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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 16, 2018
The Kominsky Method Image
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics What's this?

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  • Summary: Actor-turned-acting coach Sandy Kominsky (Michael Douglas) and his agent/friend Norman Newlander (Alan Arkin) deal with ageing and living in Los Angeles in the Chuck Lorre comedy.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Nov 8, 2018
    100
    Lorre achieves a deeply personal best in this lovingly crafted, wise and wisecrackingly bittersweet bromance between a legendary acting coach (Michael Douglas) and his powerful Hollywood agent (Alan Arkin). [12-25 Nov 2018, p.10]
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Nov 12, 2018
    83
    You can see all the jokes coming because they crawl down the road and wave their little hands before arriving. ... But in the hands of such masters, especially Arkin, who proves to be a thoroughly grumpy treasure, familiarity can be delightful.
  3. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 21, 2018
    80
    This look at the friendship between two older men--beautifully played by Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin--is authentic enough to appeal to the rest of us.
  4. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Nov 6, 2018
    80
    This eight-episode comedy takes some of what works best about Mom into a single-camera format, finding a way to laugh both at and with its main characters while still letting them retain most of their dignity. ... Arkin's performance is his best since Little Miss Sunshine and perhaps some time before that, one perfectly timed droll deadpan after another. And with wry incredulity, Douglas plays entirely different, complementary notes.
  5. Reviewed by: Jana Monji
    Nov 13, 2018
    80
    The three episodes screened deftly balance the melancholy and humor of two old chums dealing with old age and their daughters in a less gimmicky updated version of Neil Simon's "Odd Couple" or a less grumpy version of that other, later Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau pairing. Seeing these two Oscar-winning actors play off each other is like an acting workshop in itself.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Nov 12, 2018
    60
    There is no shortage of chuckles along the way, but the hit-and-miss nature of the writing keeps the series from staying on track as it heads for moments both humorous and poignant.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Haigis
    Nov 12, 2018
    38
    While the humor in The Kominsky Method is antiquated, its greatest transgression is simply being unimaginative and boring, which is indicative of the show’s lack of a clear perspective.

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