‘The Gifted’ Review Round-Up: What The Critics Are Saying

Gifted FOX X-MenThe first reviews for FOX’s new X-Men drama series The Gifted have hit the web.

The Gifted follows District Attorney Reed Strucker (Stephen Moyer) — who prosecutes mutants for a living — when he takes his family on the run after discovering his children’s mutant abilities. The series pilot has been directed franchise veteran director Singer who established the current X-Men franchise at the studio in 2000. Matt Nix, Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Len Wiseman, Jim Chory, and Marvel TV President Jeph Loeb serve as executive producers.

The first reviews for the new series are a bit mixed but for the most part positive, leaving X-Men fans satisfied but doing little to impress beyond that. You can check out what the critics are saying below.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Daniel Fienberg:

Three or four effects-driven set pieces, including an unnerving climax with Sentinel robots more than balance out the soapy family moments. I have very little confidence that The Gifted will be able to achieve that balance in subsequent episodes, but I’ll definitely be watching to find out, which is more than I can say for Marvel’s Inhumans. It’s all a matter of context.

Variety’s Sonia Saraiya:

20th Century Fox makes use of its long-held rights to X-Men — and the very term “mutant” — with the tepid new drama “The Gifted,” a show about a family with two mutant children trying to escape the clutches of evil government forces. It’s nice to see the X-Men back on screen in some capacity — and Bryan Singer, the director behind the sturdy, successful films “X-Men” and “X2,” directs the pilot for “The Gifted” — but the new drama generally fails to impress.

Entertainment Weekly’s Dana Schwartz:

Although The Gifted lacks the tongue-in-cheek humor of Netflix’s Jessica Jones or The Defenders, it stays afloat with quality special effects and surprisingly excellent performances across the large ensemble cast. It’s straightforward comic book fare with familiar beats, but with an earnestness and well-paced storyline that elevates it above the other gritty, supernatural fall TV choices. If you’re told to decide between Marvel’s Inhumans and The Gifted, choose The Gifted every time and then laugh whomever presented you with that choice out of your life forever.

USA Today’s Kelly Lawler:

The Gifted is the kind of show you’d want to take with you on the run. The new Fox series (Monday, 9 ET/PT, *** ½ out of four) is set in the X-Men universe and follows a family with two mutant teens, fleeing from the government forces that want to lock them away. It’s a gripping and savvy series that carves out its own space in the cluttered comic-book TV landscape.

Vulture’s Matt Zoller Seitz

The pilot is no great shakes in the filmmaking department: Singer, a director known for his attention to composition and movement, relies on a lot of choppy handheld camerawork here, and some of the computer-generated effect imagery, particularly of rain and beams of light, is weak. But the mood and characterizations carry the day, and the final action sequence, which throws the established mutant warriors and a handful of newbies against a swarm of robot hunter-killers, is exceptional.

IGN’s Joshua Yehl:

The Gifted delivers everything you’d expect from a show based in the world of the X-Men and nothing more. It tackles the troubles and tragedies of being a mutant from every angle. Mutants are aplenty and use a variety of different powers. And there’s even a new spin on the Sentinels to keep things interesting (and stay within a TV budget). Just the right amount of drama and tension make it all come together as a solid, enjoyable show. It may not be as thought-provoking as Legion, but it doesn’t try to be. The Gifted just wants to be an entertaining show in the world of the X-Men, and that it manages to do that without any actual A-list X-Men is a win all by itself.

Den of Geek’s Michael Ahr:

The Gifted has what it takes to be another “X-Men adjacent” hit for Fox Television alongside FX’s Legion. The latter is much more esoteric but does have several things in common with this new mutant offering, including the manner in which Andy Strucker’s (Percy Hynes White of Murdoch Mysteries) powers manifest. With pilots having to balance exposition with an enticing plot, this premiere stands out as one of the stronger openings for new series this fall.

