• Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 16, 2022
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Aug 11, 2022
    80
    Could Leonardo ever have been as wracked by the uncertainty and self-doubt Mr. Turner invests in his role? It might contradict the image we have of Leonardo, but Mr. Turner's portrayal makes for a better character. ... "Leonardo" the show has an intelligence that "Leonardo" the concept might not lead one to expect.
  2. Reviewed by: Paul Hirons
    Jul 18, 2022
    60
    You could say that Leonardo is a coming-of-age tale, but it’s also a murder mystery, a love story, and a study of genius all in one. Like the man itself, it perhaps doesn’t quite know what it wants to be.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Power
    Jul 18, 2022
    60
    There is an attempt to psychoanalyse Leonardo, whose father abandoned him. But this feels like a quick sketch rather than the fuller portrait one of history’s greatest minds surely merits.
  4. Reviewed by: Lucy Mangan
    Jul 18, 2022
    40
    The script is woeful. Half of the actors look absolutely stricken with horror and those who are giving it a good try – including the stalwart Turner – make you want to cry with compassion. The whole thing is paint by numbers and there are moments when all you can do is shake your head in disbelief.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Cumming
    Jul 18, 2022
    40
    The drama sometimes feels like the sort of educational film they have on loop at museums, a kind of animated Wikipedia entry, with a script that prefers not to let subtext get in the way of straight facts.
  6. Reviewed by: Rachael Sigee
    Jul 18, 2022
    20
    There were far too many scenes of people opening and closing doors or creeping up and down stairs without doing or saying anything important. The fact that the production was beset by Covid-related issues really showed: it looked like a film set and not a particularly convincing one.