• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 20, 2020
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Nick Allen
    Mar 27, 2020
    100
    There is an immense amount of care to this story, which shines in its nuanced tone—it’s not as plainly silly as its absurdity guarantees.
  2. Reviewed by: Lauren Zupkus
    Mar 23, 2020
    85
    At first glance, Tiger King may look like another Fyre Fest-esque documentary: a catastrophic series of events that are easy to laugh at thanks to the hot-mess egomaniac at the center of it all. But audiences should prepare themselves for some deeply distressing moments of darkness uncovered in Joe Exotic's story.
  3. Reviewed by: Rachel Syme
    Apr 1, 2020
    80
    What unfolds from this years-long scrimmage is too delicious to give away, but it involves a cast of colorful oddballs living on the fringes of society. ... “Tiger King” exposes the furry underbelly of a big-cat community I’d never known about, in which the lines between loving wild animals and exploiting them are never quite clear. In the end, I felt queasy at what I had seen, but the time sure had flown.
  4. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Apr 1, 2020
    80
    The Netflix documentary is so horrifically addicting you’ll be like a cat at feeding time. Never mind some of the seven-part series’ editing or focus. The production pulls you in because the characters are so unabashedly brazen. They don’t just talk about their hatred. They openly demonstrate it, helping you understand a layer of society you never knew existed.
  5. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Mar 25, 2020
    80
    Tiger King is genuinely compulsive viewing, although those who are sensitive to depictions of animal abuse should be warned that while we don’t see that much of it, it’s sometimes described in graphic detail. ... As with a lot of compulsions, indulging it may not leave you feeling satisfied as much as spent, with a vague feeling of having done something that’s not entirely healthy.
  6. Reviewed by: Perri Nemiroff
    Mar 24, 2020
    80
    Tiger King is a wildly entertaining reality binge-watch, but it could have a lasting effect that raises awareness and inspire change as well.
  7. Reviewed by: Ashlie D. Stevens
    Mar 23, 2020
    80
    The outlandish world presented by "Tiger King" is funny, gross, frustrating, contemplative, and ultimately sympathetic. This is a story of animals, yes, but it's also a story of what makes us human.
  8. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 20, 2020
    80
    Netflix has made a lot of noise with unscripted programming, but it's going to roar with this beyond-bizarre docu-series distraction, which demonstrates that outlandish people who love filming themselves are a formula for TV that's grrrr-reat.
  9. Reviewed by: Richard Lawson
    Mar 19, 2020
    80
    At its most profound—and engrossing—Tiger King is a portrait of a world that’s entirely alien, and yet also reflective, and diagnostic, of this country as a whole. It’s funny, and creepy, and frustrating, and, in the longview, pretty sad. Which feels just about exactly right at this particular juncture in our national experiment.
  10. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Mar 20, 2020
    70
    Though the story begins with their respective love for their animals, “Tiger King” quickly devolves into the complex and downright bizarre tale of the rivalry between Joe Exotic and Baskin, the outsize characters of the big cat collecting world, and the dangerous cults of personality that fuel all of the above.
  11. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Mar 19, 2020
    70
    The doc feels like it started life as a message film, lost the thread completely and ended up, especially in its closing installments, with a lot of hastily unfolding plot. It's a series that might, in its ideal form, have been a substantive and nourishing meal, but premieres on Netflix as a yummy bag of potato chips. ... I'll leave it to the directors to decide whether, amid what may be turn out to be great popularity for the show, they miss the desired nutritional value.
  12. Reviewed by: Robert Levin
    Apr 3, 2020
    63
    A compelling series in fits and starts that doesn't amount to much more than a trip through an extremely strange world filled with extremely strange people.
  13. Reviewed by: Alissa Wilkinson
    Mar 20, 2020
    60
    All of this is incredibly interesting, and it gets much wilder from there, with compulsively watchable tangents galore and incredible access to the inner workings of Joe’s world. ... But it feels like Tiger King keeps getting distracted by shiny objects.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 4 out of 28
  1. Apr 1, 2020
    10
    It is an absolute train wreck that you just cant stop watching. Horrible people doing horrible things. Each episode unpeeled a new layerIt is an absolute train wreck that you just cant stop watching. Horrible people doing horrible things. Each episode unpeeled a new layer keeping me hooked. A real must see. Full Review »
  2. Mar 31, 2020
    10
    What a compelling and fantastic series. Each episode is fascinating and well told. Highly recommended to anyone.
  3. Mar 30, 2020
    10
    What?!?!? how does this show have a 6.4 average... this is THE craziest thing I’ve ever seen.