Maniac: Miniseries Reviews

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January 15, 2019
Maniac is off-beat and bizarre to say the very least, yet the show is well grounded in its strong and simple central premise, its two relatable leads and Patrick Somerville's wry, humorous script.
January 3, 2019
Maniac is mind-bending entertainment that's also an invitation to muse on infinite possibilities.
December 18, 2018
Going deeper and wider into the scope of the secretive pharmaceutical trials the characters played by Stone and a delightfully twitchy Hill are participating in, Maniac morphs into a rich family drama limited only by its own imagination.
November 16, 2018
No take-backs in later seasons. No retconning story elements. It's done. Well, apart from its format, it also has two incredible performances from Stone and Hill, who fluctuate between characters seamlessly.
October 31, 2018
But that's the beauty of Maniac, a show that draws you in with just the right amount of dosage: 10 stunning episodes, all directed by Fukunaga.
October 19, 2018
Maniac is sure to confound some but it is clearly one of the best shows of the year and unlike anything else on television or the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
October 18, 2018
Maniac is an authentic work that takes risks and doesn't fear being judged by it's seemingly bizarre presentation. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
October 15, 2018
In its tautological mantra, though, Maniac ends up echoing its own central failing.
October 15, 2018
If you can appreciate storylines, within storylines, within storylines, Maniac may be the perfect limited series for you.
October 10, 2018
It's a visually compelling, often funny show that is sharp on a number of contemporary themes.
October 10, 2018
With Cary Joji Fukunaga at the helm and actors Emma Stone and Jonah Hill willing to go down these rabbit holes, the series elevates television to new heights
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 9, 2018
Maniac is the rare series that plays with reality without alienating the viewer emotionally.
October 7, 2018
Maniac is an odd tale about a world where rather peculiar happenings occur in a deeply believable yet stylistic way
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 5, 2018
Possibly the most redemptive, questing, enthralling piece of television to have troubled our screens in a long time. All, even me, can find answers, if they only dare.
October 5, 2018
It may be a 10-episode limited series, but Maniac is a whole lot of manic, trippy meta-television.
October 3, 2018
Maniac is absolutely absorbing in those moments, but they are far too few and the show never really connects the dots (even though, granted, not all dots need be connected when talking about the subconscious).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 2, 2018
It's wonderful, though it shouldn't really work.
October 2, 2018
It's satire and besides being tongue-in-cheek, should be funny. It isn't, it's funny like a toothache, and sinister. And it's hard to connect with the characters because they are not engaging and take the dark side of satire too seriously.
October 2, 2018
Maniac is more like a meandering journey that tries to deliver a message that doesn't actually exist amidst a science fictional world that attempts to straddle the border between reality and fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 2, 2018
It's unfortunate that Maniac's deeper moments don't quite measure up to its comedic scenes because this is exactly the kind of balance I'd like to see more often in so-called prestige TV.
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