• Network: HULU
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 15, 2020
Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 38 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Apr 24, 2020
    100
    Excellent. ... There are a lot of plots in “Mrs. America.” ... But they’re woven together organically, unfolding with the same grace of the phenomenal cast.
  2. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Apr 17, 2020
    100
    Mrs. America is maybe the first great television series of 2020, a project that manages to capture the complicated essence of real characters while telling a story at both micro and macro levels. ... It’s Schlafly, played as an elegant coil of wound ambition by Cate Blanchett, who turns Mrs. America from a starry historical miniseries into a stunning explainer on the poisoning of national politics.
  3. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Apr 14, 2020
    100
    Breathtaking. ... The decade-long fight that unfolds is epic and swaggering, bubbling with cultural ferment and bouncing along on a soul-laced soundtrack. There is an “Avengers Assemble” feeling here, both in the gathering of historical figures — a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg even appears, briefly — and the bumper crop of acting talent.
  4. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Apr 13, 2020
    100
    Exceptional. ... Creator Dahvi Waller, whose history as a writer for Mad Men and Halt and Catch Fire is evident in Mrs. America’s vivid, complex depiction of our country’s recent past.
  5. Reviewed by: Jenn Adams
    Apr 13, 2020
    100
    Brought to life by a star-studded cast. Though there are captivating performances by the men, James Marsden, Adam Brody, and most notably, John Slattery playing Phyllis Schlafly’s (Cate Blanchett) charming, but controlling husband, Fred, this show belongs to the women.
  6. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Apr 9, 2020
    100
    Ms. Blanchett is hypnotically over the top, politely frenzied, a frozen smile atop naked ambition. It’s a performance both fascinating and poisonous, as well as cartoonish, critical and, after a few episodes, addicting. ... The series seems a masterwork of visual manipulation and subliminal messaging. ... For all the first-rate performances in the piece—which propel chapters titled “Shirley,” “Betty,” “Jill” and, ultimately, ‘”Reagan”—a viewer will return, again and again, to Ms. Blanchett’s Phyllis, a character whose villainy, or tragedy, is of a classical nature.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Apr 9, 2020
    100
    A nine-episode limited series worth the investment. It’s easily the best new series this year.
  8. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Apr 8, 2020
    100
    From the lead roles to the ensemble, “Mrs. America” has a fabulous cast, and the writing gives them plenty to work with. Blanchett is totally in command as Schlafly. ... “Mrs. America” is one of the best shows so far this year, and it’s worth seeking out.
  9. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Apr 8, 2020
    100
    Women rule in the thrillingly acted Mrs. America, a fabulously robust recreation of the 1970s battle over ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. ... They're going to have to expand the Emmy lists to acknowledge this much terrific talent. [13 - 26 Apr 2020, p.5]
  10. Reviewed by: Kristen Lopez
    Apr 2, 2020
    100
    None of the women come off as one-dimensional and there is just as much controversy found within the group supporting the ERA. ... FX on Hulu’s new series is a must-watch. ... “Mrs. America” is a show that will leave you thinking and, if you’re femme in any way, questing for a revolution.
  11. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Apr 2, 2020
    100
    Brisk and unwilling to hand-hold, Mrs. America is extraordinarily attuned to the ideological and intersectional schisms within both the Second Wave and the emerging Moral Majority movement that the Catholic Schlafly helped bring to the political mainstream. But the miniseries is just as adept at humanizing these historical figures, particularly as vanguards beset with vulnerabilities and doubts. ... Mrs. America makes history come alive, in thoughtful and achingly real detail.
  12. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Apr 2, 2020
    97
    It will be worth it. Mrs. America is dense, worth savoring and discussing throughout. It manages to walk an almost impossible line between reverence and satire, and it also gives clear historical context for the rise of the Moral Majority and the women who have come to rule Fox News, and all who align narrow “traditional values” with being American.
  13. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Apr 15, 2020
    95
    This is a fully immersive docudrama, and if the dialogue gets a little explicatey at times, there is a tremendous amount of relevant history to cover here, and nine episodes barely cover it.
  14. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Apr 15, 2020
    90
    Mrs. America has zip to spare, bounding along on a ‘70s soundtrack, limning complex history, ideas, alliances, and personal dynamics with assuredness, tact, and insight. ... The concise episodes are more effective than the diffuse treatment the show gives Steinem, who is by far the most famous figure but who never comes quite into focus. ... Ullman, Paulson, and Martindale all stand out, but Blanchett most of all. She brings all of her tremendous skill to bear on Schlafly, with a level of precision that makes her ring as clear as a bell.
