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The Umbrella Academy: Season 1 Reviews

March 7, 2019
"The Umbrella Academy" stands out among the countless other superhero series splashed across billboards and your viewing queues.
March 7, 2019
"The Umbrella Academy" is worth the enrollment. As creator Way once sang, welcome to the black parade.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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February 18, 2019
"Umbrella" looks, feels and sounds different - music does much of the heavy lifting, and effectively so. It's a gorgeous-looking production that evokes another world, with both feet still firmly planted in this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 15, 2019
It has flaws and excesses, but the series...nonetheless lands in the sweet spot between comedy and drama, and between a plot-and-action-driven narrative and character exploration.
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.
February 15, 2019
It is, in a word, maddening but still captivating. And throughout, it looks stunning.
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 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 15, 2019
The series is annoyingly inert, in short, and derivative in the process.
February 15, 2019
The show manages to walk a tremendously tricky tightrope, balancing X-Men's riff on superheroic misfits with a Haunting of Hill House-esque story about childhood trauma and multigenerational dysfunction.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 14, 2019
Despite being dark and at times wildly violent, the show... has an irreverent, playful vibe, cleverly using music and songs to set the mood,
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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 14, 2019
It's never as cutting edge or plainly cool as it so desperately wants to be.
February 14, 2019
Blackman's approach is less surreal than Way's writing, but the density of the world-building isn't lost. The isolated moments are often brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 13, 2019
Umbrella Academy does this kind of thing constantly, to the point where it starts to feel blandly oppressive.
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 8, 2019
If "The Umbrella Academy" is the start of Netflix's new comic book normal, this is a creepy good start.
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 1, 2019
After a while, endless stylization for its own sake comes to feel cluttered and, worst of all, dull.
February 1, 2019
It isn't beholden to the overbearing rules and restrictive continuity of a shared cinematic universe. It isn't sanitized into a uniform tone that appeals to a specific target demo.
Full Review | Original Score: A-