• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 12, 2010
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Dec 14, 2010
    80
    Occasionally, Fisher's one-liners (the title included) overreach into silliness, but as directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato--whose examinations of notorious women include "Heidi Fleiss: The Would-Be Madam of Crystal," "Monica in Black and White" and "The Eyes of Tammy Faye"--Wishful Drinking plays like a knowing valentine to the boozy, blowsy, "Mad Men"-era days of Hollywood.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Dec 14, 2010
    70
    Her observations throughout Wishful Drinking are incisive and funny. But at times the production, directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, gets a little bogged down in minutiae.
  3. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Dec 14, 2010
    60
    Ultimately, Fisher comes across like that overly intelligent, entertaining, articulate analysand who has her own story all figured out, but still doesn't know how to let it go.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Dec 14, 2010
    75
    She's at her best mapping out the messy web of relationships that come with being the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and the late Eddie Fisher. [20 Dec 2010, p.44]
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Dec 14, 2010
    70
    This is not one of those emotional journeys in which the teller comes finally to forgive herself and the world and we get out our handkerchiefs. Craziness is Fisher's baseline--Wishful Drinking begins and ends before the image of a padded cell--and clarity the thing she buys with comedy. Life will kill you, she seems to say: You might as well laugh.
  6. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Dec 14, 2010
    80
    HBO does an expert job of turning Ms. Fisher's 2 hour and 20 minute monologue into a documentary, with only a few, artfully chosen embellishments.
  7. Reviewed by: Christian Blauvelt
    Dec 14, 2010
    83
    The results is an unapologetically whiny--but funny!--and often plays lika (successful) audition tape for The View.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 27, 2011
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. One of the best autobiographies ever, and it's not even a book. Carrie Fisher takes a mocking and comedic look at her life and legacy. She talks about her family, childhood, Star Wars, and her ultimate "insanity". I applaud her bravery at making a full mockery at herself, and the force finally is strong in this one. Full Review »