• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 24, 2012
Season #: 1, 2, 3
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 31
  2. Negative: 6 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Gareth James
    Jun 25, 2012
    60
    The Newsroom is timely, well acted, and big-hearted, but offers few surprises.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 22, 2012
    60
    The Newsroom characters grow a bit over the show's first four episodes and begin to seem less like types and more like fully-defined people, but they never feel altogether real, the unintended consequence of inhabiting an idealistic fantasy land.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 18, 2012
    60
    The Newsroom essentially presents viewers with two options: Lament how the series doesn't match the lofty crests of Sorkin's finest work, or admire the show's ambitions and embrace of serious ideas, and grudgingly roll with its uneven tides.
  4. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jun 15, 2012
    60
    The extremes of smart and wacky writing styles have never been so much at odds.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jun 22, 2012
    50
    Daniels is great, biting clean through clotted dialogue that's twinkly yet sanctimonious. [2 Jul 2012, p.40]
  6. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jun 22, 2012
    50
    The series is kind of a mess, but one you can't really look away from.
  7. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jun 21, 2012
    50
    At its best, and that doesn't come into full view until the third and fourth episodes, The Newsroom has a wit, sophistication and manic energy that recalls James L. Brooks's classic movie "Broadcast News." But at its worst, the show chokes on its own sanctimony.
  8. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jun 20, 2012
    50
    The Newsroom is both wonderful and terrible.
  9. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jun 20, 2012
    50
    The Newsroom is convincing as a faux newscast. It's less convincing as good television.
  10. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Jun 22, 2012
    40
    The Newsroom's focus is on putting on a show, and because its weak points are howlers and it will be a hoot to laugh not with but at them.
  11. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jun 21, 2012
    40
    That transcendent mixture of confidence and fear, of humility and clear-eyed self-assessment, evident in so much of Sorkin's other work, is what turns a sermon into a work of art. And that is precisely what is missing here.
  12. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jun 20, 2012
    40
    The results are a captivating, riveting, rousing, condescending, smug, infuriating mixture, a potent potion that advertises itself as intelligence-enhancing but is actually just crazy-making.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 488 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 99 out of 132
  2. Negative: 15 out of 132
  1. hbo
    Jun 24, 2012
    10
    This could be the best show I have seen in a long long time. A lot of the critics reviews make me angry, they have to remember that it's aThis could be the best show I have seen in a long long time. A lot of the critics reviews make me angry, they have to remember that it's a television show and to stop taking it so personally. I applaud HBO for sticking with Aaron Sorkin to make this happen. Television is supposed to be entertaining, if it was supposed to be real, we'd just be watching CNBC or CNN. Be sure to watch and judge this amazing show on your own, not from the eyes of a journalist that is comparing it to their own life and work. I can't wait for this season to unfold! Full Review »
  2. Jul 3, 2012
    3
    First episode: 7/10. Second episode: 1/10. What started in episode 1 as a cutting and crackling critique of modern America through the prismFirst episode: 7/10. Second episode: 1/10. What started in episode 1 as a cutting and crackling critique of modern America through the prism of televised news devolved in episode 2 into a preachy mess of irritating people screaming and gesticulating wildly, neither half as funny or half as smart -- or half as believable -- as they're supposed to be. Abysmal. Avoid. Full Review »
  3. May 20, 2013
    2
    Went down hill fast after the opening monologue and never regained its footing. Cheesy, schmaltzy, self-indulgent pabulum. The episode withWent down hill fast after the opening monologue and never regained its footing. Cheesy, schmaltzy, self-indulgent pabulum. The episode with the psychiatrist was probably the best one. The 9/11 episode? Unbelievably turgid. I thought the critics were being unduly harsh at first, but now I see why. Full Review »