Critical Condition: The Kominsky Method

The Kominsky Method | Netflix, from Friday

☆☆☆☆ “In the third episode of Netflix’s charming new silver-haired comedy The Kominsky Method, Michael Douglas pees in the hedges outside the home of the woman he’s dating. This could merely be an easy joke at the expense of a senior citizen with less control over his bodily functions than he once had. And to a degree it is. (Later, he tells a friend, ‘Yesterday, I kissed a woman goodnight, then urinated on her bush.’) But that joke and all the other ones about Douglas’ weak stream also illustrates the grace and empathy with which The Kominsky Method handles the mortification of aging.” — Rolling Stone.

☆☆☆☆ “I suspect there will be viewers who can’t tolerate all the prostate jokes and aging shtick on this Chuck Lorre creation, which does not have a laugh track. But, with a tone that veers between Curb Your Enthusiasm, Wonder Boys, and Grace and Frankie, 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.” — Boston Globe.

☆☆☆☆ The Kominsky Method hails from creator Chuck Lorre and will likely be seen as a wild deviation by viewers who somehow keep sleeping on the still-exceptional Mom and haven’t watched the increasingly sturdy Young Sheldon and even the cripplingly flawed, but comfort zone-expanding, Netflix dud Disjointed. 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.” — The Hollywood Reporter.

☆☆☆☆ The Kominsky Method isn’t a disaster; it has a certain warm-bath appeal, if you don’t mind a thick foam of prostate jokes. But it is adrift in a bland netherworld between Lorre’s precision-tooled, laugh-a-minute network comedies and the quieter aesthetic of the alt-sitcom, lacking the strengths of either … He just slows the pace, stretching out the setups, and ratchets down the jokes, as if explosive laughs would be unseemly in these quieter surroundings.” — New York Times.

☆☆☆☆ “It’s hard to stay current. That’s one of the points of The Kominsky Method, a sitcom starring Michael Douglas as a thespian and acting teacher who’s increasingly confounded by his venal young students. The show has a similar flavour to Grace and Frankie — Netflix’s other traditionally built sitcom about two older friends coming to terms with an unfamiliar world — but has replaced that series’ vim with something more sour.” — Variety.

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