Critical Condition: Veep (S7)

Veep | SoHo2, 7.30 Wednesday

☆☆☆☆ “It was bound to happen. After avoiding, or pretending to exist in a different reality than, the funhouse mirror of horror that is the Trump presidency, Veep has decided to tackle it. Or, more precisely, to tackle and in the process pummel to the ground the overwhelming awfulness of all politics and the people involved in them, which you might argue it has already done with searing hilarity in its six previous seasons.” — The Hollywood Reporter.

☆☆☆☆Veep is and always was a cruelly satisfying, fully original journey into Washington’s darkest behaviors. Banish any thought that its brilliant star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, would return to the series after a personal cancer scare inclined to soften Selina Meyer for even a subliminally sentimental exit. Instead, and with great satisfaction, it appears Veep will go out at its nastiest and bitterest best.” — The Washington Post.

☆☆☆☆ “The final season of HBO’s Emmy-winning political satire delivers a Selina Meyer at her misanthropic, misogynistic best — a woman who fully embraces her destiny to be as selfish, ambitious, and outright venal as the men who came before.” — Entertainment Weekly.

☆☆☆Veep remains one of the great comedies of this, or any, era. And these new episodes often left me howling. But as Selina lunges for the brass ring one last time, there are nearly as many cringes to be found as laughs. Enjoy, but beware.” — Rolling Stone.

☆☆☆☆ “In the first few episodes of the new season, pretty much everyone in the Veep cast gets a moment in which to show off the breadth of their skill, ripping into the show’s signature waterfalls of profanity with relish … But 7 seasons in, much of the novelty of Veep’s signature viciousness has worn off.” — Variety.

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