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The Leftovers - S02E03

Sci-Fi & Fantasy . Drama . Fantasy . Mystery

Laurie and Tom Garvey’s work to rescue lost souls takes a toll on theirs. Laurie seeks to spread the word about the Guilty Remnant’s dangers, while Tom’s infiltration of the cult uncovers a whole new nest of problems.

Episode Title: Off Ramp
Airs: 2015-10-18 at 10:00 PM
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    None of this would work without compelling characters. Fortunately, The Leftovers has bunches of them.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Many will hate it. But there will be viewers in whom it strikes a chord so deeply that they will feel themselves overwhelmed by it in the best possible way: not like they're drowning in the misery, but like it's teaching them a new way to breathe.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    It's pretty grim stuff — but quite engrossing and worth your time.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Tom Long

    For now, though, The Leftovers is properly mesmerizing.

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • Cynthia Fuchs

    Based on co-creator Tom Perrotta’s 2011 book, The Leftovers imagines a range of responses (and too often, responses accompanied by anxiety-making piano or violin trills).

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Grim it sounds and grim it is, but in choosing to focus on the kind of survival stories that no one signs up for but that to some extent eventually shape us all, it can be unexpectedly eloquent about love and loss.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    It’s worth watching even when it’s not easy.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Once the show gets going, and it takes more than one episode to do so, The Leftovers bores into the characters and the fissures that crack their community so astutely that the cause is almost secondary.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    The Leftovers is overwhelmingly, existentially serious, without succumbing to the relentlessly violent and masculine clichés of so much “serious” prestige TV.

    Slate Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    If Lindelof and Perrotta can somehow strike a balance of the human, emotional fallout while also delving into an explanation of the oddities involved in "the sudden departure," then The Leftovers could be one of the more riveting new series.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Even the best version of The Leftovers, if it proves a complete creative success, will not be a show for everyone. Yet it believes fervently, messily, heartbreakingly, that even two percent of everyone means more than you can imagine.

    Time Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    The show delivers on an exceedingly intriguing premise, with some of the most beguilingly morose performances delivered this year. It’s a strange but good wallow.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    With only tiny snatches of dark humor in the early episodes, it’s sure to be too grim for some viewers. But for those who can take it, The Leftovers is fascinating and involving, like nothing we’ve seen on TV unless you think of it as the flip side of resurrection dramas such as “The Returned.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    Because it’s so dark, and all the characters--like the teenage daughter--are destructive, it comes off as extremely depressing, even difficult to watch.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Melissa Maerz

    As a meditation on grief, The Leftovers can be oppressive.... As a mystery, however, it's gripping.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    A baffling, beautiful, maddening, provocative puzzle.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    An intriguing study in how regular Joes react to inexplicable events, the show demands a level of patience bound to result in its own “Sudden Departure” of at least some viewers.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Emily Nussbaum

    The narrative flow is murky and chaotic, and at times it chokes up.... But The Leftovers builds in potency.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Zach Hollwedel

    There's enough intrigue driving the premise to set The Leftovers up as a promising series; whether the show can maintain its momentum or succumbs to the weight of the myriad, potentially frustrating mysteries behind it remains to be seen.

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    The fact that the show remains watchable, if challenging, is a testament to Perrotta and Lindelof's convincing portrait of how our society might respond to such an event. And Theroux's performance is a much-needed anchor to humanity.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Bruce Miller

    By the time the first episode ends, “The Leftovers” has planted enough interest to make you want to stick around. By the time the third installment unfolds, the action really heats up.

    Sioux City Journal Full Review
  • Andrew Romano

    Flawed but fascinating. ... At times it can seem too proud of its virtuous noncommerciality; its slowness can seem shallow, its artiness willful. I'm still not sure what kind of show it wants to be ... But I'm going to stick with it.

    The Daily Beast Full Review
  • Diane Garrett

    Viewers’ patience for the show and its dreamlike pace will likely depend on their appetites for soul-searching about the afterlife.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Sara Smith

    It’s not that The Leftovers isn’t great storytelling, because it is. It’s just befuddling, violent and sad--more and more all the time, with no satisfaction in sight. Theroux is flat-out fantastic and Emmy-worthy in this role.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    The Leftovers is interesting television, even if, in the early going, it's not quite sure of what it wants to be or where it wants to go.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    What we're left with in The Leftovers is a show that, at least early on, is nothing but chaos and dread and bleakness and chill, as it relentlessly delves into the most troubling aspects of human nature.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    The first few episodes don’t showcase enough artistry to justify all the slogging and weeping, the bloodied faces and broken hearts. But I’d be lying if I said The Leftovers didn’t fascinate me.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    While there may still be doubts about the sustainability of The Leftovers, it clearly seems to be moving in a positive direction creatively even as the show’s overall tone grows more pessimistic.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    An uneven yet at times emotionally engrossing series that hasn't quite figured out an appropriate or clear tone to dramatize this mystifying meditation on loss, sustained grief and tested, twisted faith.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    There's deliberate and there's plodding. This is plodding. Indeed, the jittery camera work and abrupt flashbacks almost take it from plodding to stumbling.... The acting styles differ greatly, yet none of the capable regulars hits a false note, whether playing subdued rage or over-the-top fervor.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    We don’t get enough of a sense of the characters’ ordinary emotional lives, which means we can’t easily bond with them; we only see their feverish flares of anger and their smoldering discontent as the episodes run forward. If we could spend a few subtle minutes with a character such as Kevin, look into his eyes and feel his sorrow, the show would have a more honest emotional potency.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    None of the performances so far are enough to override or ameliorate all the concoctions and detours of the TV version.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    In the end, you may not be able to escape the feeling that the material, worthy and well-presented though it may be, is being forced into a format for which it's unsuited.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    What keeps the show interesting beyond Perrotta’s set-up is the cast.... It’s a program designed to come at its theme from a number of angles--religious, familial, societal, etc.--but the multi-voiced approach leads to a lack of consistency at its core. Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    With The Leftovers, we know very little and care less and less as the story slouches along.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Despite a big-name cast that includes Amy Brenneman and Liv Tyler, at times feels like less than the sum of its parts. At least initially, the series is driven largely by its tone (Max Richter’s score is especially helpful in that regard), and it’s bound to make people think, which is by itself something of an accomplishment.

    Variety Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    Some of the bolder horror-movie devices admittedly hint at the development of a richer series.... But those thematics aren't allowed to consistently breathe, primarily because the characters too often function as obvious shorthand placeholders for viewer projection.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    The lack of a coherent storyline, even in a piece dedicated to exploring the lack of coherence in the world, makes The Leftovers a frustrating challenge.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    Despite the silky quality of its production, The Leftovers is a pretty grim and suffocating proposition.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Though it is expertly made, with evident commitment and passion and art behind and before the camera, I also found it on the whole frustrating and unsatisfying. ... It feels that only half a story, the grim part, is being told.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    Lots of hearts are likely to harden in resistance to the calculated grimness, the nightmarish images. Not to mention the preening incoherence that pervades this script based on a novel by Tom Perrotta, a work whose measured tone bears no resemblance whatever to the goings on here.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Almost every moment here is staged to scream, “Look at me! I’m arty!” Lindelof, burned mightily by the backlash over “Lost’s” ridiculous finale, has all but told reporters that the mystery central to The Leftovers will never be explained. That leaves you with a show wallowing in smug self-importance, melancholy and drear week after week.

    Boston Herald Full Review