Is 'Sharp Objects' worth binge-watching?
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Is 'Sharp Objects' worth binge-watching?

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"Sharp Objects" is HBO's latest hit. The series follows a reporter who moves back to her hometown and begins to investigate a murder. The show was originally a novel by Gillian Flynn, but like many big-screen book adaptations, it doesn't stick to the page. Fans of the novel can expect new twists and turns. Many critics say the show is dark, but agree it depicts women in a refreshing light. Others argue the series is too dreary. Is "Sharp Objects" worth binge-watching? 

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Below is the synopsis of "Sharp Objects," per IMDb.

A reporter confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to cover a violent murder.

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Caroline Framke of Variety wrote the show builds slowly:

Calling something a “slow burn” usually means emphasizing the “slow.” But “Sharp Objects” proves that the real trick to a masterful slow burn is tapping into a story’s underlying heat and fanning it until the moment when it can finally go up in flames.

According to Framke, this pace works for the series though:

Every frame crackles with a barely (and expertly) restrained tension — slow and steady, but threatening with every passing second to explode. Where so many other shows would seize every opportunity to boil over, “Sharp Objects” simmers with astonishing patience — or at least it would be astonishing, if women didn’t know that feeling intimately.

Sophie Gilbert of The Atlantic criticizes "Sharp Objects" for portraying the "lazy trope of the unethical female journalist."

In the show, Camille is initially sent to her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri, to investigate a series of murders. But, as has previously been noted by Vulture and Elle, she takes a lackluster approach to reporting at best. She ignores multiple potential sources. She’s permanently inebriated. She breaks ethical boundaries and lies to her editor about them. She rarely documents any of her interviews. (In the picture above, observe that she’s apparently listening intently to someone and yet her notebook is closed.) Even worse: At the end of the most recent episode of Sharp Objects, “Falling,” Camille slept with someone who’s 18 years old, a murder suspect, and one of her primary sources.
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