Criminal: UK: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
Criminal: UK

Critics Consensus

Though a bit uneven, Criminal's claustrophobic stylings and constantly twisting narratives pair nicely with its visual experiments, creating a crime drama that's equal parts creepy and captivating.



Critic Ratings: 24

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0


Air date: Sep 20, 2019
Air date: Sep 20, 2019
Air date: Sep 20, 2019

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Within the walls of an interrogation room and with time running out, London investigators go after three suspects, each accused of a grievous crime.

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Critic Reviews for Criminal: UK Season 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (6)

These head-to-head duels are breathless, propulsive and hypnotically gripping. It's skilfully directed and stylishly European in production values, with a haunting electro soundtrack and spare, slate grey decor.

Sep 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

Sep 13, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Criminal manages to reach deeper into the core of police drama without the bells and whistles, tersely drilling down to the mental struggle between the police and the suspects.

Oct 1, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Indeed, you have to be alert to nuance and detail while watching these 45-minute dramas, and I look forward to catching up with the rest of them.

Sep 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Maybe Criminal is limp and wet and meh anyhow. I guess I will never know for sure. Meanwhile, I should tell you that other opinions are available.

Sep 30, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Criminal: United Kingdom demonstrates how with excellent writing, fantastic performances and arresting camerawork, a show set almost entirely in one room can make for a gripping and thrilling watch.

Sep 30, 2019 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

As for me, I could have done without the forced background drama between the cops, but I'll probably still hit "next episode."

Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Criminal is meant to be a gritty, intense, realistic drama, but with nothing to balance out the police interviewers' boorish, unsympathetic and sarcastic sides, they come across as... boorish, unsympathetic and sarcastic. We never really get to know them.

Sep 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Criminal (now streaming Netflix Canada) is a sterling example of incredibly smart, unorthodox programming. It's small-scale yet, at the same time, large-scale as it spans several countries and languages.

Oct 8, 2019 | Full Review…

It doesn't hurt that the suspect in the first of the three British episodes is played by a certain David Tennant, and that the see-saw of suspicion teeters so cleverly back and forth.

Oct 2, 2019 | Full Review…

The stories are structured to allow the Very Special Guest suspects like Tennant and Hayley Atwell to monologue satisfactorily before each hour concludes. You don't need to know much going in to get something out of it.

Sep 20, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The actors do their best with their scripts, but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle-esque twists answer each too-subtle premise.

Sep 20, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/10 | Full Review…

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