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American Vandal: Season 1 Reviews

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September 15, 2017
Even in its first half-hour "American Vandal" begins to drag. A cliffhanger ending pushed me on to episode two, which also failed to move the plot along.
September 25, 2017
The funniest parts of the show occur in the subtle jokes that are easy to miss, but expertly delivered by a handful of very young actors you've never heard of, but are about to see everywhere.
October 6, 2017
[American Vandal] captures a genuine high school experience in an inventive way that's familiar but fresh, hilarious and so compelling.
September 21, 2017
It's like American Vandal's creators wanted to prove that Serial's success wasn't due to its content, but rather our current obsession with the nature of truth and justice.
September 19, 2017
... Netflix's American Vandal offers up a pitch-perfect parody of that tried-and-true formula, while also delivering a surprisingly fascinating mystery that -- like any good true crime story -- can sink its hooks into you and become totally addictive.
October 11, 2017
American Vandal has a wildly variable tone that feels truer to the drastic, giddy emotional swings of teenhood, and especially by the end of the series, it rubs dizzy absurdity right up against intense, long-simmering pain.
September 25, 2017
... as an examination of today's teen culture, it's surprisingly perceptive.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 1, 2017
American Vandal frolics through the Docuseries Uncanny Valley and comes out the other side with a loving appreciation of everything that makes these stories so captivating and culturally iconic.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 2, 2017
American Vandal is a starkly effective takeoff of the increasingly blurry line between filmmaker and investigator, chronicler and active participant.
September 18, 2017
Stick with it, though, and you'll watch as the show gradually morphs into a compelling mystery on its own terms.
September 20, 2017
... a refreshing take on true crime.
September 18, 2017
Perhaps the biggest key to American Vandal's success is how it takes the most juvenile of crimes and treats it with the utmost gravity.
September 17, 2017
Even as American Vandal is building its fictional case, it's simultaneously satirizing some far deeper ideas -- like why we're so interested in true crime and so insistent that it come to a pat "solution" when that's not how real life works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 17, 2017
It all feels surprisingly, tangibly real and helps extend what is essentially a playground dick joke into a JFK-style, hall-of-mirrors investigative four-hour epic.
September 12, 2017
Language, high school sex jokes in wry true-crime satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 17, 2017
American Vandal is surprisingly intense and addictive.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.1/10
September 21, 2017
Crude as it all is, my bet is that you'll fall for American Vandal, thanks to its deep love for its source material.
September 14, 2017
As silly as the story can be, it's the grounded reality of the show's world that makes it funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 14, 2017
If you're a true fan of the genre being sent up, a lot of this will be pure delight; if you're not, it's likely to seem broad and more than a little pointless. But you can't fault the execution.
September 22, 2017
Its most surprising strength is not its satire-which is, in the end, rather low-hanging fruit-but its steady construction of a narrative backdrop more compelling than its creators realize.
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