Metascore
98

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Devin Gordon
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    Thanks to a finale that is, by turns, hysterical, excruciating and even poignant, this series--about a blowhard branch manager (Ricky Gervais) who gets sacked from his job at a struggling paper company--gets to quit while it's way, way ahead. [18 Oct 2004]
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    Brilliant. [21 Oct 2004]
  3. The special stays true to the tone and searing wit of the original series and makes for a spectacularly funny coda to "The Office." [18 Oct 2004]
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    Quite possibly the finest closing chapter ever for a TV series.
  5. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    Whether it's Brent's starry-eyed foppishness, Dawn's artistic daydreams or Gareth's organizational stiffness, these are characters we don't see on American TV. They're not accomplished, clever or distinctive. But they're so well-observed, and so subtly personified, that it's as if we're finding amusement in people we know. [21 Oct 2004]
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    A masterful two-hour finale to an already exceptional program. [21 Oct 2004]
  7. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    Supremely satisfying. [21 Oct 2004]
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    It integrates the boredom, self-delusion, dashed hopes and struggle for power into something bigger, and potentially better, and functions not only as a continuation of the story but a convincing conclusion.
  9. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    As wickedly, painfully funny as the first two seasons and, in tiny, fleeting doses, as delicately tender.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    A masterful series finale. [21 Oct 2004]
  11. Reviewed by: Mike McDaniel
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    Easily one of the funniest shows of the year. [21 Oct 2004]
  12. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    Like the series that preceded it, The Office Special is brilliant. [21 Oct 2004]
  13. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    A fully satisfying and fitting TV finale, and a show that really should be seen. It's acted as well as it's written and directed, which means it's just about perfect. [21 Oct 2004]
  14. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    It's hard to imagine any other comedy series putting such a fitting cap on its run. [21 Oct 2004]
  15. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    As he did in the series, Gervais imbues Brent with a kind of idiotic cleverness that is both silly and devastating. [21 Oct 2004]
  16. 100
    As ever, it's all in the details.
  17. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jul 25, 2013
    90
    What's most satisfying about "The Office" is that, despite the sharpest humor this side of "The Larry Sanders Show," it has an ultimately sympathetic take on the cubicle-dwellers of the world, and that outlook is derived from a million tiny observations about personal decency (and lack thereof). [21 Oct 2004]
  18. Jul 3, 2013
    90
    For the most part, the special continues with the show's distinctive brand of brutal, punchline-free, squirm-inducing humor. Ultimately, though, it gives us what the first and second seasons did not, a happy ending. This optimistic conclusion could be seen as a loss of nerve. I prefer to see it as chance for release.
  19. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jul 1, 2013
    90
    A satisfying, touching and excruciatingly funny severance package.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 10, 2013
    10
    This two-part Christmas special has the same gut-wrenching effect of the previous two seasons with Gervais' Brent's unbearable presence still palpable. Dawn and Tim's love fiasco finally gets resolved in an effective, heartfelt manner and the supporting cast are still the fumbling idiots you've grown to know and love. Although we would all have liked a fully fledged final season, this two-hour finale does an exceptional job at closing the doors on The Office. Full Review »
  2. Jul 11, 2014
    7
    Honestly i like the us version better, especially because of Steve Carell. Gervais is a genius but his series always are to **** short, canĀ“t get completely into it Full Review »