On Becoming a God in Central Florida: Season 1 Reviews

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March 15, 2021
[On Becoming a God] often edges into magical realism as the characters grapple with the failure inherent to a MLM structure. But the show also offers a sharp critique of the broader capitalist system that harms us all as we race toward elusive wealth.
December 3, 2020
Boasts strong female characters, deceptive depth and a wicked sense of humour that will make for perfect summer evening binge-watching.
February 5, 2020
It is likely that the relative success of an interesting series, with an extraordinary Kirsten Dunst, executive producer and absolute protagonist, is due to the disorder of its first chapters. [Full review in Spanish]
January 17, 2020
Is possibly among the best [television series] of the year - if its last three episodes are not judged. [Full review in Spanish]
December 27, 2019
Not only does this new show feel refreshing in and of itself, it also morphs into a tragic look of the impact that money can give over to human beings.
December 4, 2019
"On Becoming a God in Central Florida" meanders, even falters, as it struggles to find its tonal footing, but it remains completely, unapologetically unpredictable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 4, 2019
There are some fantastic performances in OBAG, starting with [Kirsten] Dunst and continuing with Théodore Pellerin as Cody, the true believer who first recruited the Stubbs for the pyramid scheme.
December 4, 2019
As "On Becoming a God" mixes humor and human tragedy, [Kirsten] Dunst's Krystal emerges as a figure of strength who finds her power when her back is against a wall.
December 4, 2019
What's so brilliant about "On Becoming a God in Central Florida" is that it takes the seemingly unrelatable world of a company built on taking advantage of people and weds it to something we can all understand. And it does so with wit and charm.
November 22, 2019
Writer-creators Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky want us to recoil at this corruption of the spirit of free enterprise, but not so much that we won't come back for more. And mostly it works.
September 24, 2019
Rather than inspiring me to reckon with the system of injustice we've created, the season finale mostly left me feeling cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 16, 2019
The pitch-black comedy about desperation, anxiety, and self-delusion is not afraid to be deeply weird.
September 6, 2019
Ted Levine...is the pyramid schemer, NYPD Blue's Sharon Lawrence is his wife, and Mary Steenburgen is a snooty rich woman.
August 29, 2019
The dark comedy of the Kirsten Dunst-led On Becoming a God in Central Florida works so well because it takes no reservations in presenting a fully saturated, unapologetic dive into absurdism.
August 29, 2019
Leaving behind her usual propensity for characters who are untouchable, or supercilious, or neurotic, Kirsten Dunst allows herself to look disheveled, to be trashy, to walk and talk like someone who has nothing left to lose and does not give a s---.
August 29, 2019
[It] keeps excitingly close to the fire, despite being a period piece. But most of the cultural commentary evaporates over the course of the season, as FAM becomes an otherworldly rabbit hole for the show's surreal digressions and unlikely plot twists.
August 28, 2019
Dunst pours her heart into [the role], turning Krystal into a sparkling, striving hustler.
August 28, 2019
Superb dark comedy about pyramid scheme has cursing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 26, 2019
The show's fun premise wears thin thanks to overlong episodes ... But Dunst leads an ensemble that crafts a strong tone that's hard to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 26, 2019
[Kirsten] Dunst, not surprisingly, demonstrates a firm grip on this tale and its loopy tone, channeling a beauty queen's alluring sweetness and a vengeful mother's tired rage.
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