Parents' Guide to

Patrick Melrose

By Mark Dolan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Joyless miniseries dwells on drug use and child abuse.

TV Showtime Drama 2018
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age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+
age 18+

Very disturbing and uses profanity, drugs, sex on a regular basis. Not for children or Christians or religious.

Very disturbing and uses profanity, drugs, sex on a regular basis. Not for children or Christians or religiou

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Benedict Cumberbatch gives it his all portraying this upper-crust Englishman, all brittle wit and cool aloofness who's so damaged he requires a daily buffet of narcotics to get by. When we see Patrick as an adult he comes across like a cross between Alistair Cooke and Hunter S. Thompson -- a pretty mess. It's in the passages when we see him as a boy that we start to understand the cruelty that was inflicted on him by his controlling, physically abusive father and neglectful mother. These scenes, which include rape of a child and its aftermath, are painful to endure and the it's a mystery as to what entertainment value there's to be had watching horrible people torment a young boy. That said, Patrick Melrose is beautifully filmed and Cumberbatch inhabits the role fully.

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