Occupation (TV Serial) - Critical Reception

Critical Reception

Tim Walker of The Independent called Occupation "a predictably masterly production" but felt that its "bleak climax...stretched the bounds of plausibility". Writing for The Times, Caitlin Moran praised Nesbitt's performance as "surpringsly gripping". Helen Rumbelow, also from The Times, reviewed the first episode and felt the opening "a sequence of brilliant film-making" but criticised the acting from Nesbitt and Graham as "a touch too comedic". The Telegraph felt the series gave "a poignant sense of the ironies" of the war in Iraq, praised writer Peter Bowker and summarised by calling the series "Truly excellent". Kathryn Flett wrote in The Guardian that "Nesbitt was very good and easy to like" but "not the film's star", feeling that performances by Stephen Graham and Warren Brown "made the deeper, more lasting impression". She also praised the writing as "thrilling - funny, sad, real, believable".

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