• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 2, 2020
Season #: 2, 1
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 5 out of 18
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  1. Reviewed by: Shirley Li
    Oct 5, 2020
    80
    Emily in Paris is a confection, a series so charming and fanciful that it becomes impervious to snobbery and cynicism. Star has served je ne sais quoi in a glittery package, a tray of macarons arranged neatly in a Ladurée display window, each episode providing a morsel of airy delight.
  2. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Oct 1, 2020
    80
    I gobbled up the 10 episodes of the fluffy Netflix show, available on Friday. If nothing else, it’s an escape from, you know, everything, as well as a ravishing tour of the City of Light. It’s travel porn, with a plot. ... [Emily's boss] Sylvie is beautifully played by Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, who steals the show with her hauteur. There are many, many scenes of Sylvie sighing with disgust over Emily, bemoaning the younger woman’s lack of subtlety. I savored each one.
  3. Reviewed by: Robyn Bahr
    Sep 30, 2020
    80
    Despite my mean-girl enmity toward the protagonist, Emily in Paris is strikingly watchable, an escapist confection brimming with easily digestible plots, costumes and characters. Turn off your brain and crank up Candy Crush.
  4. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Sep 30, 2020
    80
    Emily in Paris is a treat, a beguiling work of Netflix escapism. ... It is a Darren Star show, which means it’s fun and stylish and only partly steeped in reality. It is unabashedly on the side of its plucky heroine, played by Lily Collins, who dresses like Carrie Bradshaw and is self-involved like Carrie Bradshaw and is also charming, so you will root for her regardless of her flaws, like … Carrie Bradshaw.
  5. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Sep 30, 2020
    80
    As created by Darren Star (the mastermind of lush fantasies including “Younger” and, yes, “Sex and the City”), this series is a delight that poses the question of what it really means to grow up, against a truly inviting backdrop.
  6. Reviewed by: Amy Amatangelo
    Oct 5, 2020
    76
    This 10-episode series has such a joie de vivre it’s easy to ignore its faults and savor its deliciousness. It’s the TV equivalent of a buttery, flakey croissant that you devour. Each episode leaves you wanting more—even if its airy plots are quickly forgettable.
  7. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Sep 30, 2020
    75
    What’s interesting about Emily in Paris is that Star seems to know that his heroine is très annoying. ... You'll wish you were watching Mindy in Paris. (Not too late for a spin-off, Mr. Star!) That’s not to say that Collins has somehow failed in her role. Emily is written as an irritating go-getter who relentlessly pursues her colleagues’ approval and believes wholeheartedly that she deserves it. If Collins delivered an Emily who was likable — well, that would be a failure.
  8. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    Oct 2, 2020
    70
    While Emily In Paris seems to be a bit of a lightweight series, Collins is a winner in the lead role, and Star is a pretty dependable storyteller, so we’re hoping for the best.
  9. Reviewed by: Richard Lawson
    Sep 30, 2020
    70
    The point is, Emily in Paris goes down a treat if you can set aside the myriad things it does badly or, perhaps worse, fails to do at all. ... Otherwise Emily in Paris is almost disarmingly pleasant and frictionless, free of real stakes beyond whether or not Emily will have to quit her burgeoning Instagram account to please her stern and stuck-in-her ways boss.
  10. Reviewed by: Gwen Ihnat
    Sep 30, 2020
    67
    As travelogue and fashion inspiration, Emily In Paris makes for an enjoyable watch—but the familiar plights of its rom-com heroine are easily outshone by the gorgeous, glittering surroundings.
  11. Reviewed by: Kaitlin Thomas
    Sep 30, 2020
    60
    Even if Emily in Paris is a bit misguided and features familiar narrative beats to the point it is something we've all seen before — and it definitely is; hell, you can even argue it's the same show Star always produces — romance ultimately never goes out of style.
  12. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Oct 15, 2020
    50
    It’s TV chick lit, a rom-com in a foreign location where nothing bad ever happens and the cute protagonist gets laid a lot on her way to having it all. But the complicating thing about Emily in Paris—the best thing about it really, the thing that turns it from a trifle people enjoy into a curiosity they enjoy insulting—is how brittle its protagonist is.
  13. Reviewed by: Roxana Hadadi
    Oct 1, 2020
    40
    So devoid of narrative tension that it barely qualifies as entertainment. ... The characters surrounding Emily are more intriguing than she is. ... Technically, “Emily in Paris” is well-made, but the show’s shortcomings—from its simplistic depiction of French culture to its paper-thin protagonist—make it more of an irritation than an indulgence.
  14. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Nov 30, 2020
    25
    The warm and goofy and topical camaraderie of that show [“Sex and the City”] is nowhere apparent here. Nor are any laughs. There are no actual laugh lines here, just lines that let you know they were supposed to be funny. It is, in essence, a romantic picture postcard comedy show without any comedy (or much romance for that matter).
  15. Reviewed by: Kristen Lopez
    Oct 23, 2020
    25
    “Emily in Paris” is like scrolling through Instagram. It’s a great way to waste time looking at pretty pictures with no depth, taken by beautiful people with the ability to do and call it a job. If that’s what you’re looking for, it’ll be for you. If you’re thinking this is the second coming of “Sex and the City,” sorry, no dice.
  16. Reviewed by: Robert Levin
    Oct 5, 2020
    25
    It's all very exhausting. This is a terrible show. Avoid it at all costs.
  17. Reviewed by: Rebecca Nicholson
    Oct 2, 2020
    20
    The first half of the season is an exorcism of all of the French cliches the writers could think of, spewed out as if they could not keep them in.
  18. Reviewed by: Ed Cumming
    Oct 1, 2020
    20
    Here is a partial list of all the people who will not enjoy Netflix’s new series, Emily in Paris: 1. French people. ... 6. Anyone who has seen a picture of the Eiffel Tower. 7. Anyone who’s eaten a croissant. ... Emily in Paris is just Emily in “Paris”, and we ought to leave her there to get on with it.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 42
  2. Negative: 15 out of 42
  1. Oct 10, 2020
    4
    Cliché after cliché after cliché... By the middle of the season it's not fun anymore, and by the end of the season it feels plainlyCliché after cliché after cliché... By the middle of the season it's not fun anymore, and by the end of the season it feels plainly disrespectful towards French culture. I can't deny it was entertaining, but I FELT I WAS WATCHING A CARTOON! Depiction of such a complex culture like the French, and particularly Parisian history, traditions and customs, with RIDICULOUS STEREOTYPES, almost felt insulting... and I'm not even French! But I'd hate if a TV Series mocked my country/city like that. Full Review »
  2. Oct 3, 2020
    9
    A fun, fanciful romp full of enjoyable characters and gorgeous Paris cityscape. Such a great escape from realty.
  3. Oct 3, 2020
    7
    This is the latest from Darren Star (best known for Sex in the City). It stars Lily Collins as a wide-eyed social media expert who’sThis is the latest from Darren Star (best known for Sex in the City). It stars Lily Collins as a wide-eyed social media expert who’s transferred to Paris. Her adjustments to a hostile, haughty work environment and lack of speaking French are ameliorated by a chummy new friend and several handsome men. It’s got a sparkling retro rom-com feel with regular montages of Parisian sites and Collins’ sweetly charming, continually-effervescent attitude. The supporting cast also boasts an assortment of entertaining types. Since it’s France, everyone’s outfits are fabulous. There’s no question that this is a signature Star project, which means it’s a lite confection with a winning cast and enjoyable situations. Full Review »