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The Bronx is Burning is a mini-series about the Yankees' 1977 World Series attempt, based on the book "Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx is Burning" by Jonathan Mahler.

 
Episode Title: The Game's Not as Easy as It Looks, Fellas
Airs: 2007-08-14 at 22:00
  • Linda Stasi

    Everyone is spectacular, even the secondary players like Leonard Armond Robinson as Mickey Rivers, who steals more scenes than bases, and Erik Jensen, who so underplays Munson that he's mesmerizing - and, most especially, Michael Rispoli, who plays Jimmy Breslin - or should I say becomes Breslin? Don't miss it. Just great.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    As well as New Yorkers know these three characters, it's amazing how quickly the real faces fade and the three actors here become their own "strong-willed people."

    Newsday Full Review
  • Charlie McCollum

    It is a gripping and explosively acted piece that involves the New York Yankees, the Son of Sam killer and the infamous 25-hour blackout that darkened all of New York City.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    The most compelling storytelling usually involves the combative relationship between Steinbrenner and Martin.

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • Doug Elfman

    If you enjoy inside baseball, it's an interesting dynamic to view, and it's made cohesive by solid efforts from the actors, scriptwriter James D. Solomon and director Jeremiah S. Chechik.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Once you accept the quiet rhythms and deliberate pace of The Bronx Is Burning, though, it begins to pay off.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    The unsettling juxtaposition of Yankees fever with Son of Sam's reign of terror is intriguing, but could have used a stronger authorial voice to tie it together.... Still, even non-Yankees fans should enjoy this one.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Richard Sandomir

    The Bronx Is Burning succeeds because of the mutually-assured-destruction brand of combustibility among its lead characters - there is something of “Barbarians at the Gate” in the gleeful madness of the Yankees plot - and because of the incidents that the writers and director choose to recreate.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joanna Weiss

    It's supposed to be a story of New York and its many demons, but it works best as a tale of loud, proud, surprisingly brittle men.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    Despite some fine performances, it fails to show a connection.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    You don't have to be a New Yorker to enjoy ESPN's eight-part miniseries, The Bronx is Burning, although it might help.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Phil Gallo

    ESPN's eight-episode mini-series plays remarkably flat despite a sharp portrayal by John Turturro as the eye at the center of the storm.

    Variety Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    As epic as Reggie vs. Billy or Billy vs. George were on the sports pages in the summer of Sam, it doesn't feel like quite enough to fill eight hours of scripted drama.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Jon Caramanica

    Unfortunately, though, not only must the actors out-act one another, they must also best their wardrobes--Platt's hair is a slick helmet, Sunjata's Afro and mustache are disorienting, and Turturro's ears demand their own show. In this way, and others--clumsy editing, continuity and so on--Bronx consistently undermines itself.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    The adaptation of Mahler's book deals with this material in a fashion not so much dumbed-down as lobotomized.

    Slate Full Review
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