Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Jacob Oller
    Oct 28, 2019
    95
    For All Mankind is doing so much right with astronaut fiction—grounding it in mundane lives and historicity, while separating it from its big names and dates enough to reach for something more profound than documentary—that minor bumps only rattle the otherwise smooth ride in an exceptional craft. For All Mankind pursues greatness, succeeds, and plants an Apple flag for the world to see.
  2. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Oct 31, 2019
    80
    It takes a while for it to come together, and for us to feel the distinctions and quirks of characters who initially appear to be cardboard 1960s straights. But what at first seems to wander a bit ultimately finds its target and lands.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Surette
    Oct 28, 2019
    80
    A lot of the male characters, headlined by Joel Kinnaman and Michael Dorman, are flat and stereotypically predictable, but the show tells its best stories with the women involved in the space program, be it the first class of female astronauts or the wives of the original astronauts. Thankfully, large chunks of episodes are devoted to them. And the space scenes look good too.
  4. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Oct 28, 2019
    80
    It makes the smarter choice to keep the drama as grounded in character choices as possible, with some key overarching “what if?” scenarios that keep the season moving toward a bold new future.
  5. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Nov 1, 2019
    75
    The show ostensibly stars Joel Kinnaman as a Serious Astronaut Man, but the story becomes far more compelling when other characters take the lead. Episode 3 introduces a group of female astronaut trainees who make the series sing.
  6. Reviewed by: Danette Chavez
    Oct 28, 2019
    75
    The strains of having such a huge cast are noticeable; it’s clear that several players, including Aleida, will play a greater role in the future, but the foreshadowing in her storyline doesn’t amount to much more than that. ... Kinnaman, who’s following up a solid turn on Amazon’s Hanna, does great work here.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 23, 2019
    75
    “For All Mankind” continues to improve in subsequent episodes, propelled in part by an inspiring theme score by Jeff Russo (“Fargo”).
  8. Nov 1, 2019
    70
    For All Mankind is nowhere near perfect, but it’s deeply watchable — eventually.
  9. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    Oct 28, 2019
    67
    It tries to juggle too many characters at once, and doesn’t make any of them as compelling as its core concept. It’s a noble effort, and genuinely stirring at times, but I’m still waiting for it to really take flight.
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 29, 2019
    65
    Give For All Mankind credit for a nicely calibrated takeoff, but five episodes in, it's following the kind of ragged flight plan that doesn't raise hopes that the show has the right stuff to stick the landing.
  11. 60
    There [are] moments where For All Mankind lives up to the show it could be. And it could still become that show; even in the moments where I found myself annoyed by the lack of snap and fizz, I was still curious about where it was going. Its small tastes of an alternate timeline are intriguing.
  12. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Oct 31, 2019
    60
    By the end of its first episode, “For All Mankind” feels too weighty to achieve orbit, but if you stick through the first three episodes, the mood and intent of its story arcs begin to cohere.
  13. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Oct 31, 2019
    60
    Domestic drama occupies a lot of screen time and plays out in ways both predictable and unlikely. For all of its polish and cleverness and suspense, “For All Mankind” ultimately puts the soap in space opera.
  14. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 31, 2019
    60
    Moore and company are clearly NASA nerds on a level that surpasses even mine, so it’s not hard to understand why they might want to take a similarly slow-and-steady approach, filling in every key detail along the way that explains how and why their universe is different from our own. But the differences are where For All Mankind is strongest. The sooner the series emphasizes them, the better.
  15. Reviewed by: Haleigh Foutch
    Oct 28, 2019
    60
    While the series initial struggles with some expository explanations and divergent subplots, it picks up steam once it finds its focus. Especially in the back half of the season, where the characters and their overlapping arcs start to come to life and the series finally veers towards some intriguing (albeit understated) sci-fi leaps to match the socio-political inventions of its alt-history.
  16. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Oct 28, 2019
    60
    You'll find some urgency as episodes wrap, but not a lot. And there's no doubt that the world For All Mankind wants to build is populated with an almost staggering number of people, each getting bits of story, but outside of the women-going-to-space idea, not a lot of it is particularly interesting.
  17. Reviewed by: Ashlie D. Stevens
    Nov 1, 2019
    50
    Things do get mildly more interesting when women are invited to join the space program. ... But where “For All of Mankind” loses itself a bit is in how it unpacks its characters; there’s a lot of pulling back, but not a lot of pushing forward. This results in a pace that is simultaneously plodding and sprawling.
  18. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Oct 30, 2019
    50
    The series firmly and ambitiously casts America as second-best, and wonders how that would make us feel. These are the starting moments for the series, co-created by Matt Wolpert, Ben Nedivi and Ronald D. Moore, who toy with time and history in a manner that’s more contemplative than it is wholly entertaining.
  19. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Oct 29, 2019
    50
    Stately and extremely boring.
  20. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Oct 29, 2019
    50
    If you’re intrigued by that premise—and neither exhausted by ‘60s period pieces where brilliant, flawed men brood as brilliant, perfect women endure retro sexism, nor put off by frequent scenes of mission control guys frantically mashing buttons—For All Mankind is going to be your show. If not, there’s little else to see here.
  21. Reviewed by: Steve Greene
    Oct 28, 2019
    50
    It takes a few episodes to break free from rehashes of well-worn stories: unfaithful and distant spouses, unruly kids, interfamily envy. Every character on this show is saddled with an initial, perfunctory purpose. It’s only with the benefit of hours spent with them that more dynamic parts of their corner of this galactic web get to emerge — and that’s too long to wait.
User Score
5.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 30
  2. Negative: 11 out of 30
  1. Nov 2, 2019
    0
    unfotunately the heavy hand of main stream ,cheesy and derivative writing has ruined this show if not all the apple streamed series.

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    unfotunately the heavy hand of main stream ,cheesy and derivative writing has ruined this show if not all the apple streamed series.

    a streaming platform run by apple to imitate ABC and DISNEY are not where i chose to invest my time and money.

    luckily their pro phones are great - but someone in apple is in the way of originality and rawness and will ultimately be responsible for this junk writing off billions.
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  2. Nov 9, 2019
    9
    Not bad at all! Not sure why the ratings are so low. Definitely some cliche stuff and mediocre of the main actors (the husband and wifeNot bad at all! Not sure why the ratings are so low. Definitely some cliche stuff and mediocre of the main actors (the husband and wife astronauts both are just ok). But writing is solid. Full Review »