Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Allie Gemmill
    Oct 28, 2019
    60
    Dickinson has a few weak spots that threaten to rip you out of the show’s flow but are on par for a new show coming from a new streamer still finding its footing.
  2. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Nov 4, 2019
    50
    Fan fiction may not be the best way to describe Dickinson, but I think it captures the overall adoration of the poet that went into the making of this show. ... All of this is pretty engaging. But then at seemingly random moments Dickinson shape-shifts into a sitcom, and that’s where it loses me.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Nov 1, 2019
    50
    Steinfeld is good, the cast too and the show is not terrible either. What it's forgotten is that while we're all free to make Emily Dickinson into whoever we want, at least make her interesting. Emily deserves as much.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 31, 2019
    50
    The mishmash of tone and slang give Dickinson an endearingly weird energy. And Steinfeld is already such a bundle of charisma that she papers over some of the sillier choices. Does Dickinson capture the spirit of its title character? Not really. Is it a good show? Probably not. But it’s at least more interesting than most of Apple’s bland freshman class.
  5. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Oct 31, 2019
    50
    As far as plots go, the one in Dickinson is rather thin, which is actually fine. It makes it more of a pleasure to spend time with the characters—chiefly Steinfeld as Emily. The young actress has a commanding, sardonic-sweet screen presence, and she’s fantastic casting in this. ... But things are too mishmashed. There’s too little continuity, or rhyme or reason, for what elements are period-accurate and what gets cheekily updated to today. Things are bonkers and fun at first, then repetitive and exhausting.
  6. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Oct 28, 2019
    50
    Acting saves many moments that “Dickinson” otherwise drowns in distracting stylistic flourishes. Maybe the most frustrating part of the first few episodes is how close they get to connecting Emily’s spirit to that of her poetry before losing the thread.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 29, 2019
    40
    Steinfeld is an appealing young star, but she deserves a better vehicle than this one. As Dickinson wrote, "Hope is the thing with feathers." It will take more than that to get "Dickinson" off the ground.
  8. Reviewed by: Robyn Bahr
    Oct 28, 2019
    40
    in wanting to be both a serious teen drama and a black comedy simultaneously, the half-hour show instead comes off as tonally incongruous, awash in wry hipster flatness. Irony, though, is a tool — not a genre. ... When Dickinson does work, it's mainly due to Steinfeld's loose, irreverent tenacity and the organic eroticism shared between her Emily and Hunt's Sue.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 30
  2. Negative: 9 out of 30
  1. Nov 9, 2019
    7
    Dickinson e o tipo de série morna mais extremamente divertida que agrada seu público mesmo com poucos defeitos
  2. Nov 7, 2019
    3
    Dickinson's story is just an excuse to propose a teen comedy that aims more at the effect than at the quality of the content.
  3. Nov 6, 2019
    2
    Emily Dickinson is best known as the [possibly lesbian] writer obsessed with death and poetry. She is one of America’s greatest and mostEmily Dickinson is best known as the [possibly lesbian] writer obsessed with death and poetry. She is one of America’s greatest and most original poets of all time.
    In her writing, she experimented with expression in order to free it from conventional restraints. Her characters could see the inescapable limitations of their societies as well as their imagined and imaginable escapes.
    To define meaning without confining it, to inhabit a house that never became a prison, Dickinson created a distinctively elliptical language in her work, for expressing what was possible but not yet realized.

    In the spirit of recent historical dramadies (p.e. Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite)  Apple TV+ has released this original series.
    In my opinion, the American TV firmament will not rest until it remakes every American poet into a TV-series character who is hot, young, and horny. At least she is depicted as queer. Obviously the show is targeting the young generation. I for one, would prefer a British version.
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