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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 9, 2019
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  • Summary: The eight-part limited series about the five decade long partnership between choreographer/director Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and Broadway dancer/actress Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams) was based on the biography Fosse written by Sam Wasson.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series, Music
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Apr 4, 2019
    100
    Williams conveys Verdon’s star quality without letting it obscure her steely survivor’s core. In Mad Men terms, the character is Joan (an underestimated single mom), Betty (a betrayed wife rebuilding her life) and Peggy (a woman who’s just as talented and driven as any man in her field) in one.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Apr 9, 2019
    90
    Fosse/Verdon can never quite escape its deteriorating orbit, plunging closer and closer to the black hole that is its central subject, because it knows, deep down, how essential he is to American art. That could have tanked the whole project. And yet ... it doesn’t. Because, deep down, this is a fantastic show about a marriage.
  3. Reviewed by: Amy Glynn
    Apr 9, 2019
    80
    Sam Rockwell is excellent as the passionate, manipulative, adulation-seeking Fosse. As Gwen Verdon, Michelle Williams is very nearly perfect. ... The bigger issue, and I’m not sure how much it could’ve been avoided, is that the “destructive artist and long-suffering helpmeet/muse” trope gets really freaking old.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Apr 4, 2019
    68
    Fosse/Verdon proves to be a darker, more sorrowful meditation on the personal and professional lives of artists, but the eight-episode series benefits from Broadway tunes and re-created dance numbers from the pair’s many successful productions.
  5. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Apr 9, 2019
    60
    The series is certainly competent, one collaboration that changed the face of American theater telling the story of another. But you’re looking for more of a Fosse shoulder roll, the extra tap in the time step, the unexpected contortion in the jazz number--the kinds of quirks that made Fosse and Verdon singular and unique. Their relationship was anything but by the book, and you wish this dramatization wasn’t afraid to go a little more off-script.
  6. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    Apr 9, 2019
    58
    Rockwell and Williams are shoo-ins for Emmy nominations this summer, it’s true, but the material they’re given here never quite rises to meet their level.
  7. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Apr 9, 2019
    40
    Despite the time jumps, much of Fosse/Verdon feels sluggish and nonessential. Rockwell is fine as Fosse, but Fosse himself is a bore. ... More Verdon, less Fosse please.

See all 34 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Apr 10, 2019
    10
    Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams are exceptional in this biographical miniseries about one of the greatest duos to ever influence theatreSam Rockwell and Michelle Williams are exceptional in this biographical miniseries about one of the greatest duos to ever influence theatre and film. The story is incredible, and the style is stunning. Truly an incredible show. Expand
  2. Apr 9, 2019
    6
    Same old woman behind the man thing. The woman is the muse Man the real thing .Little boring. We've seen this **** a 100 times already. ActingSame old woman behind the man thing. The woman is the muse Man the real thing .Little boring. We've seen this **** a 100 times already. Acting is good tho..... Expand
  3. Apr 10, 2019
    0
    Feh .What a great big soggy mess.So poorly cast.So poorly directed..Big fat wet mess of nothing.Gwen Verdon as a dowdy hag? Oh please.Feh .What a great big soggy mess.So poorly cast.So poorly directed..Big fat wet mess of nothing.Gwen Verdon as a dowdy hag? Oh please. Michelle Williams is far too good to waste her time on this drek. And Fosse- was he an **** first or did that come with the territory? Speaking of which? What territory?Didn't look like no genius to me. Nothing breathtaking there at all. It's getting really tired, boys. Mean men who screw and their dowdy women who go along with it.Even the daughter.Oh please-another soggy mess of lousy acting. Big big disappointment. JM Expand

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