“The Idol”: what critics say about the controversial HBO series

From the creator of “Euphoria,” starring The Weeknd and Lily-Rose Depp, “The Idol” arrives in 2023. (HBO)

When it was announced that the creator of Euphoria was producing another series for HBO, automatically much of the internet made it one of the most anticipated premieres of the year. This time, under the title of the idolthe new proposal was focused on the universe of pop stars, which meant it was a much more mature plot than the previous fiction.

The first advance that was published on the channel of The Weeknd announced the production like this: “Of the sick and twisted mind of the creator of Euphoria,, sam levinsonand Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd)”. The story might be expected to be uncomfortable for a somewhat more sensitive part of the audience to watch, but the general reaction on social media has been much more shocking than initially expected.

"the idol" It will start airing on June 4. (HBO)
“The Idol” will begin airing from June 4. (HBO)

Criticism sinks “The Idol” in Cannes

After its screening at the cannes film festivalthe reaction in Rotten Tomatoes it’s completely overwhelming. What should be one of the most anticipated series of the year and a candidate for different television awards is positioned on the website with a 9% rating from critics. This rating started with a higher figure at the beginning of Tuesday, May 23 and was lowered as new criticisms were provided. What were the most relevant opinions?

David Fear of rolling stones: “Nasty, brutal, feels much longer than it is, and much, much worse than you would have anticipated.”

The series was the first television product presented in Cannes. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)
The series was the first television product presented in Cannes. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair: “The complete Levinson approach is not for everyone, and often not for me, but the idol offers enough traditional entertainment to balance its flashy style and the bombast of its thematic ambitions.”

Therese Lacson of Collider: “What Levinson perceives as provocative and subversive is quite disappointing. How can a show with so much nudity, sex and eroticism be so bland?

Lily-Rose Depp and The Weeknd are the stars of "the idol". (HBO)
Lily-Rose Depp and The Weeknd are the protagonists of “The Idol”. (HBO)

Lovia Gyarkye, from The Hollywood Reporter: “Levinson applies his efficient and graceful directing to every scene. Some of them have momentum, some of them are contradictory, and most of them are confusing. He makes you wonder if by trying so hard to be a transgressor, the show is ultimately going regressive.”

The global premiere of the idol It will take place on June 4 on the HBO signal and the Max platform.

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“The Idol”: what critics say about the controversial HBO series