Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker: Miniseries (2020)


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Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

Critics Consensus

SelfMade doesn't always live up to its namesake, but there's no denying that Octavia Spencer's spectacular embodiment of the singular Madam C.J. Walker is a sight to be seen.

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Critic Ratings: 20

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User Ratings: 82
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Episodes

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Air date: Mar 20, 2020
2
Air date: Mar 20, 2020
3
Air date: Mar 20, 2020
4
Air date: Mar 20, 2020

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Critic Reviews for Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker Miniseries

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (11)

The eminently talented Spencer gives it the best she's got, despite some truly cringeworthy dialogue. But once her business is established as a success near the end of Chapter 2, the plot devolves into a series of telenovela storylines.

Mar 23, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's been long past time for Madam C.J. Walker to get her due on the small or big screen, but this series is sadly a disservice to her.

Mar 23, 2020 | Rating: D | Full Review…

A compelling if clunky drama about an important figure.

Mar 19, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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A smart, genuine portrayal of a venerable figure.

Mar 13, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It is decidedly an old-school, good-time miniseries dropped into a world that will measure it by upper-crusty limited series standards.

Mar 20, 2020 | Full Review…

A solid but unspectacular effort, more interesting finally for its subject matter than its execution. Walker's life is, clearly, a story worth telling, and as basically a longish movie split into four chapters, it's a reasonably concise package.

Mar 20, 2020 | Full Review…
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The story of C.J Walker has all the ingredients of a great product; they've just not come together here...Octavia Spencer is excellent in this disappointingly superficial biographical drama.

Mar 26, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Walker is a role that allows Spencer to show her true range and depth. It's an extraordinary performance in an entertaining and triumphant story.

Mar 26, 2020 | Full Review…

While the series is limited, the talent behind the cast and crew is anything but.

Mar 25, 2020 | Full Review…

Against such large narrative ambition, the result is mediocre. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Entertaining and moving! The history isn't 100% accurate, but Hollywood never is. The entire cast shines, and Kasi Lemmons is now 2 for 2 after Harriet.

Mar 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Standout performances by Spencer, Ejogo and more make Self Made a pleasurable watch.

Mar 20, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker: Miniseries

  • 2d ago
    smh.......what is this trash.
  • 2d ago
    Could have been So much better. Fascinating story no doubt but the over the top dramatic soap opera treatment was a disservice to a woman I am interested to learn more about. Gonna have to look elsewhere for that. Thanks at least though to the introduction to Madame CJ Walker.
  • 3d ago
    A wonderful mini series about feminism, women entrepreneurship which reflects upon the hardships faced in the early 20th century by social values of that time. Amazing performances by Octavia Spencer and Blair Underwood and so good to see Garrett Morris on the small screen after all this time.
  • 6d ago
    Although I did enjoy this movie a lot. And I learn a few new things that had been incorrectly told throughout history. I did feel a bit rushed at the end. I feel that they reduced a 5 part series into 4 parts. Overall great great movie!!
  • 6d ago
    I'm only two episodes in and I've already cried and cheered, this show is amazing!
  • Mar 25, 2020
    the Overall film was okay although it seemed a little rushed at times. My main issue with the film was the music. The music selection simply did not belong. It seemed random and forced. It became a distraction from the story that was being told. The music did not flow with the story telling. Even if the music director/producer wanted to give the film a more modern twist, the song selection did not represent anything the film displayed. One scene the actors were displaying high emotions and then music did not match at all. This just shows how important music is in film; it drives the cohesion of what the writer is trying to convey, the nature of the stories told and what audience sees from the actors.
  • Mar 25, 2020
    It was good and inspired me to learn more about her life.
  • Mar 24, 2020
    I Loved this movie! It was so entertaining, inspirational, and filled with wonderful performances. I Loved the wardrobe and all the detail of this period piece! Somebodies gonna get an Emmy or Oscar for this movie!!!
  • Mar 23, 2020
    This film has no direction, everything moves incredibly quickly–too quickly to keep up with. Loose ends of narratives are never fully tied and just brushed over, and even the ending is based off an assumption. [SPOILER ALERT] that even after a devastating fire, Sara rebuilds her salon into a factory. We don't actually see any of this, it's just implied. Honestly, a terrible film. Even the music is all over the place messing with the fact that this is a period film lol.
  • Mar 23, 2020
    It was a trite script that lacked responsible representation of any of the real life characters. The "wannabe" musical format with over-done wardrobes didn't bring you to the period. The whole film felt like a Amos and Andy skit.

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