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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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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…

The Act may be too much for some viewers to handle, but it's a masterwork in true crime storytelling and one of the most exciting new additions to Hulu's library.

March 29, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Dark, toxic mother-daughter tale is based on a true story.

March 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Act never quite went too far for me, as it kept finding new angles on its very difficult-to-watch story.

March 25, 2019 | Full Review…

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