• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 9, 2007
Season #: 2, 1
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25

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Critic Reviews

  1. Tell Me is an incisive drama, but it's not an easy commitment.
  2. By the end of the first hour of Tell Me, I found myself caring deeply about what was happening to the couples and whether, in the end, they would find some joy of sex and emotional satisfaction. And whether I care about the characters is always my bottom line as to whether a series succeeds.
  3. 80
    Although it manages to be suspenseful about the journey of its jumbled characters, it is an unrelenting examination of the search for the hidden recipe of me, you and us that makes for a strong marriage, and that's something you ultimately have to steel yourself for in a weekly series.
  4. 80
    [A] deeply interesting, occasionally riveting show.
  5. It's imperative to make [a commitment] to this series because it doesn't really find itself until the second and third episodes. That's when you feel and recognize the beauty and the pain that Cynthia Mort smartly and sensitively portrays in her fiercely honest examination of sex in relationships.
  6. 80
    Tell Me You Love Me is not only more provocative than any of the broadcast networks' new fall shows, but also more sophisticated--even than those shows that aspire to be "adult."
  7. 80
    Tell Me You Love Me is an engrossing, searing, sometimes squirm-inducing study of intimacy, told with a fly-on-the-bedroom-wall realism that is both clinical and wrenching. Voyeurism has rarely felt so unnerving yet ultimately rewarding.
  8. The rest of the drama, though, suspends disbelief much more successfully. The acting, by both men and women, is quite nuanced and well-observed. After a few episodes, you feel their pain, and hope that it is eased.
  9. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    70
    In essence, you're watching the parts of life we're never supposed to see play out before our eyes, and the effect can be either uncomfortable but fascinating or whiny and dull.
  10. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    70
    It's daring, disconcerting and/or enlightening.
  11. Once you get past the sex and if you can endure the sadness of the stories, Tell Me begins to have an addictive quality.
  12. The series is bold in its candor and unhurried attention to detail, but not quite brave enough to lay bare the bleakest, pettiest injuries that can scar a marriage.
  13. 63
    The stories and performances vary in interest, and all would benefit from a bit more humor. Still, even the weaker stories eventually pull you in, if only because you spend so much time listening to these people complain, you want to see how they work things out.
  14. 63
    The storylines are not so much entertainingly paced as they are merely interesting, representational or too often plodding.
  15. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    In short, if you come for the sex, you'll only stay for the characters, and those represent an intriguing but decidedly mixed bag.
  16. 60
    The couples are ordinary, and so are their issues. That’s part of the goal of the show--to dissect the mundanity of love and anger. But making a developing story out of these tangles and skirmishes is extremely difficult, and Tell Me You Love Me doesn’t quite pull it off.
  17. Intriguing--but not especially enjoyable.
  18. 50
    Tell Me You Love Me begins within confines, its white, middle class, straight couples all dealing with versions of the same problem. That this focus might be "real" is not the question. More troubling, for a series banking on its newness, is that the focus is so familiar.
  19. Unfortunately, it is difficult to stay interested in what happens to any of these characters because most of them are so absurdly unlikable.
  20. There's no intrigue, no entertainment, and the show's motion, when there is any, is so s-l-o-w, it's virtually undetectable.
  21. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    30
    Why didn't HBO just go ahead and cut each episode of the hour-long Tell Me You Love Me to 50 minutes? The trims would have gone some way toward relieving the boredom inspired by the show's inchworm pace, and the shrink's-hour format would have made an exact fit for the spirit of the exercise.
  22. 25
    It's not the realism that brings Tell Me You Love Me down, it's the long list of unlikeable characters.
  23. 20
    Yes, [the sex is] all very realistic, but not very hot, thanks to the fact that these are grouchy, humorless people whom we'd rather see hitting each other in the head with two-by-fours.
  24. 20
    Tell Me You Love Me is little more than an intellectually pretentious, emotionally vapid snoozer.
  25. Nonorganic dialogue quickly becomes boring for viewers. The directors seem to have lavished so much energy on the choreography of the sex scenes that they have nothing left for verbal expression.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 42
  2. Negative: 14 out of 42
  1. Dec 3, 2017
    1
    It's so hard to get interested in this show as most of the characters are either so unlikeable or pathetic. The writers appear to keepIt's so hard to get interested in this show as most of the characters are either so unlikeable or pathetic. The writers appear to keep relying on long boring sex scenes because they don't seem to be able to think of any way to develop the story. I've watched 90% of the first episode and so far, only one couple has had a 5 minute appointment with the therapist. Full Review »
  2. Dec 17, 2010
    10
    I don't understand why this show got such low ratings. I am a young man, never married, but still loved this show. The acting is the mostI don't understand why this show got such low ratings. I am a young man, never married, but still loved this show. The acting is the most incredible I have seen in any TV show (and few movies top the acting). The issues are interesting and every person in a long term relationship will identify with. The ending might have been a bit too cliche; could have ended more realisticly... but that's besides the point. Full Review »
  3. JoshlynH.
    Sep 22, 2008
    2
    It's depressing but also too contrived. Having to have the token lesbian sex scene thrown in there, was just the end for me. I guess I It's depressing but also too contrived. Having to have the token lesbian sex scene thrown in there, was just the end for me. I guess I don't understand why these people can't communicate better! Is that the point? It's sort of boring and slow. I'm really trying to like it but by the end of the show, I'm annoyed by the whole thing. Full Review »