• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 20, 2019
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: William Hughes
    Dec 20, 2019
    83
    When the worst thing you can say about a series is that every episode ends up being better than the one that preceded it, that leaves an exciting amount of room to grow. Especially when you can see it steadily moving out of the shadow of the show Netflix might have wanted, in favor of the far more interesting series it might actually turn out to be.
  2. Reviewed by: Jacob Oller
    Dec 20, 2019
    83
    If you can circumnavigate or weather the quick and unforgiving narrative beginnings—like if you have a background with fantasy, a knack for rolling with crazy shit, or a general love for Witchery things—and buy into the tone, The Witcher has lots to love.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Reimann
    Dec 20, 2019
    80
    For all its massive scale, The Witcher is a surprisingly small story centered around three appealing main characters. It’s a classic fantasy tale about war and magic and prophecy, with grotesque monsters, supernatural detective work, and political intrigue thrown into the mix. It’s all a bit silly, but no more so than Game of Thrones ever was.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Surette
    Dec 20, 2019
    80
    The barrier for entry with The Witcher is pretty high; between the weird-ass fantasy names, odd story structure, and complicated backstory, it's a lot to take on without a little help. I went in knowing very little, but at some point decided "f--- it, I'm in," and left wanting to know a lot more. If you can add a new project like The Witcher to your life, you should.
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Dec 20, 2019
    75
    Frankly, it should be a catastrophe, and yet the batshit energy driving a slew of increasingly odd choices makes for a pretty entertaining spectacle.
  6. Reviewed by: Niv M. Sultan
    Dec 20, 2019
    63
    In contrast to its halfhearted approach to exposition, The Witcher finds its footing in the graphic depiction of violence. The show’s energetic battle scenes, set to a stirring score by composers Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli, create the impression that the burly, snow-caked background actors of Game of Thrones were moving at three-quarters speed.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Power
    Jan 3, 2020
    60
    As a mindless fantasy rollercoaster, Geralt’s journey is five stars all the way to tea-time. Sadly, for those who like brains with their brawn, it may be more of a slog.
  8. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Dec 20, 2019
    60
    The Witcher also boasts richly expensive visuals and an expansive-seeming world, at least in its first five hours...What it lacks, though, is tonal consistency. This is a show with moments of drama and of gruesome violence cut through with a glancing humor that too often feels tossed-off and out-of-place in the world the show has created.
  9. Reviewed by: Lucy Mangan
    Dec 20, 2019
    60
    There are attempts at knowingness: at one point, our Henry tells someone a prophecy has to rhyme. This is not a good idea, as it throws into too sharp relief the limits to what Geralt and his merry band of sorceresses and proto-feminist princesses can be said to know. Play it straight, dear scriptwriters, or don’t play it at all. ... But again, if you like this sort of thing, go nuts.
  10. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Dec 19, 2019
    60
    It’s more of a Saturday-morning adventure than a Sunday-night prestige project. ... If it sounds like that could be fun, you’re right.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Dec 20, 2019
    50
    If you don’t take any of this more seriously than a holiday diversion, it has undeniable moments, and a fearless performance from its leading lady. But it’s safe to say that the throne of fantasy adulation on which HBO sits, even after the divisive final season, remains unchallenged.
  12. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Dec 20, 2019
    50
    Will you like The Witcher if you're a curious neophyte? Maybe, but you have to be patient with it, and if that's not your job, the outsized amusements may not be worth the convoluted build-up.
  13. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Dec 20, 2019
    45
    Henry Cavill plays the title role in The Witcher, but giving a pulse to this dreary medieval fantasy series is too much of a job even for Superman.
  14. Reviewed by: Nick Hilton
    Jan 3, 2020
    40
    The Witcher is a messy tangle of plotlines in a world underdeveloped to the point of obscurity.
  15. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Dec 20, 2019
    30
    It takes a while for viewers to learn how these characters are connected, via an exasperating Westworld-esque narrative knot that takes much of the season to unfurl. ... The Witcher heightens our confusion by fumbling details that would have helped it set a cohesive tone. Dialogue vacillates, from line to line, between theatrical fantasy-speak and modern colloquialisms (“Dragons are, in fact, a thing!”).
  16. Reviewed by: Alex Abad-Santos
    Dec 20, 2019
    30
    It’s as if D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, clearly out of steam after showrunning that final season of Game of Thrones, found a way to sell off their unused, undercooked ideas under the table to the powers that produce The Witcher.
  17. Alas, my destiny is to never watch this borefest ever again.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 2574 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Jun 19, 2020
    6
    I guess it's okay. As someone who have read the books, the first season seemed not as confusing as for people who just met this series, but atI guess it's okay. As someone who have read the books, the first season seemed not as confusing as for people who just met this series, but at the same time some moments were painful to watch - a lot of adaptation imagination. Full Review »
  2. Dec 20, 2019
    1
    This is what happens when you push a modern, tolerant agenda into a series on Slavic fantasy and ignore the canon of original books.
  3. Dec 20, 2019
    0
    The Witcher is a tutorial how to **** up 100% successful product, which gave the background of the saga.
    Lauren Schmidt is total a disaster!
    The Witcher is a tutorial how to **** up 100% successful product, which gave the background of the saga.
    Lauren Schmidt is total a disaster!
    They were ruined EVERY aspects of it:plot, character motivation, music, camera work, cast.
    If you don`t know the lore it's hard to understand that the **** is happening and why.
    Ending of Cirila story in the 1st episode - hilariously stupid.
    This is soooo sad that we don't get a good tv show of this great story so a long time
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