Season #: 2, 1
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Ellen E Jones
    May 22, 2020
    100
    So often, us viewers unpack a mystery box TV show like this one, only to find it empty inside. Homecoming manages to add layers of meaning and complexity even as its secrets are revealed. It’s the carefully wrapped TV gift that keeps on giving.
  2. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    May 21, 2020
    80
    This second season may not be as ambitious as the first, but it is very satisfying as a bingeable work of suspense. Seven episodes may seem like a random number, but it’s exactly the number needed to tell the story being told, and I appreciate the commitment to keeping it lean, especially in this age of hashtag–Releasing Snyder Cuts.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    May 22, 2020
    75
    When Monae loosens up with Chau (when the material allows it, that is), the series discovers a valuable human element. Conspiracy thrillers can be about people, or they can be about plot, or they can be about both, which is very, very difficult. At its best season two manages both.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    May 22, 2020
    75
    It's like one of those movie sequels nobody really asked for, but which proves to be a pleasant surprise.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Daniels
    May 19, 2020
    67
    While Homecoming’s second season lacks the intensity and mystery that made season one a hot watch, the acting, the craft, the expansive world building, and the ensuing themes of corporate greed and military malfeasance make this newest installment a worthwhile albeit unrealized capper.
  6. Reviewed by: Jacob Oller
    May 18, 2020
    66
    Whereas Homecoming’s initial mystery was engrossing, its second is simply unfocused. It’s not that it’s hard to follow, it’s just hard to figure out why we’re following it like this.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    May 21, 2020
    65
    The new season’s second episode picks up the story from season one, untangling confusing character turns and detailing how events came to pass in a brilliantly-executed bit of plot jujitsu that avoids retroactive continuity. ... The remaining five episodes then backfill character information, which fails to be as compelling as season one’s plot.
  8. Reviewed by: Isobel Lewis
    May 21, 2020
    60
    While things pick up pace in the show’s final episodes, the series never quite reascends to its former glory, and in a season of only seven fairly short episodes, it feels like too little too late.
  9. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    May 19, 2020
    60
    It’s all watchable but inessential.
  10. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    May 22, 2020
    58
    Everyone's cobwebbed in a way-too-busy plot that replaces simmering office park absurdity with dystopian triple-reverses. [Jun 2020, p.88]
  11. Reviewed by: Allie Gemmill
    May 18, 2020
    58
    Unless you’re a diehard Homecoming fan, Season 2 will probably disappoint. It’s not that Homecoming Season 2 isn’t as bingeable or well-acted or stylish as Season 1; it most definitely is all of these things. But after screening several episodes, it’s hard not to come away feeling like you’ve just watched what effectively amounts to a neat little epilogue rather than a continuation of the first season.
  12. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    May 21, 2020
    50
    There are moments of greatness in those three and a half hours, most of them in the engaging performances of the cast. However, one can’t shake the large shadow of the first season. Less narratively ambitious in every way, season two feels like an echo of something that didn’t really need an echo.
  13. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    May 21, 2020
    40
    Season 2 has problems standing on its own. ... Things feel mechanical rather than risky and clandestine, serviceable rather than seductive. ... It’s a forgettable follow-up, no memory-erasing drugs required.
  14. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    May 21, 2020
    40
    Season 2 of the psychological thriller (streaming Friday in seven episodes) isn’t nearly as captivating or complex as its predecessor. Rather than advance the story significantly (or startlingly), it functions more as an afterthought or a predictable epilogue. And although it adheres to the spooky, paranoid style of the first iteration (minus Roberts’s character, and also minus Sam Esmail’s direction), it simply isn’t mysterious enough to satisfy. Its coolness has gone cold.
  15. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    May 19, 2020
    40
    The show doesn’t come up with a credible way forward, instead stumbling through familiar story beats with less gusto. It resembles, perhaps, one of its own characters after undergoing the amnesia-inducing treatment at the show’s center — certain of where it is but unclear on why, familiar in appearance but emptied out of spark.
  16. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    May 19, 2020
    40
    It all feels very rudimentary and thin, especially when the narrative could have become a real and complicated exploration of trauma, identity and the way traditional mental health resources are failing veterans. The whole series is an exercise in taking the potentially significant and rendering it incidental. ... The writing is spare, the directing bland, but at least there's pleasure in watching the actors.
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  1. May 24, 2020
    9
    Outstanding, will def make my top 10 of the year. I really don't get the critics giving this a low score, it doesn't seem correct relative toOutstanding, will def make my top 10 of the year. I really don't get the critics giving this a low score, it doesn't seem correct relative to other shows. It's beautifully shot and scored, the team have taken inspiration from past classics like Hitchcock (and why not) but brought it up to date with some lovely shots. It's masterful stuff, from the start you're brought into the lead character's story, from their perspective and mind. It's artful and a cut above almost anything else you'll see. the writers did a good job tying it into season 1 cleverly, Janelle Monáe excels. Sit down, popcorn, what more do you want... there are even glorious end credit scenes, showing the attention to detail, a real treat. Full Review »