‘Westworld’ reviews: Will HBO’s ‘sweepingly seductive’ drama dominate the Emmys?

Westworld” is one of the most highly anticipated new shows of the year. The ambitious sci-fi western premieres on HBO on Sunday, October 2, and tells the story of a world where the wealthy can visit a re-imagined Wild West at a futuristic theme part. It was developed by Jonathan Nolan (“Memento,” “The Dark Knight”) and Lisa Joy (“Pushing Daisies,” “Burn Notice”) from a 1973 film written by author Michael Crichton. Its impressive cast includes Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins, Oscar-nominee Ed Harris, Emmy-winner Jeffrey Wright, Emmy-nominee Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton and James Marsden.

Does it live up to the hype? It has scored 74 on MetaCritic and 82% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes. Check out some of the reviews below, and click here to discuss this series and more in our forums.

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David Wiegand (San Francisco Chronicle): “‘Westworld’ isn’t easy to understand at first, but you will be hooked nonetheless by unusually intelligent storytelling, powerful visuals and exceptionally nuanced performances. Several major characters, from both the host and guest categories, display conflicts that reflect the series’ overall theme of exploring the dualism of human nature.”

Allison Keene (Collider): “The series was plagued by delays which naturally led to speculation and uncertainty, but whatever issues it had aren’t noticeable now. The premiere is sweepingly seductive before letting the story slow down in its third and fourth hours to deeply consider the philosophy of such a place, and the show is better for it.”

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Ben Travers (Indiewire): “Ambitious to the edge of a cliff, ‘Westworld’ is an undeniably exciting journey into the future cast through a filter of the past. With so many questions stacking up so quickly and answers spaced out to appease the serialized format, the first four episodes make for a fascinating if slightly bumpy expedition. But you’d be hard-pressed to ignore it.”

Daniel D’Addario (Time): “‘Westworld,’ the new HBO series set at the park, is as beautifully built as its subject matter. Its carefully chosen details add up to a pulp spectacular that’s more thoughtful than any other of this fall’s new dramas.”

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