The Affair: What Critics Say

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
The Affair: What Critics Say
Dominic West plays McNulty in The Wire. He manages to pull of a pretty good Baltimore accent when in reality he’s from Sheffield. Had a nice chat with him about going to film people who make armour from Sheffield steel. Sept. 22, 2008. Wikimedia Commons/Dominic West/Simon Kisner.

The Affair” is coming to Showtime beginning this Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, and there have been plenty of critical raves for it. What made them love the first few episodes of the show so much? Find out below. We round up the reviews from critics for the series.

Media Life described the show as smartly done and masterfully sexy. The critic also commended lead stars Dominic West and Ruth Wilson for their excellent performance but noted that their real accents (they are British actors) slip out sometimes.

Slate Magazine called the show provocative and insightful. The critic compared the experience of watching “The Affair’s” first episode to a first date. There’s a “potential cutesiness” in the story, told in a manner that brings two different variations. But viewers can easily tell that when it came to the sex part, the main characters would be in the same wavelength.

The Washington Post thought the show’s strongest points are the actors and their delivery. The critic gave the series a grade of B+, noting that while there were some difficult scenes, the show is overall compelling and intriguing.

The Wrap said that because of the way the story is told, with a type that many critics have described as “Rashomon-style,” the plot of the show has been elevated from the typical story of an illicit relationship. The critic also noted that there were a few overwrought moments to “The Affair.” The main characters have also been described as unlikeable, but there’s a mystery that viewers should find interesting to follow.

The New York Post believed that this show is something else, with the critic giving it three and a half stars out of four. The critic cited West for his versatility, while noting on Wilson’s earthy appeal and melancholic portrayal.

The Huffington Post’s critic thought “The Affair” would be one of two best shows to come out this season and lauded its terrific cast and great execution. While the show touches on sex and sexuality, the critic said that it is still about a lot of things.

Tune in to “The Affair” when it premieres this  Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on Showtime. Follow our updates about the series only here on Movie News Guide (MNG).

Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Dominic West/Simon Kisner

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Rachel will watch any TV show once to see if it's worth following. She watches 55 to 60 American, British and Canadian TV shows on any regular week. Glued to TV, she has not seen the world outside in a while. :P