The Get Down: Season 1 Reviews

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June 29, 2018
The Baz Luhrmann Netflix series about the rise of hip-hop contains great music and set pieces that make it easy to binge-watch and enjoy.
October 4, 2016
If you can dig the vibe, the feature-length first episode becomes as absorbing as it is theatrical.
August 17, 2016
There's too much going on for any of it to matter very much.
August 17, 2016
At a moment when I've found myself feeling irritated, even tired by a lot of what's on television and in the movies, Luhrmann's vision of New York City in the sweltering summer of 1977 is one of the few places I've wanted to linger in a very long time.
Top Critic
August 16, 2016
For those who survived '70s-era New York, it offers an exciting trip down memory lane. Those too young to remember will be enthralled with the show's energy and talent - and with Luhrmann's drive to resurrect a lost world and make it beautiful again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 15, 2016
The show's heavies are so cartoonish that it saps the dramatic weight out of their misdeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 15, 2016
It would be cool if The Get Down evolved into some messy stealth masterpiece, its many mismatched octopus arms thrashing toward something tremendous. Six episodes in, outsized ambition isn't enough. As the Magic 8 Ball says, "Ask again later."
August 12, 2016
In general, the more The Get Down trusts in its actors to carry the meaning of a moment or scene, the better it is.
Top Critic
August 12, 2016
A broad sprawling entertainment, occasionally marred by jarring (or warring) styles.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 12, 2016
The narrative often descends into incoherence, and Luhrmann's signature visual ecstasies threaten to do the same, but the aesthetic... works brilliantly as a metaphor for hip-hop's origin story, equal parts pain, passion and ambition.
August 12, 2016
While things never exactly calm down in The Get Down... it does settle down - and the appeal of its mostly young cast and music-driven story steps up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2016
There is so much frenetic energy that you know The Get Down won't be able to keep it up forever. And as subsequent episodes sadly prove, it can't.
August 12, 2016
With more consistently winning style and substance, The Get Down could be deeply groovy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 12, 2016
If episodes of Orange Is The New Black are like potato chips, episodes of The Get Down are more like Cadbury Creme Eggs -- a cloying, excessive assault on the senses best enjoyed no more than once a year.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 12, 2016
[Luhrmann] can get us excited with his manipulations of image and music, but he doesn't create people or stories interesting enough to give those feelings any focus.
August 11, 2016
Like all else on the director's highly aestheticized screen, down to the last carefully placed cockroach and only seemingly out-of-place hair, [the actors] have the look. But the acting is very fine all around, as well.
August 11, 2016
Despite conjuring a version of the Bronx that exists nowhere outside a set designer's fever dream, the show finds a persuasive sense of place and time in bringing the passions of its characters to pulsing, rhythmic life.
August 11, 2016
It can be best described as a series of graffiti-covered train wrecks among moments of irresistible brilliance. That's the price Luhrmann has gotten used to paying for his obsession with going over the top.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 11, 2016
For now, The Get Down is an exercise in glorious imperfection; it's got the beat, but it's still grasping for the tone.
August 11, 2016
The Get Down's introduction may be a bit of a wreck, but there's enough gorgeousness to earn the viewer's patience. Keep digging through the rubble - we promise there's some brilliance buried under there.
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