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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 2018
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  • Summary: Jonah Hill and Emma Stone undergo a drug trial that goes awry in this adaptation of a Norwegian comedy series of the same name.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Sep 20, 2018
    100
    Netflix’s Maniac is a fascinating, brilliant show, and one of my favorites of 2018. We should expect no less from the creative voices behind “The Leftovers” and “True Detective,” but this show still found a way to surprise me episode after episode. ... Maniac plays with genre and dramatic expectations to gain insight into the human condition in ways that other programs can’t touch.
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Surette
    Sep 20, 2018
    95
    Don't let the weird tag scare you off; Maniac is the boldest, most unique, flippin' strange masterpiece of 2018.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 19, 2018
    88
    Mostly--and occasionally despite itself--Maniac is just fun, at points raucously funny. ... Dive in, don't think, enjoy. You most likely will, by the way.
  4. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 13, 2018
    80
    There’s a fusion here between modern melancholia and those romps where potential lovers keep encountering one another in skips through time, which sounds tedious but works somewhat splendidly, once the series gets going. ... Hill and Stone are both terrifically capable at conveying the series’s many moods, while Theroux looks especially grateful to be hamming it up after so much deeply-furrowed frowning in “The Leftovers.”
  5. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Sep 20, 2018
    80
    Maniac is inventive and well-paced enough (the episodes clock in at a welcome 40 minutes or less) to breeze past its missteps. ... In an age of desiccated puzzle-stories, Maniac puts emotion first, even at the risk of sentimentality. It’s a heart-shaped Rubik’s Cube, a funny, consistently surprising fable of broken machines trying to reassemble themselves.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Sep 21, 2018
    60
    Maniac isn’t weird enough to really achieve what it wants to, but it does say something--however accidentally--about how reality is already weird enough.
  7. Reviewed by: Emily Nussbaum
    Sep 20, 2018
    40
    Promising themes dissolve, episode by episode, into something more like forced quirkiness, revealing a buried conventionality, the curse of way too much cool-looking TV. ... Even an unreal world needs characters who make sense, particularly in a series that is as gooily devoted to exploring those characters’ inner lives as Maniac turns out to be. On this level, the show is half-baked and inconsistent.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 52
  2. Negative: 7 out of 52
  1. Oct 22, 2018
    10
    5 Episodes into this and you'll find yourself with an afterfeeling from a George Orwell Nineteen Eighty Four read or if you dont know how that5 Episodes into this and you'll find yourself with an afterfeeling from a George Orwell Nineteen Eighty Four read or if you dont know how that feels then Walter Murch's movie Return to Oz back in 1985. It's thoughts and ideas either folks who study human behavior or people who have even the minute semblance to each unique plot per episode may appreciate this more. I've watched 4 episodes straight on the 2nd instance I got a chance. Apt choice of cast with the sensitivity of content supported by the actors' past characters portrayed leading them a true fit for this series.
  2. Sep 26, 2018
    10
    Thought I was going in for a detective comedy and ended up binge watching one of the most phenomenal, cerebral TV shows yet. Perfect use ofThought I was going in for a detective comedy and ended up binge watching one of the most phenomenal, cerebral TV shows yet. Perfect use of comedy, great pacing.
    ..Just watch it. It's fantastic.
  3. Sep 21, 2018
    10
    It is amazing and so well-done. The cast is also perfect. It gets more and more exciting every episode. Iconic!!!!
  4. Sep 29, 2018
    8
    Patrick Sommerville is first, a writer.
    And, he wrote for "The Leftovers".
    So, if Sommerville creates, writes and produces "Maniac" - I have
    Patrick Sommerville is first, a writer.
    And, he wrote for "The Leftovers".
    So, if Sommerville creates, writes and produces "Maniac" - I have expectations of what I am about to see.
    And, yes - there is the edgy, silly, over-the-top style I was expecting - and, I don't completely care for. It seems somewhat immature in that regard.
    But, the payoff is the intelligence and appreciation of ideas that means I am not wasting my time by watching the series - when I could be doing something more productive.
    So, if you like thinking about things worth thinking about - you should watch this series.
    I may be a little bit grouchy and cynical - but, OK... some of the silliness made me laugh.
    And another payoff is the excellent quality of acting, cinematography, editing, etc which make this a work that can be appreciated from an artistic perspective.
  5. Sep 24, 2018
    7
    Other than the title, it has very little to do with the original European version. It starts off very, very, slowly, as radically thinnerOther than the title, it has very little to do with the original European version. It starts off very, very, slowly, as radically thinner Jonah Hill's (in yet another case of a comedic actor trying to be a "serious actor" to get him some awards) rather flat and "meh" performance doesn't help with the introduction. But, midway into the season and the more we see of Emma Stone, Justin Theroux, Jemima Kirke, and Sonoya Mizuno, the much better it gets. Especially from Emma Stone who is a tour de force in this show and will get her Emmy nom for sure.

    Summed up, it's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Blade Runner, Black Mirror, Children of Men, and Wes Anderson-esque retro 1980s hipster style thrown into a blender and made into a smoothie. And while it is entertaining, good-looking, and completely gonzo, it lacks any deep meaning and substance like the aforementioned films and movies. This show could but doesn't seem to make a cogent point and message about tech, mental illness, and human behavior. In fact, the show doesn't really seem to say anything other than the future is just extreme clinical depression in a cheery, weird way. There's no takeaway from this that the tech or the people involved in this is either good or bad.

    It's still worth a watch. Especially to see Emma Stone in action in some of her best work, but it's not anything memorable or as smart as people or the show itself seems to think it is.
  6. Nov 7, 2018
    6
    Its almost a incredible amazing show...

    flawed for sure, even so its pretty decent
  7. Sep 27, 2018
    0
    Full of Annoying. Unnecessary brutal scenes (they just put brutal scenes to avoid boring themselves ), and annoying scenes and sounds. Why theFull of Annoying. Unnecessary brutal scenes (they just put brutal scenes to avoid boring themselves ), and annoying scenes and sounds. Why the laboratory keeps change light in Red, Green, Blue? am I watching Teletubbies?

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