  15. 90
    Mrs. America’s smartest move was deciding to be a TV show first and a history lesson second, although it takes a while for that distinction to take hold. ... By the time you hit hour three, the actors have settled into their characters and internalized their co-stars’ rhythms and the story is on rails. The addictive energy of the ensemble infuses every scene.
  16. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Apr 15, 2020
    90
    It’s a compelling drama that’s as ambitious, colorful and bold as the characters it brings to life over each hour-long episode. ... The divisions among [the women's rights activist] ranks is where the drama really heats up, and strikes more than one painfully topical nerve. ... Blanchett is transformative and chilling here.
  17. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 14, 2020
    90
    Despite looking back to the 1970s battle over the Equal Rights Amendment, Mrs. America is as fresh and urgent as the half-century of political jockeying that has unfolded since those events. Cate Blanchett heads a sensational cast as conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, in a limited series -- premiering on Hulu, but produced sibling network FX -- that's among the very best of both.
  18. Reviewed by: Kayla Cobb
    Apr 10, 2020
    90
    The chilling tale of how we started fighting the same battles we’re still struggling with in 2020.
  19. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Apr 7, 2020
    90
    With astonishing nuance, Mrs. America pulls together the threads of the feminist movement at this moment, noting the discord between some and the rapport between others. The series really sings once it’s populated by these other characters—each singularly appealing, each attempting to define marriage, feminism, and the movement for themselves as they go.
  20. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Apr 14, 2020
    88
    It’s safe to say this bracing, exceptionally crafty portrait of a savvy political organizer; the thwarted Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; and a decade of warring women’s movements, right and left, amounts to something rare. It is serious fun, full of wit, fully invested in the humanity and the hypocrisies in everyone on view.
  21. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Apr 14, 2020
    88
    The scripts are detailed and informative, but don't think this is a dry history lesson. There is wit, levity and propulsion to the episodes, which zip by after the slow opener. The cast offers an embarrassment of riches.
  22. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Apr 13, 2020
    88
    “Mrs. America” showrunner Dahvi Waller expertly captures the historic feminist movement of the 1970s while juggling multiple storylines. ... There are times when Phyllis’ flintiness and her often wildly hyperbolic and convoluted reasoning make her nearly unbearable, but Blanchett is far too good to allow Phyllis to become a caricature. “Mrs. America” isn’t exactly a sympathetic portrayal, but it’s a fair one.
  23. Reviewed by: Allison Shoemaker
    Apr 9, 2020
    88
    Schlafly is ostensibly the subject here, and Blanchett’s performance is masterful. ... Each [pro-ERA feminists] gets her turn in the spotlight, if not several. Most of the uniformly strong nine episodes take their titles from one or more of these women, and while none of them (with one exception) focus solely on a single character, those points of focus are clarifying.
  24. Reviewed by: Niv M. Sultan
    Apr 7, 2020
    88
    Mrs. America, the creation of writer-producer Dahvi Waller, deftly reckons with decades of squandered political potential, both in its depiction of the ‘70s and in the parallels it draws with the present.
  25. Reviewed by: Doreen St. Félix
    Apr 24, 2020
    80
    [An] intensely psychological portrait of Phyllis Schlafly, the godmother of the modern anti-feminist movement, played with frightening, actressy charisma by Cate Blanchett. A nervy, nine-episode period piece. ... The feminist fighters, drawn with less specificity and more reverence, are inevitably less interesting.
  26. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Apr 17, 2020
    80
    It’s all directed in a zippy, witty, chaotically invigorating style that captures the sociopolitical zeal of the time, centering the stakes in a way that is profound. ... The only issue is one of balance. [Schlafly's] presence looms threateningly large in Mrs. America is the point, but it also knocks things off-kilter. Grouping her opponents together like this prevents some needed depth, while also suggesting an inequity of impact. ... Combining the two into a series is less amazing, but clever enough to still work.
  27. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Apr 16, 2020
    80
    The first these episodes of "Mrs. America" ably depict the spectrum along which the series operates, starting with Schlafly's determined organizing and bullying of Midwestern housewives and the cool dominance she wields over them. ... Blanchett, Byrne, and Aduba – the stars of the first three episodes, respectively – personify the three reasons "Mrs. America" is well worth watching. ... Byrne plays up Steinem's flat manner of speaking, and her level, confident gaze throughout each scene very consciously. It's a good performance, and yet one that at times feels like she's wearing it as opposed to embodying it.
