Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 26, 2021
    100
    The show is about people, not positions, but it’s about people who learn the price of taking a position, a stand, as well as people who pay the higher price of not doing so. All this without cant and speechifying. Plus it’s really funny and truly moving. Bravo.
  2. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Feb 26, 2021
    100
    Alexander and West, especially, are gifted climactic arias brimming with heart-rending poignance and righteous clarity. Still, there’s something about It’s a Sin that feels summative, as if this is the work that Davies has been building to since he broke out of his own creative closet over two decades ago. And we’re all the richer for his effort.
  3. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Feb 22, 2021
    100
    It is a series intimately in conversation with life and death, with the possibility of youth and the injustice of quashed potential. It is celebratory of the LGBTQ community, unabashedly sexy and fun, but moving and somber when it needs to be. And it's certainly not a sin.
  4. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Feb 19, 2021
    100
    It’s a Sin—which is easily the best season of TV I’ve watched so far this year—gets the big, emotional moments and moral arguments right.
  5. Reviewed by: Ryan Lattanzio
    Feb 18, 2021
    100
    As a vital television document about AIDS and the hard-earned freedoms that were crushed on human and systemic terms — and as purely just a piece of masterful writing and acting — “It’s a Sin” is right up there with Tony Kushner’s epic “Angels in America” as must-see queer viewing. It’s capable at once of breaking your heart, putting it back, then breaking it all over again.
  6. Reviewed by: Lauren J. Coates
    Feb 18, 2021
    100
    Perfectly-paced, devastatingly written, and played to perfection by an ensemble cast that doesn’t miss a beat, It’s a Sin is a near-flawless piece of television, and an unmissable portrait of both queer youth and the tragedy of the AIDS crisis that will leave you gutted in the best way possible.
  7. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Feb 18, 2021
    100
    The series demonstrates once again Davies’ masterful control of tone, shifting in five episodes from joy to the harder-won pleasures of solidarity in the face of crisis to — finally — tragedy. ... Davies has once again made great and painful art about time’s passage, and has earned the attention of anyone who wants to learn more about what the 1980s were like for gay people — or wants to connect, deeply, with a raw and rounded humanity in all its beauty, complexity, and fleeting joy.
  8. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Feb 17, 2021
    100
    Davies’s skill with structure is on full display here; the first installment is an immaculate introduction that builds and builds and ends with a wallop. His consistent cleverness, rather than coming off glib, charges the work with immediacy and verve. The storytelling is urgent, with few wasted moments. ... This is a stirring requiem for the dead, shot through with defiant life.
  9. Reviewed by: Anita Singh
    Jan 29, 2021
    100
    It’s testament to the show's quality that I felt the deaths of minor characters as deeply as the fates of the leads.
  10. Reviewed by: Lucy Mangan
    Jan 29, 2021
    100
    It’s a Sin looks set not just to be to Queer as Folk’s companion piece but its companion masterpiece.
  11. Reviewed by: Fletcher Peters
    Feb 17, 2021
    96
    It’s a Sin is a tragic, albeit masterful, retelling of the AIDS epidemic. Introducing a hearty slew of characters, the series sends viewers through an electric tizzy of nightclubs, parties, and sex, all with a coming-of-age togetherness that binds us to this ensemble of wild young folks.
  12. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 16, 2021
    95
    “It’s a Sin” offers one of the most honest, moving takes on the AIDS crisis and in its final episode delivers a searing critique of the shame that ensured the disease’s spread.
  13. Reviewed by: Nick Allen
    Feb 19, 2021
    90
    “It’s a Sin” is essentially a radiant coming-of-age story balanced with the sense that the party could end sooner than later. It's an often potent mix between that sense of feeling totally alive amongst your friends, especially at such an independent age, with the gravity of an epidemic that they don’t understand, that they aren’t informed about.
  14. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 11, 2021
    90
    In five brisk and often devastating episodes encompassing that fateful decade [the 1980s], Davies whips between outrageous scenes of hedonistic raunch and stark moments of confusion, sorrow and terror. [15 - 28 Feb 2021, p.11]
  15. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Feb 10, 2021
    90
    The cast’s performances are uniformly terrific, with Alexander and West in particular embodying the youthful radiance the virus slowly steals from its victims. It’s a Sin remembers how brightly, and how briefly, they lived.
