Looking for Alaska: Season 1 Reviews

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November 27, 2019
Looking For Alaska, with all its bumps in the road much like its hurricane epicenter Alaska, is an adaption with heart, an endeavor delivered to fans with the deepest understanding of the text and the love that made it a success to begin with.
November 13, 2019
Sometimes, the drama is undercut by the relaxed nature of the series and its buttery, calming cinematography but "Looking for Alaska" keeps its focus on its characters as the beating heart of the show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 13, 2019
The last two episodes of Looking for Alaska masterfully depict the damage and grief that follow...
October 29, 2019
Popular YA book yields excellent series for mature teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 29, 2019
I can only speak from the perspective of someone who has multiple copies of this book on her shelves. But so far, I'm confident in saying you'll instantly fall in love with the series whether you've experienced the story before or not.
October 28, 2019
In 2019, Hulu's adaptation of the book somehow feels truer to the story Green set out to tell than the book itself.
October 28, 2019
The result is a series that is probably infinitely better than the movie ever would have been but which also feels distinctly of an era - a throwback to a time nobody is ready to be nostalgic for just yet.
October 28, 2019
Even with its flaws - including a narrative slowdown around Ep. 4 - this is a rare teen-lit adaptation that works on multiple levels. And that's something worth looking for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2019
The show hit home - and not just for its throwback music and early-2000s fashion. It's poised to do the same for today's teens, for reasons that go far beyond appearances.
October 24, 2019
Although this TV adaption does add plot and tension to the story that makes it more enjoyable to watch, it is the characters that make this story truly shine.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 24, 2019
A triumph of collaboration, a rare case in which a story is adapted for the screen by exactly the right set of hands who treat it with the level of respect it so requires.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 24, 2019
All of the characters in this show are exceptional. None of them are good people; they are all deeply unlikable, but still likable at the same time, which makes them very real.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 24, 2019
Through the first four episodes, Looking for Alaska has done a great job of creating perfectly flawed characters. There is not one character that is all good or all bad. Just like life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.9/5
October 22, 2019
Not only does the adaptation capture the nostalgic feeling of reading the novel for the first time (say at 15, awkward and lovelorn), it handles tragedy much more delicately and naturally than other teen series in recent years.
October 21, 2019
This is all pretty stiff, predictable stuff, built around the operatic pangs of teen romance.
October 19, 2019
The story should also be universal to anyone who has ever had a teenage experience and to anyone who has longed for something more, especially given your circumstances in life.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 19, 2019
This episode perfectly captures the cruel self-absorption of teens, who find their parents' feelings sooooo embarrassing but can't see how absurd their own huge emotions can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 19, 2019
Looking for Alaska has heart and soul, and has more in common with its forebears than its contemporaries. This is Dawson's Creek with regular alcohol; The OC in Alabama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2019
Though its cast is immensely likable and more than up to the task at hand, this limited series never manages to fill the characters or its narrative with enough emotional depth to accomplish what it's trying to.
October 18, 2019
"Looking For Alaska" is nostalgic for itself, like it's admiring itself in a mirror instead of making eye contact. This neutralizes the immediacy and intimacy that can make coming-of-age stories so special.
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