Critic Consensus: American Vandal pays satirical dividends while also working as a genuinely absorbing mystery that offers thought-provoking commentary on modern entertainment.
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American Vandal has a wildly variable tone that feels truer to the drastic, giddy emotional swings of teenhood, and especially by the end of the series, it rubs dizzy absurdity right up against intense, long-simmering pain.
American Vandal frolics through the Docuseries Uncanny Valley and comes out the other side with a loving appreciation of everything that makes these stories so captivating and culturally iconic.
[American Vandal] captures a genuine high school experience in an inventive way that's familiar but fresh, hilarious and so compelling.
The funniest parts of the show occur in the subtle jokes that are easy to miss, but expertly delivered by a handful of very young actors you've never heard of, but are about to see everywhere.
Its most surprising strength is not its satire-which is, in the end, rather low-hanging fruit-but its steady construction of a narrative backdrop more compelling than its creators realize.
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