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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: 31 out of 45
  2. Negative: 7 out of 45
  1. Sep 30, 2018
    10
    What an amazing show kept me watching to the end. The story was fantastic! along with the acting. just all around time well spent. I did notWhat an amazing show kept me watching to the end. The story was fantastic! along with the acting. just all around time well spent. I did not want it to end. I’ll definitely recommend to all my friends Expand
  2. Sep 28, 2018
    10
    I've never seen anything like this and Im doubtful (but hopeful) i will again.

    From a storyline that captivates instantly by the richness,
    I've never seen anything like this and Im doubtful (but hopeful) i will again.

    From a storyline that captivates instantly by the richness, diversity and sheer uniqueness of its concepts and cast it immerses you instantly into this world(s) and I tore through this amazingly unexpected experience. Set in what I believe is a timeline parallel to ours, with technology embracing the past and a future we haven't' quite approached yet I loved every single minute of this visually stunning world (the aesthetics were just pristine)

    It was unbelievably touching, stunningly violent in parts , so beautiful, undeniably sad, it made me laugh so much - it was unexpectedly so funny, amazingly quirky and such a joy to watch.
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  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 22, 2018
    8
    Finally something different. It succeeds more often than not and doesn't take itself too seriously. I would describe the tone/style of theFinally something different. It succeeds more often than not and doesn't take itself too seriously. I would describe the tone/style of the series as Charlie Kaufman meets Wes Anderson Expand
  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.
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  6. Sep 27, 2018
    6
    I'm 5 episodes in; not as intriguing and twisted as I hoped for, also feels like it's dragging on with the expectation of something about toI'm 5 episodes in; not as intriguing and twisted as I hoped for, also feels like it's dragging on with the expectation of something about to blow your mind but then fizzles into nothing. Maybe I'm spoiled by Channel Zero stories that move along with more intrigue and better pace. Emma Stone is an 'eye candy' and a very decent actress, unfortunately Jonah Hill is an absolute snooze fest that lacks dimension to be an interesting character in this series. Expand
  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? Expand

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