Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 17, 2011
    50
    Assembled through an open call, the cast (many of whom are 17 or 18) is extraordinarily natural. Where Elsley stumbles--especially in the opener--is the exaggerated dialogue, often more borscht-belt comedian than actual kid.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 17, 2011
    40
    What in the original incarnation was shockingly cheeky, in its graphic and profane depiction of teens indulging in sex-and-drug debauchery, has been neutered and tamed in a remake that is unconvincing, amateurishly produced and very poorly acted.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 17, 2011
    50
    Skins is a bit clunky and even dated at times. Nor does it feel all that grounded in the real world, where it badly wants to be.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jan 24, 2011
    75
    What keeps it from being exploitative--just--is the sense that these kids know such dangerous exhilaration won't, can't, lead to the happiness they're looking for. [31 Jan 2011, p.40]
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 17, 2011
    40
    Surely, there are talented American writers not long out of their teens who could have helped craft a new group of characters and stories that reflected their own experiences - and with enough sex and drugs and mayhem to please MTV's need for extra attention.
  6. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jan 17, 2011
    50
    The scripts are nearly line-for-line copies of the Brit version. But the scenes are over the top, the kids are too good-looking and seem to have spent too much time at acting camp.
  7. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jan 17, 2011
    50
    Plopped down in Baltimore, the loose-living adolescents in MTV's seemingly line-for-line version don't actually feel American, no matter what their accents are, and the plots that always struck me as more teen movie than teen reality seem no more realistic than, say, "Gossip Girl."
  8. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 17, 2011
    67
    Skins feels raw and gritty. The characters' pain is often palpable. Only the show's target audience will know how true its portrayal of adolescence is, but it should make many parents pay closer attention to what's going on in their teenagers' lives.
  9. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jan 17, 2011
    75
    While some plot elements and characters have been imported intact from the United Kingdom, the American show makes its own statement and will move away from its British roots in future episodes.
  10. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jan 17, 2011
    40
    Skins is so determined to relate to hardened kids--without sermon, theme or context--that it accidentally discovers a new frontier in phoniness and filth. Even if I could warp time and watch it as my teenaged self, I'm pretty sure I would have been bored by it back then, too--even with all the sex.
  11. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jan 14, 2011
    70
    For all its cheekiness and raunch, Skins has more sweetness than snarky teen soaps like Gossip Girl.
  12. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Jan 18, 2011
    70
    Really, though, you don't have to know anything about the British Skins to get into the remake.
  13. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Jan 25, 2011
    50
    The show--a sporadically excellent adaption of a British teen drama--is superlative teensploitation, enabling youth to rejoice in the fantasy of their corruption, among other things.
  14. What's more bothersome about Skins from a critical standpoint is the thin plotting, the aimless narrative, and the generally flat and artificial feel of the production.
  15. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    Jan 13, 2011
    75
    The episode feels contrived, as the characters are introduced and try too hard to prove their anarchic cool. The next three episodes, though, are surprisingly thoughtful and even a little punk poetic.
  16. Reviewed by: Dalton Ross
    Jan 14, 2011
    75
    While it may lack the charm (and perfect casting) of the British show, it's still worth a gander.
  17. Reviewed by: Paul Schrodt
    Jan 18, 2011
    50
    Skins is, alas, many types of teen drama to many types of teens--a raunchy good time and an Afterschool Special on The Way Youth Live Now rolled into one. It's a viewing experience akin to going to a coke party only to be given a lecture. Where's the fun in that?
User Score
4.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 8 out of 19
  1. Jan 17, 2011
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I too had the pleasure if watching seasons 1-4 this past fall and instantly fell in love with the charm and troubles of these groups of teens from the UK. Then I had the intense displeasure of tuning to MTV tonight only to see one of the best depictions of teenage angst be transformed into something with the depth and emotion of watching paint dry. Dialog that came off as fresh and clever on the original appeared stiff and emotionless in the American version. And then there's Maxie. Apparently, Maxie is now a girl who, if the commercial for next week's episode is any indication, will only resemble Maxie in her sexual orientation. All in all, the U.S. Skins is a hollow shell of the original. If anything, this Skins only serves to increase my excitement for the return of E4's Skins series 5 at the end of this month. Full Review »
  2. Jan 26, 2011
    10
    This series is just as better as the United kingdom series. The Acting Is Good. The Story lines are really good & The series is being planned out for 10 episodes Full Review »
  3. Jan 17, 2011
    1
    Unfortunately the recycling of characters, dialogue and plot hasn't worked. Transplanting these British characters into an American environment leaves me feeling confused as to their identities, as their interactions feel forced and out of place. Full Review »