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Bonnie and Clyde - S01 E01

Biography . Drama . Crime

The lives of Depression-era outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker are dramatized. In the opener, Clyde and Bonnie meet and begin their life of crime.

Episode Title: Part One
Airs: 2013-12-8 at 09:00 pm
  • Robert Bianco

    It understands that its first job is to make us believe in Bonnie and Clyde and commit to their story. And that it does, perhaps not brilliantly, but well.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    This elongated version makes its own mark, although certainly not an indelible one.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    This Bonnie & Clyde, taken on its own terms, is a perfectly entertaining gangster picture, not to mention an interesting experiment in its simultaneous propagation and subversion of feminist doctrine.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    Both Hirsch and Grainger do a creditable job of getting into the skin of their complicated characters.... The supporting cast is filled with familiar faces doing competent work with a short amount of screen time and a sometimes programmatic script.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Bonnie & Clyde really is just another biopic with superior production values, a few good performances and a pair of protagonists who deserve no sympathy, and receive none here.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Melissa Maerz

    It's mildly entertaining, but Outlaw TV it ain't.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Michael Starr

    There are some artsy shots underscoring Clyde’s premonitions and Bonnie’s obsession with a music-box ballerina, but they’re throwaways at best and lend absolutely nothing to the saga.... The performances here are fine.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    Bonnie’s panic attacks and Clyde’s crystal-ball premonitions add hokeyness to an otherwise decent drama, whose biggest crime is being stretched over two nights instead of one.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    It's a testament to Hirsch, who keeps Bonnie and Clyde grounded--plus a solid script, for the most part--that allows this movie to defy the odds. That doesn't make it great or even necessary, but wow, it could have been a lot worse.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    This much more conventional biopic is a grittier, drabber journey from crime-spree joyride to high-stakes manhunt as their crimes and the ensuing fallout escalate in grim intensity.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    There are, to be sure, many memorable moments along the way to Monday's second half, but this is one of those padded two-parters that easily could have been trimmed to three hours and aired one night instead of two. And most of the padding is in Sunday's first half.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Bonnie & Clyde? More like Hokum and Bunk.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Neither [Hirsch and Granger] offer any insight into what drove the couple, what they actually hoped to achieve, and what kept them going when it became clear that things were not going to end well. And History might have a little soul-searching to do; dramatic license should not mean Make a Huge Number of Important Plot Points Up.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Sara Smith

    Holliday Grainger and Emile Hirsch are pretty great as Bonnie and Clyde, despite a just-servicable script to explain how Clyde won Bonnie’s anxiety-ridden, artistic heart.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Phil Dyess-Nugent

    Those seeking entertainment would be better off watching the movie, which will give them a rousing American story in half the time.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    The miniseries itself never quite reaches dramatic liftoff. Could be the know-how-it-ends curse of biopics at work. Or perhaps it's because it is so difficult to spare time and emotion for a couple of punks.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The movie settles for a rather dutiful tick-tock of episodes and shootouts, counting down toward the inevitable with plenty of on-air script indicating the time and place before each event.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Bonnie & Clyde is thoroughly inoffensive and resolutely middle-of-the-road, a big slab of a story about a doomed love affair between two nice, good-looking kids who had some really bad luck.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The script is workmanlike rather than inspired or in any way profound.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Numerous scenes reiterate what we knew, and side touches like Bonnie’s recurring ballerina fantasies don’t need the time they’re given.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    It's probably not a good sign that by Monday's installment I was nearly as eager to see the Barrow Gang's spree end as Hurt's character was, even knowing it was bound to be far from pretty.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    It’s an uninspired melding of Lifetime movie and biopic, with none of the virtues of a Lifetime movie (not campy enough) and none of the virtues of a biopic (it is egregiously fictionalized).

    Slate Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    This miniseries is terrible, as close to a complete waste of time as I've encountered in my two years of writing for this publication.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review