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  • Summary: Matthew Weiner's anthology series features stories of people who claim to be descendants of the Russian royal family (who were executed in 1918).
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 10, 2018
    [“The Violet Hour”] takes some unexpected and some predictable turns along the way, but it’s ultimately an enjoyable, charming story. ... “The Royal We” is less involving than “The Violet Hour.” Shelly’s story proves more compelling than Michael’s and the Romanoff theme is more pronounced and bizarre. ... [The third episode is] the second best of the first three episodes made available for review.
  2. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Oct 3, 2018
    The three Romanoffs episodes sent for review all run feature-length. Those episodes are sweet, beautiful to look at, very sincere, kinda dopey: neither armageddon nor second coming.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 2, 2018
    The first three suggest it can comfortably hold a wide range of stories and tones, albeit with flaws.
  4. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Oct 11, 2018
    At nearly 90 minutes apiece, episodes of The Romanoffs play together like a nice long weekend at an independent film festival in the mountains somewhere. Enjoy them with a glass of something dry and white, and don’t expect to be blown away by what you discover.
  5. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Oct 11, 2018
    Three extremely uneven installments (all that were made available for review). ... The first, the very bad “The Violet Hour,” reveals itself to be a toothless and deeply unappealing romantic comedy. ... The second episode, the decent-by-comparison “The Royal We.” ... That third episode--the only one made available to me that I would describe as “good.”
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 11, 2018
    An opulent enterprise often eliciting little more than a head-scratching "Is that all there is" after these over-long vignettes. The tone shifts gears from a trite tale of martial stagnation and temptation from the John Cheever playbook to a more successful attempt to evoke The Twilight Zone's Rod Sterling in a surreal and disorienting "House of Special Purpose." [15-28 Oct 2018, p.8]
  7. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Oct 11, 2018
    The connections are faulty and the writing is weak; the Romanov/Romanoff conceit is like caviar on a ham sandwich. The three stories made available for review are slightly salacious, yes, but also narratively trite; it’s as if Mr. Weiner set out to create a hybrid of “Black Mirror” and “Hallmark Hall of Fame.”

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  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 14, 2018
    The pacing for Ep. 1 of this show (The Violet Hour) seemed to be all over the place. As a stand alone piece (within an anthology) it did notThe pacing for Ep. 1 of this show (The Violet Hour) seemed to be all over the place. As a stand alone piece (within an anthology) it did not work and the ending seemed glib and way too cute, given what had come before.

    The wider intent of looking at contemporary global topics (e.g. immigration and cultural diversity) through the mangled DNA of the lost Romanov herd, also felt pretentious and way too forced. Only the presence of Marthe Keller kept me engaged through out. I suspect the problem might have been that no one could quite match her talents.

    I'll persevere i think for 2-3 more outings more but I expected a punchier kick off.

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