• 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.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 2576 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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