  16. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Feb 17, 2021
    83
    After the joy-to-horror onslaught of the first three episodes, the latter parts struggle to balance big speeches with one absolutely ridiculous (if quite cheeky) bit of anti-Thatcherite rebellion. ... At its best, though, It's a Sin brings a unique mix of poignant enthusiasm and simmering sorrow to its tale.
  17. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    Feb 18, 2021
    80
    It’s A Sin is an emotionally resonant look at how the young gay community in London lived their lives with the constant threat of AIDS over their heads. The cast has great chemistry with each other, which will help strengthen their stories.
  18. Reviewed by: Alex Abad-Santos
    Feb 18, 2021
    80
    It’s a Sin isn’t trying to jolt a reaction out of its audience the way The Normal Heart urgently needed to. For better or worse, the miniseries is sweeter and more sentimental. It’s not asking for action or apology, but for humanity to remember the joy that all the Ritchies, Roscoes, and Colins brought to this world, and to never let it be erased.
  19. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Feb 16, 2021
    80
    Tragedies in theory shouldn’t be much fun, but with It’s a Sin, the parts that will make you smile are at least as important, if not more so, as the ones that will make you cry.
  20. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Feb 12, 2021
    80
    “It’s a Sin” is an intimate period ensemble drama about families of choice that’s in league with some of the better evocations of the dawning of AIDS in the gay community, including “Parting Glances” (with Steve Buscemi) in 1986 and “Longtime Companion” in 1989.
  21. Reviewed by: Ed Cumming
    Jan 29, 2021
    80
    As pure drama, it leans too heavily on its recreation of the period. We wait to discover if any of the characters, who err towards archetypes, will be capable of surprises. In the meantime, it’s enough to be reminded that a terrifying disease is all the more reason to find joy where you can.
  22. Reviewed by: Kaveh Jalinous
    Feb 22, 2021
    75
    Even genre-bending as much as it does would normally be a challenge, but It’s A Sin pulls it off through its smart script and its brilliant performances.
  23. 70
    Although It’s a Sin hoards its tragedy for certain kinds of characters, it is more willing to distribute even shares of its delight. It’s what saves the series for me. Characters like Roscoe and Jill are so frustrating — the series does not care enough about exploring their inner lives or letting them share the spotlight. But it does let them share in the joyful parts. It’s not enough, but it’s not nothing.
  24. Reviewed by: Richard Lawson
    Feb 18, 2021
    70
    It’s a Sin is best when it avoids such didactic point-making, when it has yet to issue any grave conclusions. As Ritchie and the gang simply try to live their lives—generous, selfish, scared, awed, horny, in love—the series affords them the roundness denied them by aggregate assessment.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Feb 19, 2021
    10
    This show emotionally ruined me. Like I may actually need therapy. It's a masterpiece. Anyone who has been affected by HIV is obligated toThis show emotionally ruined me. Like I may actually need therapy. It's a masterpiece. Anyone who has been affected by HIV is obligated to watch, the best retrospective on the crisis that we're likely to ever get. Full Review »
  2. Feb 18, 2021
    10
    Nunca chorei tanto com uma série igual foi com essa, vai muito além de falar sobre a AIDS, passa uma mensagem muito linda sobre amizade e família.
  3. Feb 18, 2021
    10
    I am normally pretty allergic to hyperbole, but having watched this whole series twice, I honestly think it might go down as one of the bestI am normally pretty allergic to hyperbole, but having watched this whole series twice, I honestly think it might go down as one of the best pieces of TV drama ever made. It's everything that you would hope TV would be - passionate, surprising, angry, clever, funny, and just unbelievably moving. The portrayal of 80s Britain (in which I was a teenager) is so on the money, it makes you realise how lazy most 80s set drama is. This is surely Russell T Davies's masterpiece. It's been an enormous critical and cultural hit in the UK, I really hope it does the same in the US. It deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. Those poor boys and their bright lives cut so short. What a testament to them all this is. Full Review »