The Little Drummer Girl: Season 1

The Little Drummer Girl: Season 1

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Brilliant young actress Charlie (Florence Pugh) strikes up an acquaintance with an intriguing stranger (Alexander Skarsgård) while on holiday in Greece, but it rapidly becomes apparent that his intentions are far from romantic. The superb Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden) directs, adapting John le Carré's classic novel for the BBC.

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The Little Drummer Girl: Season 1 | Reviews

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Perhaps the most glorious part of The Little Drummer Girl, amongst the breathtaking architectural shots of staircases and the Acropolis, is the sheer beauty of the cinematography.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It's all brilliantly, beautifully done and the dialogue sounds as good as everything else looks. By the end of the hour you're more firmly recruited than Charlie is.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

The acclaimed Korean director makes a stunning TV debut with Alexander Skarsgard, Florence Pugh, and Michael Shannon's fabulous accent.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

The Little Drummer Girl is best admired from a polite distance without trying to think too hard about whether it makes sense or is worth all the time and effort. But goodness, the show is lovely to look at.

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News.com.au

News.com.au

A story steeped in mystery, betrayal and thrills against a tense political backdrop.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

"The Little Drummer Girl" by director Park Chan-wook is slow to build and relies too much on the nonexistent chemistry between characters - and shots of a braless Charlie in sheer dresses.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Park has fashioned an ending, presumably with Le Carré's approval, that's quite different in tone from the original, but moving and effective in its own right.

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Vulture

Vulture

Even at its best, it can feel theoretical and bloodless, less an international potboiler with life-and-death stakes than a series of propositions being carefully considered by the people staging them.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

It's a complex and meticulously plotted story, one that would be easy to turn into a muddled mess on the screen. But so far, Park Chan-wook's gripping, lively adaptation is proving more than up to the task.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Writer Michael Lesslie succeeds at shrouding most of the plot in a veil of mystery, purposefully leaving out clarifying details and refusing to spoon-feed character names and historical context for the audience.

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IGN

IGN

Between Florence Pugh's mesmerizing, multifaceted performance and Park Chan-wook's keen directorial eye, the good far outweighs the bad here.

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The Times

The Times

For a thriller it was perhaps too light on thrills, but anyone berating the BBC for a lack of artistry or ambition should take a look at this and think again.

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