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Catch-22: Miniseries Reviews

November 25, 2019
It is beautifully shot, thoughtfully written and incredibly well acted.
November 25, 2019
It looks great - the arid palette relived occasionally by the blue of the Italian coast as the men swim between raids - and the cast is top flight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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November 22, 2019
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
The adaptation is often rote and merely serviceable.
November 22, 2019
The overall result is a production that's intriguing but ultimately as thin as it is handsome, and emotionally removed in a way that dilutes the larger impact.
November 22, 2019
It's uncommonly tricky material, much of its humor wrapped up in wordplay, many of its characters allegorical sketches. Hulu's Catch-22 tries to address the latter by bumping up the pathos, but that just makes the miniseries less enjoyable to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 22, 2019
It straddled that line between the beautiful and the horrible artfully, yet there was more to be sad about here than to laugh at.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 22, 2019
Considering the source text, I honestly cannot imagine how it could have been done better.
June 24, 2019
In the absence of good jokes, there is bug-eyed buffoonery. In the absence of effective satire, there are pious speeches. In the absence of art, there is sloganeering.
June 21, 2019
The script conveys the book's black humour and comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 20, 2019
Its sense of loss and creeping madness was deftly woven into a narrative that was often laugh-out-loud funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 20, 2019
It's a remarkably good-looking, high-quality piece of work all round -- and it returns the story to its historical context.
June 14, 2019
In a tale full of paradoxes, the style is both glossy and visceral, which feels exactly right.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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May 23, 2019
Good (and good-looking) production, but without contemporary relevance, urgency or edge.
May 23, 2019
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.
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May 23, 2019
There are good reasons to visit this project, but the big-name actors are, interestingly, not really among them. The lesser-known actors are, in many cases, stronger.
May 20, 2019
Catch-22, again, isn't perfect, because Heller's book is far too prickly and paradoxical for an easy interpretation. But it's almost always faithful to what Heller wanted to communicate and-in its finest scenes-transcendent.
May 20, 2019
The lack of effectively written and delivered humor in "Catch-22" downgrades it from a flawless flight to merely a very good one. The adaptation misses a few of Heller's main targets, but hits enough of the notes to make it a worthy undertaking.
May 19, 2019
Without it, the antiwar and anti-authoritarian themes don't register with any real force. Apparently the Catch-22 of "Catch-22" is that to put it onscreen, you have to eviscerate it.
May 17, 2019
It's not easy to balance a whip-smart farce about military bureaucracy with deadly serious wartime issues, but Catch-22 does just that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 17, 2019
Clooney mostly does his standard blusteringly goofy Coen Brothers routine as Lieutenant Scheisskopf, but it works fairly well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 17, 2019
[George] Clooney and company have tried their utmost to navigate the swervy Catch-22. And they fare better than the movie did without fully sticking the landing. Then again, who could? Bronze stars to all.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 17, 2019
It does a brilliant job of capturing the absurdity, comedy and horror of war. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.
May 17, 2019
Where it strikes off on its own, whether in dialogue or wholly new scenes, it tends to get obvious and flat.
May 16, 2019
I like what they've done with it here overall. It may not be crammed full to bursting with amazing comic actors, the way Nichols' half-right movie was. It's softer, I guess. But it's not soft-headed.
May 16, 2019
Scenes between actors are often funny and rich. And then the picture wanders off to find another human encounter, leaving dead air in its wake.
May 16, 2019
Catch-22 is indisputably well-made, and above all a smart show, perhaps too smart for its own good - every shot feels considered, every head-spinning layer worth talking out to make sense of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 16, 2019
Hulu's version... strips "Catch-22" down to its essential brilliance and then builds it back up into a sweeping, beautifully filmed, humorous yet tragic tale of a young man forever changed by war.
May 16, 2019
It's almost unimaginable that any adaptation of Joseph Heller's Catch-22 could be boring, but here we are.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 16, 2019
For a series that gradually loses its sharpness in its commentary on power and masculinity in wartime, Abbott's performance constantly reminds you of what's so great about Heller's book.
May 15, 2019
As a period piece with universal refrains, it has a lot going for it.
May 15, 2019
Virtually all of the miniseries' attempts at comedy land with all the delicacy of one of Yossarian's aerial payloads... The humor stumbles when it should swing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 10, 2019
Abbott brings a disarming vulnerability to his performance as the pragmatically selfish Yossarian, while David Daniel Stewart is a lively standout as the fast-talking mess hall magnate Milo Minderbinder.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 10, 2019
It works better as a TV show than you might think, though not well enough to quell the feeling that we have yet to see an adaptation as scathing as the source material.
May 8, 2019
Hulu's "Catch-22" is elegantly, carefully made. This is, perhaps, its greatest departure from Heller's novel, and the reason why it feels quite so at war with itself.
May 8, 2019
The ambition in Catch-22 should be applauded, as should the results.
May 8, 2019
Catch-22 isn't quite wild enough to join TV's elite satires or sharp enough to leave a mark as lasting as its source material. But it has its moments, and those moments add up to an entrancing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B