• Network: DISNEY+
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 12, 2019
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12

Critic Reviews

  1. 91
    Taking real people and bringing them back together to recreate an event they bonded over more than 10 years later is incredibly entertaining and thought-provoking.
  2. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Nov 14, 2019
    80
    Engaging and uplifting docuseries. [11-24 Nov 2019, p.16]
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Nov 11, 2019
    80
    "Encore!" is a well-made, clever show that becomes more about how we change (and how much we don’t) as we go from high school to adulthood. Watching people slide back into insecurities they left behind or rekindle artistic sides that life forced them to repress makes for fascinating reality TV.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Nov 11, 2019
    80
    Producers have massaged their cast and footage for maximum emotional effect. And yet it feels true, with moving things to say about time and maturity and roads taken and not taken; art as a refuge; and the lasting influence of a caring teacher. (I’m not crying — you’re crying.) It’s also, as one might expect, goofy fun.
  5. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Nov 11, 2019
    70
    It’s an interesting premise that shows just how intense high school can be. ... While the series doesn’t give full back stories, it does let you know what happened to the students and how theater affected their lives.
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Nov 11, 2019
    70
    Even with flaws aplenty, this is such a good and pure concept for a show that I'll watch as much as you put in front of me.
  7. Reviewed by: Haleigh Foutch
    Nov 12, 2019
    60
    Without the time to properly investigate the pitch-black issues it’s tapping into, nor the focus on how the thrill of pulling off the big show affects the performers’ lives, Encore! never fully taps into that power, even with all its kooky charms.
  8. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Nov 7, 2019
    59
    The series feels padded and the lack of Kristen Bell’s presence – she does introductions for all the episodes but only appears in a few – is a disappointment.
  9. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Nov 12, 2019
    58
    Encore doesn’t gloss over any of the mistakes that are inevitable when such a massive undertaking comes together over the span of a workweek. Such unavoidable shagginess is Encore’s inherent charm, a literal let’s-put-on-a-show spirit that compensates for the hurried emotional beats and superficial character studies.
  10. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Nov 15, 2019
    40
    Stuffing a dozen new characters with complicated relationships to each other, an additional cast of musical theater professionals and a culminating performance into each hour-long episode just creates confusion. Meanwhile, Bell fans should know that her participation is pretty minimal.
  11. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Nov 12, 2019
    40
    It’s a sweet idea in theory, until it’s actually happening, and then it just seems creepy.
  12. Reviewed by: Margaret Lyons
    Nov 12, 2019
    40
    The moments of emotional depth and humanity are rare — though sometimes quite touching — and the moments of cringing and overproduction are plentiful. ... It’s a forced setting in forced circumstances, and the show never shakes that sense of contrivance in the same the way that, for example, “Queer Eye” does.

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