Feud: Bette and Joan Reviews

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April 3, 2017
You'd be within your rights to check your watch and wonder what ever happened to Bette and Joan.
March 27, 2017
The complex relationship between the women was, in the end, primarily about acting; too bad Feud focuses on everything but that.
March 21, 2017
The show hits home because the story is a lot bigger than just a couple of movie stars -- it's a surgical dissection of American fame, all the brutality and blood behind the dirty business of dreams.
March 14, 2017
Only two episodes have aired and Feud is already my favorite of Ryan Murphy's television panoply.
March 13, 2017
Feud has its flaws-a jokey song cue here, blunt exposition there. But Murphy lets the contradictions sizzle: he knows that schlock can double as great art; that self-loathing can work both as a goad to ambition and as an emotional crippler.
March 6, 2017
For all of its venom and sting, Feud is a strangely loving tribute to the stars and films of yesteryear, so much that one may wish these great ladies were still alive to see what a glorious work they inspired.
December 20, 2018
Both Lange and Sarandon are terrific in their portrayals, never turning Crawford and Davis into caricatures or impersonations.
October 10, 2018
This is a show that will utilize its setting to tell a poignant and relevant story about women assuming agency.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 14, 2018
Feud: Bette and Joan was a beautiful lie. A lie told in service to the art, a lie told to secure the legends for another generation, a lie told to placate the audience, and ultimately, a lie told by the auteur to the auteur.
May 17, 2018
In an age when most feuds are fought in 140 characters, there's something irresistible about seeing two larger-than-life characters duking it out the old-fashioned way, face-to-face.
March 12, 2018
The revelation is Jessica Lange as Crawford, who bestrides every scene with a once-proud beauty, Joan's history of abuse, of fierce hard work from childhood on, shining from those excavated cheekbones throughout.
February 23, 2018
Feud is Murphy's deepest drama to date because of what he says in it: real life is a specious concept, but you can fuck up your real life if you don't believe in it.
January 11, 2018
There's plenty of compelling drama here -- and even some comedy -- for everyone, and the overall themes of ageism and sexism that transcend time and social class are really what's most memorable about the series.
January 5, 2018
In an industry dominated by male pigs, the revelation at the center of the show was how competition, a scarcity of roles, self-consciousness, beauty standards, and perceptions of talent helped these women terrorize each other.
December 21, 2017
This is a slice of classic Hollywood history with a modern resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 19, 2017
Sensibly, [Feud] came to TV, because it's the only medium for analysing this vitriolic relationship in the depth it deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 18, 2017
Feud: Bette and Joan is the perfect outlet for Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kathy Bates, and other older actors to prove they have a lot of talent and don't need to be under 30 to take on juicy leading roles.
December 18, 2017
[Ryan] Murphy is smart enough to not push this too far.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 18, 2017
Sparks flew. Delicious one-liners were traded. Ageism, sexism and misogyny were explored. This was Feud for thought.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 18, 2017
This show has a great deal to say about sexism, misogyny and ageism, which all needs saying, desperately, but rather than threading it through the drama, or characterisations, it just kept hitting you over the head in the form of obvious statements.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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