Pose: Season 1 - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Pose: Season 1 Reviews

Top Critic
July 24, 2018
As queer scholar Jeanne Vaccaro half-joked recently to a friend of mine, Pose is "Paris Is Burning meets 7th Heaven." And why shouldn't it be?
Top Critic
July 23, 2018
The great thing about Pose isn't that it does the singular thing it does with any restraint. It's that, finally, in 2018, it's got the chance to do the singular thing it does, at all.
July 23, 2018
Sappy or sugary as that may sound, and it may have been at times, Pose's first season stayed true to its mission to the end. And as Blanca's deserved victory shows, that's something to cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 20, 2018
Thanks to its stars' ability to inhabit fully-formed star personae from its first moment, it's so real to me.
June 7, 2018
The most exciting aspect of the show is the fresh faces that populate it.
June 6, 2018
Pose is fun, but it's a fairly tame fantasy, for better or worse. It's a safe space - a vanilla cupcake showered with rainbow sprinkles.
June 6, 2018
The results are poignant. Even at the peak of the AIDS crisis, the trans characters in Pose know they're the bottom rung of the social ladder, the dog that everyone else gets to kick.
June 5, 2018
More significant than any display of craft, though, is Pose's utter confidence as it shows American audiences a world that has never been visualized on television at this length and at such an obviously grand budget level.
June 4, 2018
This is lavish, stand-up-and-cheer drama of an entirely new type. Unmissable.
June 4, 2018
For those of us new to that world, Pose introduces us to its rituals, language, and spirit effortlessly, and enjoyably.
Top Critic
June 4, 2018
Pose brims with fresh faces delivering impressive performances, and it succeeds in humanizing characters and a subculture that has too often been overlooked, oppressed or vilified elsewhere on television.
June 4, 2018
[The] juxtaposition of what's real and what's a performance is part of what makes Pose so successful.
June 4, 2018
Ennobled and electrified, the people of Pose put forth a dazzling series that is all about cultural course-correction, reclaiming the ball scene and its marginalized pioneers from the pop appropriation that began in 1990 with Madonna's hit single "Vogue."
June 4, 2018
With few exceptions, Pose, whose people are living on the margin of the margin... is kind to its subjects, who only want to become who they are.
June 4, 2018
Invigorating or emotionally affecting at its best, it's also clunky and rote-like with unbecoming frequency.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 4, 2018
It stands, bold and plumed, and demands attention.
June 4, 2018
Pose pushes the marginalized front and center, telling the stories of people often left out of mainstream narratives set in New York.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 1, 2018
That Pose exists at all is radical in itself.
June 1, 2018
Not a single stitch is dropped in crafting this memorable and meaningful first impression.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 1, 2018
Murphy and company have turned material that easily could have been clichéd into a drama that proudly stands tall.
June 1, 2018
Pose struts so confidently and quickly down its narrative catwalk that you'll barely feel the time go by as characters strive to constantly reinvent themselves in a world that seems to have little use or compassion for them.
June 1, 2018
Pose is more than an act of stunt casting. It needs these actors, and LGBTQ writers, to tell the stories of the young, mostly black and Latin gay men and transgender women.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 31, 2018
Pose finds itself in the odd position of being the least catty, least sharp-eyed of Ryan Murphy shows, even as it's set in a demimonde that values these qualities above all else.
May 31, 2018
Pose is a flashy yet poignant look at being an outsider in the 1980s.
May 31, 2018
When it soars - and it often soars - it's the result of authenticity. It's there in the performances of a historic cast, in the writing, in direction that feels alternately simple and intimate, then glamorous and reverent.
Top Critic
May 30, 2018
Good intentions don't always lead to good TV, and a couple episodes in, that appears to be the case with Pose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 30, 2018
Pose is blunt and opulent, confident in its individuality and palpably eager to please.
May 29, 2018
Longtime Murphy collaborator Lou Eyrich has outdone herself in the staggering variety of costumes she produces here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 22, 2018
Pose may lead with the fabulous, and certainly that's a lot of what makes the show entertaining, but the pleasant surprise is that it also has a lot of family-drama realness.
May 22, 2018
For all of its ballroom flash and diva fierceness, Pose is a sweet, touching drama about finding your family, your purpose, yourself.