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The Act: Season 1 Reviews

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July 8, 2019
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 2, 2019
The Act works as an absorbing, well-paced drama.
June 17, 2019
'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]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 24, 2019
I have no doubt that when you reach the end of this season, you may not be able to stomach much more, but I hope Hulu keeps the stories coming.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 29, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 27, 2019
Dark, toxic mother-daughter tale is based on a true story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 27, 2019
Perhaps more than a study of true crime, The Act is a show about the fierce attachment between mothers and daughters, gone horribly wrong.
March 25, 2019
The Act never quite went too far for me, as it kept finding new angles on its very difficult-to-watch story.
March 22, 2019
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
Every bit as engaging as it is disturbing, the true crime character study is anchored by two masterful performances from leads Patricia Arquette and Joey King.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 21, 2019
The hoax is by far the most interesting part of this season. The actual murder feels like an afterthought.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2019
[Joey King] adroitly moves between childlike guilelessness and cold-blooded duplicity with surprising believability.
March 21, 2019
The character will be remembered as an icon of our era of grift, alongside the antiheroes of Fyre Fraud, The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, and The Apprentice.
March 21, 2019
Joey King, once Ramona in Ramona and Beezus does a good job as the daughter, as does Chlöe Sevigny as a suspicious neighbor.
March 21, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 20, 2019
Mental illness and the ways it colors incomprehensible choices rarely has such easy, tidy resolutions. The Act understands this fact at a painful level, and leaves you gasping from the results.
March 20, 2019
Arquette's performance is one for the mother-as-monster chronicles.
March 20, 2019
The Act remains oddly fascinating, perhaps especially so as the strange, sad relationship between the needy Gypsy and disturbed Nick (Calum Worthy) develops.
March 20, 2019
The scripts by Dean and Antosca and the performances by the two leads do a fine job exploring the murky power dynamic between mother and child... Both actors are terrific, but King is more likely the one people will be talking about after.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 20, 2019
In large part, the success of The Act so far comes down to one person: Joey King.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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