Bridgerton: Season 1 Reviews

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January 16, 2021
Bridgerton is peddling an insulting brand of aesthetic level justice through the common vocabulary of representation. It's way past time to complicate that vocabulary.
January 8, 2021
This new Shondaland smash, her first for Netflix, is set in 1813 London and features color-blind casting, a mega-sexy star in Rege-Jean Page and enough ravishing romance to take your mind off the latest Covid surge. Get ready to swoon.
January 7, 2021
If you're pernickety about how to address nobles, or the correct depth of a curtsy, you won't enjoy this much, but once you relax your grip on the historical data it becomes good fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 5, 2021
Bridgerton gives us everything we're craving right now: extravagant parties, elaborate outfits, salacious gossip, human touch.
January 4, 2021
I was not madly in love with the show, but I was endlessly amused by it.
December 29, 2020
It's brilliantly cast and it all looks gorgeous -- the flower arrangements alone must have cost a bomb. Solid telly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 28, 2020
I thought Bridgerton handled well the history connected to high-stakes storylines on race, pregnancy and abortion, and same-sex love, but a few more splashes of history elsewhere might have served the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 28, 2020
My empty, end-of-the-year brain was well served by the burlesque of selfish viscounts, conniving ladies of the house, and enterprising modistes. Less pleasurable were certain attempts at seriousness.
December 28, 2020
It ultimately just feels hollow - but, unlike me, your mileage may vary.
December 28, 2020
Bridgerton falters badly in the home stretch.
December 28, 2020
Van Dusen makes Bridgerton's many twists and turns satisfying to the end, even when they're predictable, and the young cast of mostly unknowns brings zip and depth of feeling to material that could otherwise feel slight.
December 28, 2020
Bridgerton is ultimately extravagantly decent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 28, 2020
For it is by wearing its heart, like Penelope, on its sleeve, that Bridgerton succeeds entirely on its own terms: a sharp-witted, sexy but never sentimental series that is also a true Christmas delicacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 28, 2020
A show that will give you that unmistakable binge twinge and have you activating that "Next Episode" time and again, until there are no more "Next Episodes."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 28, 2020
The real payoff in "Bridgerton," however, is a renewed scrutiny on the historical treatment of women and their bodies. Whatever "Bridgerton" has done away with in terms of racism, it reemphasizes in the inherent sexism of the day.
December 28, 2020
There's not enough delayed gratification for a true sense of yearning, nor enough messiness to make recognizably human relationships. Not that it ultimately matters: Bridgerton makes it easy to get caught up in the flow.
December 28, 2020
"Bridgerton's" lustier take on early-19th-century romance serves as a modest point of distinction. Whatever the century, though, for a show that's all about looking for love, the series doesn't do nearly enough to earn it.
December 28, 2020
For most, "Bridgerton" only needs to be the fluffy tail on a beastly year. Despite its very real imperfections nobody should torture themselves for succumbing to whatever enjoyment it offers.
December 28, 2020
Like the pretty ladies outfitted in sequins and silk, there is far more to "Bridgerton" than meets the eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 28, 2020
What Bridgerton does is to create a world where romance and sex and hate and love and fear all live together - a place soaked in familiarity that still manages to be an escape.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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