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Mind Games - (S01E07)


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  • Jeff Korbelik

    Watch this one just for Zahn’s performance.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    It’s an interesting conceit rooted in real behavioral science.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    The dialogue often crackles; the educational aspect even makes exposition fun to watch. Zahn is quite good, and the supporting cast already has an entertaining ensemble energy.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Mind Games is less complicated than Killen's other shows--which raises its chances until you factor in the dreadful time slot it will inhabit. Yet even though Zahn is a lot to take while having his bi-polar rants and motor-mouthed moments of anxiety, plus Slater's dubious end-of-the-pilot twist, there are elements in play with Mind Games that make it intriguing.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Mind Games is the kind of dramedy that could give you a brain cramp.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    This compromise version emphasizes some of Killen's own weaknesses — he's not a procedural guy, as the cases on "Awake" tended to demonstrate.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Rick Porter

    The disconnect between what Mind Games wants to be and the show bubbling just under the surface makes it a bit of a puzzling viewing experience.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    [Slater's] new show also needs to find its voice. Still, if there is something in its premise that recalls the straining-for-effect, too-clever-to-start setups of series like USA's "Psych" and "Suits," the first of those managed to run eight seasons in the end, and the latter has already been renewed for a fourth.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    At its heart, Mind Games is a case-of-the-week procedural with some serialized elements, but it's so dense with chatter there may be no mind tricks strong enough to convince viewers to stay tuned.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    The deeper problem for Mind Games and creator Kyle Killen, whose Lone Star and Awake collapsed under similarly complex stories, is that it's awash in explanation, not just of the premise, but of the plot.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Marc Snetiker

    Christian Slater and Steve Zahn play brothers who manipulate people into making decisions, but the characters never register as a pair to root for, and their talents aren't so much dazzling as they are dull. [28 Feb 2014, p.65]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Conceptually interesting but rather thin in its “Mission: Impossible”-type moorings, the show weaves in some unexpected threads but does little to warrant a second thought.

    Variety Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    The show proceeds at gale force, demolishing logic, plot, meaning and (most of all) pleasure in its path.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    I am not at all in the bag for Mind Games. There's no bag. Mind Games is an off-putting misfire.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    ABC hits a new low with Mind Games, an inexplicably and ridiculously convoluted drama which achieves the rare trick of making Christian Slater look like a master of understated acting.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Mind Games just doesn’t work on any level.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    He's worked from an overthought idea and larded it up with remnants of other shows, and the result isn't worth your time.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Lovable con artists can work on TV, as they did in “Leverage.” They don’t work here, because at every turn the premise and plot get clunkier.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    NBC's "Ironside" was probably the worst new show of the 2013-14 season but this is a very close second. And it's particularly loathsome because one has to watch talented actors like Steve Zahn and Christian Slater suffer through this manipulative nonsense. Full Review

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