TV Show Review – Girlboss

TV Show Review – Girlboss

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Rating:  2 (out of 5).  Netflix’s newest series Girlboss is a adaptation of the book written by Sophia Amoruso, which happens to be a loose interpretation of her life. The book tells the story of how she went from rags to riches reselling vintage clothing online through the company she created called Nasty Gal. The series stars Britt Roberson as Amoruso, and the first season focuses on her early struggles as she gets things off the ground. The critics didn’t hate this, although they didn’t find anything to love about it either. They enjoyed Roberson’s performance even though her character was difficult to like.

Variety states “The Netflix half-hour takes a light, hyperbolic tone with Amoruso’s–t-show of a life — amused by her casual stealing, comfort with various levels of filth, and total disregard for the feelings of others.” They note “Girlboss is a love letter to a paragon of success that doesn’t exist,” but to its credit, the show “looks great.”

Entertainment Weekly thinks “Watching Girlboss is a fairly awkward experience given the real life events surrounding its subject.” They say “The frenetic Girlboss is a frustrating but occasionally fun show that might be too enamored with its subject.”

CNN writes “this Netflix half-hour about a conflicted 20-something at best feels like a diluted version of Girls.”

The Washington Post says “The 13-episode dramedy, created by “Pitch Perfect” screenwriter Kay Cannon, is a painful reminder of just how awful our lexicon was in the mid-aughts.” They think “Despite some genuinely charming moments, “Girlboss” has a flimsy narrative and gives some of Sophia’s personal relationships only a passing glance.”

The San Francisco Chronicle thinks this series “is about as binge-defiant a show as you’re likely to encounter. Just watching one episode of the overly precious, trying-too-hard comedy is a challenge.” They say “Robertson is talented, but the character is insufferable. Sophia and all of her friends must make their heads hurt trying so hard to be terribly witty and hip with everything that comes out of their mouths, probably including a burp.”

The New York Times writes “It’s fine that the Sophia of “Girlboss” isn’t likable. The problem is that she isn’t particularly interesting.” They say “the issue may be the disconnect between the part of “Girlboss” that wants to be a character study and the part that needs to be a conventionally entertaining series.”

USA Today calls this “Colorful and compulsively binge-able.”

The Hollywood Reporter thinks “Britt Robertson gives a strong lead performance,” but they call the show a “frequently meandering online fashion retail comedy.” They describe it as “West Coast blend of Sex and the City and How to Make It in America that’s only beginning to feel like it knows what it wants to be after all 13 half-hour episodes of the first season.”

The Chicago Tribune writes “Despite some genuinely charming moments, “Girlboss” has a flimsy narrative and gives some of Sophia’s personal relationships only a passing glance.” They say “The problem isn’t that Sophia is, as one character calls her, “a garbage person.” It’s that “Girlboss” rarely delves deep enough to make us unequivocally root for her, warts and all.”

Vulture notes “Most of the time, it just wants to have fun while centering that fun around a confused, often unprincipled protagonist. A proper tone never fully clicks into place.”

 

 

 

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