  28. Reviewed by: Adrian Horton
    Apr 15, 2020
    80
    Mrs America, created by Mad Men writer Dahvi Waller, mines the past for conflicts and contradictions with contemporary relevance, splicing warm-hued archival footage with deeply researched scripts with a roving structure.
  29. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Apr 14, 2020
    80
    “Mrs. America,” FX’s invigorating, infuriating and only faintly inspiring dramatic miniseries. ... I’m fine with the liberties “Mrs. America” rightly takes. For those of us who’ve come simply to watch a TV show, the news is essentially good, with a pace and story momentum that is often surprising, enlightening and satisfyingly saucy. ... Blanchett turns someone many people would like to forget into someone who is wickedly unforgettable.
  30. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Apr 2, 2020
    80
    While the civil rights strides that have been made over the decades represent significant progress, any narrative talking about the Equal Rights Amendment is going to feel like a tragedy. ... This casts a harsh shadow over what is otherwise a captivating, well-made portrait of an important American movement that features one of the best ensemble casts in recent memory.
  31. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Apr 23, 2020
    75
    Credit the casting, sharp dialogue and an insightful script that picks up on both Schlafly’s methods and the fundamental hypocrisy (and blunt dishonesty) of her stance, as well as the back-biting bitchiness that doomed “libber” enemies.
  32. Reviewed by: Terry Terrones
    Apr 10, 2020
    75
    While it can sometimes get bogged down by too many extraneous details, the story of “Mrs. America” is intriguing. First- rate performances from a stellar cast bring a divisive time in America’s political history to life.
  33. Reviewed by: Kimberly Roots
    Apr 2, 2020
    75
    Top-notch performances from an A-list cast are Mrs. America‘s greatest selling points, but make sure to bone up on the American political process ahead of time — or you might be lost.
  34. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Apr 2, 2020
    75
    Mrs. America is solid. But if the show had liberated itself from the idea of “having it all,” it could have been spectacular.
  35. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Apr 13, 2020
    70
    While Blanchett waltzes through the miniseries like Eleanor Parker, she doesn’t quite get the hardscrabble woman who tilted at the ERA windmill. She’s too patrician for those of us who remember her. ... Martindale and Ullman have done their homework, but it’s Elizabeth Banks as Jill Ruckelshaus and Byrne who impress. They capture the movement’s urgency and help us understand their place in it. ... “Mrs. America” might have benefitted from an additional episode to explain how many of [Schlafly's] disciples went on to win seats in the House and the Senate.
  36. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Apr 13, 2020
    70
    The performances are so uniformly terrific, and many individual moments and episodes so resonant, that I kept with it long after Schlafly’s very presence stared to make me cringe. But like the movement whose high ideals and unfortunate failures it chronicles, the miniseries can’t help feeling like a missed opportunity.
  37. Reviewed by: Candice Frederick
    Apr 7, 2020
    70
    If there is one thing Mrs. America is hell bent on showing its audience, it's that feminism is complex, messy, and extremely divisive among women — too discorant to even result in much progress.
  38. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Apr 2, 2020
    50
    Despite being careful to balance the screen time between factions, “Mrs. America” isn’t nearly as convincing, or even half as energetic, in its depiction of the Republican grassroots movement than it is in its liberal counterparts. The series may be fascinated by Schlafly and her various arms of power, but it never quite proves that it understands them.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 40
  2. Negative: 6 out of 40
  1. Apr 16, 2020
    10
    Excellent casts and acting esp Cate the great. Spot on production design and costumes. A very good reminder that we should appreciate andExcellent casts and acting esp Cate the great. Spot on production design and costumes. A very good reminder that we should appreciate and learn from the past for a brighter or better future coz if we dont as they say history repeats itself.hoping this limited series will be given its due come emmy awards,golden globes and sag awards not only cate and supporting cast writers director producers and production staff/team for a job well done. Full Review »
  2. May 7, 2020
    4
    Never having been a fan of Phyllis Schlafly I was naturally curious about the story behind the person. I'm not sure that happened. What I gotNever having been a fan of Phyllis Schlafly I was naturally curious about the story behind the person. I'm not sure that happened. What I got was cardboard stereotypes and hardly learned a thing. This is simply the writers' and producer's view of extreme liberal and conservative ERA positions. Ok, so both positions hated each other, but the way it was done it was not interesting. Some more nuance please. Full Review »
  3. Apr 18, 2020
    10
    Fantastic series, with a magnificent performance by Cate Blanchett and a wonderful cast. Full of nuance and intelligence.