our time, Maniac tells the stories of Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill), two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each for their own reasons. Annie's disaffected and aimless, fixated on broken relationships with her mother and her sister; Owen, the fifth son of wealthy New York industrialists, has struggled his whole life with a disputed diagnosis of schizophrenia. Neither of their lives have turned out quite right, and the promise of a new, radical kind of pharmaceutical treatment -- a sequence of pills its inventor, Dr. James K. Mantleray (Justin Theroux), claims can repair anything about the mind, be it mental illness or heartbreak -- draws them and ten other strangers to the facilities of Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech for a three-day drug trial that will, they're assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems, permanently. Things do not go as planned.


Justin Theroux
as Dr. James K. Mantleray
Emma Stone
as Annie Landsberg
Jonah Hill
as Owen Milgrim
Sally Field
as Dr. Greta Mantleray
Sonoya Mizuno
as Dr. Fujita

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All Critics (79) | Top Critics (25)

It's a visually compelling, often funny show that is sharp on a number of contemporary themes.

October 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Maniac plays with genre and dramatic expectations to gain insight into the human condition in ways that other programs can't touch.

September 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Dive in, don't think, enjoy. You most likely will, by the way.

September 19, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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Clever and inventive.

September 17, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

For those looking to study a TV show, look no further. For those looking to fall in love, well, there's no pill for that.

September 14, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Stone is built for this kind of project, having demonstrated in films as varied as La La Land and Birdman that she can be a classic leading lady or a grubby character actress, a girl next door or a glamour puss.

September 24, 2018 | Full Review…
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