Barry: Season 1 Reviews

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July 26, 2019
Barry might be shadowy but it's never grim, and it is unexpectedly insightful.
March 11, 2019
Bill Hader's Barry isn't refreshing because of how casually it reverses all the crime-thriller tropes but because of how cleverly it employs them.
December 20, 2018
The show [Hader] has created, and for which he even directed the first three of the eight episodes, has him in a delicately nuanced, understated performance. But make no mistake this is a comedy, perhaps morbidly so.
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December 17, 2018
Great work from Hader and Henry Winkler as his acting teacher elevates the story to something that stuck with me stubbornly all year.
December 15, 2018
The premise of the show is a little tired, but the tonal tightrope Hader and his co-creator Alec Berg walk over the course of eight episodes is thrilling.
December 15, 2018
Barry isn't a funny character. As a depressed murderer, he's the intersection of a very serious Venn diagram. But Bill Hader is extremely funny.
December 15, 2018
Hader is a revelation here: It's a portrait of someone who is so unhappy in their own skin that they're trying to claw their way out by any means necessary.
December 15, 2018
Equal parts punchline and gut punch, Barry should be your next summer binge.
December 15, 2018
[A] lethal cocktail of Breaking Bad's compelling narrative drive, Fargo's dark humor, and the psychological drama of Taxi Driver, and yet it still feels wholly unique.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 29, 2018
Bill Hader leads this fantastic series that pulls off nearly impossible tonal shifts, going from downright comedy to horrific violence in the blink of an eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 17, 2018
[Seems] pleasantly uninterested in what the audience wants. Normally this would feel like a cop out, but in a time when all media is micro-targeted and meticulously curated for us, this unsympathetic ambivalence is refreshing.
October 10, 2018
Hader's performance is incredibly subtle, but this works to highlight the insanity of what is going on around him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 27, 2018
Barry quietly bakes the pathos of Mad Men into a cake made with the buffoonery of Veep.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 6, 2018
Barry is an exquisite narrative series, with great direction, performances and colorful characters that seem to be a stereotype but at times are able to surprise us, even in the most absurd way. [Full review in Spanish]
June 28, 2018
Hader is a tragicomic marvel as a bad man trying to be a better human by becoming a terrible actor.
June 26, 2018
It may be a comedy series, but Barry is more serious than you might assume, especially as it explores the effects of trauma and PTSD on its protagonist's psyche.
June 19, 2018
At times both funny and bleak, Barry boldly mixes comedy and violence to create a show that stands out in an increasingly crowded TV landscape.
June 11, 2018
I can't stress enough how this isn't the typical comedy. You're really not going to see s**t coming. You'll be laughing one minute, in a shootout the next.
June 7, 2018
An understated treat.
June 1, 2018
I have no idea how Hader and co-creator Alec Berg came up with the concept or how the hell they managed to make it work, but boy, did they!
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