Velma Review Roundup – GameSpot

Velma’s reviews are in, the animated, grown-up self rivaling Scooby-Doo minus the dog, but Mystery Inc. Despite a clear attempt to bring something fresh to the crew, reviews have not been particularly favorable.

Velma was set up as an origin story of sorts for these meddlesome children, partially explaining why there is a notable lack of talking dogs. Focusing on Velma, it attempts to solve her first mystery, which involves her being arrested for the murder of a fellow student. Mindy Kaling stars as the titular Slither, as well as serving as executive producer, with Glenn Howerton (Heard It Always in Philadelphia) as Fred Jones, Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians) as Daphne Black. , and Sam Richardson (Vip) as Norville. Or Shaggy Rogers as we actually know him.

Despite having a strong cast, Velma is currently sitting on one. 59 on Metacritic In 14 reviews. While some critics enjoyed the new take on the classic, others couldn’t get past the tonal issues and simply couldn’t like the characters.


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

Entertainment Weekly – Grade C

“Velma is brand new, a deconstructed canonical bonanza straight off the corporate assembly line. It’s more than it is minus.” – Darren French [Full review]

Guardian – 4/5

“In this wildly fun and zippy reimagining of The Killing, Velma proves that life is too short to commit allegiance to big themes or storylines. A master of fast-paced and freewheeling, The Killing owns brings the A-game to this wacky project, which he co-created with his longtime partner Charlie Grundy.” – Lauren Mechling – [Full review]

Variety – No score.

“These characters are truly unpleasant to spend time with, and that starts at the top with Velma, whose selfish and mean-spirited tendencies are not diminished by her moments of weakness.” – Joshua Alston [Full review]

Yahoo – Grade B-

“Velma’s joy is undoubtedly in its humor, thick and irreverent and often referencing the broader Scooby-Doo canon and other pop culture (Cold Open is a meta-commentary on why TV pilots include gratuitous nudity. (There is — featured nudity. ) Jokes run the gamut from banter to vulgarity, with the latter end of the spectrum being anything that seems to defy political awareness or cultural sensibility — remarks that someone else might find offensive. Admirable progressives feel out of place on the show and seem at least 20 years older than the characters who make them sound.” — Proma Khosla [Full review]

The Hollywood Reporter – No score.

“Teen rom-coms, Yass Queen feminism, hairy Brooklynites and, for some reason, the movie Serpico, the futuristic Scooby-Doo gang and their peers can come off as less people than joke delivery machines.” – Angie Han [Full review]

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