Season #: 2, 1
Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Apr 8, 2019
    100
    Perfect is a strong word, but Killing Eve is a series that merits those. ... Everything that worked so well in season one is back in essentially the same form, and it’s working again.
  2. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Apr 5, 2019
    100
    As directed by Killing Eve vet Damon Thomas, the first two installments instantly demonstrate a command of the show’s suspenseful, cheeky, and deeply feminine tone. That tone, which ping-pongs confidently and slightly subversively between sensibilities, is like nothing else on TV right now.
  3. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Apr 3, 2019
    100
    As for Killing Eve, though, everything is still going very right.
  4. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Apr 5, 2019
    90
    The new episodes reverberate with a sense of humor that’s absurd, bleak, and distinctly British.
  5. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Apr 4, 2019
    90
    How is Season 2? Is it just as good? Why, yes, it is. ... Fennell and company deftly resume the action. ... As it stands, the women are two of the most intriguing TV characters in recent memory, taking us to a place that can feel altogether new.
  6. Reviewed by: Margaret Lyons
    Apr 4, 2019
    90
    Everything that was good about Season 1 is still good in the first two episodes of Season 2, the only ones made available to critics.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Apr 3, 2019
    90
    The season-two premiere didn’t do a whole lot for me until I watched the better second episode and saw the first in a new light. It’s a show that is both ingeniously plotted and completely committed to its two leads.
  8. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Apr 2, 2019
    90
    It still goes down like a particularly glug-glug-glug-able cocktail, as effervescent and fun and thrilling and smart and witty as ever--which is the heaviest half of the equation. Also: It's still as believable and twisty, an emotional entanglement of motives and obsessions and tactical fun that a psychopathic assassin can have with the in-over-her-head agent on her tail.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 27, 2019
    90
    The drop-dead-funniest yet most suspensefully unpredictable spy thriller in recent memory. [1-14 Apr 2019, p.13]
  10. Reviewed by: Kaitlin Thomas
    Mar 25, 2019
    90
    Killing Eve is still a fantastic and well-made show that is not only worth celebrating for any number of its own obvious merits, but worth embracing for taking a familiar set up and crafting it into a series that is also refreshing and new.
  11. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Apr 5, 2019
    85
    Fennell’s Killing Eve maintains the show’s sardonic tone and biting edge; there’s a hint of hysterical laughter at the edge of every scene.
  12. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Apr 4, 2019
    83
    Despite the often tense, even grisly moments, the show remains furiously funny — as when Oh as Eve reacts to a robocall from a roofing company or craves a hamburger during a visit to a makeshift morgue. As the object of a growing manhunt, Comer manages to constantly keep viewers off-balance with a performance that is perpetually off-kilter.
  13. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Mar 25, 2019
    83
    There are awkward jokes, quirky new characters, and even a surprise twist on the formula in Season 2 — Eve and Villanelle’s two-person tête-à-tête is going to get a third caller, unwanted by at least one of the primary parties — but Killing Eve remains very much grounded in its original identity.
  14. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Apr 9, 2019
    80
    [Phoebe Waller-Bridge's] handpicked replacement, Call the Midwife star Emerald Fennell, doesn’t seem to grok the characters on quite as profound a level. Happily, Fennell does know how to keep episodes fizzy, fast-paced and binge-friendly.
  15. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 5, 2019
    80
    Because you're never quite sure what she'll do -- and how far she'll go -- the show has a genuine sense of menace, mixed with the disarming humor that comes from Villanelle rolling her eyes and throwing tantrums like a pouty teenager.
  16. Reviewed by: Robert Rorke
    Apr 3, 2019
    75
    The two episodes made available for review, while not as exciting as the first few episodes of Season 1, detail their recovery and inculcation back into previous modes.
  17. Reviewed by: Steven Scaife
    Apr 3, 2019
    75
    The start of the second season eventually begins to spin its wheels, lingering a little too long on Villanelle’s weakness while providing various sounding boards for emotions that Oh is perfectly capable of conveying with no more than a furrowed brow.
  18. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Mar 25, 2019
    75
    There are some wonderful moments. ... But there are worrisome problems. ... One of those awkward TV contrivances clearly, painfully designed to keep a character in one place. It’s a funnier, darker version of Kim Bauer getting caught in a cougar trap on 24--but it’s a cougar trap, nonetheless.
  19. Reviewed by: Constance Grady
    Apr 4, 2019
    70
    [There's a] plot twist rooted in circumstance rather than in character. As a storytelling choice, it’s just a little bit clumsy. Eve’s storyline, meanwhile, is moving more slowly than Villanelle’s: There are fewer murders, and more conversations with telemarketers (sounds dull, isn’t). But it carries enormous dramatic potential, because Eve is committing spy-vs-spy adultery. She’s begun to investigate a new female assassin.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 94 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 94
  2. Negative: 11 out of 94
  1. Apr 8, 2019
    0
    After 4 intriguing episodes in season 1, this show has revealed itself as a very simplistic cartoonish bore (all the actions of anyAfter 4 intriguing episodes in season 1, this show has revealed itself as a very simplistic cartoonish bore (all the actions of any protagonist are totally unbelievable) . Its success is indeed based on a very basic trick: Daubed in "feminism", its talisman protects it from every negative critic that would be too scared to break the taboo. If the lead characters were men, it would be discarded as the non-sense and drivel that it truly is. What American critics hail as dark British humour is just a direct descendant of that second-rate simplistic British materialistic and egocentric nihilistic culture of Hume and Locke.

    Episode 1:
    Some of the hospital scenes try to be embarrassingly funny. It doesn't work at all. The "bad girl" languish there for such a long time only to pretend to reveal her "humanity" towards the little boy who thinks he is a monster. Just to expunge a clichéd 3 $ pseudo philosophical line: "we are all not normal". Then, as if self-aware of this mawkish instinct, she kills him. Probably to shock middle-class female audiences, ...who feel so good about themselves when they seem to overcome their instinctive repulsion. This feels like a rather cheap thrill. Also, very hypocritically, It makes us empathise with a psycho-killer just because she is a woman.

    Otherwise:
    The score is always this ethereal crappy elektro-music that frame all the useless scenes.
    The Sandra Oh post-crime psychological anguish scenes are both totally chichéd and badly acted: "I need to cook or listen to a hard-sell cold call to get over myself".
    I could go on and on on this rant. If I were a feminist and/or British, I would be embarrassed.
    This is a show you love to hate basically.

    PS: The boyfriend of Sandra Oh must have repeated that line 100 times"Can you tell me what's going on?" already.

    Wenn du zum Weibe gehst, vergiss die Peitsche nicht! (Nietzsche)
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  2. Apr 7, 2019
    9
    The mystery, suspense, irony, action, and obsessions all make this show worth watching. Not only is this a great action show, it also managesThe mystery, suspense, irony, action, and obsessions all make this show worth watching. Not only is this a great action show, it also manages to be absolutely hilarious! Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer give great performances - they are so quirky and make the show stand out! Full Review »
  3. Lyn
    May 29, 2019
    5
    The actors are great and Eve's style is superb. But I'm mildly surprised none of the critics noticed the lack of dramatic tension as the storyThe actors are great and Eve's style is superb. But I'm mildly surprised none of the critics noticed the lack of dramatic tension as the story morphed from "I'm outraged by this killer and want to catch her" to "I'm obsessed with this entrancing killer and want to be buddies with her and wow! Maybe become a killer, too!" There's much less tension, fewer thrills as this becomes more of a buddy movie. Full Review »