Season #: 3, 2, 1
Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jun 16, 2018
    85
    Fiercely engrossing.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Dec 14, 2018
    75
    “Yellowstone” is consistently engrossing, even when the material is extra pulpy and the multiple storylines become more than a bit confusing and muddled.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jun 19, 2018
    75
    Fist-clenching may be a novel approach, also a self-negating one, and Yellowstone--good writing, solid cast, nice views aside--can also be a bummer at times. Nicely done series that can also, from a viewer perspective, be depleting.
  4. Reviewed by: Terry Terrones
    Jun 18, 2018
    75
    This series is a visual feast, with stunning mountains, lovely vistas and spectacular camera work. "Yellowstone" will make the Montana Office of Tourism proud. .... While John Dutton is a bit of a mystery, I'm invested enough to see how the character and "Yellowstone" develop.
  5. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Jun 20, 2018
    70
    Though “Yellowstone,” at least in the early going, has its flaws--please make scenes of people having sex standing up against a wall go away forever--it’s a solid piece of work.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jun 20, 2018
    70
    Yellowstone basically offers conflict for the sake of conflict, and character for the sake of character. TV's family epics run from the absurd to the serious; Sheridan's sits comfortably between them--it's elevated comfort food, well conceived and well prepared, but still, you know, hamburgers and hot dogs, fried chicken and waffles. People find that very satisfying.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Allen
    Jun 19, 2018
    70
    It's jam-packed with the contents that have made Sheridan's previous stories so exciting to wide audiences, but it’s also more of a mess. And yet, “Yellowstone” still prevails as a compelling study of power, while it chews on what really makes a cowboy in 2018.
  8. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 14, 2018
    70
    The two-hour “Yellowstone” pilot is both talky and somewhat predictable as it establishes the characters, their relationships and conflicts. But future episodes offer more surprises and deepen the characters--flashbacks help establish why Beth is the way she is--making “Yellowstone” an enticing summer diversion.
  9. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jun 20, 2018
    63
    Sheridan’s movies are familiar but tight and thoughtful genre pieces. Expanding his stories out to eight hours gives them a more mechanical, wearying feeling as the characters keep cutting new heads off of the narrative hydra.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael Haigis
    Jun 15, 2018
    63
    Costner's years of playing leathery, down-home figures lend gravity and comfortable familiarity to the role, but Dutton remains a rote exercise. ... The Dutton children are more intriguing characters than their father, perhaps because being lorded over by such a demanding figure has afflicted them with rather nuanced flaws.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 64
  2. Negative: 15 out of 64
  1. Jun 25, 2018
    10
    Very much enjoyed it so far. Haven’t been this entertained in a long time. Give it a shot and see for yourself.
  2. Jun 21, 2018
    9
    I enjoyed it a lot. Many different plot lines going on, all relevant and the dynamics of the family are interesting and telling a pretty goodI enjoyed it a lot. Many different plot lines going on, all relevant and the dynamics of the family are interesting and telling a pretty good story. The slutty tough sister is quite the gal, not really a family show. I'm looking forward to the next episode. Full Review »
  3. Jun 21, 2018
    8
    It's a bit classist & racially tone deaf, but I enjoyed the first episode immensely. Yellowstone reminds me of Longmire with betterIt's a bit classist & racially tone deaf, but I enjoyed the first episode immensely. Yellowstone reminds me of Longmire with better production value, and a deeper acting bench. Will be tuning in for more. Full Review »