Critical Condition: Nancy Drew

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☆☆☆☆ “It’s hard not to look at this incarnation of the teenage gumshoe as Veronica Mars by way of Riverdale … There are elements to this sexed-up and murdered-up version of Nancy Drew that feel entertaining and nicely updated and the cast is decent, albeit extraordinarily CW-y. But somehow fiction’s original teenage girl detective has been brought back to TV in a way that feels primarily derivative.” — The Hollywood Reporter.

☆☆☆☆ “In borrowing from Riverdale, the new CW series  … is leveraging an intellectual property known for its squareness and pumping it with raunch and an overstated air of enigma. Which wouldn’t matter if it were interesting … The show is less a series with characters and plot than an attempt at a haunted mood. It may get there at times by sheer, relentless effort.” — Variety.

☆☆☆☆ “Where Veronica Mars was a knowing and subtle tribute to film noir, though, Nancy Drew is just what it is: a CW ensemble melodrama cast with poutily good-looking actors in the late-teens to early-20s gray zone, offering mystery, some naughty romance and, to draw the Vampire Diaries and Charmed audience, a possible supernatural element … but there’s a dullness to the ensemble; no one’s striking sparks off one another.” — New York Times.

My God, Nancy, what happened to you? Flunks out of high school, skips college, works as a diner waitress and, in one early scene, serves a bowl of soup right after some quick sex with Ned Nickerson — and didn’t even wash her hands. As the kids are fond of saying, I don’t know her.” — The Washington Post.

☆☆☆☆ “There’s nothing life-changing about the show, but it combines the most appealing elements of the increasingly off-the-rails Riverdale—an updated cultural archetype, retro production design, fast-paced storytelling and even a ’90s teen-idol dad (Party of Five‘s Scott Wolf)—in a way that’s pretty satisfying.” — Time.

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