• Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 15, 2019
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jan 15, 2019
    80
    [An] enjoyable reboot.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Chancellor Agard
    Jan 14, 2019
    75
    The series feels very much at home on The CW, maybe too much so, as it doesn't initially stand out from the rest of the network's lineup. But there's hope it could blossom as the chemistry between Mason and Parsons grows. [18 Jan 2019, p.48]
  3. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Jan 14, 2019
    70
    The heart of the show remains the psychic bond between Liz and Max, and diehard “Roswell” fans should be relieved to know that their dynamic remains much the same (and that Mason in particular proves a charismatic delight).
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 2, 2019
    64
    Sometimes the aliens-as-immigrants rhetoric is a little too on the nose but as remakes go, this iteration of “Roswell” seems like it will appeal to the current CW audience.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrea Reiher
    Jan 14, 2019
    60
    At its most basic narrative level, the show’s premise is only mildly interesting, but two things manage to elevate it enough so as to demonstrate the potential for good storytelling, and there’s also change from the original that gives the show more fertile ground to work with than a lot of CW dramas: The first is the immigration parallel. ... The second big thing Roswell, New Mexico has going for it is the mystery planted in the pilot.
  6. Reviewed by: Keisha Hatchett
    Jan 9, 2019
    60
    Roswell, New Mexico's attempt to say something about the world we live in today is commendable. However, the reboot failed to live up to its immigration-centered twist by adding nothing new or interesting to the conversation.
  7. Reviewed by: Amy Amatangelo
    Jan 14, 2019
    59
    They’ve aged all the characters up, but they still act like they’re 15 years old.
  8. Reviewed by: Danette Chavez
    Jan 15, 2019
    50
    Roswell, New Mexico’s interpersonal drama works better than the run-of-the-mill mystery about a sister Liz realizes she may never have truly known.
  9. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jan 15, 2019
    50
    Like The CW's remake of Charmed, I see the elements of why the creators wanted to update this franchise and just wish it could be better.
  10. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 15, 2019
    50
    As with CW’s ongoing and likewise newly Latina-centered Charmed do-over, the story already seems played out in times when re-exploiting name brands unfortunately has become an end in itself.
  11. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 3, 2019
    50
    This grown-up Roswell has its moments but mostly reminds us how hard it is to recapture the magic of the original. [7-20 Jan 2019, p.11]
  12. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jan 11, 2019
    40
    The ham-handedness of Roswell, New Mexico, cannot be overstated.
  13. 25
    The performances deal in the kind of insipid caricaturing on the order of the Millennial who confuses polo with polio in “Three Billboards.”

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