Season #: 3, 2, 1
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Reviewed by: LaToya Ferguson
    Dec 24, 2019
    91
    While many “You” fans are wondering how the shift form Lifetime to Netflix might change the series, no one has any reason to worry as the streaming giant doubles down on the show’s addictive tone and doesn’t attempt to fix what ain’t broken.
  2. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Dec 30, 2019
    88
    It's the perfect violent, depressing antidote to all that holiday cheer. Despite the mostly self-contained story in Season 1, "You" retains its thrills, chills and thoughtful questions about masculinity, abusers and modern relationships in new episodes.
  3. Reviewed by: Joelle Monique
    Dec 18, 2019
    83
    The second season moves much slower than its predecessor, and the mystery of will-they/won’t-they takes a backseat to vital character development. That being said, the performances are fun, the skewering of Los Angeles should put folks from multiple districts in stitches, plus the soundtrack bangs.
  4. Reviewed by: Clémence Michallon
    Jan 3, 2020
    80
    Rivetingly told and well acted, YOU manages to make a viscerally unlikable protagonist endlessly interesting. That is no small achievement.
  5. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Jan 2, 2020
    80
    While illustrating his psyche, the show refuses to minimize Joe/Will’s actions, either. And in this season, as in the last, our antihero desires to be better, even though he can never quite manage it. As his life spirals out of control again, You challenges us with his good intentions, his troubled past, and his endless need to be loved.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Dec 30, 2019
    80
    It’s as tasty, and as bad for you, as ever.
  7. Reviewed by: Hannah Giorgis
    Dec 30, 2019
    80
    Rather than simply diving deeper into his psyche, You surrounds Joe with a dynamic ensemble that pushes the story into richer territory. These new characters, especially the women, challenge Joe’s sense of power and control in different ways, at times bringing a much welcome lighter tone to the show in the process.
  8. You proves itself to be a momentous, darkly spun treat this season that doles out blissful fun while providing fascinating commentary about the nature of desire, and it continues to be a great showcase for Badgley’s wiry menace.
  9. Reviewed by: Amanda Bell
    Dec 18, 2019
    80
    YOU Season 2 is a meaty sophomore outing which gives its new cast plenty of new room to play while remaining familiar with its maniacal mainstay.
  10. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Dec 18, 2019
    80
    Equal parts smart, silly and scary, You remains an offbeat, uniquely contemporary pleasure on the whole.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 2, 2020
    75
    In some respects, You just feels like one of the CW shows that Berlanti produces -- just really sharply executed, with a densely serialized edge.
  12. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Dec 18, 2019
    75
    Much of the new season is fun, and showrunners Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble nod to YOU’s more ridiculous tendencies by slipping in jokes at the show’s expense.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 6, 2020
    70
    By the bloody end, with twists I promise you won't see coming, Joe has a new appreciation for the insanity of this thing called love. [6-19 Jan 2020, p.9]
  14. Reviewed by: Robyn Bahr
    Dec 24, 2019
    70
    I'm sure many people who loved Season 1 will grouse at Season 2, which reboots the series to Los Angeles and delves deeper into Joe's psyche/trauma. You true believers may have glommed onto its shadowy New York City setting and Joe's erudite mystery, but Season 2 will appeal to viewers who will love to see a snob like Joe get eaten alive by Angeleno hollowness, like a cadaver dissolving in lye. In other words, viewers like me.
  15. Reviewed by: Haleigh Foutch
    Dec 30, 2019
    60
    It’s not always as shocking or electric as the first season, but it’s more thoughtful and more twisted. On first watch I missed the pure seduction of the first season, but ultimately the new batch of episodes sat with me particularly well.
  16. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Dec 18, 2019
    60
    It’s good news for those who turned “You” into a Netflix smash — and bad news for skeptics — that the show, in its second outing, is itself but more so.
  17. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Dec 30, 2019
    50
    The new season is a lukewarm extension of the first — redundant and not as engrossing as it used to be.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 45
  2. Negative: 4 out of 45
  1. Jan 2, 2020
    5
    There were too many plot holes. Good ideas not well executed, all over the place and disconnected to each other. Ellipsis here and that.There were too many plot holes. Good ideas not well executed, all over the place and disconnected to each other. Ellipsis here and that. Season 1 was cohesive and tight. This was absurd, made for a teenage audience or for an easy target. Full Review »
  2. Jan 2, 2020
    10
    4/10 as a crime drama, but as a trashy romantic dark fantasy, it is 10/10. You might have trouble with suspension of disbelief if you're4/10 as a crime drama, but as a trashy romantic dark fantasy, it is 10/10. You might have trouble with suspension of disbelief if you're intelligent enough to balk at every single crime-scene and mcguffin because they're so far removed from the real world. I suggest just dumbing yourself down and enjoy this psychological porn. If you do, then you can better enjoy what this season excels over the first. Saucy exposition, out-of-control passion, eccentrically egocentric character tropes, compromising humor, improbable love and twists that day time soap would be proud of. Full Review »
  3. Dec 19, 2021
    7
    It's sophomore season is it's most comfortable. Channelling so much of early season "Dexter". Grown into it's humour and black comedy. TheIt's sophomore season is it's most comfortable. Channelling so much of early season "Dexter". Grown into it's humour and black comedy. The stakes are at their highest and the phenomenal conclusive plotwist is just good television. Full Review »