Metascore
93

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Lauren Morris
    May 5, 2022
    100
    A fast-paced emotional rollercoaster, This Is Going to Hurt is hands-down one of the best dramas we'll see in 2022 and with the show hitting home just how much pressure the NHS is under right now, the adaptation couldn't come at a better time.
  2. Reviewed by: Carol Midgley
    May 5, 2022
    100
    The BBC adaptation is excellent and Whishaw is a joy to watch.
  3. Reviewed by: Boyd Hilton
    May 5, 2022
    100
    Mixing tragedy and comedy to stunningly powerful effect, former doctor Adam Kay turns his own experiences into the stuff of TV gold while showing us the stark reality of a routinely under-funded, over-stretched NHS.
  4. Reviewed by: Emily Baker
    May 5, 2022
    100
    Adam’s wit makes the migration from book to screen perfectly. Even his sarcastic asides make the cut, in the form of addressing the audience, Fleabag-style.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Cumming
    May 5, 2022
    100
    One of the best of the year so far. ... Kay’s irreverence means he builds a more detailed and believable world than other medical dramas.
  6. Reviewed by: Anita Singh
    May 5, 2022
    80
    This is where the drama excels – showing us how overworked and under pressure these young doctors are, and how much they’re winging it with no experience and not much clue what they’re doing.
  7. Reviewed by: Lucy Mangan
    May 5, 2022
    80
    This Is Going to Hurt is full of images and scenes that you’ll hope to forget, but, more unexpectedly, it also retains the two most difficult aspects of the book (and those, incidentally, that remain with the reader long after the foreign-objects-up-orifices anecdotage has faded). The first is the fatigue, and the fathomless stupidities, injustices and lack of resources that cause it.