The Knick: What Critics Say

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
The Knick: What Critics Say
Clive Owen at the “Children of Men” premiere in Mexico City. November 23, 2006. Wikimedia Commons/David de la Luz.

The Knick” will premiere on Cinemax on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. Majority of the critics who have already seen some of the episodes in advance have stellar feedback. Read on to know what they have to say about “The Knick.”

Written, produced and directed by Steven Soderbergh, “The Knick” is about a progressive hospital in New York City, set at a time when the world of medicine is still making discoveries and perfecting procedures. Techniques and advancements are still considered risky, but the doctors at the Knickerboxer hospital are not afraid to test their boundaries. The show stars Clive Owen and runs for ten episodes.

Slant Magazine’s critic gives the series the highest mark of four stars, saying that the show is “dangerously alive” and “exhiliratingly alien.” The critic compared its sensibilities to “Deadwood,” as it takes place in a certain period but aptly mirrors what is happening in the present.

Entertainment Weekly scores the show with a mark of A- and said that even though the scenes are gory, the show doesn’t seem gratuitous. “The Knick” also manages to appear contemporary even though it is set in the 1900s.

New York Magazine’s critic also sees shades of “Deadwood” in the series and describes it as a rare piece of work, where its visual and literary appeal are properly highlighted.

The critic from Time Magazine thinks that the show will be changing Cinemax’s programming, citing that it is “miles ahead” from other shows in its lineup, with the characters so engaging, while the story itself shows the struggles of humans in a different light.

The New Yorker’s critic, however, is disappointed in “The Knick,” citing that while the show will make one appreciate period dramas, it has unfortunately failed to innovate this genre, as it still relies on “antiheroic formulas.” The critic also describes the series as “dour and hockey, full of stock characters and eye-rolling expositions.”

Post Gazette compares the show to BBC America’s “Copper” and says that while there is gore, it’s mostly clinical. The feel is definitely gritty, but the exposition of the story doesn’t bring light, both literally and figuratively.

So there you have it for the round-up of what critics have to say about “The Knick,” which starts on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on Cinemax. Don’t forget to watch another teaser of the series below. Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates about this series.

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Photo Source: Wikipedia Commons/David De La Luz

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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