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Gracepoint - (S01E01)

Drama . Crime . Mystery

A young boy is found dead on a beach in the small seaside town of Gracepoint, spurring a major investigation led by Detective Emmett Carver, who has just arrived in Gracepoint to fill a high position in the town's police force -- a position previously promised to Detective Ellie Miller, who must put any resentment aside and work the case with her prickly new boss.

Episode Title: Episode One
Airs: 2014-10-2 at 09:00 pm
  • Ed Bark

    Gracepoint may not be superior to Broadchurch, but makes its own mark as fall’s best new broadcast network drama series--even if in some ways it’s not. Tennant’s estimable talents are the driving force of both versions, with each of the surrounding casts helping to keep him on point.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Steven J. Snyder

    As a raw police procedural, Gracepoint thrives thanks to legitimately unsettling twists, sharp revelations that focus our attention on new suspects. But it's in Carver and Miller’s competing worldviews that the show finds something more substantial to work with.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    Gracepoint is artsy both in its painterly look and in its treatment. The story rolls out with daring forbearance, almost as if it's transpiring in real time.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    At the end of each episode, you want to see what will happen in the next one. For a murder mystery, that’s a pretty good start.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Sara Smith

    Gunn and Tennant are flat-out fantastic in Gracepoint. The supporting cast, including Nick Nolte at maximum haggard levels, is compelling. They’re so good, it might take a while to notice that you’ve seen this story before, even if you haven’t seen “Broadchurch.”

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    Even with an occasional made-for-TV-movie flatness, Gracepoint seems poignant and complex and even frightening enough to sustain interest all over again.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    A smart, well-written and absorbing psychological drama about the effects of a horrible crime on a close-knit small town.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The sense of loss, shock and mourning is still artfully conveyed. American TV rarely depicts the emotional fallout after a murder, preferring to focus on the investigation. Here, both elements are equally important. But Tennant seems tired, and you can understand why. He’s been all over this shore before.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The pilot so closely resembles the original, it renders the endeavor redundant.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Gracepoint is a good show--not great, but good.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Mr. Tennant (here playing an American) and Anna Gunn of “Breaking Bad” pair quite well.... If you’re in search of a show to curl up with as the weather grows colder, you could do worse.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Chris Conaton

    A compelling mystery, it maintains a measured pace, inviting viewers’ patience.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    Gracepoint is good enough to keep you guessing, but not good enough to keep you from shrugging.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    For those many millions of broadcast TV watchers who never saw Broadchurch ... Gracepoint still has plenty of potential to be a real treat; it’s clearly something different from the maxed-capacity morgues of prime time’s many procedural crime dramas. It’s a better quality of murder mystery all around.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Realizing that my pleas for viewers to seek out the original will only go so far, I'll say that after watching the first seven episodes of Gracepoint, it's worth a look. If it's your first look. Otherwise, perhaps not. It takes many episodes for the plot ever to diverge, and for the most part, any changes aren't for the better. (And that's especially true for most of the casting.)

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The first couple of Gracepoint episodes follow the same plot [as "Broadchurch"]--even some of the same camera angles in some scenes--with such stringency it will be difficult for "Broadchurch" viewers to avoid a sense that this new show is a rerun.... For the murder-mystery fans [who haven't seen "Broadchurch"] among them, Gracepoint is fine, but they’d be better off seeking out the superior "Broadchurch."

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The series--adapted by Anya Epstein and Dan Futterman, with a premiere written by “Broadchurch” creator Chris Chibnall--is competently executed.... Yet while it’s hard to pinpoint, Gracepoint can’t help but feel as if something significant has been lost in translation.

    Variety Full Review
  • Myles McNutt

    Gracepoint is not a poorly made television show: There’s attractive cinematography and solid acting throughout. But the energy levels are off, as though those involved were all waiting for someone else to step up and pull the whole production out of a stupor.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Jason Hughes

    The problem is that Gracepoint lacks the expression and personality of either "The Killing" or "Broadchurch."

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    Through seven episodes there is nothing wildly different about the two shows, but Gracepoint has a facsimile’s faded quality. Something about it is less sharp, less bright, less keen, and you are left with a washed-out flier you have seen before.

    Slate Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    For the moment, set aside comparisons to the original. Standing on its own, Gracepoint is too slow, too disconnected from its supposed California setting, and too indifferently — and in some cases, badly — cast. As for its length, if there is a good artistic justification for adding two more hours to a story that was perfectly told in eight, Gracepoint does not provide it.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    There's no sense of spontaneity, no sharp thrill of discovery (or fear). Gracepoint just plods along, right straight into the surging Pacific tide.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Dan Jardine

    If only these flashes of actorly conviction were enough to elevate Gracepoint above the rank of pretender. As is, the series is a competent yet unexceptional genre exercise that only rises above its limitations in its opening passages.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The 10-part limited series is a serviceable mystery-slash-melodrama about small-town life, small-town minds and small-town secrets, but nothing really to write home about.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Zach Hollwedel

    Limp and gratuitous dialogue often borders on melodrama, and none of the characters are particularly compelling or interesting. [Sep/Oct 2014, p.83]

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    What anchored Broadchurch was its harrowing sense of loss, how it played out with the parents and changed the small coastal town where a number of people had come to start new lives. Much of that is either missing or lost in translation.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Gracepoint certainly has higher [ambitions] than many broadcast crime dramas. ... [But Tennant] is nowhere near as good in Gracepoint as he is in Broadchurch. ... [And] the coastal-town milieu of Gracepoint, so vivid in and integral to Broadchurch, seems just as fake as Tennant's accent.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    It’s like a remix of a great song with added instruments and increased volume, smothering what worked about the original. ... Perhaps Gracepoint will work better for those who have not seen Broadchurch. I can’t honestly imagine anyone who has seen the original preferring this one. Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    A weird photocopy containing little atmosphere and less emotional resonance.

    The Huffington Post Full Review

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