Critic Consensus: Jennifer Lopez brings the right energy to an above average SNL that finally makes good use of its host.
Critic reviews for Jennifer Lopez; DaBaby
If there's one thing people should take away from this episode - other than the fact that Jennifer Lopez wasn't here to read cue cards and knew her lines from the jump... it's that Christmas carolers need to up their game.
Not a great episode - ugh, no thanks to Colin Jost's canned bemusement over Weekend Update"jokes like their dig at the maligned Peloton ad... But there were laughs to be had, like in the Barry's Boot Camp sketch.
Jennifer Lopez had the unfortunate task of following Will Ferrell's well-received return to Saturday Night Live. To her credit, she more than held her own - even when the material wasn't quite up to par.
A slightly funnier-than-average episode thanks to an unusual reliance on recurring characters and sketches.
Once again, Lopez comes at the material with an energy and zeal that really feeds the other players. There are pieces that don't hit, sure, but there are more than enough sketches that give Lopez room to invest.
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