I May Destroy You: Season 1 Reviews

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July 2, 2020
...at its best this show is abrasively psychological; it is, as all good art can be, "triggering," because it sounds and feels and moves the way we do.
June 29, 2020
The latest series from Michaela Coel captures the contradictions of trying to make art in an age of corporate dominance.
June 22, 2020
I May Destroy You, though, is fantastic, in ways that both do and do not have anything to do with its multivalent treatment of rape and trauma.
June 17, 2020
For all its troubling view of sexual consent, Coel's storytelling has a confidence and wit that makes it fly along.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 17, 2020
At its considerable heart, "I May Destroy You" tells a striking story of transformation.
June 15, 2020
Hard as this material may be, "I May Destroy You" won't destroy viewers. The series is also whimsical and charming, reflecting the personality of its star, a survivor with a tale to tell.
June 15, 2020
It is, in short, an extraordinary, breathtaking achievement without a false note in it, shot through with humour and with ideas, talent and character to burn at every perfectly plotted turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 10, 2020
To characterise the show as a one-issue piece, however, would be an injustice: it makes sure to present its characters and their lives three-dimensionally.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 9, 2020
It could have used an editor's pencil, but as we'll see, uncompromisingly, what Coel has to say is important.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 9, 2020
No TV show has ever shown the complexities of sexual assault and how it affects survivors, their friends and their communities quite like this difficult, harrowing and hilarious drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 8, 2020
"I May Destroy You" is moving and, despite the subject matter, at times very funny. It should inspire plenty of conversation about very sensitive subject matter with ever-increasing complexities.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 8, 2020
Coel is an extraordinary talent... I May Destroy You is the artist ascending to the next level by mixing comedy and pain together in a strange, harrowing, and vitalizing soup.
June 8, 2020
A writer less volcanically talented than Coel might struggle to weave one of these themes into a 12-part series; that she's able to explore so many different layers of power while creating such a compulsively watchable show is striking.
June 8, 2020
What Coel does brilliantly is maintain her victim's messiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 7, 2020
With uncommon sensitivity, Coel writes each character as a full, flesh-and-blood human exploring and testing all the bounds of that experience.
June 7, 2020
One could say that Ms. Coel's narrative is missing some substance, too, though gaps are an essential element in the storyline of "I May Destroy You" and in its tone as well.
June 7, 2020
As a writer and actor, Coel captures how difficult of a journey healing is for those who have been sexually exploited.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 7, 2020
The direction is lucid, employing a camera that is both curious and kind. The writing is striking for its willingness to delve into uncomfortable territory without ever flinching... But what I keep coming back to... is Coel's performance.
Top Critic
June 7, 2020
It's tricky to call an actor mesmerizing, for fear of making her power seem magical rather than the result of craft. But Coel here is magnetic and memorable, for sure, and you won't be able to take your eyes off her.
June 5, 2020
With sexual freedom pushing ever forwards and anxiety about consent forever pulling back, I May Destroy You operates right at the faultline.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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