Euphoria: Season 1 Reviews

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August 7, 2019
Zendaya is reinvented as the self-destructive, self-loathing Rue, in what is a truly astonishing, mesmerising performance, upending every expectation of what she could do.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 7, 2019
The show is often beautiful to look at, but its unrelenting provocation shows its true hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 7, 2019
Euphoria is more than a glossy, sexed-up version of teen life: it is also shockingly gritty.
August 5, 2019
A coming-of-age show caked in glittery hedonism...
August 1, 2019
It's heated up, it's blunt, it's lurid - but artfully so.
July 9, 2019
Quickly and quietly, Euphoria's technical know-how is the stuff of TV-making dreams, empowering its story in a beautiful symbiosis that's made it HBO's latest success story.
June 25, 2019
Beneath the show's explicit exterior is a tender core and Euphoria is at its most successful when it is exploring gentleness as opposed to brutality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 19, 2019
Trolling the Family Research Council with graphic scenes of underage sex, violence, and drug use is easy to do. What's harder is using the same kind of imagery and action to make a point, or a change.
June 17, 2019
Rue & Jules's relationship is the jewel of Euphoria. I'll keep watching because I desperately want to protect them. Otherwise, the show so far is a highly self-conscious study of ennui, overfull with fancy camera tricks and thousand-dollar getups...
June 17, 2019
That it's easy to buy into Euphoria's nihilistic vision of adolescence as distilled misery says more about us than it does about teenagers: Some people just love a good scare.
June 17, 2019
Despite the scenes of uncomfortable sex, [Sam] Levinson never fails to spotlight the fragility and confusion and, yes, sadness underneath that bravado.
June 17, 2019
In Euphoria's cynically nihilistic vision, today's teens have been warped by technology into soulless, self-medicating androids who use each other for cheap thrills! What will happen to them? OMG.
June 14, 2019
If the second half of this story is as compelling as the first, this will end up being one of the best series of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 14, 2019
I worry this series will fall victim to its own provocations - and there is an ongoing threat of gorgeously filmed violence. In its quieter moments, though, this is a sensitive teen drama, digging past characters' identities into their souls.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 14, 2019
The juggling of plot lines results in scenes continually being cut off before they develop momentum. It's too bad, because scene by scene, piece by piece, there are things to like.
June 14, 2019
Zendaya is also exceptional as Rue, the glue that holds this sprawling ensemble piece together. But I can't say for certain that I fully like it, either, because it's gratuitous for reasons that don't always seem necessary.
June 14, 2019
Just like the teens it depicts with such staggering candor, once you get past its immediate attempts to hold the audience at arms length, Euphoria has an undeniable pull that makes it too intriguing to ignore.
June 14, 2019
Euphoria is raw, visceral and sure to be controversial. The main problem is the "why" of it all, other than probing the parameters of how far the producers can push into this terrain.
June 14, 2019
Euphoria wants to be honest and cool AF with character arcs built around its taboos, but while it has plenty of inspired visuals, those values don't make for durable storytelling once you get to know the show at its core.
June 14, 2019
At heart "Euphoria" is addictive rubberneck TV that won't let you look away from the car wreck of today's youth.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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