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Read the Sacred Games Netflix Original TV Web Series Reviews Starring Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Neeraj Kabi, Jatin Sarna.

Sacred Games Reviews

Ratings: 6.84/10
Score: 93%
Reviews Counted: 29
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Indian Hindi Show Season 1 Sacred Games Reviews and Ratings from Top Critics.
Director: Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Neeraj Ghaywan
Writer: (Based on Book Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra), Varun Grover, Smita Singh, Vasant Nath, Dhruv Narang, Pooja Tolani, Nihit Bhave
Genre: Crime, Conspiracy, Thriller, Mystery
Release Date: 5 July 2018

Rohan Naahar | Hindustan Times: 4/5
Sacred Games brazenly exposes what India is capable of - cinematically, politically, and ethically. We couldn't have asked for a better first Netflix original ... Full Review

Ektaa Malik | The Indian Express: 3.5/5
For those who have read the original source material — the novel Sacred Games — they might find the series a bit jarring with regards to certain plot developments. But they only make the show edgier and more layered ... Full Review

Shrishti Negi | News18: 4.5/5
Nawazuddin Siddiqui-Saif Ali Khan's Show Totally Grips You from Start to Finish. The dark tale, co-directed by two of India’s finest talents Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, perfectly captures the grim, gritty, glamorous and unstable Bombay of the 1990s ... Full Review

Saibal Chatterjee | NDTV: 4/5
The duo extract marvellous performances from the entire bunch of actors on show here. Sacred Games is actually as much a triumph for casting director Mukesh Chhabra as it is for Motwane and Kashyap ... Full Review

Rucha Sharma | DNAIndia: 3.5/5
The adaptation by screenwriter Varun Grover is made more effective by the crisp editing done by Aarti Bajaj. Alokananda Dasgupta's original score keeps up the pace and only adds to the suspense and thrill of the story ... Full Review

Nandini Ramnath | Scroll: 3/5
While the filmmaking rhythms of Sacred Games, the gruff and telegraphic dialogue, ripped-off-the-headlines quality and explicit sequences are typical of other global web series, the concerns explored over the first season are aimed at local viewers ... Full Review

Rahul Desai | Film Companion: 3.5/5
I suspect Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane's exquisitely performed screen adaptation has subconsciously been translated by writers who might have internalized the social undertones, subtexts and latitudinal beats of the 928-page drama ... Full Review

Kaitlin Reilly | Refinery29: 3.5/5
It may be "just" television, but it's also pushing forth important representation. TV is going global - and Sacred Games is just one way viewers can expand their worldview ... Full Review

Emily VanDerWerff | Vox: 3/5
Yeah, you've heard [this] story before, but Sacred Games weds it to a fresh, intoxicating setting ... Full Review

Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya | Thrillist: 3.5/5
Immediately captivating, its story in the criminal underbelly of Mumbai coiled like a labyrinth ... Full Review

Justin Burke | The Australian: 3/5
The series strains to meet such heavy expectations, but the production is generally superb and the writing does not miss a beat ... Full Review

Taylor Antrim | Vogue: 4/5
Bollywood maximalism meets downbeat Euro noir meets Hollywood gangster epic ... Full Review

John Boland | Irish Independent: 3/5
Flashing between past and present, the first episode left me in some confusion, though there was no denying the fevered atmosphere it conjured up ... Full Review

Joanna Hunkin | New Zealand Herald: 3/5
It wasn't predictable and provided something out of the ordinary compared to the plethora of other crime thrillers available ... Full Review

Alison de Souza | The Straits Times: 3.5/5
The criminal-mastermind-toys-with-cop trick is old hat, but the series injects it with neo-noir flair ... Full Review

John Doyle | Globe and Mail: 3.5/5
While it amounts to that simple contrast, along the way there are events and characters that illuminate much more - this is a Mumbai overflowing with sex, drugs, violence, glamour and seediness. It is a bracing and at times brilliantly told tale ... Full Review

Siddhant Adlakha | IGN Movies: 2.75/5
Netflix's stylized first Indian series lined up an immense roster of talent only to deliver a frustrating promise of something more interesting. For now, Sacred Games feels more like being played than playing along ... Full Review

Josephine Livingstone | The New Republic: 4/5
The very expansiveness of its concerns, which incorporate the mystical-religious, set it so far apart from the customary scandi-noir that the genre feels begun anew. For Nawazuddin Siddiqui's face alone I would watch it again ... Full Review

Barbara Ellen | The Guardian: 3/5
Sacred Games has the kind of dense plotting that demands commitment and concentration ... Full Review

Neela Debnath | Daily Express (UK): 4/5
This is more than a police procedural or gangster thriller, it feels all-encompassing with elements of The Wire in its approach to storytelling ... Full Review

Steve Greene | indieWire: 2.5/5
There's beauty in the way that all of this sinister intrigue is conveyed, but it's a surface-level telling of a story that wants to have so much more in its grasp ... Full Review

Libby Torres | The Daily Beast: 4/5
With enough twists and turns to keep even the most weathered crime show veteran entertained, all while taking a fascinating glimpse into the complex culture and history of India, Sacred Games is long overdue ... Full Review

Tim Goodman | Hollywood Reporter: 3.5/5
There's also something riveting about India's bleaker, darker heart being exposed as opposed to some upbeat, colorful explosion of dance scenes ... Full Review

Mike Hale | New York Times: 3.5/5
The combination of dark humor and operatic violence may call to mind "Fargo"; the slightly hyperbolic characterizations and stylized dialogue are akin to those in "Luke Cage." ... Full Review

Kayla Cobb | Decider: 3.5/5
Sacred Games feels like it could be an especially interesting addition to this genre. The questions surrounding Gaitonde's identity and mortality inject this common story with a dose of supernatural shock ... Full Review

Manjusha Radhakrishnan | Gulf News: 4/5
You aren't sure whether you are rooting for the morally bankrupt or the emotionally stunted. But whichever side you choose, Sacred Games plays fair in the business of entertaining and sending a chill down your spine ... Full Review

Poulomi Das | Arre: 3.5/5
Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane deliver a thriller that doesn't shy away from being an indictment on religion. The show argues that religion has always been used to shape politics, commit murder, and amass wealth ... Full Review

Proma Khosla | Mashable: 4.5/5
It's a big, magnificent swing, and the first season hits it out of the park...This game is not for the faint of heart. ... Full Review

Saraswati Datar | The News Minute: 4/5
Gripping, intense and politically loaded. The thriller is also a poignant commentary on the equalizing power of hatred, perhaps the only emotion that is truly “secular” in India ... Full Review
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