The reviews are in and critics think Queen of the South, USA's new narcos drama about a female Mexican drug trafficker (Alice Braga), is a fresh, exciting take on the traditional gangster story. Here's what the reviews are saying:
Braga is a captivating queen.
"The show sells us on the idea that pretty, wide-smiling Teresa can become a capable, even vicious, defender of her own hide when threatened, and that Queen of the South might be able to tell a familiar story in a fresh way." -- Ken Tucker, Yahoo! TV
Expect a fresh take on gangster tropes.
"Next thing you know, you’ll be sucked into Teresa’s story, not only because she’s literally fleeing for her life, but also because there hasn’t been a character quite like her on television before." -- Brian Moylan, The Guardian
Everyone loves a good antihero story.
"Teresa starts off as a starry-eyed romantic, happy with her prince, BFF and high-end shopping. But... the fantasy is scorched desert and Teresa hasn’t just passed through the fire, she has become the fire. The premiere is wild ride through a fun house of exposition, crazy escapes and scenario set-ups." -- Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times
It does right by its source material.
"Queen of the South is one of the more effective adaptations of a telenovela, thanks to an action-heavy plot and a complicated, appealing central character. In other words, nothing gets lost in translation." -- David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
The queenpin is one glamourous badass.
"Teresa’s slow metamorphosis from underfed Sinaloa urchin to powerful drug boss is bloody and painful. At the same time, that’s what makes the show tick; much of the appeal of Queen of the South is the romantic thrill of seeing the world of guns and gore run by an immaculately dressed fashion plate in gold stilettos, glamorous sunglasses, and a crisp white blazer, so carefully put-together she could be a traficante Barbie." -- Sonia Saraiya, Variety
You'll be left wanting more.
"Now we’re ready for the rise of Teresa. Bring on episode 2." -- Kyle Fowle, Entertainment Weekly