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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 15, 2019
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  • Summary: Luther (Tom Hopper), Diego (David Castañeda), Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Klaus (Robert Sheehan), Vanya (Ellen Page) and Number Five (Aidan Gallagher) are brought back together by the death of their adoptive father (Colm Feore) in this series based on the comics and graphic novels by MyLuther (Tom Hopper), Diego (David Castañeda), Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Klaus (Robert Sheehan), Vanya (Ellen Page) and Number Five (Aidan Gallagher) are brought back together by the death of their adoptive father (Colm Feore) in this series based on the comics and graphic novels by My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Suspense, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Feb 1, 2019
    100
    It’s frankly difficult to think back to how everything began in this crazy show after having buzzed through its 10 episodes, because it’s so full of layered narratives. ... The Umbrella Academy is incredibly interesting, enjoyable, quirky, and well worth your time.
  2. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Feb 14, 2019
    80
    It has flaws and excesses, but the series, whose first season is available on Friday, nonetheless lands in the sweet spot between comedy and drama, and between a plot-and-action-driven narrative and character exploration. ... By the time Mary J. Blige and Cameron Britton (he was serial killer Edmund Kemper on “Mindhunter”) show up as time-traveling assassins named Cha-Cha and Hazel, respectively, I was fully onboard, at least for this one season.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Feb 15, 2019
    75
    Umbrella looks, feels and sounds different [from other comic book TV adaptations]--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.
  4. Reviewed by: Sam Barsanti
    Feb 1, 2019
    58
    It’s not that the writing is awful; it just veers a little too wildly between being needlessly vague and frustratingly ham-fisted. ... The Hargreeves family, though, is where the show shines its brightest. ... It’s not lacking plot, but in the end it’s just far too anxious about doling out answers to focus on the elements that could’ve made it great.
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Feb 11, 2019
    50
    The Umbrella Academy never delivers on its intrinsic potential. It’s just one more half-hearted attempt to capitalize on the genre’s popularity.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Allen
    Feb 14, 2019
    40
    [The] busy nature initially makes for a slow start, as its pilot embeds us in their grief as means of gloomy exposition, but then it creates the opposite effect by the second and third episodes and onward--the series is both slow moving and overstuffed.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Feb 14, 2019
    30
    Netflix already has A Series of Unfortunate Events and could have easily titled The Umbrella Academy, its new series, A Series of Pointless Scenes. ... It probably doesn't help that the writing is superficial and the acting suboptimal, or that the whole thing relies on an ostensible quirkiness and viewers' innate sense that they've seen echoes of this many other places.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. Feb 16, 2019
    10
    Production is top notch and great acting(IMHO), very funny too, music is awesome. really is an f-u marvel, we can do good without you. hopeProduction is top notch and great acting(IMHO), very funny too, music is awesome. really is an f-u marvel, we can do good without you. hope Netflix bet form more darkhorse ips totally worth it. Expand
  2. Feb 18, 2019
    9
    I have neither read nor know anything about Umbrella Academy before this series came out on Netflix but after being disappointed by PunisherI have neither read nor know anything about Umbrella Academy before this series came out on Netflix but after being disappointed by Punisher S2 and Daredevil S2, I decided to give this one ago and man was I pleasantly surprised.

    The pilot episode was amazing and really set the tone for the entire series. The cinematography, coloring and pacing was superb. They're really starting to cross the border of streaming show quality and full blown Hollywood films. There were slight times where it felt slow but I think that it was necessary to really set the mood and the stories which was unraveled throughout the series rather than one big chunk. The cast did a superb job and even Hazel and Cha-Cha provided enough humor to lighten up the mood at certain times.

    By the end of the season you get a full grasp of where they're going with it and how each of the characters play a key role as well as their abilities and powers. I'm very excited for Season 2.

    If you're on the fence about watching, just watch the first ep and see for yourself. It was definitely a treat.

    Please reread these 1-3 star reviews. They're utter garbage reviews. Make sure to click on their past reviews to see what they gave high ratings on, which makes me question whether they even finished the entire season or just came on to whine.
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  3. Feb 16, 2019
    9
    The characters, the cinematography is amazing here so far. The usual slower pace in a Netflix series but it doesn't mean that this is not aThe characters, the cinematography is amazing here so far. The usual slower pace in a Netflix series but it doesn't mean that this is not a good series. The music is amazing in this series, for comicbooksuperhero fans who wants something different than Marvel or DC this is a great thing to watch. Expand
  4. Feb 18, 2019
    7
    The Umbrella Academy has many elements I find extremely entertaining but overall I find myself frustrated at various different points and itThe Umbrella Academy has many elements I find extremely entertaining but overall I find myself frustrated at various different points and it usually relates to Ellen Page's performance I just find it dull and boring, a character that should create empathy should not lead to me switching off and checking my phone for any other her scenes but because of her pantomime style of performance I just find myself cringing at the awkwardness of all her scenes they feel so far from genuine and it frustrates me. The majority of the characters have faults that make them relatable and understandable the yet, the one character that has these essential faults to make them understandable plays the role so over the top and stupid that I couldn't care less.

