• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: May 12, 2020
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Gwen Ihnat
    May 11, 2020
    91
    The setup is so entertaining that it belies the tremendous amount of work that must have gone into it. ... The result is seamless, as plots veer off in different directions without ever feeling jarring.
  2. Reviewed by: Carlos Aguilar
    May 12, 2020
    88
    A “fudging” good time, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend” is a ceaselessly riotous and uplifting sendoff to one of television’s most infectiously goodhearted characters, a survivor who plays the game of life (and who never cheats at Clue!) with immense optimism that makes us believe in the best of people.
  3. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    May 8, 2020
    83
    The interactive technology still isn’t compatible with Apple TV, but in a computer browser, the interactivity and user experience is pretty sold). That said, it’s hard to deviate too much from the broader path, as most bad decisions are pretty quickly reversed and bring you back to the core storyline. ... Even though the outcomes were different, all three experiences were a lot of fun — you could spend hours replaying all the different options and tracking down the most obscure Easter eggs buried in these decision trees.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    May 13, 2020
    80
    A lovely origami crane of a coda. ... Not surprisingly, that sympathy provides the “best” way through the story. If you choose the honorable path — for our four heroes are, on their own self-involved terms, honorable people — you will come to the perfect ending, of several possible. Sometimes the dishonorable choice will seem the more apt, or potentially fun, but whatever you decide, you will be eventually nudged back in line.
  5. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    May 12, 2020
    80
    Much of Kimmy vs. the Reverend makes no sense at all, which is just fine, though I will say that the ultimate ending does bring the series full circle in a more satisfying way than the series finale did.
  6. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    May 11, 2020
    80
    Kimmy vs. the Reverend isn't wholly essential as an epilogue to Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's comedy, but it's also much more substantial and satisfying than most fan-service-oriented post-series projects. Most impressively, the special uses the interactive element to build on the themes that made Kimmy Schmidt such a unique show.
  7. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    May 8, 2020
    80
    “Kimmy vs. The Reverend” is impressively smart about how it tangles and untangles its narrative depending on what you choose to do with it. There are clear throughlines and traditional A/B/C storylines, but they all morph as you map them out and eventually dovetail into each other with surprising ease, no matter which paths you choose.
  8. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    May 11, 2020
    70
    The main story is always roughly the same, and it can be a headache to navigate through everything multiple times just to get to new jokes(*), but the comic rewards are almost always worth it.
  9. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    May 12, 2020
    67
    “Kimmy vs. The Reverend” isn’t “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmit: The Movie.” It’s too light, too silly, and too unconcerned with characters you once cared about to be taken as the actual ending to a vaunted series. But it’s not trying to be a movie, and it’s not trying to replace the ending Fey and Carlock already provided or reexamine Kimmy’s tragic past; it’s just offering a good time in a way few other TV shows can, matching its madcap creative spirit to a format that allows every joke to have a home.
  10. Reviewed by: Chris Bennion
    May 8, 2020
    60
    The characters are so well-drawn, and bedded in, that being back in their company is a delight, while some scenes hint at the show’s glory days. ... If there’s an air of filler about it, it floats by on an endless stream of one-liners from Fey and Carlock, who have long buried some risqué material under Kimmy Schmidt’s cutesy-poo exterior. Some moments, however, stick out like a sore thumb.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. May 12, 2020
    10
    I haven't smiled a lot lately because the quarantine is destroying my soul. However, this show made me happy. Thank you to everyone who helpedI haven't smiled a lot lately because the quarantine is destroying my soul. However, this show made me happy. Thank you to everyone who helped make it. Full Review »