• Network: HULU
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 20, 2019
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
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  1. Apr 10, 2019
    2
    Compelling True Story Drama That Changes Mood & Tempo Too Many Times

    After viewing Mommy Dead and Dearest, the HBO documentary on the same subject, it appears The Act is nothing but a money grab in retelling the exact same story with only updates since 2017. The Act omits major participants in the Gypsy Rose Blanchard story, omits character flaws of some participants and uses creativity
    Compelling True Story Drama That Changes Mood & Tempo Too Many Times

    After viewing Mommy Dead and Dearest, the HBO documentary on the same subject, it appears The Act is nothing but a money grab in retelling the exact same story with only updates since 2017. The Act omits major participants in the Gypsy Rose Blanchard story, omits character flaws of some participants and uses creativity to present people, places and things that are not fact. Therefore, look upon The Act as a TV-MA rated Lifetime dramatization.

    You can always tell when a production has too many cooks stirring the pot, and The Act is no exception. The pace and intrigue are set early, leaving the viewer riveted to the story and waiting in anticipation-until we hit the halfway point of the story as both direction and rhythm completely change the feel of the story. The Act should garner another Emmy nomination for Patricia Arquette.
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73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Adrian Horton
    Dec 3, 2019
    60
    Arquette gives a human center to Dee Dee’s manipulations – a frantic and unnecessary EpiPen injection for a non-existent sugar allergy becomes, for example, both an act and a desperate act of love. Gypsy’s teary-eyed disappointment and shame are visceral. But still, the show makes clear that while it’s based on actual events, some of it is dramatized, and that knowledge feels suspect.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Kerensa Cadenas
    Apr 29, 2019
    83
    Terrifying performances from Patricia Arquette and Joe King pair mommy issues with musical cues that fellow Hulu shows should take a note from. It's one hell of a Mommie Dearest ride. [3/10 May 2019, p.90]
  3. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Apr 3, 2019
    80
    For a certain kind of viewer, this show is riveting. It capitalizes on the dread of the disobedient daughter, attempting to grow under an umbrella of disapproval. But the strongest element of the show is not the act—not the performance of illness—but the violent relationship between the two leads, when they have dropped all their pretenses and affectations.