• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 21, 2021
User Score
4.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 9 out of 15

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  1. Feb 21, 2021
    3
    Three problems: 1) Overly sensational, with suggestive emotional appeals based in speculation, not evidence. 2) Little new information (so far, one episode in) that is directly incriminating. 3) Extremely one-sided, offering few counter-arguments or explanations from Allen. Let's hope the next three episodes are more nuanced and balanced...
  2. Feb 22, 2021
    1
    Yellow press, did expect more from HBO. Of course, Allen is heard only via audiobook from his memoir Apropos Of Nothing which is meant to stand in for his side of the story? Well, that' lazy. But again, what about Soon Yi? Why not interview her, or their adopted children? Or Moses Farrow?

    Is it coming in the next episodes? Or what new info is there to beat the dead horse for the 4th time?
  3. Feb 23, 2021
    1
    http://mosesfarrow.blogspot.com/2018/05/a-son-speaks-out-by-moses-farrow.html
  4. Feb 23, 2021
    2
    So many problems.

    First of all as one would expect, this is a one sided hit piece out for Allens blood. I am not a fan of his work so I am not going to defend him based on being a fan. The problem here is that it is all stilted to one side and its very VERY light on factual evidence. I tend to believe Allen is in fact a pedophile but this examination undermines it by focusing on
    So many problems.

    First of all as one would expect, this is a one sided hit piece out for Allens blood. I am not a fan of his work so I am not going to defend him based on being a fan. The problem here is that it is all stilted to one side and its very VERY light on factual evidence. I tend to believe Allen is in fact a pedophile but this examination undermines it by focusing on emotional appeals rather than anything tangible. It leaves a sour taste (with the first episode at least) of someone out for vengance that may or may not actually be rooted in their claims. It leaves you feeling just as much as it was outrage at a parental figure because "you ruined my life" and other nonsensical teenage angst than it does that he was a predator. So it only hurts the cause.

    Moreover, this suffers from the same issue with virtually everything produced by HBO. Its overly produced, pretentious and most egregiously boring to watch. A story like this should at least be mildly interesting if not captivating and fertile ground to keep audiences attention. This however seemingly does not care if you listen to its lecture or not.

    Hopefully further episodes will pick up the pace and be able to stir up some emotion to give a reason for audiences to care but the first episode failed to do so.

    2./10 for a very subpar effort that should have been a slam dunk.
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Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Feb 23, 2021
    50
    Dylan’s motives are impossible to fault: She tells the filmmakers that she wants to share her experiences again so that others who have endured what she has feel less alone. She deserves to get to do that, and if more exposure brings catharsis, then so be it. But the paradox is that in portraying events so selectively, Allen v. Farrow leaves too much room for yet another public wrangling.
  2. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Feb 22, 2021
    80
    Seen as a family quilt sewn with cherished home movies and old photos, placed next to recently filmed shots of Farrow sequestered at the family's Connecticut retreat, the series is a devastating tragedy. ... A few production aspects of "Allen v. Farrow" are questionable. ... But you can't deny the reality of the adult Dylan Farrow's uncontrollable shuddering at the memory of her abuse.
  3. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    Feb 22, 2021
    80
    Allen v. Farrow is a fascinating deep dive into a case that has been all over the news media for almost 30 years now, even if it’s admittedly a one-sided account.