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

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  1. May 17, 2020
    7
    The first episode was watchable but far from riveting. Maybe it'll get better as the season progresses.
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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.