Television critics unimpressed by Hillary Clinton’s ‘Gutsy’ show, call it ‘shallow’ and ‘dull’

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The Hollywood Reporter was less than impressed by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton’s new Apple TV docuseries “Gutsy,” suggesting that the mother-daughter duo made for “lackluster” TV hosts on a show lacking depth or personality.

Television critic Angie Han first got her positives out of the way, praising the empowering stories of the series’ lesser known guests, and showing admiration for the show’s “wholesome” and “uplifting” tone.

“However, in its restless, relentless quest for uplift, the series turns away from complexity, depth or even much in the way of personality. As Han began to voice her reservations about the show, Han stated that Gutsy’s good intentions make it hard for people to dislike it, but its shallowness makes it difficult to love. She then said that Clinton supporters might have issues with certain aspects of the series, but that they are unlikely to change their mind about the Clintons.

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    THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON — Episode 1703 — Pictured: (l-r) Chelsea Clinton and Hillary Clinton during an interview on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 — (Todd Owyoung/NBC via Getty Images)

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    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a panel discussion during the Vital Voices Global Headquarters for Women’s Leadership grand opening festival on May 05, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

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    Hillary Rodham Clinton during the 13th DVF Awards 2022 during the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 01, 2022 in Venice, Italy. (Stefano Mazzola/Getty Images)

“Even pro-Clinton viewers, however, might find themselves stumbling over the first obvious issue with Gutsy: namely, that whatever else you think of them as private individuals or public figures, the Clinton’s are lackluster as TV hosts,” Han noted. Despite their time in the spotlight, neither Hillary nor Chelsea seem “quite at ease with the show’s attempt to create a casual vibe.” She noticed that the pair seem more comfortable in sit-down interviews and prefer to listen than lead. While A-list celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Megan Thee Stallion will likely garner headlines, the critic suggests that the lesser known stories of GLITS founder Ceyenne Doroshow or inventor Alice Min Soo Chun create the most refreshing content.

“Gutsy’s list of heroes is certainly impressive, and the issues they raise worth ruminating on. Han said that if the series gives more recognition to some women and the work that they do, it might be worth it. “But it can be frustrating for anyone who is interested enough in these ideas and curious about their nuances. “

The biggest complaint of the critics is that it isn’t very “gutsy”. The show is a little too stubborn and focuses on positive and empowering. It doesn’t feel as deep as some of the people featured.

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The show, which was released on Sept. 9, has received less than stellar reviews from critics thus far, boasting an unimpressive 63% Rotten Tomatoes score from critics. The show has yet to receive an audience score.

Variety’s Carline Framke was similarly unimpressed by the show, noting that the excitement of Hillary and Chelsea leading up to the interviews, did not match how “dull” the viewing experience actually was.

Natalia Winkelman, Boston Globe’s editor, also said that the show lacks depth. She criticized the show’s use of flashy productions to make the women’s stories seem “easy” and too fast.

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The show came about following the 2019 non-fiction book, “The Book of Gutsy Women,” co-authored by Hillary and Chelsea.

Nikolas is an associate editor at Fox News Digital.

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