• Network: IFC
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 20, 2015
Season #: 3, 2, 1
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

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

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Feb 20, 2019
    100
    Documentary Now! is better than it’s ever been: absurd, joyful, and characteristically precise. And the new episodes still manage to pick thoughtfully at the intentions and methods of filmmakers, particularly when it comes to portraying genius.
  2. Reviewed by: Adam Chitwood
    Feb 19, 2019
    100
    Season 3 shows that, while Hader and Armisen are missed, this series could go on for many, many years as long as the core writing, producing, and directing team remains. The show is as funny and fresh as ever.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Feb 20, 2019
    90
    Sure, there are orgy and drug jokes in “Batsh*t Valley,” but they never over-do any of their gags, often moving on to something else clever just as you’re getting the previous joke. ... Perhaps because the season starts so strongly, the final two episodes felt like a bit of a letdown to me, but they’re still smarter than most comedy television.
  4. 90
    [This Season] feels like an evolution of sorts, largely purging itself of pure delight in imitation/parody (as in an SNL sketch) and treating the exceptional writing, acting, and filmmaking as a way to portray and explore these strange and mesmerizing individuals.
  5. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 14, 2019
    90
    Documentary Now! goes to new heights of comic inspiration. ... I mean this as the highest compliment when I say it's almost as good as the real thing. [18 Feb - 3 Mar 2019, p.14]
  6. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Feb 20, 2019
    83
    Documentary Now! is smart TV.
  7. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Feb 20, 2019
    80
    Along the way to its third season, which premieres Wednesday night, the series’ humor grew more attenuated, so its episodes started to feel less like extended Saturday Night Live sketches and more like covert conceptual art projects, where the joke, so to speak, is that such meticulously fetishistic re-creations exist in the first place.
  8. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Feb 19, 2019
    80
    “Batsh*t Valley: Part I and Part II” airs as one back on back installment to open the third season of “Documentary Now!”, and it’s probably among the most accessible choices the series has made. ... Meyers' script is fast paced and sharp, and the prize here is Zadegan’s portrayal of Ra-Sharir, who hits all the right Sheela notes without making her character a carbon copy.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Mar 15, 2019
    4
    Documentary Now thinks it's premises are good enough that it doesn't really need to push the envelope with it's jokes. The humor is very mildDocumentary Now thinks it's premises are good enough that it doesn't really need to push the envelope with it's jokes. The humor is very mild and low-key, relying on it's concepts and now increasing amount of guest stars to carry it through. Few comedy television projects get the budget and creative control that DN has gotten and that's why it's so disappointing. There are a few chuckles but mostly I end up feeling bad because it could've been so much better. Full Review »