Ozark Reviews & Ratings

Fridays, 3:00 AM ET on Netflix

60 minutes

A Chicago-based financial advisor secretly relocates his family to the Missouri Ozarks when his dealings with a drug cartel go awry.
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by TelevisionFanboyContributor
Jul 25, 2017 4:14AM EDT
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An intelligent and darkly wonderful show that Jason Bateman shines in. What more could you want?

An intelligent and darkly wonderful show that Jason Bateman shines in. What more could you want?

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Jul 22, 2017 6:34PM EDT
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I've been waiting for this since I read the pilot in 2016. That said, it's always a bummer when a much-anticipated show disappoints. What went wrong here? Thin characters and an irredeemably contrived plot.

OZARK presents characters that are merely shallow representations of boring people. The show doesn't give us anyone to care about other than the innocent kids. The protag, Marty, is supposed to be a good guy driven by necessity to do bad things. But really, he’s not. Marty’s a bad guy (he’s been laundering money for over 15 years—this isn’t a new development) who chooses to continue doing bad things. (In a poorly-executed parallel) Walter White began making drugs for his family’s financial survival upon his impending death. That’s understandable, relatable even. On the other hand, Marty’s entire predicament is merely the consequence of the bad things he’s already been doing for years. Marty wasn't ashamed of what he'd done. He didn't regret it morally. He willfully laundered money because he wanted to be a multimillionaire upon retirement (another 20 years from now). There’s not much for the audience to get emotionally attached to from that considering he’s a “finance guy,” which implies that he could have still become a millionaire through honest investing (ya know, the same way 99% of investors do it)… he just didn’t wanna? I could get into the wife and the local antagonists, but why bother when the main character is lackluster enough for them all? At least he’s played by Jason Bateman, which makes him almost watchable.

And then there’s the plot, which is contrived, repetitive and predictable. Marty owes a drug lord (Del) $8M. He promises to return the drug lord’s money within 3 months by moving his money laundering scheme from Chicago to rural Missouri (a twist that only would’ve worked if the location change had been demanded by Del). The drug lord knows this is a feeble stalling tactic, but he allows it anyway in order for us to have a TV show. Marty must then overcome a series of rote obstacles in his pursuit of this repayment “plan.” And those obstacles are exactly what you’d expect: theft (securing $8M in cash is hard!), unwillingness (not everyone wants to be criminals!), and rivals (rural MO already has drug lords and money launderers!).

Seriously, the job of a writer is to present a story in a way that the average audience member couldn’t have conceived. Unfortunately, the writers here completely fail at that, creating little more than a BREAKING BAD rip off that is woefully dull.

I've been waiting for this since I read the pilot in 2016. That said, it's always a bummer when a much-anticipated show disappoints. What went wrong here? Thin characters and an irredeemably contrived plot.

OZARK presents characters that are merely shallow representations of boring people. The show doesn't give us anyone to care about other than the innocent kids. The protag, Marty, is supposed to be a good guy driven by necessity to do bad things. But really, he’s not. Marty’s a bad guy (he’s been laundering money for over 15 years—this isn’t a new development) who chooses to continue doing bad things. (In a poorly-executed parallel) Walter White began making drugs for his family’s financial survival upon his impending death. That’s understandable, relatable even. On the other hand, Marty’s entire predicament is merely the consequence of the bad things he’s already been doing for years. Marty wasn't ashamed of what he'd done. He didn't regret it morally. He willfully laundered money because he wanted to be a multimillionaire upon retirement (another 20 years from now). There’s not much for the audience to get emotionally attached to from that considering he’s a “finance guy,” which implies that he could have still become a millionaire through honest investing (ya know, the same way 99% of investors do it)… he just didn’t wanna? I could get into the wife and the local antagonists, but why bother when the main character is lackluster enough for them all? At least he’s played by Jason Bateman, which makes him almost watchable.

And then there’s the plot, which is contrived, repetitive and predictable. Marty owes a drug lord (Del) $8M. He promises to return the drug lord’s money within 3 months by moving his money laundering scheme from Chicago to rural Missouri (a twist that only would’ve worked if the location change had been demanded by Del). The drug lord knows this is a feeble stalling tactic, but he allows it anyway in order for us to have a TV show. Marty must then overcome a series of rote obstacles in his pursuit of this repayment “plan.” And those obstacles are exactly what you’d expect: theft (securing $8M in cash is hard!), unwillingness (not everyone wants to be criminals!), and rivals (rural MO already has drug lords and money launderers!).

