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The Umbrella Academy: Season 1 Reviews

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February 2, 2019
The series is unable to render any of the visual imagination its source material practically begs for.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 1, 2019
The Umbrella Academy is too pompous for its own good to realise the inherent emptiness.
February 1, 2019
In the end it's just far too anxious about doling out answers to focus on the elements that could've made it great.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 25, 2019
The Umbrella Academy has a lot of ideas it wants to play around with to be as substantive as it is occasionally stylish, and that's a more than admirable trait, but it's tough to argue it makes up for its overall lack of inventiveness.
March 7, 2019
The overall effect - something very silly taken quite seriously - is too mature for kids and too juvenile for grown ups.
February 4, 2019
Despite its best efforts to capture the delightful weirdness of the comic as well as expand on some of the storylines only hinted at in the book, the new Netflix series is ultimately too grounded and sluggish to really keep us invested.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 1, 2019
After a while, endless stylization for its own sake comes to feel cluttered and, worst of all, dull.
February 14, 2019
It's never as cutting edge or plainly cool as it so desperately wants to be.
February 20, 2019
A superhero show masquerading as character drama, the new Netflix show manages to make molehills out of mountains and is a true mess.
February 11, 2019
Some choices make the 10-episode first season easy to digest - inviting you to shut off your brain and go along for the ride - but too many fail to live up to the show's creative possibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 15, 2019
It is purest hokum: a superhero show with some potentially interesting stuff lurking underneath about family dysfunction (mostly carried by Ellen Page as the black sheep) that promises never to be developed. And I'm in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 20, 2019
It's wonderfully filmed, and very whizzy and gothic, and dark. On the other... it's born of a graphic novel, and, as so often, doesn't quite hang together unless you've actually possessed the patience to read the original.
February 15, 2019
Umbrella Academy suggests a musical trapped in the body of one of Netflix's more tedious Marvel Comics vigilante dramas... It's a particularly egregious "four episodes worth of plot in a 10-episode bag" offender.
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February 14, 2019
The result is a season of television that seems at once overstuffed and thinned out - long on character and events, but short on any sense of mounting tension, urgency or consequences.
February 15, 2019
Its attempts to capture the visual and narrative virtuosity of the comics are halfhearted, though, and we're left with a polished but increasingly dull version of the same old story.
February 13, 2019
Umbrella Academy does this kind of thing constantly, to the point where it starts to feel blandly oppressive.
February 15, 2019
The series is annoyingly inert, in short, and derivative in the process.
February 13, 2019
The whole thing ends with a setup for a second season. I'm in no hurry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 21, 2019
If you're searching for a wild new series that can be unpredictably fun, while also boasting a genuine story of a broken family with superpowers thrown in to the mix, The Umbrella Academy might just be your new favourite binge.
February 1, 2019
This is one of the best and most dynamic TV series I've watched in quite some time; from the cast to the music to the fight scene choreography, this show goes all out.
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