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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 16, 2018
The Kominsky Method Image
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 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: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  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: Melanie McFarland
    Nov 12, 2018
    80
    The series pairs Michael Douglas with Alan Arkin, perhaps the finest streaming comedy team-up since, well, matching Jane Fonda with Lily Tomlin. As acting coach Sandy Kominsky, Douglas easily slides into the role of a man whose tried his best to make a career out of his craft.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Nov 5, 2018
    50
    Both Douglas and Arkin are acting in their comfort zones--Douglas is a smarmy, scarf-wearing charmer, and Arkin is a lovable grump--but the latter pushes himself further than the former. ... Ultimately, it’s Lorre who doesn’t take full advantage of his stars.
  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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