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83

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19

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Critic Reviews

  1. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Mar 7, 2014
    100
    It's educational, kid-oriented and fun, and Tyson us confidently smooth popularizer of science. [17 Mar 2014]
  2. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Mar 7, 2014
    100
    There are a lot of shows on TV that are fun, many that are educational and a number that are beautiful to look at, but it's rare for a show to have all of those qualities in abundance.
  3. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 6, 2014
    100
    At least the first episode of the new Cosmos is terrific. And if the other 12 episodes are as good, the series will serve as a valuable continuation of Sagan's legacy.
  4. 100
    The first hour, provided for preview, is spectacular even when seen without completed special effects.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 6, 2014
    91
    It's a show that stands entirely on its own while never forgetting the series that inspired it.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Feb 28, 2014
    91
    Cosmos captures the imagination anew by celebrating imagination itself as an essential tool for a deeper, more truthful understanding of life. [7 Mar 2014, p.60]
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 7, 2014
    90
    Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is science non-fiction at its most accessible and enjoyable.
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 5, 2014
    83
    Basic yet beautiful, Cosmos appears to be a winner.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Mar 10, 2014
    80
    Crafted to satisfy those generations of viewers for whom even "The Empire Strikes Back" looks quaint and old-fashioned, it is no less thought-provoking for being made to be fun.
  10. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Mar 7, 2014
    80
    The premiere episode nimbly balances information with visual spectacle, forging a middle ground between sci-fi and science fact.
  11. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Mar 7, 2014
    80
    This very first episode has so much information in it that the first 15 or so minutes seem like a study course and might prove slow to some folks as Tyson diligently starts explaining the solar system piece by piece. But Cosmos picks up with the help of executive producer Brannon Braga’s sci-fi touches and some early animation that follows the plight of Giordana Bruno.
  12. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Mar 7, 2014
    80
    Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is certainly trippy and visually dazzling, but it’s also a big-thought-provoking series crammed with scientific and historical fact. Hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, it is a transporting mass of CGI special effects and cartoon sequences, but it has the heft and scope of cable’s most esteemed science series, “Planet Earth” and “Life.”
  13. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Mar 7, 2014
    80
    It’s all done with brilliant imagery and crisp production that differs from Sagan’s primarily because the technology just keeps getting better.
  14. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 6, 2014
    75
    The reboot, with only Episode 1 to go by, looks like a noble, educational and decidedly visual effort that can only be enhanced by the HD crystal clarity that Sagan never had a chance to behold.
  15. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 7, 2014
    70
    It’s a 13-episode remake/update lovingly shepherded by Sagan’s widow, Ann Druyan, who worked on the original series, and hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, a worthy heir to Sagan’s legacy, even if he doesn’t quite possess Sagan’s natural ability to captivate viewers.
  16. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Mar 6, 2014
    70
    The new Cosmos starts slowly and reverently enough: deGrasse Tyson, a warm, avuncular presence, standing on the same cliffs Sagan did, talking about the universe, our place in it, and preaching the gospel of the scientific method in a glossy episode, which, scientifically speaking, doesn’t advance much beyond middle school.
  17. 70
    Sagan was on record as being agnostic, but he carved out a space within the 1980 Cosmos for believers as well, and some of his more oracular turns of phrase convinced many people of faith that he was, if not an ally, then at least not an adversary. This new Cosmos is not so easygoing.
  18. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Mar 3, 2014
    63
    The use of animation makes it feel even more like something you’d see in a high school science class. Special effects have come a long way since 1980, yet they manage to be less impressive in this updated version that shoots for the stars but falls short.
  19. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mar 7, 2014
    60
    Where Sagan’s narrative often approached poetry, Dr. Tyson’s can sound like an overwrought, overamplified planetarium show.... The animation used to present his story resembles low-budget anime and isn’t terribly absorbing. Bruno deserves better. Nit-picking aside, if the new Cosmos doesn’t deliver quite the punch of the original, it’s because this isn’t 1980.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 338 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 89
  2. Negative: 23 out of 89
  1. Mar 9, 2014
    10
    As a huge fan of the original series, I'm happy to let you know the pilot continued the legacy of the great Carl Sagan behind the veryAs a huge fan of the original series, I'm happy to let you know the pilot continued the legacy of the great Carl Sagan behind the very respectable Neil DeGrasse Tyson with great overview and some eye candy visuals. I expect that the science will get more detailed once it focuses on more succinct subjects but so far it was an absolute joy for the anticipation!! Full Review »
  2. Mar 10, 2014
    9
    This mini-series is a great idea and it did an admirable job at balancing entertainment, science, and pretty pictures (although as others haveThis mini-series is a great idea and it did an admirable job at balancing entertainment, science, and pretty pictures (although as others have mentioned the CGI looked a little off at times). The narrator was excellent and did a good job of putting large concepts into consumable pieces. The show didn't delve particularly deep, at least in the first episode, but I don't think it is trying to be something like Into the Universe or Through the Wormhole -- it is trying to appeal to a mass audience and people who might not otherwise receive exposure to such things. At this it was a rousing success I think. What this show stands for is more important than the show itself. Full Review »
  3. Mar 9, 2014
    10
    Very interesting!! I hope Neil will make more people aware of the Wonder that is the cosmos. I think even people who aren't very enthusiasticVery interesting!! I hope Neil will make more people aware of the Wonder that is the cosmos. I think even people who aren't very enthusiastic about science will enjoy this, he makes boring things sound incredibly interesting.It's only the first episode and I already feel like I'm hooked. Full Review »