    The show also has various interesting points of cinematography and editing, at points I think they could've gone further with their stylistic qualities especially in comparison to other scenes. Another point is the CGI at points looks awful and it really took me out of it.

    Overall I enjoyed my experience 70% of the time hence the 7/10, but was mostly let down by one of its leads.
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  5. Feb 17, 2019
    5
    Very interesting characters and complex plot meets terrible writing, overused soundtracks and especially all the wasted potential of what aVery interesting characters and complex plot meets terrible writing, overused soundtracks and especially all the wasted potential of what a great show that could have be. Disappointing! Expand
  6. Feb 19, 2019
    4
    It isn't terrible, but it's definitely far removed from being 'good'.

    One problem with a show like this that involves a young/child actor
    It isn't terrible, but it's definitely far removed from being 'good'.

    One problem with a show like this that involves a young/child actor in a mature role, is that you MUST have a good actor for that role - and they do not. They apparently think the way you make a child look mature is by having him furrow his brow in literally 95% of scenes. The child acting is borderline laughable, and the adult acting is subpar at best. The only one that does some decent acting is Ellen Page, but unfortunately she does a lot of overacting in key moments that just feels too forced.

    The plot is pretty convoluted and at many points outright ridiculous. The writing is a mess and just all over the place, with it clear that they aren't sure if they're trying to be serious, dramatic, or funny - opting sometimes to appear to try doing all three at once. Production quality is middling, with recycled locations (think cars going around the same corner repeatedly kind of thing) when plot-wise it's supposed to be different locations, and CGI that's a mix of okay in some places, and obviously bad in others. On top of that, the sound dubbing is mismatched at moments with the sounds just completely not fitting the scene.

    Speaking of sounds, Netflix has really got a lot of love for Guardians of the Galaxy, and they're pulling hard on this one with a nostalgia-focused soundtrack. Don't get me wrong, it's fun to do, especially in some action sequences, but I swear to god they did it somehow or another in every. single. episode. Just often enough to make it kind of annoying.

    Don't let my critical review fool you, there's potential here and it has room to rebound and maybe improve a bit, but this first season is quite a mess. If you watch the trailer, you'll see that time travel is factor in this show, but the plot doesn't really address this quite enough, so that the plot is just a mess. Like with anything time travel, the stakes are always low when you can 'go back' to fix things. And personally, I found the ending to be very predictable and extremely unsatisfying.

    Also comes with all the current socio-political tropes for the medium. Doesn't bother all of us, some folks even love it, but if that kind of thing bothers you then consider yourself warned.

    Overall, I'd say if you're bored and have nothing to do, it might be worth the watch for a little entertainment. But I'd recommend keeping your phone handy so you can pull up something interesting to do here and there while you watch it. It's just not good enough to grab your attention and keep it locked on, and for the moments when it does you'll probably find yourself thinking 'time travel could fix/prevent this, though.'

    IMO, 4/10 is a fair score. There are enough flaws to make it worse than average, but enough potential that I'm not willing to call it outright bad. But it comes damn close.
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  7. Feb 17, 2019
    1
    Most boring Netflix show since Iron Fist. The characters are very one note and do nothing but brood about their daddy issues (which are mostlyMost boring Netflix show since Iron Fist. The characters are very one note and do nothing but brood about their daddy issues (which are mostly delivered by lip service and rarely seen) and point out how much they hate each other. They never do anything to, you know, move the plot forward. In fact, saying there's a plot is an overstatement. For a show about how the world will end in a few days, it's surprisingly sluggish and lacking in tension.
    It's also actively ugly to look at (especially the lighting) and tonally all over the place. You got one scene that's very mopey and the next one is suddenly all "yeah! we're so punk rock" (especially with the try hard needle drops). It's basically like putting Zack Snyder's Watchmen and Guardians of the Galaxy in a blender.
    Not even Ellen Page can save it (she's sleepwalking through the whole thing, but can you blame her?)
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