Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 20, 2020
    Walker's life is, clearly, a story worth telling, and as basically a longish movie split into four chapters, it's a reasonably concise package. It just could have been made in a way that would have more fully branded this inspirational biography as a miniseries worth watching.
  2. Reviewed by: Gregory Lawrence
    Mar 20, 2020
    Self Made, despite its incredible cast and incredible source material, feels too trapped within the “greatest hits biopic film” template, content to rush through every plot point of Walker’s life without slowing and settling to figure out who Walker is.
  3. Reviewed by: Benjamin Lee
    Mar 20, 2020
    Nicole Asher’s script does a solid job at squeezing the many details of Walker’s life into four entertaining episodes but the directors, including Harriet’s Kasi Lemmons, don’t always hit the mark. There are attempts to enliven the by-the-numbers biopic-plotting with stylish flourishes but they’re mostly always misses. ... It’s ultimately, thankfully, Spencer’s show.
  4. Reviewed by: Joelle Monique
    Mar 20, 2020
    The show explores how Black men have told Black women to wait their turn in line, and takes a big swing at one Black leader’s history. The mapping of these issues is so blatant, they can be seen coming a mile away, but they’re managed with such enthusiasm that it’s almost endearing.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Mar 19, 2020
    Unfortunately, the inspiration inherent in Walker’s story is in short supply in the script. ... Spencer’s intelligent, restrained performance is faultless but a little dry — with the exception of one early scene in which the tyranny of light skin and straight hair bring Walker to tears, she doesn’t really grab us. Ejogo, on the other hand, is fully alive as the O.M.G. (original mean girl) Munroe.
  6. Reviewed by: Rafer Guzmán
    Mar 18, 2020
    A compelling if clunky drama about an important figure.
  7. Reviewed by: Rachelle Hampton
    Mar 23, 2020
    The eminently talented Spencer gives it the best she’s got, despite some truly cringeworthy dialogue. But once her business is established as a success near the end of Chapter 2, the plot devolves into a series of telenovela storylines.
  8. Reviewed by: Malcolm Venable
    Mar 18, 2020
    As a piece of scholastic infotainment, the series has tons of merit. But as a piece of prestige television, it falls short.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Apr 9, 2020
    A série é muito divertida e interessante, só que muito corrida, mas eu gostei bastante e vale a pena assistir
  2. Mar 24, 2020
    It's nice to see diversity in the director's chair, but this is a weird mix of modern flourishes in a period-piece. The filmmakers didn'tIt's nice to see diversity in the director's chair, but this is a weird mix of modern flourishes in a period-piece. The filmmakers didn't seem confident enough in their story to tell it straight. There's a really weird creative choice involving quick cuts of Octavia in the boxing rink fighting the people that oppose her. It's really stupid and on the nose. Some of the characters are also way over the top. I was really disappointed. Full Review »