• Network: Disney+
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 24, 2021
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. Reviewed by: Shirley Li
    Nov 30, 2021
    84
    For now, the show is about two people—one an idealistic newcomer, the other a practical veteran—debating, while fighting off bad guys, whether they should work to live or live to work. That’s a delightfully human (and pertinent) question to explore, and its answer thus far is deeply human as well.
  2. Reviewed by: Caroline Siede
    Nov 24, 2021
    83
    Overall, these first two episodes do a nice job teasing some mysteries while putting character and comedy front and center. The action is solid, if not particularly superb, with the wine bottle fight as a highlight. But it’s the Yuletide joy that takes center stage here.
  3. Reviewed by: Charles Barfield
    Nov 23, 2021
    83
    It’s not the most exciting, challenging thing you can experience, but it’s never going to disappoint you, with its warm and cozy feelings. And that warm and cozy feeling primarily comes from the chemistry between Clint and Kate. Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld are just fantastic together.
  4. Reviewed by: Ross Bonaime
    Nov 23, 2021
    83
    Hawkeye manages to tell a story about the physical and mental wounds of Barton, while still maintaining a spirit of festive joy and warmth. He may be the last of the original Avengers to get his own story, but Hawkeye makes it worth the wait.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Trenholm
    Nov 29, 2021
    81
    Marvel's latest Disney Plus series is a fun, free-wheeling action show energized by scene-stealing Hailee Steinfeld, who joins grouchy archer Jeremy Renner for some good, honest comfort viewing.
  6. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    Nov 24, 2021
    80
    Hawkeye works because of the chemistry between Renner and Steinfeld, but also because it prioritizes character slightly more than action.
  7. Reviewed by: Angie Han
    Nov 23, 2021
    80
    It’s Kate herself who is the true star of Hawkeye, and who seems destined to emerge at the other end as a new fan favorite. ... Hawkeye stands as a rare treat — a Marvel story worth saving not in spite of its humbleness, but because of it.
  8. Reviewed by: Laura Sirikul
    Nov 23, 2021
    80
    Hawkeye is modest in terms of threats and mythos compared to its MCU Disney+ predecessors, but it is nonetheless charming and full of heart. Hailee Steinfeld shines as Kate Bishop and will have many looking forward to her future at Marvel.
  9. Reviewed by: Rosie Knight
    Nov 24, 2021
    75
    This adaptation of Aja and Fraction’s Hawkeye is smart, silly, and wonderfully shot, and it manages to reframe the worst Avenger in a way that works. Plus, it promises us a new generation of heroes who might just be able to be better than the ones who came before. And isn’t that just what the world needs?
  10. Reviewed by: Clint Worthington
    Nov 23, 2021
    75
    When it focuses on its leads, it has the potential to be a relatively diverting, if airless, chapter of the Marvel universe — one unfettered thus far by the weight of Phase Four’s multiverse mishegas.
  11. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Nov 23, 2021
    75
    The Marvel Cinematic/Streaming Universe will never stop expanding, and this latest chapter holds the promise of becoming a solid and entertaining addition to the canon.
  12. Reviewed by: Adam Graham
    Nov 23, 2021
    75
    This is all in the name of torch-passing, handing off the role of Hawkeye from Renner to Steinfeld, and it's more exciting, one supposes, than doing it in a press release. But just like Hawkeye himself, nothing here feels essential.
  13. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Nov 29, 2021
    73
    “Hawkeye” features plenty of Marvel-standard action, but it’s the comedy and Christmas setting that make this entry stand out.
  14. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Nov 29, 2021
    70
    At least Hawkeye has atmosphere in spades and the refreshing presence of Steinfeld to set itself up for telling Clint’s story on a more human—and less superhuman—scale.
  15. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Nov 23, 2021
    70
    It’s a modest but promising start, and it seems likely enough that the show can carry its low-key comic energy through four more episodes.
  16. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Nov 24, 2021
    60
    Based on the first two episodes shared with critics, Hawkeye is a reasonably entertaining series with a holiday vibe that makes it fun to watch at this time of year. ... Yet it is still challenging to watch without feeling distanced from what’s transpiring. Like Falcon and Loki, Hawkeye is emotionally impenetrable, even though the gifted actors try their best to make you feel something.
  17. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Nov 24, 2021
    60
    If the plot isn’t up to much – what little happens in the first two episodes is erratic and riven with holes that leave you taking a lot on trust and hoping backfill will begin soon – the characters are credible and worth a little more emotional investment than usual.
  18. Reviewed by: Louis Chilton
    Nov 23, 2021
    60
    Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld acquit themselves well in Disney Plus’s six-part superhero series that runs a little dry on yuletide gaiety.
  19. Reviewed by: Bob Strauss
    Nov 23, 2021
    50
    Acknowledging that the character is the least-exciting Avenger can be fun in small doses, but it’s not a thing to base an entire series on.
  20. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Nov 23, 2021
    50
    The Disney Plus “Hawkeye” is too beholden to the larger MCU as a guiding narrative force and generic house style of filming to truly find its own voice as Fraction’s “Hawkeye” once did.
  21. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Nov 23, 2021
    50
    Marvel might have reached into its quiver once too often with "Hawkeye," at least based on the first two episodes, which offer a slow start tilted more toward the character of Kate Bishop than the titular Clint Barton. Amusing in places, this holiday-themed series makes jokes about trick arrows, but it's going to need a few more tricks up its sleeve.
  22. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Nov 23, 2021
    42
    “Hawkeye” is clearly more concerned with setting up Kate Bishop for future MCU phases than creating a problem worthy of two heroes’ time. And at six hours, it’s certainly not worthy of yours.
  23. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Nov 23, 2021
    40
    I wanted a “Hawkeye” that translated the wit and creativity of the Fraction/Aja series into something that stood on its own instead of just echoing a better work on the page while previewing likely better works on the big screen. This series lacks the zip and polish that Kate Bishop and Clint Barton deserve. ... It feels like it’s shooting at the wrong target altogether.
  24. Reviewed by: Ed Power
    Nov 23, 2021
    40
    If a long way short of scintillating, Hawkeye nonetheless moves at an agreeable clip.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 88 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 88
  2. Negative: 24 out of 88
  1. Nov 24, 2021
    10
    1st MCU Disney+ show, that actually feels and is paced like an actual serialized tv series, rather than a movie cut into parts. Absolutely1st MCU Disney+ show, that actually feels and is paced like an actual serialized tv series, rather than a movie cut into parts. Absolutely enjoyed the humor, Renner and Steinfield have the best Christmas buddy-cop chemistry and sets up just enough to entice you for the future Full Review »
  2. Nov 24, 2021
    10
    Finally it's hawkeye's time to shine
    Marvel and Christmas a really great combo, a show from my favourite franchise with an OG avenger and
    Finally it's hawkeye's time to shine
    Marvel and Christmas a really great combo, a show from my favourite franchise with an OG avenger and introducing the talented Hailee Steinfield in a Christmas theme show is a real gift for marvel fans. After last year's covid-mas this is a great way to head towards the festive season for me. Loved it
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  3. Nov 24, 2021
    10
    Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop is perfect casting, I personally really enjoyed the first two episodes.