Critical Condition: Criminal

Criminal | Netflix

☆☆☆☆ “This gripping 12-part series is set entirely in the confines of a police interview suite, where detectives grill suspects in intense Line of Duty-style interrogations … The first episode stars David Tennant as Dr Edgar Fallon, who is tight-lipped while being questioned about his stepdaughters murder … A truly mesmerising watch.” — TV Times.

☆☆☆☆ “Without a doubt, Criminal is one of the most daring and genius pieces of drama to hit Netflix. Perhaps too bold for mainstream TV, the streaming giant has got a big winner here which is all at once chilling, fascinating, and slick. A must-watch in the age of over-explaining.” — Daily Express.

☆☆☆ “Either one big, bold experiment or four smaller experiments … The show is technically four shows, with some shared creative DNA: Criminal: United Kingdom, Criminal: France, Criminal: Germany, and Criminal: Spain … The rigidity of the format and the brevity of each three-episode season create stumbling blocks.” — Rolling Stone.

☆☆☆ “In all four sub-series, the action is focused on a single floor of a police station, with the interrogation room as the focal point … Fans of formal experiments will eat the show up — at least at first. At a certain point, though, the lack of narrative and visual variety starts to leach away the novelty.” — New York.

☆☆☆ “At its best, Criminal is taut and claustrophobic, while occasionally being as fanciful as any far-fetched scenario cooked up by a desperate defence.” — Financial Times.

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