The Newsroom: Season 1 Reviews

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September 14, 2017
Even with The West Wing creator at the wheel, HBO's Next Big Drama, Newsroom, which is set at a CNN-like network, disappoints.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 16, 2013
Ultimately, no one appears more deluded than Sorkin. His Will McAvoy is an insufferable blowhard, but the show spends most of its energy trying to convince us he's a saint.
June 24, 2012
For all its flaws, The Newsroom is well worth watching, every week.
June 24, 2012
The format still has to work as a credible human drama. The fact that it doesn't entirely do that keeps Sorkin's message from being as effectively delivered as it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 24, 2012
At its worst, the show chokes on its own sanctimony.
June 24, 2012
The show offers a lot of great talking, but to whom does it wish to speak?
June 24, 2012
That transcendent mixture of confidence and fear, of humility and clear-eyed self-assessment, evident in so much of Sorkin's other work, is what turns a sermon into a work of art. And that is precisely what is missing here.
June 24, 2012
Newsroom, a show about how much better America would be if it only had one really great television program, is a totally specious series.
June 24, 2012
Thin drama, a thick hide of smugness.
June 24, 2012
I was not a fan.
June 24, 2012
Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom fails to meet the high expectations that greet it, save one: It is crammed with incessant gibber-jabber.
June 24, 2012
So far the series lacks the squirmy vigor of Studio 60, particularly since Sorkin saps the drama with an odd structural choice.
June 24, 2012
Monstrously misconceived and incompetently executed, powered by a high-octane blend of arrogance and contempt, The Newsroom is an epochal failure, a program destined for television's all-time What Were They Thinking?
June 24, 2012
It's hard not to check out after 10 minutes: Once Will's big speech shifts from effectively puncturing the myth of American exceptionalism to absurd generational resentment, Sorkin's soapboxing becomes intolerable.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 24, 2012
In between the romantic dramas, a lot of sharply written comedy and some long passages of news-wonk stuff, it aims to make viewers do a little thinking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 24, 2012
It is a behind-the-scenes look at an interesting, hectic professional environment with a strong ensemble cast who must navigate gushing waterfalls of dialogue.
June 24, 2012
What might be the most alluring part of The Newsroom is that it's clear Sorkin wants the show to be enormous, filled with characters of all stripes and able to take on innumerable storylines.
June 24, 2012
But it's a wonderful, witty, erudite territory and I, for one, love visiting. When it doesn't drive me crazy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2012
We'll grade Newsroom on the curve, because the promise is still there.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
June 24, 2012
There's plenty of heart here - and some very sharp writing and acting, too.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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