The Deuce: Season 2 (2018)




Critic Consensus: The Deuce's excellent character-driven drama returns with even more immersive world-building and a welcome focus on its leading ladies, carried by a tour de force performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal.


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Disco and punk are in full swing, and police corruption and political tolerance for New York's midtown demimonde is at its height. And the Mafia, the early backer of pornography at the moment when courts declared for its legality, is now seemingly poised to reap great profits. A comparable -- and, in some ways, more professional -- porn industry is rising on the West Coast as well. But for now, New York is holding its own in a city flush with movies, music and art, as the drug-fueled party rages around the clock.


James Franco
as Vincent Martino/Frankie Martino
Margarita Levieva
as Abigail "Abby" Parker
Gbenga Akinnagbe
as Larry Brown
Chris Bauer
as Bobby Dwyer
Chris Coy
as Paul Hendrickson
Natalie Paul
as Sandra Washington
Michael Rispoli
as Rudy Pipilo
Luke Kirby
as Gene Goldman
Garry Pastore
as Matty the Horse
Dagmara Dominczyk
as Genevieve Furie
Stephen Gevedon
as Bernie Wolf
Thaddeus Street
as Black Frankie
Don Harvey
as Danny Flanagan
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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (12)

Maggie Gyllenhaal, as an ambitious self-pimping prostitute who goes by the name Candy, is altogether excellent.

December 13, 2018 | Full Review…

This extraordinary, richly textured series from The Wire creator David Simon is the most evocative show on air right now, in the sense that nothing else so vividly renders a specific time and place.

September 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Season two doesn't have the tightest plotting or the most heart-stopping storylines, but that's hardly the point. It slugs across the screen with its funky outfits and its quotidian heartbreaks.

September 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Simon and Pelecanos seem to have hit their stride with this particular story, expertly balancing character-driven storytelling with a wide-angle view of the social, economic, political, cultural, sexual, and gendered dynamics of the era.

September 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The Deuce's clunkier interludes only look more so given that Gyllenhaal is doing career-best work as Candy, in such an extraordinary performance that everyone else pales by comparison.

September 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Each narrative strand works to prove a point and tell an intriguing story, and yet for as compelling - and complicated - as the Martino brothers' lives remain, all of their hustle and bustle pales in comparison to the work done by Maggie Gyllenhaal.

September 7, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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