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The Act: Season 1 (2019)



Critic Consensus: Disturbingly nuanced performances from Patricia Arquette and Joey King make The Act a convincing case for the ongoing dramatization of true crime stories.


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The Act is a seasonal anthology series that tells startling, stranger-than-fiction true crime stories. Season One follows Gypsy Blanchard (Joey King), a girl trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother, Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette). Her quest for independence opens a Pandora's box of secrets, one that ultimately leads to murder.


Patricia Arquette
as Dee Dee Blanchard
Joey King
as Gypsy Blanchard

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (13)

This is body horror by way of Walt Disney, a ghoulish fantasia of princess gowns, stuffed animals, prescription drugs, and physical harm.

March 22, 2019 | Full Review…

The combination of subject and sequencing creates an eerie atmosphere, but pushing a bit further stylistically could have made this a campy treat instead of something caught between sincere storytelling and the bizarre true story.

March 21, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A reminder that even when you think you know a great deal about true story, there can be value in retelling it.

March 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Unsettling take on the fantastic story that ended in tragedy. The Act is a fine piece of true crime that won't be forgotten any time soon. [Full review in Spanish].

July 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The Act works as an absorbing, well-paced drama.

July 2, 2019 | Full Review…

'The Act' is disturbing, it is hard to see, it is addictive and it is done with a very good hand. [Full Review in Spanish]

June 17, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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