Velma Review Roundup

The critiques for Velma are in, the animated, grownup tackle Scooby Doo minus the canine himself, however regardless of an apparent try at bringing one thing contemporary to the Mystery Inc. crew, critiques will not be notably favorable.

Velma was set to be an origin story of types for these meddling youngsters, partially explaining why there is a noticeable lack of a speaking canine. Focusing on Velma, it follows her attempting to unravel her first thriller, one which entails her being framed for murdering a fellow scholar. Mindy Kaling stars because the titular sleuther, in addition to serving as government producer, with Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) as Fred Jones, Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians) as Daphne Blake, and Sam Richardson (Veep) as Norville, or Shaggy Rogers as we initially know him.

Despite the presence of a robust solid, Velma is presently sitting at a 59 on Metacritic throughout 14 critiques. While some critics loved the brand new tackle a basic, others could not get previous the tonal points and easily not liking the characters.


  • Developed by: Charlie Grandy
  • Starring: Mindy Kaling, Glenn Howerton, Constance Wu, Sam Richardson
  • Premiere Date: January 12

Entertainment Weekly – Grade C

“Velma is the new bland, a deconstructed canonical bonanza pulled right off the corporate assembly line. It’s so extra it’s minus.” – Darren Franich [Full review]

The Guardian – 4/5

“In Kaling’s immensely enjoyable and zippy reimagining, Velma is crudely drawn proof that life is too short to pledge loyalty to overarching themes or storylines. A master of moving fast and freewheeling, Kaling brings her A-game to this goofy project, which she made with Charlie Grandy, her longtime collaborator.” – Lauren Mechling – [Full review]

Variety – No rating

“These characters are just really unpleasant to spend time with, and it starts at the top with Velma, whose selfish and misanthropic tendencies aren’t diluted by her moments of vulnerability.” – Joshua Alston [Full review]

Yahoo – Grade B-

“The joy of ‘Velma’ is undoubtedly in its humor, dense and irreverent and often referencing the wider Scooby-Doo canon and other pop culture (the cold open is a meta-commentary on why TV pilots include gratuitous nudity–featuring gratuitous nudity). Jokes range everywhere from bangers to duds, the latter end of that spectrum being anything that seems to scorn political awareness or cultural sensitivity–remarks that feel out-of-place in an otherwise admirably progressive show and which sound at least 20 years older than the characters voicing them.” – Proma Khosla [Full review]

The Hollywood Reporter – No rating

“Amid the semi-topical snipes at teen rom-coms, yass-queen feminism, hairy Brooklynites and, for some reason, the movie Serpico, the future Scooby-Doo gang and their peers can come off less like individuals than joke-delivery machines.” – Angie Han [Full review]

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