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  • Summary: Bookstore manager Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) becomes obsessed with an aspiring writer (Elizabeth Lail) in this psychological thriller based on the Caroline Kepnes novel of the same name.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Sep 7, 2018
    91
    Invoking the best qualities of David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and Mary Harron’s adaptation of “American Psycho.” ... While we’re thoroughly embedded in Joe’s point of view from the beginning, the writing and Badgley’s performance do just enough to ensure that it’s not a comfortable experience, even as we get to know him more and more.
  2. Reviewed by: Margaret Lyons
    Sep 7, 2018
    80
    You is a vicious thrill; smart and mean in all the right ways, with a devilish sensibility and a clever, inviting pessimism, like the friend who wants you to sit in the back with her and make jokes.
  3. Reviewed by: Emily Nussbaum
    Oct 1, 2018
    80
    A comedy-thriller with a serrated edge, You is a scary, delicious snack of a show, a bit like “Dexter” crossed with “Younger.”
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 6, 2018
    75
    It’s been a while since basic cable has delivered a guilty pleasure as enticing and entertaining as Lifetime’s stalker drama You.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 13, 2018
    70
    Joe's warped wit, honed by Badgley's sensitive-guy panache, sets You apart from Lifetime's woman-in-peril formula. [17-30 Sep 2018, p.25]
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Sep 6, 2018
    70
    An extremely watchable stalker drama. ... The breathless pacing of You is what could well make it a juicy guilty pleasure for many viewers, but it falls short of the kind of thoughtfulness that could have made it special.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Aug 31, 2018
    50
    The narrative bulk of the series is relayed through Joe’s internal monologues (another stalker trope) but I will says this: the series, while at turns cheesy and predictable, is also watchable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Sep 11, 2018
    10
    great pilot, the series has a very interesting point that is the vision of Joe which leaves the series much more intense´, Penn Badgley playsgreat pilot, the series has a very interesting point that is the vision of Joe which leaves the series much more intense´, Penn Badgley plays a majestic role in this show, the photograph is a bit melancholy as the life of the Badgley character which leaves more sadisfatoria accompany you. Expand
  2. Sep 11, 2018
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I didn't know what this was, so after a bit of a boring start the atmosphere started to pull me in. At first the main character seems so normal. And even after all the stalking I still found him relatable. They could have waited a bit longer with the violence, but I understand they need the audience to tune in next week. I will watch again even though I'm worried it will try to be the new Dexter. Expand
  3. Jan 5, 2019
    8
    Surprisingly good, and also surprisingly, it's not really dark or excessively creepy despite the subject matter. The main character stalkerSurprisingly good, and also surprisingly, it's not really dark or excessively creepy despite the subject matter. The main character stalker guy is actually decent in some ways.

    Edit: finished it and came back to bump up the score, as I really enjoyed this overall.
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  4. Jan 22, 2019
    7
    You mixes together solid acting with a completely unrealistic story that for some reason is enthralling to a point where I felt a little bitYou mixes together solid acting with a completely unrealistic story that for some reason is enthralling to a point where I felt a little bit dirty for enjoying it so much. Expand
  5. Jan 2, 2019
    5
    Starts out promisingly but quickly descends into an absurd mess. This is not a stalker thriller. It might seem like one in the first fewStarts out promisingly but quickly descends into an absurd mess. This is not a stalker thriller. It might seem like one in the first few episodes, but then it becomes an addiction drama while also trying to be a soap and then a rom-com all the while offering nothing to help the viewer understand Penn Badgley's Joe, a completely baffling character. Expand
  6. Dec 31, 2018
    5
    Very much a sub-Dexter, but without the good bits. Watchable but far from essential
  7. Oct 13, 2018
    4
    Good first episode 1. Passable episode 2. Then it becomes unbearable. So. Much. Talking. Egomaniacs talking about other egomaniacs. What thisGood first episode 1. Passable episode 2. Then it becomes unbearable. So. Much. Talking. Egomaniacs talking about other egomaniacs. What this show manage to achieve is to turn this would-be Dexter character into a narcissistic bore. Also, funnily, the lead female character becomes even more unlikable and unlovable than him after episode 3. That is a major tour de force! Just watch those 3 episodes.
    Dexter was a show full of surprises, nuances and ...great mood and almost beauty: Killings turned into works of art. Here it's a guy talking about art without creating any.
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