Mozart in the Jungle: Season 1 Reviews

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February 28, 2020
For those of us who aren't familiar with his film work, it's as great a joy to discover Bernal and to watch a TV star blossom before our eyes in a performance that is comic, moving and sexy all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 28, 2020
[T]he performances informing these characters remaining as intriguing as ever... and that's what would keep me on board should Amazon green light another episode of this odd, occasionally quirky (and very good) little dramedy.
January 7, 2019
Attempts, and fails, to make classical music hip and sexy.
January 7, 2019
One of the funniest, most charming comedies going. You could do far worse than spend a portion of a winter weekend submitting to its serenade.
January 7, 2019
It's rare for a show to feature such diversity in age without any characters coming off as afterthoughts or caricatures. And even the cameos are strong, particularly John Hodgman.
January 7, 2019
Food, dance, and impromptu jam sessions break out, all captured with a visual elegance and pacing rarely found in TV delivered in any medium.
January 7, 2019
Mozart in the Jungle is a slightly awkward comedy-drama that may or may not have audiences hooked when it becomes a full-scale show. But as a revelation of what producers, directors, and studios think that classical music is, it's fascinating.
January 7, 2019
Mozart's locations are its strongest point, followed only by its rich ensemble of characters... The series does improve as it progresses, and finally begins to resemble a movie.
January 7, 2019
Rather than lifting the curtain on classical music, however, this series focuses on the sex and drugs while almost gleefully flaunting its utter ignorance of the field, trotting out one cliche and stereotype about classical music after another.
January 7, 2019
Mozart in the Jungle benefits from the lack of filler. The half-hours fly by, which makes for perfect binging.
January 7, 2019
The individual scenes are almost invariably rewarding, with sharp comic writing and mostly excellent work from the ensemble, particularly a vital and fully engaged Mr. García Bernal and Debra Monk
January 7, 2019
Mozart, which is not remotely highbrow, has a surprisingly happy, youthful buzz -- much like Bernal, in fact.
November 7, 2016
Mozart in the Jungle succeeds most when it pulls back enough to reveal the economic and creative ironies plaguing classical music since its inception.
March 2, 2015
There's a buoyancy to it that is absolutely as seductive as the music.
January 21, 2015
There's a silly montage of various musicians and their sexual styles; hot maestros are besieged by crowds of autograph hounds. Yet the silliness can be infectious.
January 7, 2015
An interesting, colorful look at a world I don't know well, filled with fun performances, and you can watch the show improve right along with the orchestra itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 6, 2015
What sets Mozart apart from MTV shows, though, is that here we have a handful of twentysomethings and a lot of older folks, not vice versa. It plays this fresh turf well, on both sides. If Mozart were here, he'd probably write the theme song.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 5, 2015
What works so well is that Mozart isn't afraid to throw you into a world you're likely unfamiliar with, but it doesn't swim so far into the deep end that you immediately drown in jargon and distanced dramatic stakes.
January 4, 2015
The pushy tone of the pilot gives way to a kind of detailed yet dreamy naturalism, and the action moves out into the city and beyond.
January 4, 2015
Thanks to quirky scripts and a smart ensemble cast... it comes off whimsical without ringing off-pitch.
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