The Act: Season 1 (2019)


Critic Consensus: Disturbingly nuanced performances from Patricia Arquette and Joey King make The Act a convincing case for the ongoing dramatization of true crime stories.


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Air date: Mar 20, 2019
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The Act is a seasonal anthology series that tells startling, stranger-than-fiction true crime stories. Season One follows Gypsy Blanchard (Joey King), a girl trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother, Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette). Her quest for independence opens a Pandora's box of secrets, one that ultimately leads to murder.


Patricia Arquette
as Dee Dee Blanchard
Joey King
as Gypsy Blanchard

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Critic Reviews for The Act Season 1

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (13)

This is body horror by way of Walt Disney, a ghoulish fantasia of princess gowns, stuffed animals, prescription drugs, and physical harm.

Mar 22, 2019 | Full Review…

The combination of subject and sequencing creates an eerie atmosphere, but pushing a bit further stylistically could have made this a campy treat instead of something caught between sincere storytelling and the bizarre true story.

Mar 21, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

A reminder that even when you think you know a great deal about true story, there can be value in retelling it.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

The Act may be too much for some viewers to handle, but it's a masterwork in true crime storytelling and one of the most exciting new additions to Hulu's library.

Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Dark, toxic mother-daughter tale is based on a true story.

Mar 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Act never quite went too far for me, as it kept finding new angles on its very difficult-to-watch story.

Mar 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Every bit as engaging as it is disturbing, the true crime character study is anchored by two masterful performances from leads Patricia Arquette and Joey King.

Mar 22, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Perhaps more than a study of true crime, The Act is a show about the fierce attachment between mothers and daughters, gone horribly wrong.

Mar 27, 2019 | Full Review…

The story here... just drags on where a quicker pace would clearly be more effective in a journey where the destination is already determined.

Mar 22, 2019 | Full Review…

The hoax is by far the most interesting part of this season. The actual murder feels like an afterthought.

Mar 21, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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