Manifest: Season 1 Reviews

September 25, 2018
It's at least worth watching at least one more. Just in case it does happen to be aliens.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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September 24, 2018
A good cast sells the improbable hook by at least making it emotionally probable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 24, 2018
Manifest has a frustrating lack of propulsion, a central dullness whose force field is so strong it bends all the interesting parts toward itself.
September 24, 2018
With an ensemble cast and a lot of moving parts, "Manifest" is getting an assist with its liftoff by following NBC's The Voice.
September 24, 2018
Whether it's magic at 35,000 feet or the beginnings of a biblical prophecy about "those who are called," it's worth getting past Manifest's bumpy landing to see if the series truly takes off.
September 24, 2018
The deep, complicated emotions involved here should be the best way to tell this story and sustain the show - and, in the hands of more thoughtful outlets on cable and streaming services, they would be.
September 24, 2018
Manifest is worth a look, with the proviso that the only way it will last is if enough people see reasons to keep watching.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 21, 2018
Self-important much? There's an awful lot of big emotion on this show, which is my polite way of saying that it's pretty soapy... But there's a "Lost"-like mystery afoot that drew me in, as the passengers begin to experience similar after-effects.
September 21, 2018
What if Lost, except generic and forgettable?
September 21, 2018
That's where the show goes from desperate-to-be-inoffensively-vague to unimaginatively wishy-washy. As a viewer who prefers authenticity and specificity, the pilot to Manifest is light on both.
September 13, 2018
And yet the ambition on display is admirable. Manifest is brazenly emotional in the This Is Us mold, unafraid to nod at the real toll of missing five years of life... even as it lays the groundwork for a somewhat cracked procedural.
September 12, 2018
Think "Lost," but without an island, a smoke monster or donkey wheel. (At least not yet).
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