IMDb Rating: 9/10
“Are you scared now?” is the question posed at the end of the first episode of Love, Death & Robots, an animation anthology Netflix released in 2019. The answer is yes, you will be scared to not be disappointed by the rest of the episodes, because the first one is so good.
Even though the reviews are very divided as to wether the anthology is “too hyper-masculine and half-baked” (see below), the visual achievements can not be denied. It includes a bit for everyone, from 3D to 2D and a splash of stop-motion.
With producers such as Joshua Donen (Drag Me to Hell), David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club), Jennifer Miller (COO Blur Studio), and Tim Miller (Deadpool) you know you are in for a treat!
“Love, Death & Robots (stylized as LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS) is an American adult animated anthology television series on Netflix. The 18-episode first season was released on March 15, 2019. The series is produced by Joshua Donen, David Fincher, Jennifer Miller, and Tim Miller. Each episode was animated by different crews from a range of countries. The series is a re-imagining of Fincher and Miller’s long in-development reboot of Heavy Metal.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 72% based on 18 reviews, and an average rating of 6.53/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “This animated anthology has enough creative Death to satisfy cyberpunk aficionados who Love their Robots to have some Heavy Metal influence, but the series’ lofty ambitions are often undercut by a preoccupation with gore and titillation.”
Abby Robinson of Digital Spy called the series problematic in its portrayal of women as primarily sexual objects and victims of trauma, labeling it as “firmly rooted in the past”. Writing in The Daily Beast, Nick Schager described the series as “Black Mirror for the ADD-addled video game crowd” and praised the show for its “diverse affair rife with violence, humor, and a healthy dose of sensuality”. In a more negative review, Ben Travers of IndieWire described the episodes as “too often hyper-masculine and half-baked” and gave the series a C grade, though the review was based on only 6 of the 18 episodes. Writing for Wired, Peter Rubin praised the show and its boundary-pushing nature, saying that “sometimes, you just want to see Adolf Hitler suffocated by a giant mound of gelatin”. Rubin further voiced frustration with the seemingly “endless parade of stoic supermen and the women who deceive or escape them”, noting that at times it seems as though Fincher and Miller have aimed the show at a “particularly retrograde subset of genre fans”.”