Wednesday, 10 p.m., USA Network

Summary

The anthology drama based on Petra Hammesfahr’s novel of the same name, focuses on a young mother named Cora Tannetti (Jessica Biel) who has no idea why she committed a violent crime against a stranger at the beach and Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) who believes there is something Cora isn’t saying.

What The Critics Say (Metascore 71)

  • It all adds up to a drama that’s strikingly filmed, gratifyingly smarter than it needs to be and–better still in an era of bloated episode counts–snappily paced. The Sinner has the zip of a good detective yarn. — Daniel D’Addario, Time
  • The premise and psychology of the main characters capture your interest. But the oppressive portentousness squanders it–the heavy-handed slo-mo and symbolism, the glum gravitas of the acting. Biel’s intense performance of despair isn’t helped by a story that keeps Cora a cipher or by clipped scenes that don’t let her stretch and breathe. — Jeff Jensen, Entertainment Weekly
  • The Sinner is at once intriguing and frustrating. — Ken Tucker, Yahoo TV