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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as Vincent Martino/Frankie Martino
as Abigail "Abby" Parker
as Chris Alston
as Larry Brown
as Bobby Dwyer
as Paul Hendrickson
as Sandra Washington
as Rudy Pipilo
as Gene Goldman
as Matty the Horse
as Genevieve Furie
as Big Mike
as Bernie Wolf
as Black Frankie
as Danny Flanagan
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Maggie Gyllenhaal, as an ambitious self-pimping prostitute who goes by the name Candy, is altogether excellent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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