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  • Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 14, 2018
Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 26
  2. Negative: 7 out of 26

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Oct 12, 2018
    60
    I just wish it were possible to get more of a consistent kick out of Camping, which boasts laugh-out-loud lines and enjoyably boisterous work from its cast, but too often, is grating instead of darkly funny.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Oct 15, 2018
    50
    The show runs hot and cold--well, warm and cold--depending on who’s on screen; not all these characters have been created equally deep.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 15, 2018
    50
    The cast, it must be noted, is fine; it’s the scripts that seem to be have been drenched in Bug Juice and left to rot in the sun.
  4. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Oct 12, 2018
    50
    What there’s not is Dunham, the volatile agent whose larger-than-fiction persona makes the experiment so singular. Without her, the results are standard: another perfectly serviceable series about awful people, but not a special one.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 12, 2018
    50
    For those who have felt a void in the realm of TV self-absorption since "Girls" finished its run, Camping, from that show's producers, might be the trip for you. Otherwise, this HBO adaptation of a British series, starring Jennifer Garner, makes a pretty good case for turning off the set and getting outdoors.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Oct 11, 2018
    50
    As a series, it’s a chore to watch. There’s nothing true or telling about the 40-something generation it casts in a ridiculously self-indulgent glow. If Camping serves any function, it’s as a summit on human failure, so the viewers can feel a little better about their own flaws.
  7. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Oct 8, 2018
    50
    Why the audience should invest in [Kathryn's] journey, or learn anything from it, is unclear, even if why her friends stick around is simple enough. Most of the people are there for Walt. ... Walt is nearly too shy to empathize with. They’re all living in denial about something, and only occasionally is blindness exposed to any useful effect.
  8. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 10, 2018
    48
    Mostly it looks down its nose at almost all of its strident-in-their-own-way characters. Juliette Lewis (“Cape Fear”) enlivens the series as a crunchy hippie who clashes with Kathryn, but ultimately she’s as much a caricature as all the others.
  9. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 10, 2018
    42
    It’s hard to discern the overall intent here. Most of the characters are either sad sacks or in Jandice’s case, demonstrably unhinged. But whatever situations they’re put in, Camping all in all is less fun than waves of dive-bombing mosquitoes.
  10. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Oct 15, 2018
    40
    With a different cast, it might actually work. Because she’s so immediately likable, it’s hard to buy Garner as woman with misplaced sympathies. ... Only Lewis (who’s outrageously good) and Arturo De Puerto as her new beau Miguel seem ideal. They cause much of the drama and don’t really care what the others think. When they’re around, Camping is more fun than fireside ghost stories. ... Gems drip out, but they don’t come often enough.
  11. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Oct 15, 2018
    40
    Garner gives Kathryn a nicely manic energy and a comically absurd kind of shrewishness. But Dunham and Konner, who co-wrote the first two episodes, seem to want to comprehend Kathryn’s awfulness rather than to present it as a simple reality in a comic setup. ... Otherwise, Camping has a zany mood and typically sharp writing that makes it more watchable in later episodes (particularly when Busy Philipps suddenly shows up). ... Camping isn’t bad either, necessarily, it’s just filled with a kind of empathy that’s rather out of place.
  12. Reviewed by: Allison Shoemaker
    Oct 12, 2018
    40
    For every glimmer of humanity or odd moment of self-recognition, there are 10 that bear no resemblance to reality without so much as a glimmer of the engagingly absurd. They are sketches, and they’re not entertaining ones; they say things that might be funny, if a human being said them, but as lines delivered by the caricature of a really disagreeable person, they’re just off-putting.
  13. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Oct 4, 2018
    40
    Occasionally, Garner manages to find another gear in Kathryn’s high-strung anxiety, revealing how her longstanding health issues have shaped her insecurity and fear. But for the most part, the series wastes its potential, showing so little insight or movement that watching Camping becomes nearly as unpleasant as it is for the characters living through it.
User Score
3.0

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 5 out of 7
  1. Oct 14, 2018
    8
    A US remake of a British series (that I didn't watch so I can't compare). Great cast, and good script but it got a 8 from me as I thinkA US remake of a British series (that I didn't watch so I can't compare). Great cast, and good script but it got a 8 from me as I think Jennifer Garner (so good in dramas) overacts a bit too much.

    David Tennant and Juliette Lewis always perfect and a pleasure to watch
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