David Makes Man: Season 1 Reviews

September 11, 2019
One of the best things about David Makes Man is how it gives us access to the inner thoughts of its characters, often through their daydreams, but also though imaginary figures or even scrawling text on the screen.
August 28, 2019
Luminous.
August 27, 2019
They reveal how the journey from childhood to manhood can be both harsh and exhilarating in one of the most original and riveting TV shows this year.
August 22, 2019
The surrealism of David Makes Man channels McCraney's out-of-body experiences to wrenching, lyrical effect: Even when the show ends, the quiet grace of its protagonist hovers over the viewer.
August 21, 2019
Simply wonderful and stirring.
August 21, 2019
Along with McDowell's disarming vulnerability, these lyrical passages give David specificity and dimension.
August 19, 2019
David Makes Man has growing pains. But at its best, it's a beautiful coming-of-age story about a black teenager, the people who want him to live up to all his promise, and a country that doesn't seem to have room for him.
August 19, 2019
McCraney's gift as a storyteller is to get inside the pressures faced by young, specifically young black men and enable the audience to intimately understand why David makes the choices that he does...
August 14, 2019
The story of David is pretty complex all by itself; with some of McRaney's artistic flourishes, though, he really brings the viewer into the mind of David, who really wants to break out of his situation but is scared he never will.
August 14, 2019
McCraney and his collaborators do a superb job of etching in these different communities and the people in them, and of getting us to want to protect David in a way he'd be afraid to ask anyone in his own life to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 14, 2019
[David Makes Man] has the potential to grow into a compelling work of television.
August 14, 2019
It offers haunting themes, the impact of abuse and trauma, which is shown through David's dreams, waking reveries and imagination. While the latter is the most challenging aspect of the series, it's also what makes "David Makes Man" distinct.
August 14, 2019
The rhapsodic and dreamy timbre of Moonlight, the film that won the Best Picture Oscar in 2017, comes to life again in David Makes Man, a gorgeous, attention-grabbing new series on the OWN Network.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
August 14, 2019
David Makes Man transcends expectations. It transcends genre. It just... transcends.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.6/10
August 14, 2019
It functions more like a scrappy arthouse film that is more concerned with creating complex characters than tying together cyclical, serialized storylines, making it different from any other show on television right now.
August 14, 2019
Subtle and mesmerizing in its depiction of the battle for a troubled teen's soul, David Makes Man may be the closest that Oprah Winfrey's network has yet come to achieving the sort of literary art she so admires.
March 12, 2019
The writing immediately hooks you into the pilot episode. These characters feel lived-in, made all the more authentic by the actors bringing them to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
March 12, 2019
This viewer, at least, remains curious and eager to see more of David's story, one that is told with élan and confidence and played with preternatural skill.
March 12, 2019
Right from the start, there's a distinct rhythm that'll hook you; a tonal confidence that's as rhapsodic as it can be calm.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 12, 2019
The pilot is more vibrant and unique, the next two episodes may be more conventional. There's potential in either approach, and it will be interesting to see how David Makes Man - and David himself - continues to find its identity.