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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 (44) | Top Critics (15)

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…

As long as The Act steers straight as far as sticking to the truth, the show will be as confounding and entertaining as it needs to be.

November 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Although meticulously factual and spectacularly acted, The Act is the kind of entertainment that ultimately makes the enjoyment I get from the true crime genre feel seriously questionable, if not entirely indefensible.

November 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Like many miniseries, the show suffers from pacing issues, hitting the same beats repeatedly to the point of frustration.

November 27, 2019 | Full Review…

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