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Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19

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  1. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    Jan 27, 2020
    90
    Awkwafina is pretty funny in Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens. But so is the rest of the cast, and she grounds her comedy by concentrating on her family.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 21, 2020
    88
    Millennials will watch, and you will too because this is the best new comedy of the brand-new decade. ... "Nora" is a[n] unbridled joy.
  3. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jan 22, 2020
    80
    Ultimately, the show is Awkwafina’s baby all the way, as she brings her own fearless twists to the slacker genre. She has the chops to anchor a series, and the wisdom to let other performers steal scenes.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Surette
    Jan 9, 2020
    80
    Nora from Queens has two things that give it its own identity: It's told from an Asian-American point of view, and its hero still lives at home with her father and grandmother.
  5. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jan 9, 2020
    80
    Given this extremely likable and frequently funny starting point, the only thing that could keep Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens from getting that opportunity [to expand its world] over four or five seasons (or more) is Awkwafina's steady push toward world domination.
  6. Reviewed by: Katie Rife
    Jan 22, 2020
    75
    While Nora From Queens definitely bears the mark of the quirky Comedy Central anti-heroines who came before her, at its core the show nails two of the most important things for a successful sitcom: a distinct point of view and genuine heart.
  7. Reviewed by: Christopher Rosen
    Feb 3, 2020
    70
    An enjoyable episodic comedy series that is perhaps best described as a sibling of Broad City and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
  8. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Jan 22, 2020
    70
    Like Awkwafina herself, the show's charm and warm humor smoothly carry it, and its star channels both of those qualities into every moment, whether she's being rowdy, dirty, or introspective. ... All of its episodes are funny, but some are noticeably tighter than others.
  9. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Jan 17, 2020
    70
    The bits can be hit-or-miss, but the show improves as the season progresses.
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 21, 2020
    60
    Despite some funny moments, the show falls into a broad category of TV comedy -- the 20-something slacker, fumbling her way through life in the big city -- that can't help but feel a little stale at this point.
  11. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 21, 2020
    60
    The show is intermittently funny but not consistently hilarious, too often going for the low-hanging fruit of old people saying dirty things.
  12. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jan 21, 2020
    60
    A patchy but occasionally amusing melange of semi-autobiographical stories about the life of an even more awkward Awkwafina. It’s a glance back over her shoulder, with a nod to what might have been.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 21, 2020
    60
    Her brash, screeching shamelessness is a good fit with Comedy Central's irreverence, and she makes the most of this gig. [20 Jan - 2 Feb 2020, p.9]
  14. Reviewed by: Adrian Horton
    Jan 21, 2020
    60
    The thinness of the show’s plot thus puts a hefty burden on the shoulders of Awkwafina as the show’s star, and she demonstrates once again to be an energetic, compelling performer, especially when it comes to physical comedy.
  15. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 17, 2020
    60
    Enough works in this season to make it feel like a smart next phase in Awkwafina’s acting career. But when Nora returns for a second season (it’s already been renewed), she and her fellow producers would do well to figure out exactly who this fictional Nora is, and whether she’s best out on her own, or as part of a buddy act.
  16. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Jan 13, 2020
    60
    The show’s presentation of itself from title on as an autobiographical look at a star about whom we’re curious elides so much of what’s pertinent about her story as to feel, episode-to-episode, somewhat monotonous. Nora’s floating approach to life has manifold real charms. It also means that the show doesn’t have any momentum, or anywhere to go. It does have Awkwafina.
  17. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Jan 22, 2020
    58
    Fans of Awkwafina will enjoy a handful of quality quips, and there are enough goofy montages to convey some of her joyful creativity, but even as a pure hit of this winning comedian’s personality, “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens” burns out fast.
  18. Reviewed by: Robert Rorke
    Jan 15, 2020
    50
    That shiny Golden Globe will buy her some time to find her voice but, right now, her show is only fitfully amusing.
  19. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Jan 22, 2020
    40
    This collection of wacky conundrums and underachiever gags feels like a missed opportunity — and distinctly half-realized next to her other stellar achievements of late. ... Nora needs more than meandering dialogue and a few absurd set pieces (catching her roommate’s apartment on fire, for example) to emerge from her funk as an underdeveloped character.

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