Tell Me You Love Me : Season 1

  • Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 9, 2007
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25

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Critic Reviews

  1. Once you get past the sex and if you can endure the sadness of the stories, Tell Me begins to have an addictive quality.
  2. The rest of the drama, though, suspends disbelief much more successfully. The acting, by both men and women, is quite nuanced and well-observed. After a few episodes, you feel their pain, and hope that it is eased.
  3. 80
    Tell Me You Love Me is an engrossing, searing, sometimes squirm-inducing study of intimacy, told with a fly-on-the-bedroom-wall realism that is both clinical and wrenching. Voyeurism has rarely felt so unnerving yet ultimately rewarding.
  4. 63
    The stories and performances vary in interest, and all would benefit from a bit more humor. Still, even the weaker stories eventually pull you in, if only because you spend so much time listening to these people complain, you want to see how they work things out.
  5. 80
    [A] deeply interesting, occasionally riveting show.
  6. The series is bold in its candor and unhurried attention to detail, but not quite brave enough to lay bare the bleakest, pettiest injuries that can scar a marriage.
  7. 80
    Tell Me You Love Me is not only more provocative than any of the broadcast networks' new fall shows, but also more sophisticated--even than those shows that aspire to be "adult."
  8. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    70
    It's daring, disconcerting and/or enlightening.
  9. It's imperative to make [a commitment] to this series because it doesn't really find itself until the second and third episodes. That's when you feel and recognize the beauty and the pain that Cynthia Mort smartly and sensitively portrays in her fiercely honest examination of sex in relationships.
  10. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    70
    In essence, you're watching the parts of life we're never supposed to see play out before our eyes, and the effect can be either uncomfortable but fascinating or whiny and dull.
  11. By the end of the first hour of Tell Me, I found myself caring deeply about what was happening to the couples and whether, in the end, they would find some joy of sex and emotional satisfaction. And whether I care about the characters is always my bottom line as to whether a series succeeds.
  12. 63
    The storylines are not so much entertainingly paced as they are merely interesting, representational or too often plodding.
  13. Tell Me is an incisive drama, but it's not an easy commitment.
  14. 80
    Although it manages to be suspenseful about the journey of its jumbled characters, it is an unrelenting examination of the search for the hidden recipe of me, you and us that makes for a strong marriage, and that's something you ultimately have to steel yourself for in a weekly series.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 29
  2. Negative: 12 out of 29
  1. Dec 17, 2010
    10
    I don't understand why this show got such low ratings. I am a young man, never married, but still loved this show. The acting is the mostI don't understand why this show got such low ratings. I am a young man, never married, but still loved this show. The acting is the most incredible I have seen in any TV show (and few movies top the acting). The issues are interesting and every person in a long term relationship will identify with. The ending might have been a bit too cliche; could have ended more realisticly... but that's besides the point. Full Review »
  2. JoshlynH.
    Sep 22, 2008
    2
    It's depressing but also too contrived. Having to have the token lesbian sex scene thrown in there, was just the end for me. I guess I It's depressing but also too contrived. Having to have the token lesbian sex scene thrown in there, was just the end for me. I guess I don't understand why these people can't communicate better! Is that the point? It's sort of boring and slow. I'm really trying to like it but by the end of the show, I'm annoyed by the whole thing. Full Review »
  3. Cesar
    Jun 2, 2008
    0
    Awful show. The acting is below average due to the high amount of people whining, arguing, complaining, or just being weird. The sex factor Awful show. The acting is below average due to the high amount of people whining, arguing, complaining, or just being weird. The sex factor is so overused throughout the season, it's completely inescapable! The nudity is inescapable! The sexually explicit scenes are inescapable. The therapy scenes are, from what we know, the main plot. But unfortunately, they're so boring, no one can be inspired by them to make a TV show of his/her own. All of a sudden, they're comes sex. It's almost like a pornographic drama show, which isn't such a good mixture. These scenes are just disgusting. I mean, there's an episode in which Caroline's breasts grow, and Palek is told to feel them. Jamie and Hugo make up in the sixth or seventh episode, and it's all thanks to sex! You have to have a strong stomach for them. HBO, if you're making a second season, please make it the opposite of what I said just now. Full Review »