‘Marco Polo’: What Critics Say

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
‘Marco Polo’: What Critics Say

The first full season of Netflix’s big budget epic drama series “Marco Polo” will be released on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at 12:01 a.m. on the streaming site. The show charts the story of the famous explorer in his younger years and will expound on his relationship with Kublai Khan, the leader of the Mongolians. Find out what critics have said about this series, which has been rumored to cost $90 million to make.

The critic at Roger Ebert’s site found the series as a disappointment. For all of Netflix’s outstanding programs, he regarded “Marco Polo” as a dull period drama and cited that the streaming site seemed to play it safe with their epic masterpiece, which should’ve been a rival to “Game of Thones.” The characters and the narrative don’t draw interest with its audience. However, because of Netflix’s track record, this series should be forgivable, according to the review.


The Hollywood Reporter’s critic described the series as middling, despite the massive amount of money Netflix has spent for it.  He echoed the sentiments of the other critic about the show’s writing and actors. It’s not compelling enough.

The San Francisco Gate’s critic, however, thought that there were some good performances in the series. “Marco Polo,” however, does take time to get interesting. The critic said that they were able to receive six episodes in advance from Netflix, but it didn’t make him anticipate the remaining four episodes. Netflix has commissioned 10 episodes in total.

Variety’s review cited how the show had scope and scale, it didn’t have the right pulse and may not even be binge-worthy, as most of Netflix’s shows usually are. The critic also said that the show should have been grand, based on its theme and its budget, but it felt like a “pretender to the throne.”

The Village Voice also didn’t care much for its performers and characters, saying that they were mostly stereotypes. The critic lauded the landscape of the show, however, and marveled at how detailed the production design came out.

Catch “Marco Polo” on Netflix this coming Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, as the streaming site will release all of its ten episodes by 12:01 a.m. Check back to “Movie News Guide (MNG)” for more about this show, as well as other television updates.

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