Critical Condition: Modern Love

Modern Love | Amazon Prime Video

☆☆☆☆ “Inspired by The New York Times‘ weekly column and celebrity-filled podcast of the same name, Modern Love explores “love in its multitude of forms – including sexual, romantic, familial, platonic and self-love”. An anthology series, a la The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror, each half-hour tale feels lovingly crafted and designed to run you through the gamut of human emotions.” — Stuff.

☆☆☆☆Modern Love isn’t bad—there are far worse ways to kill four hours on a weekend afternoon, and it’s an easy watch—but it doesn’t have many smart things to say about modernity or love. It’s mostly trite and retrograde …  I’m not cynical about love, but cynical about the types of love stories that television, and media as a whole, are eager to portray.” — Observer.

☆☆☆☆ “Amazon hits all the right notes turning the titular New York Times column about relationships into an anthology series starring Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey and Dev Patel … Almost all the choices in Modern Love are the right ones. It’s a simple, endearing collection that makes for compelling television.” — The Hollywood Reporter.

☆☆☆☆ “With the source material and acting talent at its disposal, this series could have dug a little deeper to find some fresh ways to unravel all the ways that love can make us happy, hurt, and even grow. Instead, it serves up plate after plate of lukewarm leftovers that are somehow never filling.” — Variety.

☆☆ Modern Love, the series, turns each adapted essay into a terribly schmaltzy ordeal of starry-eyed montage, which makes a survey of love in New York into a sightseeing tour of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods. The series’ shiny gloss is matched only by its cornball sentiment, which makes Modern Love feel like a commercial for a credit card company.” — Vanity Fair.

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