With Hit & Miss‘ Tuesday TV debut, several newspapers and -blogs have put up their reviews of the show. Fortunately, the reception for the show has been very positive overall, and Chloë Sevigny has been particularly (and deservedly) commended for her portrayal of Mia.
Below is excerpted what critics have had to say of Chloë’s performance so far:
From the second the show opens, Hit and Miss sets itself apart from other television programmes by completely embracing the stark reality of its subject matter. Mia, played pitch perfectly by Chloe Sevigny, is far from the elaborate charisma of Beatrix Kiddo from Kill Bill as one might expect and neither does she embody the panache of a graceful warrior assassin like in House of Flying Daggers. [...] The character is given real depth and complexity making her so engrossing you can hardly wait for her to come on screen again. Sevigny’s elegant yet brassy portrayal which really is the heart and soul of this production.
- So So Gay
“Sevigny is excellent in the lead role, neither her Irish accent nor her vulnerable intensity wavering for a moment.”
“In fact, [Hit & Miss is] compelling and, after a while, credible. [...] And it’s partly down to Sevigny’s performance. Her heavy-lidded cool, hitherto deployed in a clutch of American independent films (The Last Days of Disco, American Psycho, Trees Lounge), brilliantly conveys the turmoil with which Mia must contend as she faces up to her new life.”
- Radio Times
“Chloe Sevigny is utterly brilliant as Mia, a professional assassin saving up to finish her gender reassignment. She fills the role with such economy, you’d think it was easy to play a magnetic sociopath with a lifetime of hurt and confusion behind her eyes. I haven’t tried it but I’m sure it’s not.”
- More TV Vicar?
“Chloë Sevigny has a feminine gawkiness that convinces as a man becoming a woman, and a woman who can stick up for herself. The actress portrays the confidence and aggression to realistically deal with her barroom bully. [...] The series is not perfect, and Chloë Sevigny’s accent veers alarmingly between American and Irish, with the latter seeming to be her intended nationality.”
- Crime Time Preview
“The series stands or falls on how convincing Sevigny is as both a transsexual and a contract killer, and I was sold on both. Also, the back story makes her Northern Irish, asking the actress to work in one of the British Isles most notoriously difficult accents.
Again, she nails it. Sevigny’s brogue may stray across the border on occasion, but never distracts from a powerful and compelling performance.”
- The Stage
“Chloë Sevigny conveys Mia’s character in an utterly compelling way. You just know there is so much more to her that we are yet to see. It is unfortunate, then, that Chloë’s English accent is so perplexing. For approximately half of the episode it sounded Northern Irish, but we are led to believe she is Mancunian. There isn’t much hit woman action in the first episode either, but what we do see is brutal. Mia clearly has a hard edge that offsets her feminine side.”
- TVGuide Blog
“We’re not sure if she’ll make Mother of the Year for her actions but Hit and Miss found the target more times than not due to the electrifying Sevigny. We’ll be watching again next week, no doubt about it.”
“Sevigny is mesmerising as Mia, and does a good job with a mild ‘Irish traveller’ accent (although opinions always vary when it comes to how well foreign actors cope with British dialects). All I know is this: I wasn’t reminded of Sevigny’s American heritage at any point, and her understated performance was one to savour.”
- Dan’s Media Digest