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4.8

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  2. Negative: 4 out of 10

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  1. Mar 24, 2020
    2
    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'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 areIt'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. Expand
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64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Whitney Spencer
    Mar 27, 2020
    88
    The series is a smart, genuine portrayal of a venerable figure. “Self Made” is equal parts an entertaining account of the first woman millionaire, and a sharp critique of the margins along which Black people endure in a long history of systemic racism and gender-based oppression.
  2. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    Mar 23, 2020
    70
    Standout performances by Spencer, Ejogo and more make Self Made a pleasurable watch. It’s just too bad that the story of Madam C.J. Walker isn’t given time to slow down and breathe.
  3. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Mar 23, 2020
    80
    It is decidedly an old-school, good-time miniseries dropped into a world that will measure it by upper-crusty limited series standards. It also confidently strides through such nagging issues as colorism, class discrimination, and sexism black people visited upon each other in post-slavery, pre-Gilded Age America, all while it caresses, thoughtfully, the complex social and personal issues wrapped up in the relationship between black dignity and our hair, and the impossible, ugly beauty standards erected as an obstacle to opportunity.