Robert Downey Jr. is 'flawless' in 'incredible' new Sky series The Sympathizer

Robert Downey Jr. fans have hailed his ‘flawless’ performance in new Sky series, The Sympathizer. With all episodes airing now on Sky Atlantic, the HBO limited series is billed as an ‘espionage thriller and cross-culture satire’ about the struggles of a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist spy known as The Captain.

It takes place during the final days of the Vietnam War as The Captain starts a new life in exile as a refugee in Los Angeles, where he learns that his spying days aren’t over. Downey Jr. transforms into multiple roles in the series opposite Cowboy Bebop’s Hoa Xuande and Killing Eve star Sandra Oh.

The Oppenheimer actor also serves as executive producer alongside his wife Susan Downey with revered indie studio A24. All seven episodes of The Sympathizer are available on-demand with Sky Atlantic here, which is included with Sky’s new bank holiday deal alongside £140 off Sky Glass and Netflix.

This latest offer includes a 65” 4K QLED smart TV with Sky channels and Netflix built-in for £47 a month – the equivalent of £1.50 per day over 31-days. Shoppers can also get the 43” Sky Glass model for £37 a month or the budget-friendly Sky Stream, Ultra HD TV and Netflix package for £26.

The Sympathizer is based on the Pulitzer-winning novel of the same name by Vietnamese-American professor Viet Thanh Nguyen. The adaptation has earned positive reviews and currently boasts a Certified Fresh 88 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.

Both The Guardian and The Independent gave the series four stars, with the latter hailing it as ‘the most fun Robert Downey Jr has been in a decade’. General audiences have been equally impressed, with many taking to social media since it aired on Monday (May 27) to share their reactions.

Writing on X, @thom_ahs said: “Really enjoyed The Sympathizer! Hoa Xuande and Robert Downey Jr. were both insanely captivating. The story was so interesting as a fan of history and I loved the format in which it was told – through an unreliable and jumpy narrator in The Captain. Great work all around!”

robert downey jr. is 'flawless' in 'incredible' new sky series the sympathizer

Robert Downey Jr. in The Sympathizer

@brendandimitri said: “The Sympathizer was near perfect. Robert Downey Jr. was flawless in his multiple roles.”

@mijuohdele said: “The Sympathizer is the best show ever.”

@nikes135 said: “Why are not more people talking about The Sympathizer??? What a show.”

@jpsez said: “I will think about The Sympathizer for a long time. Incredible show.”

The Sympathizer is available on-demand with Sky Atlantic here.

Alternatively, Disney+ offers a raft of new and upcoming shows, including Star Wars: The Acolyte, The Bear and Shōgun. The streamer will give members the equivalent of two months free if paying for a year up front on the Standard or Premium plans, while those that prefer to pay monthly can now join the 'with Ads' plan for £4.99.

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