• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 25, 2018
Season #: 2, 1
Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 29, 2019
    100
    The darkness gets darker, yet “Barry” is sticking to its comedic intent and half-hour format. This is remarkable, given that it plays as intensely and satisfyingly as “Breaking Bad” once did.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Mar 27, 2019
    100
    The best comedy on not just HBO but all of television (at least while “Atlanta” isn’t on the air). The first three episodes of “Barry” are flat-out brilliant, balancing the show’s dry wit and humor with its increasingly dark edge that sometimes makes it feel more like “Breaking Bad” than a traditional laugher.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Haigis
    Mar 26, 2019
    100
    While the new episodes maintain the show’s satiric view of self-interested Hollywood types, a poignant theme emerges which represents an evolution for the series. As an introspective Barry takes inventory of his past misdeeds, the show’s storylines cohere around the reflexive lies people tell themselves, and the myriad factors which comprise the masks they present to the world.
  4. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Mar 26, 2019
    100
    Everything about the series is so carefully crafted, though, that even its smallest moments are pure joy (most especially when it riffs on cut-rate movies and TV series in the roles Sally and others get). But there is never a danger of superficiality, even when a recurring theme is how Barry is able to achieve this duel life largely because the people around him are so self-absorbed.
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Mar 26, 2019
    91
    The darkness and light play perfectly off each other, creating yet another fascinating and hilarious season, and one determined to be true to its own twisted identity.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 29, 2019
    90
    Mostly, the show deftly juggles a variety of tones, managing to be funny, quirky and intense all at once, while again showcasing Henry Winkler in his brilliant, Emmy-winning role as the acting teacher who keeps pressing Barry to tap into his dark side.
  7. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Mar 29, 2019
    90
    Barry, like the series that shares his name, is still in a dark place this season. While the wannabe actor might not want to hear this, that’s a place that suits him, and Barry, just perfectly.
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 27, 2019
    88
    Barry gets better this season--a whole lot better.
  9. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Apr 3, 2019
    85
    The unique excellence of the second season, at least in the three episodes released to critics, is how adroitly Hader and co-creator Alec Berg find ways to raise the stakes for Barry while keeping the show’s tone darkly amused.
  10. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Mar 25, 2019
    83
    Season 2 remains tricky TV, juggling out-loud laughs with raw human embarrassment and an expanding universe of SoCal skulduggery. [29 Mar 2019, p.45]
  11. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Mar 29, 2019
    80
    Through its first three episodes of the season, Barry has simply become a half-hour drama, albeit one with occasional snarky jabs at the entertainment industry and a Chechen mobster with alopecia, but a drama nonetheless. I miss the punchlines, while finding plenty to admire in the show's not-totally-new incarnation.
  12. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Mar 29, 2019
    70
    In the new season, Barry’s morose self-introspection (and self-pity) becomes hard to stomach, but at least the rest of the show’s characters gain histories in satisfying new ways.
  13. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 28, 2019
    70
    Individual moments are still often strong, even if the pieces don’t fit together as neatly as before.
  14. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 27, 2019
    70
    As a character study of a sad yet dangerous man who should never be encouraged to "access some rage," Barry is a triumph--as long as you're not expecting a laugh riot. [1-14 Apr 2019, p.13]
User Score
9.3

Universal acclaim- based on 120 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 120
  1. Apr 2, 2019
    4
    Episode is: What a disappointment!. The clever and nuanced writing seems to have deserted the show. Instead, we are served some slapstickEpisode is: What a disappointment!. The clever and nuanced writing seems to have deserted the show. Instead, we are served some slapstick comedy that Big Bang Theory would cringe at (blond wig joke on sad baddie who just needs a friend), cartoonish handling of the Fuques storyline, ham-fisted veteran background story to prove a stupid point and other lazy jokes that ruin of the goodwill gained in season 1. Damn it, Hader: You even waste the Fonz! Full Review »
  2. May 1, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This is easily one of the 2 or 3 best shows on TV. The episode in which Barry is tasked to "take care" of the FBI guy's ex-wife's boyfriend is genius. When he walks into the guy's room, seeing 50 Tai-Kwan-Do trophies, and 100 metals, it's like something out of Raising Arizona. And the daughter? Genius. Full Review »
  3. Mar 31, 2019
    5
    The first episode of the first season is what hooked me with it's ultraviolence as happenstance at the hands of an elite killer. This seasonsThe first episode of the first season is what hooked me with it's ultraviolence as happenstance at the hands of an elite killer. This seasons first episode was a snoozefest. Methinks they've forgotten what made them different, and what made their show such a standout. Full Review »