• Network: ESPN
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 19, 2020
Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Robert Daniels
    Apr 20, 2020
    100
    Beautifully composed and edited together, the program serves as religious text for those who still exalt at the shrine of his Airness. Moreover, for fans who watched the incredible and nearly unparalleled run of success this franchise experienced during the 1990’s, The Last Dance is a pulsating celebration of greatness.
  2. Reviewed by: Alex Pattle
    Apr 20, 2020
    100
    Hehir’s fear of being formulaic fosters a compelling freshness, and his ability to subtly segue between tones ensures Jordan’s auras of magnetism and intensity are highlighted at the appropriate moments
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 17, 2020
    100
    At 10 parts, it's a very, very deep dive, but for fans who will eat this stuff up, it hits all the right notes.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Apr 16, 2020
    100
    This is no mere piece of fan service. It is a stunningly refined and comprehensive look at the legacy and inner turmoil of one of the most essential sports teams of all time, the ‘90s Chicago Bulls, with input from every major player.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Greene
    Apr 20, 2020
    91
    “The Last Dance” isn’t necessarily an evidence-gathering operation, but as the series goes on, the input from teammates, coaches, and members of the Jordan inner circle all seem to ask whether the outcome of June 1998 was worth all the turmoil. For many viewers lifted by the way “The Last Dance” captures the sweep of history, the likely answer will be “yes.”
  6. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Apr 17, 2020
    90
    The Last Dance would have been a great, widely consumed sports-umentary under any circumstances. ... A more complicated and candid portrait of the famously private Jordan than we’ve seen before. If you ever admired Jordan — is there anyone who didn’t? — followed the Bulls, or just like basketball, it’s must-see television.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Apr 15, 2020
    90
    At a time when ESPN and other outlets are struggling to fill the sport-less void, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic’s disruption of, well, everything, The Last Dance is exactly what fans need...It’s both a perfect diversion and a tribute to shared sacrifice.
  8. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Apr 15, 2020
    90
    If you come in with even a modicum of enthusiasm, it's a tremendously engaging, ridiculously fun assemblage of spectacular basketball footage and reasonably introspective interviews with almost everybody you'd hope to hear from on the subject.
  9. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Apr 15, 2020
    88
    If anything each episode left me wanting more. Not only were the Bulls a team for the ages, they also gave us a sports soap opera for the ages.
  10. Reviewed by: Liam Mathews
    Apr 15, 2020
    82
    The limited series is as complete a portrait of Michael Jordan's extraordinary basketball career as fans will ever get. It's a Citizen Kane-like biography of Jordan's relentless pursuit of greatness at all costs.
  11. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    Apr 21, 2020
    80
    The access that the filmmakers have gotten makes this series all the more fascinating to watch.
  12. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Apr 19, 2020
    80
    Hehir has this trick where any time someone says something debatable or controversial or simply worthy of running by Jordan, he hands him an iPad and makes him watch what was said. And every time Hehir does it, Jordan turns the reaction into gold. He’s an incredulous Zeus in these moments, lightning bolts falling from his toga as he laughs, zapping lesser gods.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 60
  2. Negative: 3 out of 60
  1. May 4, 2020
    10
    Loving this documentary! Being a Bulls fan in the new generation you wish you were there to watch Jordan and the Bulls! Two big thumbs up!
  2. May 7, 2020
    10
    Reminds young basketball fans why Michael is the greatest of all time, and no one can match the dynasty that the Bulls had.
  3. May 7, 2020
    10
    For someone who didn't grow up in a Jordan tyrannised basketball world, it gives great incite into that world and the 90's. As a hugeFor someone who didn't grow up in a Jordan tyrannised basketball world, it gives great incite into that world and the 90's. As a huge basketball fan, it's amazing to see how much has changed from Jordan's outrageously large suits, to how the game is played today. Full Review »