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Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

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  • Summary: Six young adults seek success in show business while living at The Lux motel in Los Angeles.
  • Genre(s): Drama
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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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]
  5. 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."
  6. 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.
  7. 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]

See all 13 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 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. Expand
  2. 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. Expand
  3. 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 Expand
  4. Jun 12, 2012
    The acting is very good. So is the writing. The story is compelling too. Its characters are well developed. A big drawback for me is that it always seems to go too far in the violence and nastiness. The characters will do anything to get ahead. They think nothing of stepping on their so called friends, routinely lie, even hurting their best friends if it will advance their appearance to the public. Maybe that is what LA is really like or maybe this is just the Hollywood version. Hospitals are not really like Gray's anatomy and funeral homes don't have nearly the drama that Six Feet Under had. Still, the show would be better if they pulled it back just a bit. Expand
  5. Apr 26, 2012
    I'm a little shocked that people didn't tune in in numbers to watch this sucker - it's really pretty darned good! No, it's nothing profound, and it's well-worn territory (let's go to LA to make it big!), but there's something sympathetic about the characters that made the first episode easy to watch. I'll definitely give it a couple more episodes. [Disclaimer: I work for Metacritic, a subsidiary of CBS which is the parent company of the CW]] Collapse
  6. Feb 2, 2013
    This show isn't just kids living in an apartment, it's much more than that. It's about these "kids" trying to find where they belong in Hollywood, and if they even can survive. Expand