Critic Consensus: Though not every sketch plays, human ray of sunshine Chance the Rapper delights in a solid episode that leans into its host's silliness and even gets a few spooks in.
Critic reviews for Chance the Rapper
While this return episode is not as good as his first time hosting back in Season 43, Chance still functions as a really good host for those same reasons.
Powered by Chance the Rapper, tonight's show had no real duds, as Chance led the cast through a series of sketches where even if not every joke landed, general exuberance carried them through. That said, many jokes landed.
It's ironic that Chance the Rapper monologued about all the things that are second-best, because his second turn as host of Saturday Night Live was a vast improvement over his first.
He is short-torsoed, goofy-legged joy, goodness and quickness in a Chicago Teachers Union sweatshirt, a lyrical professor, and a kid excited just to be back at the show. He was also the most charismatic host yet of Saturday Night Live season 45.
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