The Brink: Season 1

The Brink: Season 1

The Brink: Season 1

Golden Globe nominee Jack Black, Oscar winner Tim Robbins, and Emmy nominee Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black) are less-than-competant US government officials tasked with preventing World War III in this HBO half-hour geopolitical satire.

2015USA
Comedy
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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

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The Brink has no backbone, which happens to be the one thing that satire requires.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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In the right hands, it could be as provocative as the Kubrick film it emulates. But as it stands, it barely would pass muster as a back-half sketch on SNL.

Variety

Variety

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The show operates at a tone of constant hysteria, which, as justified as that may be, begins to feel exhausting. In fact, after five episodes, this might be one of those shows where binge-watching yields diminishing returns.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

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It’s a depressing waste of talent, although having so many talented people involved at least keeps “The Brink” watchable.

Vox

Vox

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There are funny moments scattered throughout, but by and large, The Brink aims to filter the satire of Strangelove through the tone of Family Guy, where there's no joke so obvious that it can't be made even more obvious.

2.0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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Schreiber, one of film and TV’s most gifted and versatile character actors, is magnetic as an irredeemable con artist and serial womanizer who’s in way over his head.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

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The show gets further boldness points for positioning an honest-to-goodness nation state as its nuclear hornet’s nest (an area where even In The Loop pulled its punches) and depicting at least one U.S. official as apocalypse’s No. 1 fan.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

The Brink has no backbone, which happens to be the one thing that satire requires.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

In the right hands, it could be as provocative as the Kubrick film it emulates. But as it stands, it barely would pass muster as a back-half sketch on SNL.

Variety

Variety

press

The show operates at a tone of constant hysteria, which, as justified as that may be, begins to feel exhausting. In fact, after five episodes, this might be one of those shows where binge-watching yields diminishing returns.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

It’s a depressing waste of talent, although having so many talented people involved at least keeps “The Brink” watchable.

Vox

Vox

press

There are funny moments scattered throughout, but by and large, The Brink aims to filter the satire of Strangelove through the tone of Family Guy, where there's no joke so obvious that it can't be made even more obvious.

2.0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

Schreiber, one of film and TV’s most gifted and versatile character actors, is magnetic as an irredeemable con artist and serial womanizer who’s in way over his head.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

The show gets further boldness points for positioning an honest-to-goodness nation state as its nuclear hornet’s nest (an area where even In The Loop pulled its punches) and depicting at least one U.S. official as apocalypse’s No. 1 fan.

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