• Network: Starz
  • Series Premiere Date: May 17, 2020
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critic Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    May 15, 2020
    80
    “Hightown” loses some of its momentum in later episodes — the story bogs down a bit and the pieties about addiction and taking control of your life move more into the foreground. But it never entirely loses its flavor. It’s good enough that if it were a little better — a little quirkier, a little more urgent — there’d be nothing to complain about, and that’s pretty good.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Fagerholm
    May 12, 2020
    80
    With every episode, Estimond adds new fascinating layers to his character, shedding light on the code he honors which separates him from animalistic henchmen such as Kizzle (white-haired Edmund Donovan, camping it up). He also sports a surprising sense of humor, earning laughs when you least expect them. ... Thankfully, when the show needs to be deadly serious, it is to often riveting effect, grounding its yarn of corruption in the tragedy and lack of closure that its subject matter demands.
  3. Reviewed by: Lucy Mangan
    May 18, 2020
    60
    Hightown works off a solid, formulaic base. It also relies on coincidences. ... The sense of place that is conjured is remarkable, and how Provincetown’s industries (fishing, drug-trafficking, tourism) and surface attractions work on and power each other is attentively and cleverly done.
  4. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    May 13, 2020
    60
    Grisly thriller Hightown lays on the raunch and violence so thickly, you might mistake it for classic soft-core Cinemax. And yet there's a grim, propulsive urgency to the exploits of Jackie Quinones. [11 - 24 May 2020, p.7]
  5. Reviewed by: Jude Dry
    May 18, 2020
    42
    “Hightown” is an uneven mash-up of incongruous themes, a veritable grab bag of provocations that may have felt edgy 20 years ago. That may have been forgivable if the plot was halfway intriguing, but the twists are about as surprising as a drag queen in P-town.
  6. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    May 14, 2020
    40
    While the series puts great effort into exposing other sides of the community, it doesn’t, elsewhere, transcend fairly simple character types, dragging us instead into recursive storytelling that’s outshone by the local color.
User Score
2.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. May 17, 2020
    7
    The first episode was watchable but far from riveting. Maybe it'll get better as the season progresses.