See what the critics are saying about Marvel Studios’ latest series Hawkeye

See what the critics are saying about Marvel Studios' latest series Hawkeye
By Stephen Ippolito | November 23rd, 2021

On the eve of its release, the critics embargo for Marvel Studios’ newest series Hawkeye was lifted. While the reviews haven’t been perfect, they are definitely a lot better than the studios last project they released (Eternals).

Through 43 reviews, the show has an 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. A good chunk of the positive reviews seem to enjoy the chemistry between Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton and Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop. YouTuber Perri Nemiroff described it as “always spot on” and a “major highlight.”

As mentioned earlier, the reviews were not perfect. David Opie of the Digital Spy described the show as “forgettable” and that “it says a lot that the Avengers musical, a show within the show, is currently the best thing about this show.”

Along with Renner and Steinfeld, Hawkeye stars Alaqua Cox as Echo, Vera Farmiga as Kate’s mom, Tony Dalton as Jack Duquesne, Fra Fee as The Clown, and Linda Cardellini as Laura Barton. Florence Pugh will also reprise her Black Widow role Yelena Belova.

Catch the first two episodes of Hawkeye tomorrow on Disney+.

Good Reviews:

Hawkeye rocks a great mix of playfulness and a sense of real danger. It’s also hard to imagine better casting for Kate Bishop than Hailee Steinfeld. Her timing and tone are always spot on and her chemistry with Jeremy Renner is a major highlight.

Perri Nemiroff | YouTube

For lovers of the comic, the series nails specific aspects – the ones that count.

Glen Weldon | NPR

Steinfeld and Renner are good foils for each other, as Bishop pushes Barton to relax and he tends to her like a fussy aunt.

Mike Hale | New York Times

Hawkeye’s aim isn’t completely true, but it doesn’t prevent the mis-matched duo at its heart from being a real delight.

Matt Purslow | IGN Movies

Hawkeye episodes one and two are an awesome blend of the Matt Fraction/David Aja series and Christmas. Fans of Clint Barton are getting the character they’ve been waiting for in live-action, and Kate Bishop is going to be everyone’s new favorite hero.

Kaitlyn Booth | Bleeding Cool

“Hawkeye” is not as ambitious as “WandaVision,” but it has a breezy quality that’s easy to get into.

Bill Goodykoontz | Arizona Republic

Like the best of the MCU on Disney Plus so far, including WandaVision and Loki, Hawkeye stands on its own just enough to largely avoid superhero fatigue.

Andrew Webster | The Verge

Marvel Studios is once again sleigh-in’ it with Hawkeye, an unmissable Christmastime team-up bringing holiday cheer to the MCU with top tier storytelling delivered in the Mighty Marvel Manner & a bold, brilliant new hero in Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop.

Josh Wilding |

Hawkeye is more Kate Bishop origin story than Clint Barton solo series, but Steinfeld and Renner’s dynamic makes for a delightful holiday adventure.

Molly Freeman | Screen Rant

Clint Barton has not always been the easiest Avenger to rally behind, and Hawkeye doesn’t look to make him more likeable. It does double down on what makes Clint such an interesting paradox of a man.

Alicia Gilstorf | Tell-Tale TV

Hawkeye is modest in terms of threats and mythos compared to its MCU Disney+ predecessors, but it is nonetheless charming and full of heart.

Laura Sirikul | Empire Magazine

Its low-key vibe is precisely what makes it feel special.

Angie Han | The Hollywood Reporter

Bad Reviews:

“Hawkeye” is too beholden to the larger MCU as a guiding narrative force and generic house style of filming to truly find its own voice…

Caroline Framke | Variety

Even a show that approaches its episodic run like an extra-long movie owes the audience a bit more momentum than this, especially when those installments roll out weekly.

Brian Lowry |

Acknowledging that the character is the least-exciting Avenger can be fun in small doses, but it’s not a thing to base an entire series on.

Bob Strauss | San Francisco Chronicle

Hailee Steinfeld shines, but the rest is forgettable. It says a lot that the Avengers musical, a show within the show, is currently the best thing about this show.

David Opie | Digital Spy

“Hawkeye” is clearly more concerned with setting up Kate Bishop for future MCU phases than creating a problem worthy of two heroes’ time. And at six hours, it’s certainly not worthy of yours.

Ben Travers | indieWire

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