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Catch-22: Miniseries (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Though not quite as sharp as Joseph Heller's seminal novel, Catch-22's handsomely rendered, hilariously horrifying exploration of war still soars thanks to its stellar cast and reverent adherence to its source material.

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Based on Joseph Heller's seminal novel of the same name, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a US Air Force bombardier in World War II who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid his military assignments, he'll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.

Cast

Kyle Chandler
as Colonel Cathcart
Martin Delaney
as Sgt Towser
Gerran Howell
as Kid Sampson
Hugh Laurie
as Major de Coverley
Kevin J. O'Connor
as Lt. Colonel Korn
Tessa Ferrer
as Nurse Duckett
Julie Ann Emery
as Marion Scheisskopf
Jay Paulson
as Chaplain Tappman
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All Critics (89) | Top Critics (37)

Watching Yo-Yo and his buddies slowly discover this crushing truth in a miniseries that often has the look and feel of more sentimental war pictures, well, that's where the true power of Hulu's "Catch-22" resides.

November 22, 2019 | Full Review…
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Catch-22 does have its uneven moments and some underdeveloped characters along the way but it succeeds in its overall mission.

November 22, 2019 | Full Review…
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It's a remarkably good-looking, high-quality piece of work all round -- and it returns the story to its historical context.

June 20, 2019 | Full Review…

It is very, very good. Its writers, Luke Davies and David Michôd, have done an incredibly smooth job given the way that, on the page, Heller makes the reader do so much of the work... But on some level, I cannot quite get fully involved with it.

June 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Good (and good-looking) production, but without contemporary relevance, urgency or edge.

May 23, 2019 | Full Review…
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It makes room for some small but soaring set pieces, like Giancarlo Giannini's brief appearance as an old, Italian man giving the young, American soldiers a lesson in wartime relativity.

May 23, 2019 | Full Review…
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