The long-awaited The Last of Us TV show currently boasts a 9.7 IMDB review rating and a 98% Rotten Tomatoes score.
Here’s a compilation of what early critics have to say about HBO’s take on the beloved video game series and whether or not it lives up to the hype:
|Outlet||Score (If Applicable)||Review|
|ABC News||–||“The Last of Us’ is a triumph of ferocity and feeling that grabs you and won’t let go”|
|BBC||4/5||“It doesn’t feel even remotely controversial to call this the best video game adaptation ever made”|
|EMPIRE||5/5||“Comfortably the best adaptation of a video-game ever made: one that deepens the game’s dystopian lore, while staying true to its emotional core. Like the game, it’s a masterpiece, too.”|
|GameSpot||9/10||“It stands proudly as one of the best video game adaptations ever, and a clear signal that PlayStation is right to pursue a future where its already reputable video games are reborn on TV.”|
|IGN||9/10||“HBO’s The Last of Us is a stunning adaptation that should thrill newcomers and enrich those already familiar with Joel and Ellie’s journey alike.”|
|Indiewire||–||“In time, it may not be the “best [insert qualifier here].” It may just be the best.”|
|Los Angeles Times||–||“As video game adaptations go, HBO’s ‘The Last of Us’ is in a league of its own.”|
|New York Times||–||“HBO’s video-game adaptation doesn’t reinvent the apocalypse genre. But it injects an undead story with new life.”|
|NPR||–||It’s a hopeful show about the end of humanity — one that manages to find, and nurture, moments of grace amid the ruins.|
|Radio Times||5/5||“The Last of Us is the best video game adaptation of all time, and it’s also a fantastic TV drama in its own right. If you’re on the fence about watching it, do yourself a favour and get involved as soon as possible.”|
|TIME||–||“The Last of Us is so skillfully, meticulously, and lovingly constructed—to call it TV’s best video-game adaptation would be to damn it with faint praise—that it was tempting to ignore the question that nagged at me throughout each episode: What’s the point?”|
|The Atlantic||–||“The HBO adaptation is well versed in the bleak clichés of the zombie genre, but it also offers something unexpected: empathy.”|
|The Guardian||–||“Inspired casting, excellent acting, hugely inventive storytelling … no console-to-screen journey has ever been this good. And it’s one of the year’s best television shows to boot”|
|Variety||–||““The Last of Us,” at its core, argues that the world is worth fighting for; showing us more of it will only strengthen that case.|
|Vulture||–||“The series reminds us why postapocalyptic stories continue to invadeour psyches: They remind us of the value of being alive and how terrifying it would be to stand among the few who still are.”|
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