Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Gwen Ihnat
    Mar 25, 2020
    By shifting part of the focus to fashion as a marketable business, Making The Cut appears to have cut out all the gimmicks, and unnecessary drama, focusing instead on the personalities, talent, skill level, and the design itself. This format plays to both towering strengths of mentor Tim Gunn, letting him do what he does best.
  2. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Mar 24, 2020
    Entertaining and emotional, escapist and inspirational, Making the Cut is first-rate quarantine TV.
  3. Reviewed by: Brett White
    Mar 30, 2020
    With its global backdrop, imaginative designs, and two of the friendliest faces you’ve ever seen reunited on TV, Making the Cut is exactly the show we need right now.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Lawson
    Mar 26, 2020
    There is a good deal of flaunting going on, but the designers rise to the occasion. ... We’ve seen these beats before, just not in this swank new setting. It’s comforting and fresh, a zhuzing up of a tried and true formula. The same is true of the judges.
  5. Reviewed by: Margaret Lyons
    Mar 27, 2020
    It all feels very lavish. But there’s no escaping the Tim-and-Heidi of it all, and it can be like watching people who claim to get along better now that they’re divorced. ... The show sometimes feels unsure about its own commitments. The best designer and the most lucrative designer are not necessarily the same person. That hasn’t made “Making The Cut” less enjoyable. In fact, the show is a very successful recapitulation of the “Project Runway” theme.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 26, 2020
    The good news is the fashion competition at the heart of “Making the Cut,” as in “Project Runway,” remains strong. The competitors are mostly serious designers. They’re not gimmicky distractions to be laughed off stage (except maybe one). ... Despite episodes with long-ish running times, “Making the Cut” doesn’t show the judges offering post-runway critiques to every designer, just the top two and bottom two.
  7. Reviewed by: Malcolm Venable
    Mar 24, 2020
    For fashion junkies, and for people who find Naomi Campbell's shade as life-giving as chlorophyll, Making the Cut is catnip. Just don't look for anything revolutionary. It sticks to a formula, and that's fine. The formula works for a reason.
  8. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Mar 23, 2020
    Making the Cut and Next in Fashion aren’t exact clones, but their differences from Runway do seem reverse-engineered to avoid too much overlap. ... The show tries to make the most of Tim and Heidi, who couldn’t have come cheap, with silly but inoffensive skits where they visit local tourist destinations.
  9. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Mar 20, 2020
    Mass consumption doesn’t make for the most eye-catching fashion, and it doesn’t even make for particularly engaging reality television. Not that “Making the Cut” isn’t enjoyable enough, if only because its rules and paces are readily digestible to an audience that’s long familiar with the formulas that drive the genre. It’s easy to watch.
  10. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Mar 27, 2020
    Klum and Gunn remain eager guides for a show whose ambition is laudable. But, too often, from its premise to its lost and confusing judging process, “Making the Cut” feels — ironically enough for a show focused on design within reach — inaccessible.
  11. Reviewed by: Rebecca Nicholson
    Mar 27, 2020
    Some of the designers really do seem like talents who just needed to step into the spotlight. But given those ingredients, it should emerge as something far more lively than the flat, lethargic show it manages to muster.

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