• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 23, 2020
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Kristen Lopez
    Aug 24, 2020
    58
    Once things ramp up “The Vow” becomes as fascinating as expected, but it’s unclear if an audience will stick around to see that assumption bear fruit.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Lawson
    Aug 21, 2020
    50
    It’s difficult to tell if the filmmaking is good or if the subject is just that interesting.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Aug 21, 2020
    50
    Nine hours of this story crosses from exhaustive to exhausting in “The Vow.” The amazing access to personal stories as they unfolded likely led directors Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer to err on the side of inclusion, but the repetitive, unedited nature of the series actually diminishes its intended impact. ... Still, there’s power in each episode of “The Vow,” even if it’s assembled in a manner than never completely worked for me.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Oct 19, 2020
    6
    Lots of rich material but about twice as long as it needed to be. In essence, it's a bunch of well-off, damaged white people with poorLots of rich material but about twice as long as it needed to be. In essence, it's a bunch of well-off, damaged white people with poor boundaries who allow a second-rate charlatan to manipulate them to horrific extremes. Oh, and one of the subjects filmed everything while it was happening, which certainly puts you right in the midst of the action, but it also comes across as self-indulgent navel-gazing. I'm not sure if a lot of the victims have good insight into why they were hornswoggled. But hey, I stuck around until the end, which is abrupt and incomplete compared to the excruciating marathon viewers had to endure. Full Review »
  2. Aug 30, 2020
    5
    I'm only two episodes in and I can see what other reviewers are talking about. Vincentes is also very sleazy, and comes off as someonewhoI'm only two episodes in and I can see what other reviewers are talking about. Vincentes is also very sleazy, and comes off as someonewho married the first woman who would talk to him. It reminds me of a slicker version of other cult docs with the same core group of people; actors or aspiring actors. Why do these people keep falling for these charlatans? I guess its their need for attention. Full Review »