• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 9, 2019
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jul 8, 2019
    85
    Fascinating and often horrifying.
  2. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Jul 9, 2019
    83
    Audiences might not walk away from “I Love You, Now Die” liking Michelle Carter (during a post-screening discussion about the film last week, even Carr admitted that her subject is as “unlikable” as people get, the kind of person others instinctively turn away from), but they’ll at least grapple with moments of understanding her.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 12, 2019
    80
    I Love You, Now Die might be short on definitive answers for these problems, but it raises all the right questions. Whether Carter was treated unfairly, the loud and clear message is that these kind of conversations need to take place before the next death that, rightly or wrongly, gets attributed to texting.
  4. Reviewed by: Ashlie D. Stevens
    Jul 10, 2019
    80
    Carter’s characterization in “I Love You, Now Die,” is left to psychiatrists, reporters, her defense attorney Joseph Cataldo. But here, as in her past documentaries, Carr excels in extending a touch of humanity to characters whose stories otherwise would be defined by what can be splashed on the cover of a tabloid.
  5. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Jul 10, 2019
    80
    The actual relationship between Roy and Carter, explored with nuance and sensitivity in a two-part HBO documentary by Erin Lee Carr (At the Heart of Gold) was more complicated than many summaries of the case allowed.
  6. Reviewed by: Robyn Bahr
    Jul 9, 2019
    80
    Director Erin Lee Carr (Mommy Dead and Dearest) deftly layers her story with arguments, reveals and twists that will continuously unearth and rebury your opinion on Carter’s culpability, even long after the doc’s final moments.
  7. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Jul 8, 2019
    80
    Clear-eyed and thoughtful, and, in two brisk installments, manages not to overstay its welcome.
  8. Reviewed by: Katie Rife
    Jul 9, 2019
    75
    The documentary makes extensive use of exclusive footage from Carter’s trial, where Carr’s crew were the only camera operators permitted in the courtroom. It’s this journalistic edge that makes up for I Love You, Now Die’s limitations, both as a character study and as a piece of filmmaking. (The cliffhanger/reversal structure, while exceptionally well executed here, is after all quite common in true crime.)
  9. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 8, 2019
    60
    [Michelle Carter] and her family declined requests for interviews, making it a challenge for the filmmakers to discern if Michelle, as prosecutors charged, was a narcissistic teen who stage-managed the suicide to help boost her popularity. [8-21 Jul 2019, p.15]

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