‘Hit & Miss’ U.S. reviews — Chloë “superb” as Mia

With Hit & Miss premiering on DirecTV tonight(!), the first U.S. reviews of the show have started to surface online — and, much like in the UK earlier this spring, they are nearly uniformly positive. Check out what the U.S. critics have had to say of Chloë’s performance so far:

“I realize this plot sounds laughably bizarre, but Hit & Miss has a strikingly strong sense of pace and character. Sevigny, who played the craziest wife in HBO’s polygamy epic, Big Love, has found a nearly perfect part here as Mia becomes a thoroughly engaging and deeply conflicted character. The role is written (by Sean Conway) with a surprising sensitivity that is heads above the cheap ‘tranny’ jokes we usually get from a popular culture that fails again and again to discern cross-dressing antics from gender-identity issues.”

“But what makes Hit & Miss unique isn’t the prosthetic penis. It’s its confident, measured tone and pace. In a summer sea of frantic entertainment, the series is atmospheric and downright thoughtful. At the center of it is Sevigny, accomplishing the feat of portraying a taciturn, transgender assassin figuring out how to navigate her relationship with an entire new family. And she does it all — the lady who used to be a bloke subtext, the squabbling, the killing — with an effortless accent. It’s the kind of complicated, challenging role any actress would dream of, but few would have the courage to pull off. Yet Sevigny does it with grit and nuance, creating one of her most indelible roles yet.”

“The actors, starting with Sevigny, repeatedly turn that specter into raw, compelling drama. Think Shameless without the jokes and The Crying Game without the glamour. A lot of viewers may say, ‘I can’t watch this.’ It will reward those who do.”
NY Daily News

“The premise does seem a little overstuffed at first: She’s a hit man! She’s a hit woman! She’s (overnight) a mom! Once all this is absorbed, however, it feels remarkably natural. If it takes a scene or two to adjust to Sevigny’s accent, you immediately buy her transitional sexuality. She has a sleepiness to her, a heavy-lidded quality she carries from role to role, that fits the deadened self we first meet but also makes the awakening of a maternal instinct all the more delicate and her moments of panic or temper all the stronger.”

Hit & Miss bides its time and allows halting alliances and simmering grievances to develop in realistic ways, and the unsentimental rural and urban landscapes add to the feeling of bleak, unshowy poignance. Much of Sevigny’s work consists of subtle reactions and contemplation, and the actress is more than up to the task of depicting Mia’s internal turmoil and her deep need for a link to the world that doesn’t involve death.”
The Huffington Post

“It’s not an entirely successful formula. Sevigny is at her weakest in the brawling gangster scenes, where her unimposing physicality is not at all convincing. (And hasn’t anybody in Great Britain even seen The Godfather? Mia is the only hit man — er, person — in the history of gangster guignol who doesn’t shoot her targets in the head.) But she more than makes up for it in the scenes where she has let down her defenses to try to persuade the reluctant kids to drop theirs. Hurt, hesitant and humbled, she’s a poignant portrait of a woman who has been dealt a bad hand by life and is playing it as best she can. About all she can hope for is hope.”
The Miami Herald

“Sevigny, who here resembles Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker, uses her body to convey someone not at ease with herself — she’s clearly in transition, physically and emotionally. Being around the kids forces her to step outside her comfort zone and re-consider re-entry into society, and the actress has never been more sympathetic or interesting onscreen.”
The Boston Herald

“Before you cancel your DirecTV subscription once Damages finishes its fifth season, give Hit a chance. With Chloë Sevigny as Mia and a gaggle of winning actors as the kids, Hit & Miss doesn’t take long to convince us that its characters and plot are not only possible but credible and, dare I say, touching. […] Sevigny is superb as Mia, never letting the seams show in what has to be a delicately nuanced performance. Her personal journey has made her wary of others, and detached. The kids have to learn to accept her in their lives because she’s not going away. But Mia has an equally difficult challenge: to allow herself to feel and trust.”
UT San Diego

“The whole female assassin thing has been done before in films like La Femme Nikita and every other Angelina Jolie movie, and that lady is a dude was of course popularized by The Crying Game, but the new miniseries Hit & Miss combines the two in a way that is shocking, violent and, dare we say, touching. Chloe Sevigny, who plays the transgendered assassin Mia, gets most of the credit for the show’s success. Sevigny is always bewitching in her roles, whether she is playing an aloof NYC teen in Kids or a polygamous sister wife in Big Love, and manages to infuse Mia with the perfect balance of emotion and, for lack of a better word, balls. […] It remains to be seen if the series, airing on DirecTV, can stick to this level or if the writing will remain on par with Sevigny’s acting abilities, but for the time being there are very few things one could watch on televison that are any better.”
New Now Next

Here’s also a (generally) less enthusiastic review from The New York Times:

“And how does Ms. Sevigny fare as a transsexual assassin from Northern Ireland? The accent sounded fine to me, and British critics have affirmed its quality. Her naturally deep voice is a plus, and her characteristic mix of loucheness and gravity makes sense here, though it’s less interesting in this role than it was in the bitterly voracious wife she played in Big Love. If anything, she’s too sexy for the part: When it comes to the female arts of seduction, Ms. Sevigny doesn’t look as if she had much to learn.”
The New York Times

If we find more, we’ll post them here! :)

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