Seriously, the job of a writer is to present a story in a way that the average audience member couldn’t have conceived. Unfortunately, the writers here completely fail at that, creating little more than a BREAKING BAD rip off that is woefully dull.

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Oct 17, 2017 1:09AM EDT
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I really dig it. It's like a jenga show but it isn't getting out of control with the jenga aspect. It's developing characters and it's good. I dismissed it immediately while letting it run in the background for the first few episodes but when i sat down and watched it i really got into it. It's a dark, emotional story without a massive amount over sexualizing everything.. and the gore for when it does happen is pretty fitting.

I really dig it. It's like a jenga show but it isn't getting out of control with the jenga aspect. It's developing characters and it's good. I dismissed it immediately while letting it run in the background for the first few episodes but when i sat down and watched it i really got into it. It's a dark, emotional story without a massive amount over sexualizing everything.. and the gore for when it does happen is pretty fitting.

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Jul 25, 2017 12:13PM EDT
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Excellent well made great plot gritty and gory in parts a thrill ride. Acting is some of the best I have seen in along time....Netflix please don't cancel this show looking forward to a Season 2.

Excellent well made great plot gritty and gory in parts a thrill ride. Acting is some of the best I have seen in along time....Netflix please don't cancel this show looking forward to a Season 2.

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by hjbau
Jul 21, 2017 1:21PM EDT
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The first twenty minutes of the first episode of this show are so bad, that if no one watches this show and it gets cancelled just because of that, it deserves it. But, if you make it past those first twenty minutes then the mobster, drug cartel stuff gets really intense, really quickly and the show becomes much more interesting after that. I am still early on in the season, but so far i am liking it.

The first twenty minutes of the first episode of this show are so bad, that if no one watches this show and it gets cancelled just because of that, it deserves it. But, if you make it past those first twenty minutes then the mobster, drug cartel stuff gets really intense, really quickly and the show becomes much more interesting after that. I am still early on in the season, but so far i am liking it.

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Feb 28, 2018 10:22AM EST
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I thougt I wouldn,t like this show but I love ii,great and stroung caracters. I like Wendy, Rut , the kids....... And Jason betaman at the begining I was like NOOOOOOOOOOOO this caracter is not for him, but he really nails it!!!!!! he does a very good job as Martin!!!

I thougt I wouldn,t like this show but I love ii,great and stroung caracters. I like Wendy, Rut , the kids....... And Jason betaman at the begining I was like NOOOOOOOOOOOO this caracter is not for him, but he really nails it!!!!!! he does a very good job as Martin!!!

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Dec 29, 2017 1:38AM EST
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This is a good show, even if it does move a little slow. I does surprise me though how one little town can have so many criminals in it.

This is a good show, even if it does move a little slow. I does surprise me though how one little town can have so many criminals in it.

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Sep 7, 2017 4:45PM EDT
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It's really just okay. If you're looking for a taste of something a little different that you can watch casually, it will meet that but won't be spectacular.

It's really just okay. If you're looking for a taste of something a little different that you can watch casually, it will meet that but won't be spectacular.

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Jul 29, 2017 3:00AM EDT
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Great actors, fresh storyline, dark humor, intense and light hearted drama, plus filmed against a stunning backdrop. It pretty much has it all.

Great actors, fresh storyline, dark humor, intense and light hearted drama, plus filmed against a stunning backdrop. It pretty much has it all.

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Jul 26, 2017 9:27PM EDT
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Ozark is a crime drama about a man who is ready for everything financially; except for what happens next... Forced to give away his hard earned money to spare his life and the life of his family, he must launder money for a crime family in literally the middle of nowhere... Ozark. The cast is great, the writing is witty and the story is very distinguished, it keeps you thinking and on your toes. I recommend this to the drama fanatic.

Ozark is a crime drama about a man who is ready for everything financially; except for what happens next... Forced to give away his hard earned money to spare his life and the life of his family, he must launder money for a crime family in literally the middle of nowhere... Ozark. The cast is great, the writing is witty and the story is very distinguished, it keeps you thinking and on your toes. I recommend this to the drama fanatic.