Check out these reviews of Ozark, the series from Netflix and decide if it’s worth your next weekend binge watching experience.
In my own humble opinion, Ozark is a decent show that seems to be trying to tap into the immediate fan love and success that Breaking Bad garnered when it was released. Now let me say it is not anywhere near as good as the first two seasons of that show (yes I said the first two), but it is still worth the watch as it has more than its share of funny moments, drama, and violence that makes any good drama worth the watch. Since I am not a television critic myself, I’ll let you see a few reviews from the professionals and you can make up your mind for yourself from there. Ozark is available to stream now on Netflix.
There’s nothing special to report about Ozark. It’s not the risk taking drama Netflix might believe it to be. If crime drama is your thing, the show is worth a look. But, it’s not going to appeal to anyone outside of the genre’s demographic. Remove the element of taking city folk and moving them to the country, and there’s really nothing that special about this show that can expand its story for seasons to come. See the full review here.
Jason Bateman wears multiple hats as producer, director and star in “Ozark,” a grim Netflix drama that starts with a familiar premise — financial advisor sucked into high-stakes world of laundering drug money — but becomes increasingly engrossing. As 10-episode binges go, the show yields an admirable return on investment.
Bateman plays Marty Byrde, whose outwardly idyllic existence belies plenty of trouble. Not only is he caught up in shady dealings with a ruthless cartel leader (Esai Morales), but his wife (Laura Linney) has been unfaithful.
Marty’s impeccably furnished house of cards comes crashing down in the premiere, forcing the fast-talking money man to hatch a scheme to save his life.
Created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams (who also mixed money and violence in the Ben Affleck movie “The Accountant”), “Ozark” serves as another testimonial that slick execution can elevate a programming bet that doesn’t look like a sure thing on paper. In the process, Bateman and company have put a reasonably mundane premise through the TV spin cycle and come away smelling like a rose. See the full review here.
The Hollywood Reporter Review
The best reason to watch Ozark is the rather spectacular Garner, previously best known for holding her own opposite Lily Tomlin in Grandma and breaking hearts as Kimmy on The Americans. Her performance makes Ruth the only character in Ozark you haven’t seen somewhere before, a mixture of misapplied cunning, amoral upbringing, buried vulnerability, accelerated maturity and inconvenient innocence. Trying to read into Ruth’s responses to each of the Byrdes, so different from her trailer park biological family, is fascinating, and it’s entertaining to watch the Ozark cinematographers playing around with Garner’s Little Orphan Annie ringlets and facial features that go from childlike to severe depending on the lighting. See the full review here.