• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 24, 2020
Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 7 out of 14

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Jan 21, 2020
    70
    The Goop Lab isn’t particularly hateable. Some of the episodes are even helpful. ... My chief complaint about The Goop Lab, believe it or not, is that its episodes need to be a little longer.
  2. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Jan 17, 2020
    70
    There’s a reason that snake oil was successful long before Paltrow discovered it: Slick things are shiny too. “The Goop Lab” is only the latest iteration. ... Paltrow is a compelling host — not giving too much of herself away, ever stopping short of pure endorsement of any topic even as she gives it air — on what is a carefully structured, elegantly built, compulsively watchable show about, mainly, complete nonsense. No wonder she makes people so very mad.
  3. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jan 23, 2020
    60
    Goop Lab’s six episodes generally skirt the most eyebrow-raising of Goop’s nonsense, while mixing up the far-out and the less so. ... Don’t let The Goop Lab’s other experts fool you. Paltrow is the most expert of all: Self-aware, self-actualized, self-improving, and beyond self-reproach, she’s what Goop is actually selling.
  4. It’s almost impressive how aggressively obnoxious the first episode is. ... But whenever the show moves away from the Goopers and focuses on actual humans — each episode features “case studies” with everyday folk who have tried the “alternative” treatment being discussed — it’s hard not to be drawn in on a more genuine level. ... One big problem with most of Goop Lab, though: It’s boring.
  5. Reviewed by: Doreen St. Félix
    Jan 29, 2020
    40
    “The Goop Lab,” lowbrow TV with high production values, is the most unsettling kind of sponcon—the soulful kind. ... And yet, when “The Goop Lab” winks at its own absurdity viewers are in more danger of being entertained, even moved.
  6. Reviewed by: Kristen Lopez
    Jan 24, 2020
    40
    It’s a marketing show aimed at selling products, both goop-related and otherwise. If you know you’re being sold a bill of goods, you won’t be disappointed.
  7. Reviewed by: Amy Jones
    Jan 21, 2020
    40
    There are some (some!) genuinely interesting discussions being had, but they quickly get overwhelmed by the baffling, idiotic and genuinely bizarre world that Goop likes to operate in.
  8. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    Jan 27, 2020
    30
    The Goop Lab isn’t even worth hate-watching, it’s so anger inducing.
  9. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jan 23, 2020
    30
    There are few surprises in The Goop Lab: The show is as silly and grating as expected, and Paltrow doubles down on the polarizing persona she's cultivated for the last decade and a half as Hollywood's most famous woo-woo peddler.
  10. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Jan 22, 2020
    30
    What’s disturbing about the show is that when you combine Gwyneth’s aura of trustworthiness with a mishmash of real science, New Age nonsense, vague female empowerment rhetoric, naked commercialism and some startling knowledge gaps in areas where Goop claims expertise, the result has its unique dangers. ... Some episodes are more than just distasteful.
  11. Reviewed by: Tarpley Hitt
    Jan 21, 2020
    30
    Watching The Goop Lab is like channel-surfing at 3 a.m. and finding back-to-back docutainment, only instead of Bowflexes and George Foreman Grills they’re peddling Paltrow and her empire of stone diffusers and activated charcoal toothbrushes. (The simile works because they’re both trying to sell you stuff, but also because the show is boring). ... The show strains under its attempt at self-awareness, with frequent comments about the accessibility of their lifestyle.
  12. Reviewed by: Megan Garber
    Jan 21, 2020
    30
    It presents itself as airy infotainment even as many Americans are unable to access even the most basic forms of medical care. That makes the show deeply uncomfortable to watch. So does The Goop Lab’s just-asking-questions approach to health—its breezy mistrust of expertise itself.
  13. Reviewed by: Lucy Mangan
    Jan 24, 2020
    20
    There is an adamantine refusal to accept that sorrow and anxiety are attendant upon life all the way through, and a demented commitment to expunging every negative moment from it, whether by vegan eating, cold plunges, the cleansing of energy fields, psychic intervention or any other pseudoscientific activity that can be monetised for people whose gullibility marches in lockstep with their wealth.
  14. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jan 23, 2020
    10
    The mind will wander. Mine did, even during what is undoubtedly the most provocative “Goop Lab” episode, “The Pleasure Is Ours,” a no-detail-left-out exploration of female sexual pleasure. Like most of “Goop Lab,” it’s a crashing bore. And with its stylish but unreadable fonts and the show’s next-level self-absorption, ultimately unwatchable.
User Score
0.6

Overwhelming dislike- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 46
  2. Negative: 43 out of 46
  1. Jan 25, 2020
    0
    A better series than this would be a behind the scenes at Netflix showing how it got commissioned in the first place. Some serious under theA better series than this would be a behind the scenes at Netflix showing how it got commissioned in the first place. Some serious under the table transactions must have taken place to get this drivel made. Full Review »
  2. Jan 25, 2020
    0
    Pseudo-science bunk for the easily deluded and gullible by an actress’s new age company hawking cult of personality andPseudo-science bunk for the easily deluded and gullible by an actress’s new age company hawking cult of personality and non-factual/science-based fringe nonsense. Classless National Enquirer-level notions and silliness. Egotistical drivel from a loon who has too much money and time on her hands. Netflix should be ashamed of itself in pandering to this non-expertise peddled nonsense. Viewer beware. A steaming pile. Full Review »
  3. Feb 2, 2020
    0
    I'd rather see a deeper dive into Paltrow. Does she really believe it? Is she a corporate scumbag willing to sell out the gullible for money?I'd rather see a deeper dive into Paltrow. Does she really believe it? Is she a corporate scumbag willing to sell out the gullible for money? How does she escape the backlash and still do stuff in the MCU? This is much worse than making a racist joke or two (not defending that either). Full Review »