Critical Condition: Maniac

Maniac | Netflix, from Friday

➢➢ “Forget Superbad, this reuniting of two of that movie’s leading lights is super good. Emma Stone and Jonah Hall star in the trippy new 10-part Netflix series … With it’s ironic opening voiceover, deep mediations on the nature of loneliness and more cynical riff on the traditional rom-com manic pixie-dream girl, Maniac feels like the kind of TV show Michel Gondry might have dreamed up.” — Stuff.

➢➢ “Under the guidance of True Detective’s Season 1 director Cary Joji Fukunaga, Stone and her co-star Jonah Hill mark career highs in Maniac. Created and written by Patrick Somerville, the beautifully made Maniac plunges viewers into a fictional world that’s both divergent from our own and instantly recognisable — and then reinvents itself several times over, skittering across time, space and genre to tell a story of connection that feels urgent and deeply, painfully human.” — Variety.

➢➢ “There are core existential themes in Netflix’s new star-studded limited-series Maniac — mental illness, unhappiness, loneliness, the constraints of family and the notion of the pursuit of happiness as an illusion — that, depending on your response, are either adequately and entertainingly mined or get a little lost under the impressive visual mayhem on the surface.” — The Hollywood Reporter.

➢➢ “It is wild, audacious, addictive, and teeters so precariously between reality and fantasy that the audience will immediately question what’s real and what isn’t. The bold ten-episode series, one of the fall season’s best, repeatedly bounces in and out of its characters’ brains and hop-skips from genre to genre, yet somehow avoids spiraling out of control even when what transpires detours further into WTF-ville.” — New York.

➢➢ “Viewer dedication is definitely rewarded. While Maniac’s eccentricities can be a little disorientating, even if you lose your footing there is always something beautiful and strange to marvel at. Fukunaga did his own cinematography in True Detective and while he hasn’t done the same here, you can see his obsession with visuals everywhere from the lingering shots of a greying Chinatown to the laboratory bathed in a series of neon lights.” — Esquire.

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