Carnival Row (2019) - Crime, Drama, Fantasy

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A human detective and a fairy rekindle a dangerous affair in a Victorian fantasy world, where the city's uneasy peace collapses when a string of murders reveals an unimaginable monster.

IMDB: 8.1
Stars: Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne
Length: N/A Minutes
PG Rating: TV-MA
Reviews: 54 out of 397 found boring (13.6%)

One-line Reviews (190)

The mystery and story are captivating, keeping you hooked on the edge of your seat.

Pretty predictable, with a couple of surprises.

I think it's an original series and definitely worth watching.

Jared Harris steals the show as Chancellor Breakspeare - keeping the political aspect of the story compelling.

It was very enjoyable......

Dull and boring .

It's brilliantly shot and was grateful for my 4K TV as the makeup is stunning and clever.

From the preview clips, I thought it might be the most exciting new series to come along in many years.

It is relentlessly dark- in story and settings- but gripping.

Sex scenes are great, but the show is otherwise way too slow, and so cliché with the racism theme.

The story is gripping and compelling and the special effects are superb.

Thoroughly enjoyable fantasy with good amount of realism.

The new show 'Carnival Row' is a prime example of a good idea being made practically unwatchable because of political ideology being crowbarred into a fantasy setting.

And an intriguing plot that keeps you in suspense.

Very entertaining, thoughtful filmography.

This is a truly dark fantasy that's worth watching.

Gives you plenty of time to get bored .

Its "fairy tales for adults", as opposed to the kind you find at the bottom of the garden premise is fresh enough to actually be quite engaging.

Dark, full of angst and violence but visually stunning .

People into fantasy/action/crime thrillers may get bored by the class/status and romance portions, and people into romance and race/class intrigue may get turned off by the violence and gore.

Predictable .

The story moves along quickly with twists and turns that are unexpected.

The production was great, the cast was strong and the storyline was gripping.

It took me a few episodes to feel fully invested in the characters and story but once I got the lay of the land I found this to be thoroughly enjoyable.

Bloom himself delivers a compelling - though certainly not flawless - performance.

Even if you don't like fairies etc, the message of the show, the cast and complete production is worth the watch.

Beautiful if predictable .

Decent mystery, great cast, but the plot moved way too slow because too much time was spent trying to drive the point home about the oppression of the creatures, over and over and over and over again.


Fascinating politics.

I thought this was going to be alot better but it turned out worst than I expected, it's way too slow and too predictable at times there's also too many irrelevant moments along with irrelevant characters with no proper storylines.

With stunning sets and highly detailed makeup/prosthetics, this latest offering from Amazon Prime is the type of high quality show that will generate new subscribers and steer them towards the streaming service.

The story is set in some fantastic world but sadly the plot itself is generic, redundant, boring, full cardboard-style.

"The heavy handed, not subtle at all, political statements get tiresome too after awhile.

Can't wait for season 2, to expand impounded this intriguing world.

Good story for me, really enjoyed it, interesting fantasy story, little bid of drama/horror/thriller/romance and a lot of Fantasy awesome......

Well-written, beautifully filmed, expertly acted, and compelling storytelling.

If it twists into pc pablum, it ceases to be creative, origjnal or worth watching.

Truly an entertaining TV series man I hate the it's over so quickly can't wait until season 2

Murder, mystery, love, and sci-fi all together with an intriguing story line that is a sad and deep reflection of societal and political problems that still plague this world we live in.

Fantasy is not my favorite genre, but this surprisingly entertaining series creates a gritty, richly detailed fantasy world for its characters and story.

An enjoyable artistic series beautifully filmed.

So it got boring, watching a dark screen.

STORY: I found the story quite boring until late in the season.

It's slow, soooooooo incredibly SLOW.

Stunning world, bad casting .

I also find it more enjoyable than Spartacus, which was extremely good for the first three seasons.

The initial romance is a bit contrived, Philo has a friend whose role/storyline seems to make no sense or is just a time filler, and a bunch of interlinked events seem to just conveniently occur when they're needed to.

The plot was cliché and slow, the characters were unappealing (no matter how fancy, long and confusing their names were).

to a degree like the last fish epic by Mr. Guillermo del Toro and certainly weakened by a boring plot.

It touches on important issues as well as being very entertaining.

Acting and accents wavered a bit, but overall, it was enjoyable.

Like all the other reviewers who gave this a bad rating, I was bored and annoyed.

Engaging story and great production values.

It is visually stunning, no expense seems to have been spared in terms of location, sets, costumes etc...

Aside from the dark and somewhat depressing overall atmosphere, Carnival Row is an exceptionally engaging story.

Its a very boring series .

This show is visually stunning.

Pros Fantasy world is detailed and interesting Good story line Dark in some placesCons Rubbish final episode Some elements are forced and predictable Some of the acting is woeful

The first two episodes were slow and I was lost most of the time.

