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
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
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
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
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 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 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.
January 1, 2015
It's heady, unexplored territory: Debussy and drug references, Prokofiev and penis jokes.
December 24, 2014
Bernal is both likable and magnetic, and makes the eclectic maestro surge on the screen. He alone is worth streaming the series, but, thankfully, there's a lot more going on here.
December 24, 2014
Something happens after watching several episodes together: the universe grows around you, pulling you in and getting you slowly interested in these people's lives and, yes, even the classical music world it tries to glorify.
December 23, 2014
Gael García Bernal is the pixie dust sprinkled through Mozart in the Jungle, the latest original series from Amazon, giving this backstage-at-the-philharmonic dramedy its magic.
December 23, 2014
Befitting its subject matter, Mozart In The Jungle depicts a symphony of characters and voices, its binge-ready structure illuminating through-lines for even the most minor players in the ensemble.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 23, 2014
If there's one thing the somewhat-shaky Mozart in the Jungle pilot does well is that it clearly defines its world. It's the professional world of classical musicians in New York City, but it's much more than that.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 22, 2014
Mozart in the Jungle made me laugh, although I have no idea whether it will make musicians or insiders with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra crack a smile. I hope they will let me know.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 18, 2014
The small element of surprise provided by the transgressive behavior wears off soon, but thanks to the novel setting and subject matter, as well as the likable heroine, the premiere episode is promising.
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