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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 8, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 197 Ratings

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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 43
  2. Negative: 19 out of 43
  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. Aug 14, 2018
    6
    I wanted this to be a shocking, dark thriller. I was looking forward to that. But, right from the start, it's so humorless, at least whatI wanted this to be a shocking, dark thriller. I was looking forward to that. But, right from the start, it's so humorless, at least what I've seen so far. I keep trying to watch and then turning the show off. There's nothing especially original here. A ton of cliches. Yes, Amy Adams is good, but the character she's playing is so dour, so difficult to root for and so distinctly unentertaining. She's a difficult stranger plodding through life. It's a slog. Maybe it'll get better in the 2nd season? We'll see. Note: that's about as drab a show open as I've ever seen. anemic music. Aimless montage. Misses the southern gothic vibe completely, IMHO. Expand
  5. Jul 13, 2018
    3
    I typically love the characters Amy Adams portrays but not in this slow-paced murder mystery. She plays Camille Preaker, a nearly washed up,I typically love the characters Amy Adams portrays but not in this slow-paced murder mystery. She plays Camille Preaker, a nearly washed up, alcoholic, cigarette addicted newshound in St Louis running down a missing girl report in tiny (pop: 2000) Wind Gap, her hometown. So we're off to a bad start already. When she reluctantly arrives in town, she immediately pisses off the beat down police chief, then the next day comes across three teen girls in a park where she's going to join a search. She acknowledges the teens' impressive rumor machine that they already knew who she was but she whiffs the opportunity to pump the gossiping teens for any backstory on the recent young girl murder or the missing girl. That's just poor writing, poor storytelling, and all this is only in episode one, ep two hasn't even played yet. There's all these cutaways, flashbacks, too, to her childhood there and that's irritating. The atmospherics are dark, moody, seedy, backwoodsy with little accompanying/transitioning music which is 1940s-ish when it's there at all. Such an environment is going to appeal to very, very few people. I expected so much more from Marti Noxon who brought us the edgy, fast-paced "UnREAL" series, oh well, one less show to follow. Expand
  6. Oct 13, 2018
    3
    Sharp Objects is very, very disappointing even though its powerful cast did everything they could to keep it in the highest position possible.
  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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