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By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Global psychological thriller missing thrills, has violence.

TV Netflix Drama 2020
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 12+

Love it

I recommend everyone to watch the show. It’s is enjoyable show I ever seen.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 3+

Just watch it

I absolutely love this show I think it’s made well and has a great story to it.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (2 ):

The setup is familiar but promising: A detective-like character tries to figure out whether or not a charismatic leader is a fraud or the real deal. Messiah's premise is essentially a global twist on Homeland's, where cultural differences should factor in to the mystery. But it feels content to rest on its premise without either the character or plot development to keep it consistently engaging.

It seems like there's extra political and religious context needed to enjoy it, but at the same time the politics and religious aspects of the show are underdeveloped (one of the reasons the show has been surrounded by controversy). Psychological thrillers like this rely on complexity to create suspense, but viewers' faith in Messiah is likely to feel misplaced.

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