Unbelievable: Season 1 Reviews

September 23, 2019
It makes great television.
September 19, 2019
Series such as... Unbelievable do something else too: They impose justice on a world that is anything but fair.
September 19, 2019
While not a spotless transition from article to script, it's very much a "show, don't tell" portrayal of the real-life events and fallout, which lands in a must-watch spot that is thought-provoking without being preachy.
September 18, 2019
Unbelievable isn't light viewing. But in defending reality against received wisdom and eschewing suspense in favor of insight, it makes a plea for revising simplistic rape narratives.
September 16, 2019
Most of the best moments are simple, like Duvall's pensive reactions to new information: shock or grief or excitement silently written on Wever's face. The story tells itself.
September 13, 2019
The series is a warning, a devastating example of the consequences of not believing women. But the writers successfully prevent it from becoming pedantic or hacky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 13, 2019
Unbelievable isn't a programme about whether Adler was telling the truth. It's about who gets to have their story heard, who is allowed to be believed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 12, 2019
This is a smart and knowing investigative procedural, a stylish but never exploitative true-crime story, an insightful character study - and one of the best series of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
September 12, 2019
As thematically fascinating as Unbelievable can be, it's also often dramatically plodding, if not grueling.
September 12, 2019
It's an uncommon treat to see such a strong, multi-generational cast of women holding together a work that illuminates a vitally important issue.
September 11, 2019
It's a tough watch, but it's a rewarding one, not just because it has one of the best ensembles of the year but because of what it says about hope and empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 11, 2019
Even as Unbelievable hits familiar beats, it never loses its resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 10, 2019
With Unbelievable, the creative team and superb cast treat the subject with the seriousness and grace it deserves, while also telling one hell of a story along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 10, 2019
Dever play[s] her heartbreak in quiet and deepening shadings, never pandering for outrage.
September 9, 2019
Unbelievable is a superb example of what show-don't-tell storytelling looks like.
September 3, 2019
Unbelievable is an extremely satisfying experience - not just for its storytelling, but for its depiction of women who confront their reality rather than succumbing to it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 3, 2019
Unbelievable, at its best, is focused less on the system at large than on one individual ground up by it.