Critic Consensus: Smartly unpredictable and led by powerful performances from a talented cast, the darkly compelling The Sinner sinks its hooks in fast and doesn't let go.
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After one episode, you'll happily want to skip the beach to stay home and watch the show you can't help but become obsessed with.
But the joy of The Sinner is getting to watch Biel do everything in her power to just get the ordeal over with.
It isn't usually a compliment to describe a performance as opaque, but [Jessica] Biel is revelatory here; she's excellent at suggesting a woman who sees herself as purely a projection of those around her.
What's more terrifying: a cold, calculated murder by an evil villain or an unsuspecting woman who snaps sans motive to commit a heinous crime?
This series is not a whodunit; it's a why'd-she-do-it. It's such a clever conceit it leaves you asking why, too: Why hasn't this been done more often?
Cora's is a peaceful, predictable existence, if a suffocating one: It's like Everybody Loves Raymond moved to upstate New York - minus the jokes, plus what seems like serious, untreated depression on its protagonist's part.
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