The Killing Reviews & Ratings

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The Killing is based on the wildly successful Danish television series Forbrydelsen and tells the story of the murder of a young girl in Seattle and the subsequent police investigation. The Killing ties together three distinct stories around a single murder including the detectives assigned to the case, the victim's grieving family, and the suspects. Set in Seattle, the story also explores local politics as it follows politicians connected to the case. As the series unfolds, it becomes clear that there are no accidents; everyone has a secret, and while the characters think they've moved on, their past isn't done with them.
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Jun 13, 2016 11:22AM EDT
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Love this show, forgot about it when it went on hiatus and now, wheeee! I have three seasons to catch up on! Love Mireille Enos.

Love this show, forgot about it when it went on hiatus and now, wheeee! I have three seasons to catch up on! Love Mireille Enos.

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Dec 29, 2014 9:53PM EST
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The show is visually stunning with great cinematography; it somehow manages to make the perma-grey of Seattle varied and, in a way, beautiful. Unfortunately the technical brilliance is let down by almost everything else. The variation on the standard cop show had the potential to be great however the plot develops at such a slow pace as to almost be pointless and the characters seem not to develop in any meaningful way. Linden and Holder are two of the most frustrating leading characters I have ever come across, seeming to make the worst possible choices for themselves at every turn.
The Killing had a lot of promise and the potential to shake up the formulaic world of police shows but ends up falling far short of the mark. I would suggest giving the first two seasons a watch as this is where the show's alternative approach is at its best but beyond that, don't waste your time.

The show is visually stunning with great cinematography; it somehow manages to make the perma-grey of Seattle varied and, in a way, beautiful. Unfortunately the technical brilliance is let down by almost everything else. The variation on the standard cop show had the potential to be great however the plot develops at such a slow pace as to almost be pointless and the characters seem not to develop in any meaningful way. Linden and Holder are two of the most frustrating leading characters I have ever come across, seeming to make the worst possible choices for themselves at every turn.
The Killing had a lot of promise and the potential to shake up the formulaic world of police shows but ends up falling far short of the mark. I would suggest giving the first two seasons a watch as this is where the show's alternative approach is at its best but beyond that, don't waste your time.

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Apr 4, 2015 12:17AM EDT
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Intriguing! Every time I watch this show I had to readjust my vision cause it had really dark scenes where I couldn't see a thing, but still great show, I love sarcastic Holder!!

Intriguing! Every time I watch this show I had to readjust my vision cause it had really dark scenes where I couldn't see a thing, but still great show, I love sarcastic Holder!!

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Oct 9, 2017 5:36PM EDT
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S01 - 5 Stars
S02 - 4.5 Stars
S03 - 3.5 Stars
S04 - 3.5 Stars

The Killing is a mystery drama to the core. The first 2 seasons are extremely well written and are worth binge watching. The cast was well chosen and the characters are quite approachable. Once you think you know whats going on... you don't. The writers and the producers did an excellent job of making this an exciting watch.

S01 - 5 Stars
S02 - 4.5 Stars
S03 - 3.5 Stars
S04 - 3.5 Stars

The Killing is a mystery drama to the core. The first 2 seasons are extremely well written and are worth binge watching. The cast was well chosen and the characters are quite approachable. Once you think you know whats going on... you don't. The writers and the producers did an excellent job of making this an exciting watch.

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Sep 18, 2016 3:32PM EDT
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Depressing as hell with lots of rain. Love it. :)

Depressing as hell with lots of rain. Love it. :)

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Jan 16, 2015 5:16PM EST
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loveeeeeeee the crazy, goofiness ....oh snap!

loveeeeeeee the crazy, goofiness ....oh snap!

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Aug 17, 2014 6:12PM EDT
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Top notch series from beginning to end. Gritty, unpredictable, and intriguing. I found the ending to be mildly disappointing but otherwise a great series.

Top notch series from beginning to end. Gritty, unpredictable, and intriguing. I found the ending to be mildly disappointing but otherwise a great series.

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Aug 2, 2014 12:57PM EDT
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Satisfying conclusion to a mostly excellent program.(The qualifier has to do with the season 1 finale)

Satisfying conclusion to a mostly excellent program.(The qualifier has to do with the season 1 finale)

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Jul 21, 2014 3:09PM EDT
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Great new cop show.

Great new cop show.

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Mar 14, 2018 8:42PM EDT
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Definitely worth a watch for anyone into mystery / crime drama's. My only problem with it was the political side of the story which I personally found boring compared to everything else in the story.

Definitely worth a watch for anyone into mystery / crime drama's. My only problem with it was the political side of the story which I personally found boring compared to everything else in the story.