Critic Consensus: Escape at Dannemora's slow pace demands patience, but those willing to wait will be rewarded with a chilling mystery that provides the perfect showcase for its talented cast -- especially so for the incredible Patricia Arquette.
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It's a slow trod to get to a climax that was well-documented at the time, pierced with very occasional moments of violence and more frequent bursts of songs from the eclectic soundtrack that serve to kick up the rhythm.
It's not quite enough to keep audiences more than mildly interested.
Dannemora at times can seem like a life sentence for viewers, although its grit, realism and performances are major selling points throughout.
In some ways, "Escape At Dannemora" is one of the year's best TV series... But there's a problem with this detailed rendering of a prison break. It takes way too long to tell the story.
Yes, "Dannemora" is hard and cold. The light is muted, the shadows deep, while seven hours of this could easily turn into prison time. But thanks to that cast and Stiller's masterful direction, they don't - not once, not remotely.
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