• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 8, 2020
Season #: 2, 1
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Steve Greene
    Jan 8, 2020
    91
    From head coach Monica Aldama to flyer Lexi to stunt base Jerry, there’s an effort made to understand these people as people, not just a product of what they’re able to do on the confines of the mat. In almost all cases, “Cheer” leads with showing what they’re capable of, then pulling back to show the people from their hometown or in their Navarro world that helped make them who they are.
  2. Reviewed by: Emily Baker
    Jan 13, 2022
    80
    At first, the shift feels like a betrayal, but as we get to know the fiery squad of TVCC – particularly bolshy and talented tumbler Jada Wooten – and their coach Vontae Johnson, who is the cheese to Monica’s chalk, their inclusion in the show starts to feel fresh, giving a broader overview of how the sport plays out in the Texan community. And it injects back the underdog charm with which Navarro won us over.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jan 15, 2020
    80
    All in all, Whiteley’s docuseries is a gripping inside peek at the world of top-flight athletics, where calamities are always one misstep away, physical agony and emotional devastation are ever-present, and the process of forming a cohesive team is complicated by the thorny hang-ups that everyone brings to the table.
  4. Reviewed by: Lucy Mangan
    Jan 9, 2020
    80
    Although it registers friendships and fallings-out, it does not make them into soapy storylines. It prefers, equally refreshingly, to dig deep into the many qualities that must combine to make a single performer, and then how they must coalesce into one team.
  5. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Jan 8, 2020
    80
    An earnest video journal about the challenges this dangerous sport poses and how the men and women who have made that sport the center of their lives rise to meet them.
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jan 8, 2020
    80
    Cheer is an utterly convincing portrait of what is unquestionably a real, and absurdly dangerous, sport complete with compelling stories that actually make it much more emotional and more exciting than the past couple Last Chance U seasons. ... I've always wanted just a slightly deeper sociological push from Last Chance U and that carries over to Cheer, perhaps the differentiating factor between very good shows and great shows.
  7. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Jan 8, 2020
    80
    “Cheer” isn’t so much a new take on an old story as it is proof there’s drama wherever two or more gather. It’s an addicting reality show that will make you think twice the next time you see someone accomplish something amazing.
  8. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jan 8, 2020
    80
    Fascinating — and often surprisingly moving — documentary series.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Jan 27, 2020
    9
    Great show with amazing personalities. It's Friday Night Lights but in a JC and real but as intense as Coach T and the boys.