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The Great: Season 1 (2020)




Critic Consensus: The Great can't quite live up to its namesake, but delicious performances from Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult and a wicked sense of humor make it a pretty good watch.


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The Great is a satirical, comedic drama about the rise of Catherine the Great from outsider to the longest reigning female ruler in Russia's history.


Elle Fanning
as Catherine
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All Critics (77) | Top Critics (26)

McNamara -- along with Fanning and Hoult, whose fine-tuned performances turn Peter and Catherine's contentious relationship into a complex frenemy-ship -- focuses on how power, and the comfort that comes with it, can corrupt them both.

May 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Reality is rarely as funny as this sparkling period satire, set in mid-18th century Russia amid a sneaky coup d'état that plays out like a Scooby gang caper (with wigs).

May 14, 2020 | Full Review…

As with McNamara's justly celebrated screenplay for The Favourite, it's the emotional honesty of The Great that allows the comedy to land so viciously.

May 13, 2020 | Full Review…

"The Great" doesn't exactly live up to the title. Fanning and crew work wonders, but it's unclear who this series is aimed at.

May 11, 2020 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

"The Great" is an engaging historical satire that resonates thanks to its vision of courtly debauchery and the tremendous acting by Fanning, Hoult and the rest of the cast.

May 15, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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The most pleasant surprise here is Fanning, a skilled dramatic actor who hasn't had many chances to show her comedy chops over the course of her career.

May 15, 2020 | Full Review…
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