• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 27, 2019
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19

Critic Reviews

  1. Oct 25, 2019
    91
    With several excellent subplots that weave throughout the episodes, Mrs. Fletcher unfolds a touching, funny, sometimes deeply sad, and sometimes outrageously horny story of human sexuality.
  2. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Sep 10, 2019
    91
    I could watch 100 episodes of “Mrs. Fletcher” ... “Mrs. Fletcher” is a deeply empowering satire, and one so in touch with its motivations and characters that you’ll wish you could visit Eve and Brendan every week for as long as they’d let you.
  3. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Oct 25, 2019
    90
    There’s a lot to love about this show, from the concision of its 30-minute episodes to an all-female roster of directors that includes Nicole Holofcener (Friends With Money) and Obvious Child‘s Gillian Robespierre. Hahn may well be typecast as a sexually frustrated woman, but she’s also the only actor I can think of who could do justice to such a simultaneously sweet and nasty role. Perrotta gives supporting characters surprising depth.
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Oct 24, 2019
    90
    There’s a smart symmetry to “Mrs. Fletcher,” the superb new HBO limited series. ... The structure of the series (whose all-women directing roster features Nicole Holofcener, Liesl Tommy, Carrie Brownstein, and Gillian Robespierre) has been mapped out beautifully. ... When Eve and Brendan finally come back together late in the series, whose episodes are perfectly gauged at a half-hour each, it’s a precise and satisfying collision.
  5. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Oct 22, 2019
    83
    Though it’s only seven half-hour episodes, Fletcher gives the excellent ensemble substantive subplots about their own search for acceptance. White is a standout as Brendan ... The finale, which omits several of the developments in Perotta’s novel, feels bewilderingly abrupt for a show billed as a “limited series.” If ever a story cried out for another chapter, it’s this one.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 25, 2019
    80
    Mrs. Fletcher takes a concept that sounds like a snooze and turns it into an unexpectedly absorbing limited series. Give much of the credit to "The Leftovers" producer-writer Tom Perrotta -- adapting his book -- and star Kathryn Hahn, who throws her all into a role distinguished by its lack of clear definition.
  7. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Oct 24, 2019
    80
    A bold, engaging, sexy coming-of-age story.
  8. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Oct 24, 2019
    80
    “Mrs. Fletcher” is filled with funny and awkward scenes in which the lead character has her world greatly opened, but it is perhaps more memorable (and more unique) as a show about a young man who finds the world is shutting him out.
  9. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 22, 2019
    80
    Each episode is only 30 minutes, which feels right for Eve’s story, even if it leaves the Brendan portions of the show feeling underfed. It’s clear how the two halves of Mrs. Fletcher reflect one another, but one shines so much brighter than the other that it’s all you want to look at. Still, it makes sense: Both mother and son are moving through their respective sexual primes; she just has a much deeper understanding of what to do with it than he does.
  10. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Sep 10, 2019
    80
    A comfortable, pleasing character study, one with points to make about the ways the sexual revolution has failed men and women both.
  11. Reviewed by: Richard Lawson
    Oct 29, 2019
    70
    Most everything that happens before the final few minutes of Mrs. Fletcher is enjoyable, a low-fi series about our (hopefully) ever-evolving relationship with ourselves, told from two perspectives.
  12. Reviewed by: Allison Shoemaker
    Oct 25, 2019
    70
    The ideas aren’t quite as fresh as the series seems to think, the journeys taken by the characters both too slow and too slight, and the filmmaking, while elegant and often alluring, not rich enough to wholly compensate for its other deficiencies. That’s not to say it’s not an engaging series. Each of its seven 30-minute episodes offers warmth, humor, and something bittersweet, and each manages to further endear the audience to at least a few of its characters.
  13. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Oct 29, 2019
    60
    Allowing Hahn to seduce you is easy enough to do, and compensates for much of “Mrs. Fletcher” that is mostly just … fair. The puzzling part is that it ends with possibility for future episodes and storylines, and the sensation that if it doesn’t return to expand upon those unresolved developments, we’ll be fine going on to the next.
  14. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Oct 28, 2019
    60
    Mrs. Fletcher, though, is missing an opportunity to say something profound about people and the inconvenient discrepancies between what they want and what they need. The series benefits from two remarkably deft performers, who paint outside the lines of their characters. (All seven episodes are directed by women, including the veteran Nicole Holofcener and the performer and writer Carrie Brownstein.) But in the end, I wanted more—more insight, more illumination, more interrogation of the differences between sexual freedom and freedom itself.
  15. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Oct 25, 2019
    50
    The “Eve” segments of the show are funny and intriguing and involving, thanks to Hahn’s razor-sharp comedic timing and an excellent supporting cast. ... Unfortunately, we spend almost as much time at college with Brendan, and that’s when “Mrs. Fletcher” shifts tonal gears and becomes a downbeat melodrama about this irredeemable, snide and smug lout.
  16. Reviewed by: Margaret Lyons
    Oct 24, 2019
    50
    Is it so different from “Better Things,” or “This Way Up,” or “Shrill”? Or “I Love Dick,” which Hahn also starred in? Only in that it’s not as good as those shows. It is better than “Divorce,” “Casual” and “Togetherness,” for what it’s worth.
  17. Reviewed by: Jacob Oller
    Oct 24, 2019
    43
    Overly cute-’n-sexy dialogue bathes you in college smarm before throwing you the toaster of midlife crisis cliche.
  18. What it has to say is ultimately rather thin. Furthermore, since it takes its cues from the banal porn fantasies that Eve is inundated with, its imagery isn’t always that revelatory. ... For all of Hahn’s tremendous skill, her presence isn’t enough to paper over the cracks in the series itself, which struggles to find anything bold or new to say about women’s sexuality or coming of age later in life.
  19. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 10, 2019
    40
    It's hard not to imagine the whole thing working better if it could perhaps last longer and develop its characters more naturally. ... Mrs. Fletcher feels both unfinished and rushed — the seven half-hour episodes failing to cement a story rather than just the feeling of a story.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Nov 6, 2019
    2
    Watched the first episode and you already know where this moronic take on single motherhood is going. Not funny,not heartwarming ,just plainWatched the first episode and you already know where this moronic take on single motherhood is going. Not funny,not heartwarming ,just plain bad and we have seen this all before.

    BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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