Pose: Season 2 Reviews

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June 13, 2019
"Pose" is at its best when orbiting these three characters, which makes this season's first two outings a joy to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 12, 2019
Pose has always been a worthwhile series rather than a well-crafted one, and its writing in Season 2 veers all over the place, between heartfelt, didactic, over-explanatory, and anachronistic.
June 12, 2019
The second season of Pose is a lovely return to this family, although it does occasionally stumble due to some odd plotting or stylistic choices as well as its attempt to cover far more ground than it has the time for.
June 12, 2019
In its season two premiere, it also sharply balances these dark realities with joy, with beautiful moments that make these characters feel very much alive and real and radical.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 11, 2019
Pose applies the lessons learned from real-world history as well as its own to deliver a second season that's just as lovingly crafted as its first, but with even grander spectacle and greater urgency.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 11, 2019
The most glorious thing about Pose remains unchanged: At its heart, it's simply a family drama. The family is one its characters built themselves, in a world where love can be scarce.
June 17, 2019
"Pose" continues to defy the expectations of hardened reality so many high-profile shows feel compelled to depict in order to be taken seriously.
June 13, 2019
As "Pose" moves forward into the 1990s its characters continue to merit being rooted for. They embody a community insisting on the universal right to be themselves, to be human in an inhuman world.
June 12, 2019
Sentiment has seeped into the proceedings, and though this is warranted, certain production decisions flatten what should be tragedy into the wishy-washy treacle of teachable moments.
June 12, 2019
It feels like everyone involved in the creation of this show figured out how to straddle that line; how to teach history, make points in an ongoing debate and still serve up drama-filled moments of grandeur, beauty and heartbreak.
June 12, 2019
It's a warm hug and a battle cry in equal measure, and it remains absolutely vital television.
June 11, 2019
At its best, the series empathetically attest to the agonies that queer people to this day often have no choice but to suffer in silence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 11, 2019
The Material Girl may have propelled vogueing into the mainstream, but Pose is making sure that history is returned to those who first dreamed it up as a way to bring beauty to a world that often only brought them pain.
June 11, 2019
If there is a pervasive element that distinguishes Pose, it is this focus on hope and family in the face of adversity.
June 11, 2019
What's remarkable is how much Pose manages to accomplish simultaneously-and without sacrificing the specificity of each character's personality, relationships or aspirations.
June 11, 2019
It hasn't gone out and gotten a major makeover for Season 2, but it has applied some necessary tweaks.
June 11, 2019
There is an elegance in Pose's anger. And you should be angry too.
June 11, 2019
At times, some of the dialogue affirming Blanca's choices to live and dream and hope feels like she's giving speeches pointed directly at the audience. Anywhere else, this might seem strained, but for Pose it's vital.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
June 10, 2019
The spectacle of Pose is a meticulous construct, one dazzles the beholder while concurrently prioritizing the humanity of its players.
June 10, 2019
Murphy, as director, buries some fine acting and potentially devastating beats in clumsy whimsy and a flabby 63-minute running time. Like its characters, however, Pose generally recognizes its strengths.
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