Critic Consensus: Harry Styles overcomes his nerves to put on a decent show, but it's not enough to overcome a series of poorly written sketches.
Critic reviews for Harry Styles
The sketches themselves were interesting and weird enough to work (and they did), but to also borrow from the cold open and the impeachment hearings criticism: The episode was still lacking in pizzazz.
It's not a good monologue - save for the cocaine joke and the apparent shade at Zayn Malik - but I wanted it to be, and credit for that goes to Styles, who was likable enough in his monologue that I didn't want to dislike how bad it was!
The former One Direction frontman seemed a bit nervous during his monologue and his first live sketch, but shook off those initial jitters by the time he was asked to play one-half of an Icelandic couple in a lamaze class.
Is it possible for Saturday Night Live to be fun without being all that funny? This episode says yes
It's always nice when you have a capable performer who is willing to go against the grain of their public persona and can really come out of their shell for a good laugh, and that really helped make this episode one of the better ones this season.
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