Maybe I am easily pleased but I enjoyed it .

I did manage to watch them all but the contrived ending failed on many levels.

A little slow at times.

Production values are high, the copious CGI well-done, although a few laws of physics are broken, the score is engaging and well managed.

Good acting, great costumes, amazing locations (location scouts give yourself a pat on the back) and enjoyable story/character building.

Boring .

As it wants to be Too slow not enough action Needs more action for s2 shame as looked good

So exciting.

So worth watching .

Hopefully the others duets are stunning !!!

They created a whole world and history of it, as many reviews told us, the political / migration stuff is just boring.

They would use an old English style of delivering their lines and then all of the sudden throw in a few F words, so it was just confusing for me.

Maybe they're trying to fit too much history and plot into each episode and that's why it comes out so thin and empty...

I found this an enjoyable fantasy series.

Carnival row is worth watching .

I thoroughly enjoyed it.

But it does drag out.

Good for something to help you fall asleep.

Also, WHY WHY were the fairies wings so dark and drab when they weren't in "action"??

It's enjoyable, gripping, and beautiful.

I decided to watch the first few episodes to see for myself and I hate to say it but there were large parts that are cringey, contrived, or just boring to watch.

Get Some - Generic Propaganda .

Boring..boring..boring.. Just by adding mythical creatures in the super banal and ordinary story won't make it something extraordinary.. why can't they come up with better story.. with huge effort made it through episode n1 keep hoping for plot to start gripping...

Wonderfully evocative and goes right to the edge of propriety in Victorian style England, with today's problems of racism, immigration and who has the power over it all.

However the plot is predictable with all the 'twists' telegraphed well in advance.

I find this intriguing, challenging, and timely.

Really enjoyed it.

The same street footage, city panorama, indoor scenes, flying beings etc got me bored and I really wanted to see details and other things.

Stunning and beautiful to look at, the series also has layered characters and story lines that intertwine.

This may not be a series for every one but worth pointing out you have nothing to compare it to in the past, The First Episode may seem a little slow, stay with it by the end of the second one you will be hooked.

Keeps you on the edge of your seat plus also takes on some on the problems we see in our world today.

Something fresh and worth the watch .

It took ~2 episodes before I was fully immersed in the story.

But very entertaining.

It's engaging and eye catching.

Cgi was fantastic, acting was mediocre, cultural appropriation of Irish accents were horrible, and finally onto the plot - predictable left wing overtones.

Great writing, intriguing plot and characters.

It a boring start and it the end it straches the same story line

How can you build a fantasy world and manage to make it so damn boring?

Fantasy creatures with our real world problems: racism, immigration etc. Great production values, but dreary with mediocre acting and written like a YA novel.

Dark, full of angst and violence but visually stunning.

First of all, I must acknowledge the fact that Cara Delevingne simply can not act, and she certainly can't do an Irish accent, secondly, this show tries far too hard to be like Game of Thrones, with its pointless and ham-fisted exposition and lore, and its saturation of uninteresting characters, not to mention the meaningless, random sex scenes thrown in to keep people interested.

The story seems a little uninteresting and doesn't have that binge worthy quality I look for.

The politics is essential and well articulated, woven into a very compelling storyline.

Engaging Fantasy in a Stunning Visual World .

Cara's acting is probably the best scenes, but everyone else's is just wooden and boring.

Maybe that alone makes it 'too real' for it to be enjoyable.

Carnival Row is taunt and tense from the beginning and grows more intense with each episode.

No sunshine, no humor, no plot.

The storyline is a bit confusing.

Really boring don't watch😴🤢🤢🤢🤢 .

This is fun, immersively entertaining escapism, worthy of appreciation for the sheer level of artistery.

Enjoyable fantasy/steampunk .

I found the writing and storyline predictable.

Stunning to its core and the characters are well developed also.

Very predictable and boring.

Definitely worth watching, this steampunk style show hits all the right areas, and has some great actors

Also the explicit sex scenes and liberal use of the f-word, plus the dodgy accents combine to make it even more unbearable.

As a result we're looking at some stunning effects with zero emotional connection and a whole lot of nonsensical vocabulary and silly names that stop any involvement dead in their tracks.

The plotline with Imogen + Mr. Agreus is so exciting to me.

Visually stunning, shockingly realistic, and superbly acted.

Superb production qualities, great characters and story line yet truly passionate, horrific, intriguing and thought provoking reflecting all that is good and bad with our current world.

I thought it was really good combining exotic creatures with humans in the Victorian era woth that hint of medieval theme with nice little twists and turns along the way really enjoyed it roll on season 2!

But for me I found it predictable, dull and Disappointing.

Their nemesis, the Faes are a boring lot as well.

It gets a bit repetitive, and it's a bit slow.

