Netflix’s latest show, What/If, has just been released and the reviews are in — and are mostly mixed.
The first season of the new thriller/drama was released on Friday, May 24, and stars Renée Zellweger, Blake Jenner and Jane Levy. From Revenge creator Mike Kelley, the show follows Anne Montgomery (Zellweger), who “presents a young, cash-strapped couple (Levy and Jenner) with an incredible opportunity,” which forces them to decide what they’re willing to do for the chance to have it all.
According Metacritic, the series has an average score of 57, and is made up of mostly of mixed reviews.
Variety says: “The niche ‘What/If’ serves is people nostalgic for the non-niche: Big-tent, unsubtle soap storytelling,” later saying that:
“Little of ‘What/If’ truly works: Lisa and Sean are such easy prey that they grow unsympathetic, and the story defaults to outrageousness too early and too often. And yet its episodes, forty-five minutes of old-school soap oozing out of glossily high-toned packaging, leave a simpatico viewer satisfied. A ‘What/If’ that was 10% better would be immeasurably worse; as it stands, it’s a captivating bit of cheese, anchored by a star making the most of a very strange moment. ”
Meanwhile, TV Guide says that: “What/If is as baffling as the forward slash in the middle of its title,” and ” The fact that the show never puts in the work to push past these caricatures keeps it from leaping into prestige drama territory. “
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