Marcella

TV review by Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

British detective show is violent, complex.

Netflix Drama 2016

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 15+

Consistently Bad Plotting Undermines a Potentially Interesting Show

This show is a time-killer. Violence and narrative twists sustain interest. But the plotting is so careless that it eventually becomes irritating. For example, a murderer the viewer never suspects because there’s no indication, until the last episode of the season, that this person has any conceivable connection with the crimes. All of the other potential suspects just drop out of view, plot devices that are no longer necessary. Also, though this may not bother others, but Marcella is a truly unpleasant person. The same can be said of virtually every other character introduced during three seasons.
age 18+

Series 2, absolutely dreadful direction

A reasonable story line well acted, where direction allows. The skipping timelines are distracting in the extreme and why do we need to wait for episode six, or thereabouts to see the link to seriesone? I know this is fashionable but the viewer has now been forgotten and it seems to me this is ^art for art's sake ^. I thought I would look up the director and found there are at least seven spread across episodes, not even one for a complete series; explains a lot.

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