• Network: HBO Max
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 10, 2022
Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Feb 11, 2022
    80
    Despite some of its more predictable twists, The Girl Before is riveting, even counterintuitive. Brühlmann, the director, takes material stuffed with clichés and gives it a subtler texture.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Feb 9, 2022
    80
    Most viewers will be immediately engrossed. ... The house holds secrets that even this reviewer, a hardened veteran of gloomy gothic mysteries that move at their own pace, didn't see coming. But in addition to the rather glacial progression of Mr. Delaney's adaptation, there's the eternal fascination of real estate and the haunting question of just what one might do to get her mitts on affordable housing.
  3. Reviewed by: Carol Midgley
    Jan 18, 2022
    80
    It felt fresh, the dialogue wasn't toe-curling and the performances have drawn me in.
  4. Reviewed by: Rachael Sigee
    Jan 18, 2022
    80
    It is tricky to balance heightened mystery with such weighty subject matter but so far, The Girl Before is an intriguing premise, clinically executed.
  5. Reviewed by: Leila Latif
    Feb 7, 2022
    75
    No matter how similar two characters look, they are written and performed well enough that they remain (mostly) distinct from one another, and are afforded agency in their own narratives while being lavished with impressively stylish direction.
  6. Reviewed by: Kristen Lopez
    Feb 3, 2022
    75
    “The Girl Before” doesn’t feel like a conventional mystery and that is its strength. It feels akin to a staged performance, with the character predominately relegated to One Folgate Street. Mbatha-Raw and Plummer are powerhouses in a story that sticks with you because it’s a slice of reality.
  7. Reviewed by: Lucy Mangan
    Jan 18, 2022
    60
    It’s the red flags that make it fun.
  8. Reviewed by: Ed Cumming
    Jan 18, 2022
    60
    While the dual narrative structure creates a sense of foreboding and of history repeating itself, it comes at the price of undermining some of the dramatic tension. Every time the claustrophobia builds, we are thrown back into another timeline.
  9. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Feb 9, 2022
    50
    J.P. Delaney has stretched his bestseller to four hours, pretty much the bare minimum for calling yourself a TV show, which is at least two hours more time than the story can justify. It’s repetitive, predictable and comfortably outlasts my patience with house-based metaphors.
  10. Reviewed by: Clint Worthington
    Feb 9, 2022
    50
    “The Girl Before” is content to lean on its twin-timeline premise and a cool-looking house and fails to do anything interesting with either.
  11. Reviewed by: Lauren J. Coates
    Feb 21, 2022
    42
    Though the series boasts a strong cast, slick production design, a haunting score from Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans, and strong material that could make for a captivating four-part limited series, “The Girl Before” feels thematically aimless, in over its head with narrative threads, and more interested in plot twists than creating relatable, believable characters.
  12. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Mar 10, 2022
    40
    As the shows progress and they begin mucking around with their hairstyles, difficult morphs into near-impossible and all the doppelganger gimmickry makes it feel like you're sitting through every scene twice. Which, as any good minimalist can tell you, is about 1.5 times too many.
  13. Reviewed by: Meghan O'Keefe
    Feb 10, 2022
    40
    I found The Girl Before frustrating, if not downright ludicrous at times.
  14. Reviewed by: Anita Singh
    Jan 18, 2022
    40
    Every man in this drama is awful. ... The women, by contrast, are sympathetic.
  15. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Feb 10, 2022
    30
    The Girl Before falls squarely into that bloated-for-television category, taking a succinct thriller story and inflating it to such absurdly unwarranted lengths that any and all sense of suspense is sabotaged. What might have been a nifty 105-minute movie is thus instead a four-hour drag, stretched so thin that its raft of misdirections are plain for all to see, and its underlying emptiness is nearly impossible to ignore.
  16. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Feb 7, 2022
    30
    The show’s narrative excess comes to seem wasteful and silly — a story about a manipulative architect who wants to help design the lives of the women who live in his construction, and it’s a little boring? And its leveraging of violence against women, including rape, to tell a story that isn’t really worth the time or emotional commitment viewers are asked to make is unfortunate. In all, fans of the book club-thriller genre would be well served by skipping “The Girl Before.”