When They See Us: Season 1 Reviews

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August 20, 2020
It transcends by reflecting the biggest of injustices, from a personal and emotional level. Unmissable. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
July 20, 2020
The acting and directing are nothing short of outstanding.
February 25, 2020
The opening and concluding installments are the strongest, and left me feeling like I punctured a lung.
January 18, 2020
Ultimately, it's still worth a try, but those hoping for more of the facts and the nitty gritty should turn to the Ken Burns documentary instead.
December 17, 2019
Wise's hope, pain, weariness, and youthful innocence all shine through in Jerome's can't-miss performance.
December 10, 2019
Perhaps the best work of [Ava] DuVernay's career so far.
December 3, 2019
The series offers a raw, absorbing and ultimately revealing look at this compelling case and the flawed criminal justice system.
December 3, 2019
When They See Us isn't a perfect series... But it's certainly a necessary and poignant series.
December 3, 2019
'What They See in Us' can get overly sentimental, and it's oddly trippy at the end, but it's still a tour de force of a show that is unrelenting in its message; and topped off with a beautiful, rousing, hopeful ending.
December 3, 2019
All of the actors are phenomenal, but special attention has to go to [Jharrel] Jerome, who is a revelation as Korey Wise.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 3, 2019
While the acting and story in itself is riveting and heartbreaking, the dialogue can sometimes be too on-the-nose. It's jarring but luckily, doesn't take away anything from the show.
December 3, 2019
[Ava] DuVernay skips around, sacrificing some of the legal particulars and chronologies in order to maintain the intimacy and focus of her storytelling.
November 12, 2019
A harrowing entry into drama based on the effect and not only on a terrible jury trial. DuVernay shines and Jerome confirms his upcoming status. [Full review in Spanish].
August 19, 2019
That two of the four words in the series' title are 'us' and 'they' says something about how much our discourse about justice is defined along entrenched polemical lines.
August 18, 2019
The unsparing nature of When They See Us has sparked conversations about whether it's another in a long line of works that rehash Black trauma.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 25, 2019
The first half of the four-part miniseries When They See Us, from acclaimed director Ava Duvernay (Selma, 2014), is a gut-wrencher.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 15, 2019
The acting was phenomenal, as was the way they told the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 15, 2019
Everything was solid. Episodes one and four are particularly harrowing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 3, 2019
When all is said and done though When They See Us may well go down as DuVernay's finest work - an empathetic look at a landmark case that forever changed the lives of five young men.
July 2, 2019
When They See Us is a genuinely great show that deserves to be seen by the widest possible audience.
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