Though, if nothing else, at least 'Carnival Row' has bothered the perpetually offended alt-righters who view class, bigotry, racism, slavery, and sexuality as taboo topics only in use for the purposes of liberal political propaganda.

It was so disjointed and slow moving, pause was our best friend.

As far as entertaining goes, I think it's perfect.

Unfortunately things get started clunky and slow and many critics only watch the first few episodes.

Neither interesting or engaging I just couldn't get into it.

Engaging story played out very well .

Overall, this was incredibly absorbing and binge-worthy TV.

A fairly entertaining fairy/human, oppressed/oppressor, social commentary, murder mystery with intermittent clever dialogue--visually appealing costuming, makeup, art direction, props, with good diction as to be expected from a British production.

boring, boring) and apparently the snowflake cons hate it,so that's a plus.

This is one of the most compelling and beautiful stories I've seen in years.

Slow plot, too much time was spent on the oppression of the downtrodden fae .

But it's worth watching, and I would absolutely recommend that you give it a chance.

Very boring !!

Very entertaining and well written.

Gripping all the way through.

I showed great potential but is very slow and boring and unnecessarily streched at many places.

Too slow and tedious .

unique and entertaining .

" But rest assured that whatever side of the Isle you're on this is a minor issue that needn't ruin this entertaining experience for you.

Deplatform this propaganda Netflix, before you are held accountable for decay.

But it's just more leftist propaganda in the form of 'entertainment' .

The final result of the whole mystery, in the end, was just idiotic and predictable.

It's slow.

I believe the romance in this show is complicated - all of the relationships are - and I think the situations are intriguing.

It's actually unbearable.

But is hard to follow the dialogue sometimes.

Fresh, alluring, unexpected - I was hooked immediately .

Recycling actors, plots and issues that are trite, explores and predictable.

It basically just drags on quite a bit, but if you like a slow burn with a predictable story then you'll be satisfied.

Here's hoping they focus on the better aspects, establish who their audience actually is, and then write an entertaining story, filled with entertaining characters, while giving better consideration to how those characters stories may interweave.

Good, but too predictable .

Its definitely worth watching a few episodes to see if it's your cup of tea.

") and trite, you could finish just about every sentence before the actors do.

But even if you do that you get bored like nothing you ever seen before.

As it stands, it is a mishmash of ideas, some good, some bad and some trite, all handled poorly.

Speaking of hearing, the soundtrack is stunning as well!

It's a good cast and I did enjoy the world that was created but the episodes are far too long and you feel every minute of it once you have that moment of realisation where your brain goes "oh, it's one of those episodes".

The Celtic fantasy is a nice idea, but it gets bogged down in the bigotry of Victorian 'Britain', which leads to 'Carnival Row' feeling predictable.

Extremely slow with long scenes which could have been done in 1/4 the time or in a slightly less boring manner.

To my surprise I ended up binge watching the series and really enjoyed it .

The thinly veiled metaphor for racism, immigration and refugees is dreadfully executed, and you could tell they thought they were being awfully clever, when actually they were simply being painfully predictable.

Because of this, and all the other commentarys herein, makes the movie, slow, plodding, boring, and completely unrelateable.

Thoroughly enjoyable series.

There is a little bit of politics, or a lot, depending on how you look at it, but if you remove yourself from the actual world and let yourself become immersed in Carnival Row, you will enjoy it.

"Boring to the teeth," as the Brits would say.

Boring and silly.

I find this show much more enjoyable than Game of Thrones, which was convoluted and poorly written.

Literally every nationality has experienced their time of severe racism whether the British, French, Irish, Italian, etc., etc., etc.! I felt like I was trying to stay awake through my History, college course again.

Immensely seductive depicting a beautiful intriguing world that makes me wish it was a factual world not fantasy.

The cinematography, sets, costume and lighting are stunning, while Interesting characters and stories make it wholly compelling.

Excited to see someone take the chance and take this exciting subject matter on.

Really enjoyed it.

Its boring.

Slow and indulgent .

However, the show is highly predictable.

Every now and then you get pulled in, only to be dropped into a confusing storyline's again.

Carnival Row got some nice visuals and good actors but, and this is a great, BUT, the story is predictable to a degree that one can savely travel the road sleeping without missing much.

I wish there was 6 seasons out already; I binge alot I watch everything worth watching and this one definitely is worth watching!!!

Woke bore-fest .

For me, it was too predictable and I never felt emotionally invested in any of the characters.

Having just finished the last episode of season 1 I must vehemently disagree with the people who suggest that there is no story or plot, no mystery to solve, and that the show is entirely political theater.

They did follow her struggles to find a place in the Burge, but I may have been happier just to follow her adventures more than getting wrapped up in the boring murder mystery that took forever to get anywhere.

Only 3 episodes in, but so far what I can say is that it's beautifully done: sets, costumes- the whole world is really enjoyable.

Definitely worth watching.