UPROXX‘s Alan Sepinwall:

The Gifted is much better than Inhumans, but it’s not nearly as good as Legion. There’s a pretty wide continuum of both quality and ambition among the current wave of comic book TV shows, and The Gifted falls pretty squarely in the middle. Based on tonight’s pilot episode (the only one Fox screened for critics), it gets the basics down and doesn’t try to deliver more than what you might expect, for better or worse.

IndieWire’s Ben Travers:

Despite solid direction from Bryan Singer, who first successfully brought Wolverine, Cyclops, and Storm to the big screen in 2000, and above-average dialogue from creator Matt Nix, the pilot episode of Fox’s new superhero side story still comes across like it’s trying to be bigger than it really is, while simultaneously feeling far too familiar.

The series stars Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Coby Bell, Emma Dumont, Blair Redford, Natalie Alyn Lind, and Percy Hynes White. Here’s the official synopsis:

“THE GIFTED tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. REED (Stephen Moyer, SHOTS FIRED, “True Blood”) and CAITLIN (Amy Acker, “Person of Interest”) STRUCKER are typical middle-class parents dealing with the realities of raising a family. However, when their teenage kids, LAUREN (Natalie Alyn Lind, GOTHAM) and ANDY (Percy Hynes White, “Night at the Museum 3”), are involved in an incident at their high school which reveals they are mutants, Reed and Caitlin do all in their power to protect their children. Forced to go on the run, the Struckers must leave behind their old lives to flee from a relentless government agency that tracks down mutants, the Sentinel Services, which includes Agent JACE TURNER (Coby Bell, “Burn Notice”). Complicating matters further is the fact that Reed is a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office tasked with going after mutants. Desperate and running low on options, the family’s only choice is to contact an underground network that helps mutants in trouble. The mutants in the network – ECLIPSE / MARCOS DIAZ (Sean Teale, “Reign”), BLINK / CLARICE FONG (Jamie Chung, GOTHAM), POLARIS / LORNA DANE (Emma Dumont, “Aquarius”) and THUNDERBIRD / JOHN PROUDSTAR (Blair Redford, “Satisfaction”) – are dealing with their own issues. With one of their members in prison and their team possibly compromised, they face an uncertain future in a world that looks increasingly dangerous for mutants. Written by Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”), directed by Bryan Singer (the “X-Men” franchise) and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “The Wolverine”), Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”) and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”), THE GIFTED is a story of survival, a story of mutants coming to terms with who they are, a story of parents accepting the fact that their kids aren’t who they thought they were and loving them just the same – even if all of their lives are at risk because of it.”

The Gifted premieres Tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.

New Comic Book Shows That Are Coming In 2017-2018

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Comic Book TVThe current TV season is pretty much done as several comic book and superhero TV shows have concluded their respective seasons. All the comic book shows that aired this year will be back for the new TV season with The CW’s The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale, iZombie, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, with ABC bringing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. back for another season and FOX giving Gotham and Lucifer another go.

FX is also bringing back their new comic book TV hit series with Legion while AMC is bringing back The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead for new seasons, along with their new Vertigo hit Preacher. While the comic book TV landscape is already epic in scope, it’s only going to get bigger next year. The 2017-2018 television season is going to be one of the biggest seasons of all time for comic book adaptations for both DC and Marvel.

To make it a bit easier to keep up with what is coming out next season, we have put together a perfect guide of what new comic book shows are coming to the silver screen. The shows that we have listed are those that have officially been picked up to series and been guaranteed a slot for the 2017-2018 TV season, for both broadcast television, cable and streaming services.

Several of these new comic book shows, while picked up to series, are still in the process of casting their leads as well as getting official premiere dates set. Hit the NEXT button below and let’s go through all the new exciting comic book and superhero television shows that are coming from DC and Marvel.

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Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff is a Film/TV Reporter and the News Editor at Heroic Hollywood.

  • TimeTravel Travez

    I know this TV show is going to be amazing. Even better than legion. I bet all my money.