Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Shane Ryan
    Feb 22, 2021
    95
    So, yes, Beartown works as an athletic drama, too. This ingredient and all others cohere seamlessly, and you’re left with a show that transcends noir even as it elevates it.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Feb 23, 2021
    80
    Icy and enraged, it’s a sobering portrait of tragedy wrought from not only toxic masculinity, but from the equally noxious—and potentially more deadly—systems that nurture, amplify, and protect it.
  3. Reviewed by: Ashlie D. Stevens
    Feb 22, 2021
    80
    The series' creators stripped "Beartown" of the melodrama that's often inherent to stories centered on teenagers, and of the salaciousness that lesser series lean on when writing about sex crimes. In its place, they revealed a narrative that's chilling in its survey of how we can lose what makes of human in the pursuit of a win.
  4. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    Feb 22, 2021
    80
    Even though Beartown takes its first episode to set things up, it does a lot of showing instead of giving a lot of exposition. That’s a good sign that the series will make for a well-paced drama.
  5. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Feb 19, 2021
    80
    [Answers] emerge with a satisfying subtlety in “Beartown”—for all its familiarity, a riveting tale.
  6. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Feb 22, 2021
    75
    “Beartown” is a blunt story, stocked with direct lessons. Still, it’s patient about revealing its thesis, and the life-or-death stakes set up from the get-go help to prepare the audience for when normal life in a small Swedish town turns very, very ugly.
  7. Reviewed by: Kaveh Jalinous
    Feb 22, 2021
    70
    While turning Backman’s complex novel into a series rather than a film was a smart move, Beartown does run into some issues along the way. The rise of Beartown’s hockey team is important for the context of the story, but the series spends too little time showing how their skill improved. The series relies too heavily on surface-level montages to communicate how this dramatic shift actually happened.

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