“Barry” Season 4 Review Round-Up: A Stunning Coda For Bill Hader’s Hitman Series
Barry‘s end is nigh—for both the series and, one has to suspect, for Bill Hader’s haunted hitman. Critics are weighing in on the fourth and final season, and it sounds as if Hader and his Barry team have delivered a stunning coda.
Barry is not easy viewing, but it’s been a relentlessly original, occasionally hilarious, and almost always surprising masterclass in storytelling. Hader, co-creator Alec Berg, and the cast and crew have consistently taken the show into deeper, weirder, wilder territory.
“The plot is constructed as a mesmerizing Rube Goldberg machine, a bloody sequence of cause and effect that makes nihilism engaging,” says Vanity Fair‘s Richard Lawson about season 4. “And the series tantalizingly dangles the possibility of an ultimate moral reckoning.”
“The series has felt wholly original from the jump, even as it’s evolved from Hollywood satire into something much darker and deeper,” writes Rolling Stone‘s Alan Sepinwall. “And it is very much going out on its own terms with its incredible fourth and final season.”
Let’s take a brief, spoiler-free stroll through what the critics are saying. Barry returns to HBO for its fourth and final season on April 16:
‘Barry’ Season 4 Review: Bill Hader Makes a Grand Exit in HBO’s Stunning Final Season https://t.co/h63qSoJ61K pic.twitter.com/RbA5wG5GsZ
— IndieWire (@IndieWire) April 11, 2023
‘Barry’ Season 4 Review: HBO’s Bill Hader Dramedy Wraps With Its Most Thrilling and Ambitious Moves Yet https://t.co/AzhuSQU9sp
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) April 13, 2023
Bill Hader hits the spot in the brilliant lead-up to the final episode of HBO’s dark comedy, Barry.
Our Season 4, Episodes 1-7 review: https://t.co/8Mn4RHxQgh pic.twitter.com/XVItl6hPhx
— IGN (@IGN) April 11, 2023
BARRY is going to have one of the best 4-season runs ever. https://t.co/up4D1e0pcH
— Brian Tallerico (@Brian_Tallerico) April 11, 2023
REVIEW: ‘Barry’ Goes Out on Its Own Terms in Deliciously Dark Season 4
Bill Hader and Alec Berg’s dark HBO comedy continues to serve up its unique cocktail of thrills and laughs in its fourth and final season.
Story: https://t.co/vMcZwMdylQ pic.twitter.com/wi6Bas3hS4
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) April 11, 2023
REVIEW: ‘Barry’ Season 4 delivers an unpredictable and flawless series finale. https://t.co/Nw47L2LgLf pic.twitter.com/FiyPvUNEs7
— Inverse (@inversedotcom) April 11, 2023
#Barry Season 4 Review: A Flawless Final Season With A Never Better Bill Hader https://t.co/0peHEZ3Rmd pic.twitter.com/PVQ4N7FLAA
— Screen Rant (@screenrant) April 13, 2023
#Barry Season 4 Review: Bill Hader crafts a collision course of chaos in the HBO series’ excellent final season. https://t.co/Ot8ZJv1aOO
— TheWrap (@TheWrap) April 11, 2023
The final season of #Barry goes out with a bang. Here’s our spoiler-free review. https://t.co/BkUeGJYsil
— /Film (@slashfilm) April 11, 2023
For more on Warner Bros., HBO, and HBO Max, check out these stories:
“Game of Thrones” Prequel Focused on “Dunk & Egg” Officially Moving Forward at HBO
“The Penguin” First Look Reveals HBO Max’s “The Batman” Spinoff
“Succession” Writers Kept Shocking Death From Leaking By Using the Perfect Code Word
Featured image: Bill Hader in “Barry.” Photograph by Merrick Morton/HBO