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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 9, 2018
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  • Summary: The adaptation of Jessie Burton's novel is set in 1686 Amsterdam where 18-year-old Nella Oortman (Anya Taylor-Joy) moves in with her new husband Johannes Brandt (Alex Hassell), who gifts her a dollhouse copy of their home. Nella begins questioning the extra packages of mini furniture andThe adaptation of Jessie Burton's novel is set in 1686 Amsterdam where 18-year-old Nella Oortman (Anya Taylor-Joy) moves in with her new husband Johannes Brandt (Alex Hassell), who gifts her a dollhouse copy of their home. Nella begins questioning the extra packages of mini furniture and life-like dolls from a miniaturist appear to predict future events.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 5, 2018
    80
    The three-part period piece has some weaknesses in the final chapter, but it is nonetheless an intriguing story led by a trio of stellar performances.
  2. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Sep 10, 2018
    80
    An engaging and suspenseful series.
  3. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Sep 11, 2018
    80
    The cinematography in The Miniaturist imitates a Vermeer masterpiece's interplay between light and shadow, engulfing the action in mesmerizing glow that both augments and glamorizes the weight of what is essentially Petronella’s imprisonment. But the real treasure here is Garai’s icy meanness, which singlehandedly props up the rigid atmosphere within that grim home.
  4. Reviewed by: Hanh Nguyen
    Sep 10, 2018
    75
    The Miniaturist may feel raw and green, sometimes naively so, but in its awkward, otherworldly way champions hope and change, and that’s rarely a waste of time.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 13, 2018
    60
    The Miniaturist evokes the Dutch Masters with its moody and dark-hued cinematography. Unfortunately, the story is a bit murky too. [17-30 Sep 2018, p.25]
  6. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Sep 7, 2018
    60
    There are a few really interesting storylines broached casually in the series that would have benefitted from more episodes.
  7. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Sep 6, 2018
    50
    The miniseries feels both overlong and stunted as it lurches between storylines. ... It’s a shame that the series never quite gels, given how much it has going for it in terms of story, talent, and the truly spectacular production design and costuming that sets off the on location shoots with such style.
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