• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 17, 2019
Metascore
92

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

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

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Gamboa
    Apr 18, 2019
    100
    The behind-the-scenes access to “Homecoming” is important. ... However, those scenes interrupt the momentum building in the powerful concert.
  2. Reviewed by: Amy Zimmerman
    Apr 18, 2019
    100
    Homecoming is an incredible concert film, but it’s also a testament to the totality of Beyoncé’s vision, the fact that she gave us a groundbreaking performance and then, a year later, showed us how to watch it. The real beauty of Homecoming isn’t the performance footage or the flashes of Beyoncé’s inner life; it’s the latest opportunity to see her mind at work.
  3. Reviewed by: Spencer Kornhaber
    Apr 17, 2019
    100
    The Homecoming movie’s combo of well-edited stage spectacle and behind-the-scenes segments—intimate, hard-fought, occasionally tense, politically explicit, personally specific segments—make it a career-defining document.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Apr 17, 2019
    100
    “Homecoming” crackles and pops with music to make the soul soar. “Homecoming” resonates as a vibrant history lesson and a celebration of dance and instrumental and vocal artistry. “Homecoming” is epic and yet intimate, sweet and yet sexy, defiant and yet inclusive, gritty and yet magical. “Homecoming” is one of the best concert films ever made.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Richards
    Apr 17, 2019
    100
    If you have a Netflix password and two more hours to spare, you’re in for one of the greatest concert films ever made.
  6. Reviewed by: Shannon Miller
    Apr 18, 2019
    91
    It should be said—not unkindly—that there is never a waning doubt that this is Beyoncé’s film. This is not an inherently negative thing, but a fair indication that we as an audience are only going to be granted so much access to her bubble of privacy.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Apr 17, 2019
    91
    If “Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé” were nothing more than an opportunity to relive Beychella with flawless high-def sound and video, it would still be a major public service. ... As the show goes on, however, [the behind-the-scenes interludes] start to feel more crucial.
  8. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Apr 19, 2019
    90
    The full thing on Netflix, framed as the fruit of artistic striving, may come close to achieving its epic ambitions, but it’s too soon to tell—the verdict won’t be in until a whole generation of children, homeschooling themselves on its choreography, have come of age.
  9. Reviewed by: Robyn Bahr
    Apr 17, 2019
    90
    Homecoming will probably go down as one of the best concert films of all time ... Ultimately, Homecoming feels akin to those filmed Broadway musicals that air on PBS for plebs like me. It's a joyous ride, but a facsimile of the experience.
  10. Reviewed by: Chris Willman
    Apr 17, 2019
    90
    On a pure documentary level, there’s not much new news here. ... Rewatching it on film a year later, “high water mark in 21st century entertainment” actually almost feels like it’s underselling it, just a tad. It starts off with the best high-concept Grammy night mega-setpiece you’ve never seen--a high-concept “Crazy in Love” that replaces the sampled horns with, like, every college horn player in the country--and then just keeps ratcheting that intensity up and down, production number after freshly invigorating production number, until you cry uncle... or mommy.
  11. Reviewed by: Gerrick D. Kennedy
    Apr 17, 2019
    80
    It’s far more action than necessary for anyone just wanting to watch the concert, but it’s a revelatory — and celebratory — look at the boldest statement she’s made yet.
  12. Reviewed by: Aisha Harris
    Apr 17, 2019
    70
    At almost 150 minutes, the majority of “Homecoming” is what many viewers have already seen (and, perhaps, seen again and again) this time through a greater variety of angles and Instagram-like filters. ... The “intimate” and “candid” moments touted by Netflix are brief in comparison, appearing between long, uninterrupted musical segments from the show. Those moments will be enough to satisfy the overzealous Beyhive (though what Beyoncé-related content doesn’t satisfy the Beyhive?) and probably more casual fans and admirers, too.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 215 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 215
  1. Apr 21, 2019
    0
    Self indulgent piece of propaganda crap. Who the **** do these stars think they are? The ego is so huge on this **** its sickening.
  2. Apr 21, 2019
    0
    The lipsyncing JUMPED out. Not sure what makes this so great, just seems like another overwrought Beyonce propaganda film. Everything aboutThe lipsyncing JUMPED out. Not sure what makes this so great, just seems like another overwrought Beyonce propaganda film. Everything about this girl is overrated, call me when she writes a song, smh! Full Review »
  3. Apr 18, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. So delicate and intense. Beyonce manages to capture every feeling and projects into the future. She really is the greatest artist of all time. Full Review »