Sheldon Dugas’s review published on Letterboxd:
I watched this over the course of a few days and found it very riveting. They made chess look fun, and they got some really tense scenes from the games of chess throughout the 7 episodes. Anya Taylor-Joy was great as Elizabeth Harmon, an orphan who is a chess prodigy and a drug user and alcoholic. The show doesn’t shame her for her choices, even when it’s not siding with her, but her life story explains perfectly why she took tranquilizers and drank way more alcohol than one should. There are a few recognizable faces in here too, which are a ton of fun to see. The production design is great, and the attention to period detail beautiful. The VFX aren’t the best when they use them, but it’s only on establishing shots and doesn’t really distract.