Critics dismiss The Comey Rule as ‘clumsy, self-serious and melodramatic’ as the drama debuts on Showtime


A new two-part drama based on James Comey’s memoir has been derided by critics as’ a weak melodrama ‘that is’ smug’, and ‘does little to distinguish itself from the gloomy slush pile of other docudramas based on true events or books ‘.

The Comey Rule, which aired Sunday night on Showtime, is based on former FBI director’s 2018 memoir A Higher Loyalty.

Irish actor Brendan Gleeson stars as the president and Jeff Daniels as Comey and the show follows Comey through the ethical challenges he faced as FBI director under Trump’s presidency amid the investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The miniseries, starring Jeff Daniels as James Comey, is based on former FBI director's 2018 memoir, A Higher Loyalty.

The miniseries, starring Jeff Daniels as James Comey, is based on former FBI director’s 2018 memoir A Higher Loyalty.

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The Comey Rule portrays Trump as a 'mafia boss' while investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election

The Comey Rule portrays Trump as a 'mafia boss' while investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election

The Comey Rule portrays Trump as a ‘mafia boss’ while investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election

James Comey's 2018 memoir has been turned into a two-part series, which began on Sunday

James Comey's 2018 memoir has been turned into a two-part series, which began on Sunday

James Comey’s 2018 memoir has been turned into a two-part series, which began on Sunday

The first night of the two-night, four-hour event focused on the earliest days of the Russia investigation and the FBI investigating Hillary Clinton’s emails and how they affected election night when Trump shocked the world.

Critics were unwavering in their attacks on the show.

The New York TimesJames Poniewozik said it was “not a good drama; it is clumsy, self-serious and melodramatic. ‘

IndieWireBen Travers described it as “weak melodrama and a shocking monster movie,” while Slate derided it as a hagiography.

Comey, who was fired by President Trump as FBI Director in May 2017, claimed Trump had asked for his `` loyalty '' during the investigation

Comey, who was fired by President Trump as FBI Director in May 2017, claimed Trump had asked for his `` loyalty '' during the investigation

He is played by Jeff Daniels

He is played by Jeff Daniels

Comey, who was fired as FBI director by President Trump in May 2017, claimed that Trump had asked for his “ loyalty ” during the investigation. He is played by Jeff Daniels (right)

President Trump

President Trump

Actor Brendan Gleeson plays Donald Trump

Actor Brendan Gleeson plays Donald Trump

Actor Brendan Gleeson (right) plays Donald Trump in the political drama thriller

Hank Stuever, the Washington PostThe TV reviewer describes the series as “ a project that no one asked for, ended up in a highly controversial election season, as if the lessons it hopes to teach don’t somehow apply to its own sense of self-righteousness. ‘

He argues that the timing was wrong for HBO to air the series.

“The troubled nature of the story is proof enough that all of this has to ferment before anyone tries to make compelling material for TV and film,” he writes.

“In addition to saying it got there first,” The Comey Rule “certainly could have waited – until after the election or another era ahead.”

Rolling stoneMaria Fontoura agreed, with a critique entitled, ‘The Comey Rule’ Will Give You 2016 Election PTSD.

Scott Tobias, critic for this Vulture, wrote: “At its worst, The Comey Rule does little to distinguish itself from the bleak slush pile of other docudramas based on true events or books.”

Twitter users were not impressed on social media.

Social media users were not impressed with The Comey Rule

Social media users were not impressed with The Comey Rule

Social media users were not impressed with The Comey Rule

Daniels' performance was mocked by another Twitter user

Daniels' performance was mocked by another Twitter user

Daniels’ performance was mocked by another Twitter user

Another person was aiming for Brendan Gleeson's portrayal of the president

Another person was aiming for Brendan Gleeson's portrayal of the president

Another person was aiming for Brendan Gleeson’s portrayal of the president

“ The casting in The Comey Rule is so bad, ” said one Twitter user, while another mocked Daniels’ performance as “ sort of aw-shucks American Everyman. ”

Another said Gleeson’s portrayal of Trump was ‘like he’s doing a very bad impersonation of Stephen Colbert doing his awful impersonation of Trump’.

The limited series follows Comey through the challenges he faced in his role as FBI director under Trump's presidency amid the investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The limited series follows Comey through the challenges he faced in his role as FBI director under Trump's presidency amid the investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The limited series follows Comey through the challenges he faced in his role as FBI director under Trump’s presidency amid the investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Holly Hunter plays fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates (left)

Holly Hunter plays fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates (left)

Holly Hunter in The Comey Rule

Holly Hunter in The Comey Rule

Holly Hunter plays fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates (left)

According to the network, Comey’s memoir serves as just one source for the series, along with “ over a year of additional interviews with a number of key principals. ”

The Comey Rule has been described as ‘a compelling account behind the headlines of the historically turbulent events surrounding the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, which divided a nation’.

The network description also made it clear that this series of events is “not the biopic of one man,” but is the story of “two powerful figures whose strikingly different personalities, ethics and loyalties put them on a collision course.”

HBO’s description even calls Russia’s interference in the 2016 election a “ deep and unprecedented penetration into US politics. ”

Holly Hunter plays Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, William Sadler plays Michael Flynn and Peter Coyote plays Robert Mueller.

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