• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: May 8, 2020
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21

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Critic Reviews

  1. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    May 13, 2020
    90
    Authenticity is the key to this slow-burning but mesmerizing celebration of a world where life is a messy improvisation. ... The Eddy evokes an art-house sensibility with handheld and jittery camerawork that swirls to the music. But there's a gripping pulp aspect tot he narrative. [11 - 24 May 2020, p.7]
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Levin
    May 11, 2020
    88
    Don't miss this series, with its first-rate performances and impeccable filmmaking. It is rich and rewarding, even if it runs into the occasional plotting issue.
  3. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Apr 27, 2020
    83
    Shot in a gritty, handheld, vérité style (as apt for the French setting as the jazz performances framing its story), “The Eddy” finds a compelling rhythm in a melodic blend of genres — part family drama, part musical, part thriller — that, while occasionally plodding, crescendos with considerable emotional heft.
  4. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    May 7, 2020
    80
    The series presents life as something that happens simultaneously with music—not just adjacent to it, but surrounded by it. Refreshingly, the camerawork tells the story without gimmicks—no slo-mo, no flashbacks, no dream sequences. The result is that time, too, seems to be composed of music, moving forward at the same tempo.
  5. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    May 7, 2020
    80
    While it certainly contains moments of suspense and conflict, the eight-episode drama is more of a slow, mellow burn. ... Still canal waters are by no means a bad thing, though. ... If you can shut off your tendencies to nitpick and simply give yourself over to The Eddy, there is a lot of pleasure to be found in it. The music is lovely and performed with passion, and there are moments of profound joy.
  6. Reviewed by: Candice Frederick
    Apr 27, 2020
    80
    As laborious as it may sound to spotlight various storylines, which always runs the risk of shortchanging others, The Eddy manages to keep you invested while Elliot anchors the story. That is helped by thoughtful performances especially by Holland and Bekhti as well as the rest of the cast, some of whom are actual musicians.
  7. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Feb 28, 2020
    80
    The first episode ends with the setting well established, thanks to a constantly moving camera that nervously picks up details of the cool, cluttered sets as it roams the faces in the club and pinpoints the weak spots of each character. ... Chazelle continues exploring the unsavory side of Paris in high cinematic style in the second episode, which is devoted to Julie and her world. Stenberg creates a sophisticated New Yorker who keeps a guarded distance from her father, but is still curious about his life and attracted to the creative atmosphere around him.
  8. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    May 8, 2020
    75
    he overarching narrative, involving the Parisian underworld of drugs and guns and how it infiltrates the supposed peaceful world of the club, gives the series some degree of stakes but honestly, more often than not, feels like a distraction. ... What is here, though, is held together by the remarkable strength of the international cast, all taking their cues from Holland.
  9. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    May 8, 2020
    75
    Think of “The Eddy” like a trip to an actual jazz club. There are times, especially in the beginning, when you’ll want to go get a drink or take a bathroom break, but there are also incredible solos and moments when the whole band comes together to form something almost transcendent. Whether you focus on the highs or lows after the band has left the stage is up to you.
  10. Reviewed by: Danette Chavez
    May 7, 2020
    75
    While The Eddy takes place in a Paris neighborhood you don’t see on postcards, its structure and themes will feel immediately familiar. ... Recognizing the beat doesn’t make The Eddy less moving, but it does keep an impeccably made series from being something more groundbreaking.
  11. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    Apr 27, 2020
    75
    The four episodes I’ve seen have some narrative kinks to work out, to be sure, but the filmmaking is truly stunning at times, and it manages to capture an energy and a beauty that more polished series can only dream of.
  12. Reviewed by: Josh Spiegel
    May 6, 2020
    67
    For anyone hoping that Damien Chazelle could bring his live-wire energy from films like Whiplash and La La Land to the small screen with the Netflix limited series The Eddy, lower those expectations. But come prepared for great jazz performances and a killer André Holland turn.
  13. Reviewed by: Lucy Mangan
    May 8, 2020
    60
    The Script is not one that shines, though it does dip in and out of multiple languages, and give a great sense of the deeper bond among the people who end up in the Eddy together, even as they struggle and clash on the surface. True jazz fans may find it the perfect riff on the basic gangster plot. The rest of us, perhaps, not so much.
  14. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    May 7, 2020
    60
    An unusual mix of the very good and the less good — pedestrian in its outlines, often sublime in its particulars.
  15. Reviewed by: Ed Cumming
    May 6, 2020
    60
    If you liked the rehearsal scenes in Whiplash, you’ll enjoy lots of this. But where in that film they were in the service of a tight story, here they are the high points of swirling, indulgent episodes that last more than an hour.
  16. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    May 6, 2020
    60
    The Eddy works most often on the side of things focused on the music, the culture, and the complicated relationship between Elliot and Julie. ... There are a number of scenes between them — particularly one where they discuss the deeper meaning of Julie changing her hairstyle — that are so sharply observed and poignant, it only makes the meandering, schizophrenic quality of the rest of The Eddy more frustrating.
  17. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    May 11, 2020
    50
    The trouble with The Eddy is it keeps confusing its received ideas of what’s dramatic with what’s actually interesting. The show keeps putting Julie in peril, getting her wasted and then sending her running through the streets asking strangers for coke as her father frantically searches for her, but there’s more genuine feeling in the quiet conversation they have later. ... The way the music fits into The Eddy’s narrative is its smartest and most satisfying quality.
  18. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    May 7, 2020
    50
    In short, the atmosphere of the series is transporting, and the toggling between French (with subtitles) and English, and images of the less-than-glamorous parts of France we don’t generally see on scripted TV, add nicely to the exoticism. But the story line imposed onto the setting is awfully stale, as familiar as the ambience is not.
  19. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Feb 28, 2020
    50
    The show seems equally divided between whether it wants to be a live chronicle of Ballard’s music or a boilerplate father-daughter reconciliation tale, spiced up with exotic locations and a soupcon of criminal intrigue. For a record of Ballard’s music, buy the record. For the rest, future episodes will have to put the characters first.
  20. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    May 8, 2020
    40
    As long as you're a jazz fan, great; the best moments of "The Eddy" are its performances, mainly brought to us by the eponymous jazz club's house band made up of real, professional musicians. ... Frustratingly, the music is a heavy condiment on dry bread slathered with malaise, with a side of uninspired crime subplot.
  21. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    May 6, 2020
    30
    It is often a dirge. Its format seems intended to not just thwart but strangle enthusiasm. ... A great deal of the dialogue in “The Eddy” feels improvised, which might, under other circumstances, be a compliment. Not here. There’s the distinct sense of characters not listening to each other when they talk, of there being no narrative objective or even a governing intelligence behind the show.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. May 16, 2020
    8
    The expectations were very high, it is not the best work of its creators, in the start it just does not engage you into the storyline, butThe expectations were very high, it is not the best work of its creators, in the start it just does not engage you into the storyline, but when it does, it becomes an amazing experience. Full Review »