When the series isn’t immersed in pulpy shenanigans, it aspires to be a sort of Bostonian The Wire.
The series manages to pile on the cataclysms without taking pleasure in the pain of its characters.
Euphoria’s central relationship is luminous, but the series struggles to develop its other characters.
The series transforms a story that captured something of the experience of war into a familiar melodrama.
As it nears the end of its run, the series doesn’t seem to have much more to say about trauma.
The series empathetically attests to the agonies that queer people to this day often have no choice but to suffer in silence.
The new season recalls the most human elements of past episodes while levying urgent indictments of the present.
As the series has continued, it’s grown more outlandish, oppressive, and removed from the things that made it so captivating.
The series works best when it focuses on intimate, human moments rather than on broad social critiques.
The series successfully creates an atmosphere of dread and uncertainty, but its withholding of catharsis can be wearying.
The series visibly struggles to spin an enveloping atmosphere around its ideas.
If the movie has the ring of a high school or college reunion, that’s because that’s pretty much what it’s like.
Ava DuVernay’s series is a handsomely mounted dramatization, but it often veers into the trite, obvious, and maudlin.
There’s no limit here to the narrative conveniences that exist only to conclude the series’s eight-season arc.
Hulu’s adaptation of Joseph Heller’s novel invites our laughter, contemplation, and shock in equal measure.
As David Benioff and D.B. Weiss show with this masterful rebuttal of an episode, it’s never too late to choose a different narrative.
The final season fulfills the possibilities of the show’s concept, informing it with humanist fury.
Despite a more straightforward approach, the series still boasts Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s unmistakable voice.
There’s no shortage of empty gestures throughout the latest episode of the series.
This is less a miniseries as five-hour movie than episodic television, with new narrative wrinkles introduced each week.