Houdini: What Critics Say

By Rachel Cruz | 4 years ago
Houdini: What Critics Say
Adrien Brody at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Detachment. April 25, 2011. Wikimedia Commons/David Shankbone

The special two-day event series “Houdini” airs on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 1-2, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on History Channel. The show stars Oscar-winner Adrien Brody in the titular role, with “House of Cards” actress Kristen Connolly playing his wife. We’ve rounded up what critics have to say about this show before it airs. Read on to learn more.

Entertainment Weekly gave “Houdini” a grade of B. The critic was impressed with the costumes and the technical side of the production. However, the critic also found the narrative filled with tropes and clichéd lines. Connolly was regarded as the scene stealer and the one to watch in this production.

The Hollywood Reporter thought that the limited series was a fun watch but acknowledged that its plot development is scattered. The critic, however, considered that the show delivered a spectacle, calling the direction fresh and dynamic. Brody’s performance was described as “dedicated and zestful.”

Variety compared the show to a 1953 movie that starred Tony Curtis and said that “Houdini” was more historically accurate. The critic, however, remarked that some of the lines were “cornball and cheesy,” which is almost similar to Entertainment Weekly’s evaluation. Unfortunately, though, Variety’s critic’s final wish was for the show to disappear, as everything, including the cast, wasn’t up to the standards.

Channel Guide News said that “Houdini” is “simply captivating” and gave props to the shows lead star, citing his performance as exquisite. The critic had plenty of praises for the show, notably calling it a fast-paced and thrilling ride.

The San Francisco Gate commended the production for staying true to the facts of Houdini’s story, but overall, the critic considered the show as mediocre. The performance of Brody and Connolly, however, received favorable feedback, citing their acting as solid and effective.

Houdini” is based on the book “Houdini: A Mind in Chains: A Psychoanalytic Portrait,” and the show is written by Nicholas Meyer with Uli Edel as director.

And that’s our round-up of what critics have to say about “Houdini,” which airs on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 1-2, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on History Channel. Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for the recaps.

Photo Source:  Wikimedia Commons/David Shankbone

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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