Love: Season 1 Reviews

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February 26, 2016
A darkly funny, pleasantly shambling romantic-comedy series .
February 23, 2016
Overall, Love stinks. It's essentially about two people who lead lives of vacuity, inanity, vanity, absurdity and idleness. Mickey's sobriety problems don't ring true. Gus's charm is overcooked from the get-go.
February 22, 2016
I'm going to err on the side of no for everyone except those who love both Curb Your Enthusiasm and 27 Dresses. That's probably a small overlap of a Venn diagram indeed.
February 22, 2016
It's addictive, infuriating, hilarious, dumb, smart, all over the place, giddy, gross... and maybe a bit like love. Hey.
February 22, 2016
It's not a new story. But it's a lovable one.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 22, 2016
Apatow, Arfin, and Rust went with the more difficult route, not the easy one, and they should be praised for trying something different, for traveling on a rom-com path not often taken.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 22, 2016
A perfect example of an OK show that gets better the more of it you watch.
February 19, 2016
Love is a funny, winning version of the format, and the casting is spot on.
February 19, 2016
Apatow is indeed a master of his genre. As with the works of Ernest Hemingway and Ayn Rand, the tempo of and message of Love are so overwhelming, so confidently dictatorial, that it's difficult not to fall into step while watching.
February 19, 2016
Wherever Mickey and Gus are going seems worth the extended trip. Love is a many-spindled thing. But its smooth/sharp edges keep it in a groove.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 18, 2016
The leads are very entertaining. But each episode literally flows into the next -- one episode's final scene is often the first scene for the next -- making it feel like a 5-hour Judd Apatow romantic comedy, which I'm not sure anyone really needs.
February 18, 2016
The title is Love, but Netflix didn't debut its new comedy on Valentine's Day. Maybe that's because, to its credit, Love is not nearly sappy enough for a day devoted to romance with a capital "R."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 18, 2016
The question that hovers over the show isn't "Will they get together?" We basically know they will. The real question is "Can the show bring them together in a believable way that makes their connection seem natural?" I vote yes.
February 18, 2016
Love doesn't feel like it has much to say. I like you, Love. But i don't like you like you.
Top Critic
February 18, 2016
Fun comedy that takes time to warm up to.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 18, 2016
Love takes that same approach, but applies it to the awkward fumblings between two lost souls in Los Angeles (played by Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust) for a ride that's initially frustrating, but eventually rewarding.
February 17, 2016
There's a certain appealing vulnerability to each character that prompts us to think at least for a while that maybe we want to see these two social misfits get together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 17, 2016
It remains to be seen how far Love will go when it comes to carving out a new, progressive form of romcom, because the test is in how these things end.
February 17, 2016
Love communicates the honesty its creators strived for, if only for the believable way it draws Gus and Mickey together across time, space, and their own insecurities. Put in the time with Love, and that time will be rewarded.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 15, 2016
Most of Love doesn't feel new, but it's committed and if you can shake the fact that there are a dozen shows with similar moves and if you can warm up to the prickly, but probably realistic, characters, there's a lot to like, if not love.
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