Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet stars in director Todd Haynes' five-part, made-for-HBO miniseries charting the hopes and heartaches of a single, middle class, Los Angeles mother as she fights to win her daughter's affections during the Great Depression. Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, James LeGros, Mare Winningham, Melissa Leo, and Hope Davis co-star in a film based on the 1941 novel by author James M. Cain. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Even though a little too long this is an excellent mini series. It follows the book scene for scene and word for word using the exact dialog from the novel.
It does a great job recreating the look and feel of the 1930's. Great cast especially Kate Winslet in the leading role. The 1945 film was very good but changed a lot from the book so this is very different. Another fine production from HBO.
One of the best pices of work I have seen come out of Hollywood in a long time. Kate Winslet is fabulous in the title role and Guy Pearce plays a great "bad" guy. Evan Rachel Wood good as daughter. Excellent! Great photography of the time.
Outstanding acting and an intriguing character study that prompted an argument (sort of) at our house about whether Mildred's problems were all her own fault. If you view movies as art and want them to provoke a reaction, this mini-series might do it for you.
Overall, I'd say it was intriguing, but not what I would call entertaining.