When it was revealed that Ryan Murphy would be the executive producer of American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson, some rolled their eyes. However, the series has become a huge hit and has earned raves from critics. Reason gave the show its best review.
“A remarkable piece of work that carves muscular narrative lines though the tangled legal thickets of the trial while keeping a delicate touch on the chiaroscuro of its characterizations. If ever there was such a thing as must-see TV, this is it.”
Variety‘s Brian Lawry indicated the show was arresting from the very start and praised all of the performances, except for one “glaring” one.
“That begins with Robert Shapiro, and without putting too harsh a point on it, John Travolta is simply awful in the role. Yes, Shapiro spoke in stiff, measured tones, but the actor’s overly mannered line readings turn the attorney into a buffoon, in sharp contrast to the more nuanced portrayals around him.”
Lawry says that another misstep is the portrayal of Robert Kardashian. Although he believes Schwimmer plays Kardashian well, the part panders too much to the “Kim Kardashian” phenomenon. There are many who say that some of the scenes with Robert and his daughters are fabricated.
Tuesday evening’s episode of The People Vs. O.J. Simpson, titled “Conspiracy Theories,” was riveting according to most accounts. IGN describes the episode, which starts off with Johnie Cochran talking about the Colombian necktie and ending in Christopher Darden having O.J. trying on the gloves, which didn’t fit O.J.’s hands. This led to one of the most famous trial quotes of all time: “If the glove don’t fit, you must acquit.”
“The best part of this episode is that it plays not only with the conspiracy theories that the people at the time of the case were considering, but also the ones the viewers and the writers have been toying with since,” writes critic Terri Schwartz.
She notes that the show makes people wonder if Darden not making a move on Marcia in Oakland led to the prosecution losing its edge. Also, one wonders if the defense really tried to play Darden against himself to call for O.J. to try on the glove.
Commenters after the review indicate they are very impressed with the latest The People Vs. O.J. episode.
“What an amazing series. Each week I’m impressed. I would love to know if Shapiro really tried on the glove first or if it was added for drama purposes,” claims HEISENBERG27K.
“WOW! I LOVE this show! This O.J. character is DEFINITELY the Kramer of the group,” says Uncle_Herman.
Twitter has been raving about The People Vs. O.J. for hours since the latest episode aired.
Sterling K. Brown is the obvious standout of #ThePeopleVsOJSimpson but the whole cast is wonderful. I'm going to be so upset when it's over.
— J. Olson (@Cinemixtape) March 16, 2016
If you're not watching it… #ThePeopleVsOJSimpson is SUCH a good show! They are killing it!
— Jeff Wood (@JDub4Life) March 16, 2016
As HitFix notes, The People Vs. O.J.Simpson has produced solid ratings, but there are some critics of the show’s “inaccuracies” and the biggest critics appear to be Fred and Kim Goldman, the father and daughter of murder victim Ron Goldman. What do you think of The People Vs. O.J.? Let us know in the comments section.
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