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Catherine the Great: Miniseries (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Though its sumptuous setting and design often outshines its storytelling, Catherine the Great remains a seductive, if scattershot, period drama thanks to the great Helen Mirren.

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Set against the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of Russian empress Catherine the Great, who wielded supreme power throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century, the limited series follows Catherine towards the end of her reign during her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin. Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, they develop a unique and devoted relationship, overcoming their adversaries and together serving as the architects of modern-day Russia.

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (14)

Mirren will get an Emmy nod for this because she's Mirren. She is a great actress, and she's certainly good here. A pity she'll get that nod for so cramped a story.

October 22, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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Although you should watch Catherine simply to enjoy the rare reverse May-December pairings, the show isn't by any means perfect.

October 21, 2019 | Full Review…
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Nothing is subtle about it: not the acting, not the directing by Philip Martin, not the production design, not the costumes.

October 11, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The producers and commissioning editors made a decision that their heroine would be older - much older - on screen than she was in real life. Has this happened before? I can't think that it has... and really, it is quite fantastic: game-changing, almost.

October 3, 2019 | Full Review…

This series isn't just a vehicle for [Helen Mirren], it's a golden carriage. She is sumptuously dressed and adoringly, luminously photographed in great palaces in Russia. It's an amazing spectacle but Mirren easily dominates it.

October 3, 2019 | Full Review…

It pains me to admit that this show has been a slog, and I'm glad it's over...the real problem with this show is that it tries to cram roughly 30 years of history into four hour-long episodes.

October 22, 2019 | Full Review…

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