Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Apr 20, 2012
    The show has sneaky depth. The leads are pretty without being "pretty," refreshingly down-to-earth likable, and able to flesh out their youthful stereotypes with this weird thing called personality.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Apr 23, 2012
    No one will confuse The L.A. Complex with "Mad Men" or "The Good Wife," but for the type of show it sets out to be, this Complex is surprisingly, well, complex.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 20, 2012
    Even with some amusing bleeps and pixelation to obscure saucy language and (apparently) beer labels, L.A. Complex feels pretty authentic, and gets the relationships much better than something like the increasingly preposterous "Smash" does.
  4. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Apr 24, 2012
    The dialogue is actually pretty darned good and kind of inside funny.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Apr 24, 2012
    On the surface at least, it's hard to imagine responding to CW's three-pronged tagline attack of "Small fish. Big pond. Huge dreams." Wonder of wonders, though, this series sells its premise while only occasionally trying way too hard.
  6. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Apr 23, 2012
    An affectionate and surprisingly insightful look at Hollywood hopefuls clawing to make careers in TV, music, comedy and dance.
  7. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Apr 20, 2012
    By the end of this first episode, The L.A. Complex has done enough to deserve a callback. [20/27 Apr 2012, p.106]
  8. Reviewed by: Emily Nussbaum
    Aug 22, 2012
    The L.A. Complex is maddeningly low-rated, but it's worth seeking out: it's no masterpiece of cinematography, and can veer into melodrama, but at its sharpest moments the show has as much "Midnight Cowboy" in it as it does "Melrose Place."
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Apr 24, 2012
    Even the most concocted bits play out in a relaxed way, as when a drummer lay back behind the beat, putting new life into an old tune, making the corn convincing, the familiar unpredictable.
  10. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Apr 24, 2012
    What starts out as a seemingly generic series about an assortment of showbiz wannabes becomes more engaging over the first few episodes.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Apr 23, 2012
    Over all it's as essentially disposable as most CW shows, but in between the rockin' pool parties and show-business clich├ęs there are moments that are better written and less formulaic than the norm for this network.
  12. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Apr 24, 2012
    It's a primetime soap, but one that's genuinely more interested in what the characters want to do for a living than in who they're sleeping with.
  13. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Apr 27, 2012
    This blah drama about kids living in an LA apartment complex while hustling for big breaks is a Canadian import. [7 May 2012, p.46]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 26, 2012
    Show is pretty original about a group of young people trying to make it in the entertainment Industry in LA, which we all know is pretty cutthroat. Two episodes in and I'm pretty hooked. Highly recommend it for anyone, especially people trying to make it in any industry. Full Review »
  2. Apr 24, 2012
    I saw this in Canada earlier in the year. It is much the best youth finding itself TV show on at the moment. Believable characters all with a feeling of desperation to get found or rekindle their careers. worth watching Full Review »
  3. Apr 13, 2013
    The best youth show I've seen since original Beverly Hills, 90210. Fresh, lively, believable, without all the pathos of many other modern shows. Good story, deep characters, great acting, amazing writing, fantastic storylines, camera-work, decorations and sets. Don't know what not to like. It could be a huge success if it wasn't cancelled. Probably it was too smart for these days and audience. Full Review »