Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker - Season 1

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker - Season 1

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker - Season 1

Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is Madam CJ Walker in Netflix's biographical mini-series detailing how she grew a haircare empire and became the first African American self-made millionaire. Co-stars Emmy winner Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) and Carmen Ejogo (True Detective).

2020USANetflix
DramaTrue Story & Biography

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Its reverence towards Walker isn't matched by stodgy storytelling; it finds in moments a briskness and charge that might elude a more straightforwardly told period drama.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

What it doesn't do, across four episodes and 190 minutes, is give a very strong idea of who Walker was or how she accomplished what she did.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Spencer's performance is dazzling. The role of pioneer comes naturally to her, and her character shows the scars of what it means to be a successful woman in a community and era where there were few.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's ultimately, thankfully, Spencer's show and she's in supreme command, selling every second of Walker's story as well as convincing us, and hopefully any director that's watching, that she deserves more time in the spotlight.

3.0
Salon

Salon

press

It is decidedly an old-school, good-time miniseries dropped into a world that will measure it by upper-crusty limited series standards.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

It's been long past time for Madam C.J. Walker to get her due on the small or big screen, but this series is sadly a disservice to her.

Variety

Variety

press

Its reverence towards Walker isn't matched by stodgy storytelling; it finds in moments a briskness and charge that might elude a more straightforwardly told period drama.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

What it doesn't do, across four episodes and 190 minutes, is give a very strong idea of who Walker was or how she accomplished what she did.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Spencer's performance is dazzling. The role of pioneer comes naturally to her, and her character shows the scars of what it means to be a successful woman in a community and era where there were few.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's ultimately, thankfully, Spencer's show and she's in supreme command, selling every second of Walker's story as well as convincing us, and hopefully any director that's watching, that she deserves more time in the spotlight.

3.0
Salon

Salon

press

It is decidedly an old-school, good-time miniseries dropped into a world that will measure it by upper-crusty limited series standards.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

It's been long past time for Madam C.J. Walker to get her due on the small or big screen, but this series is sadly a disservice to her.

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