August 05, 2011 6:31am PT by Lindsay Powers
'Jersey Shore' Italy Premiere: What Critics Say
Jersey Shore Italy premiered on MTV Thursday. What did the critics say about Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Jenni "JWOWW" Farley and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino's return?
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"For better or for worse, you can take Snooki & Co. out of Jersey Shore, but you can't take the Jersey Shore out of them. And though the physical surroundings may have turned decidedly more picturesque, the mental picture remains decidedly the same," writes David Knowles in The Hollywood Reporter.
"While the season premiere was content in teasing the audience with some tongue licking between Deena and Pauly D, and a rather-desperate attempt by Mike to re-establish himself with Snooki, the teaser for upcoming episodes promises the kind of drama that [ep Sally Ann] Solsano has boasted of capturing in Italy: knockout blows, car crashes, arrests and more drunken hook-ups. In other words, welcome back to the Jersey Shore," he adds.
In the New York Times, Alessandra Stanley notes, "The road signs point to Florence, but they should read “Welcome to the Jersey Shoro.'"
"There is no pretense that that this is a real trip. It’s a trumped-up premise, accentuated by the hilarious décor of the apartment they share in a Renaissance-style palazzo — it looks like something Gianni Versace would have designed for Carmela Soprano," she adds.
"The makers of Jersey Shore don’t seem eager to tamper with a formula that has made this reality show the most successful series in MTV’s history, and turned its stars into mega-celebrities with book deals, appearances on Dancing With the Stars and Barbara Walters’s 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010," Stanley writes. "
E! Online's Bruna Nessif is pleased with the season so far.
"Between Pauly D planning his ‘international panty raid,’ Deena jumping up and down about bringing guys home, and Mike and Vinny working up their Italian A-game, we're sure to get enough physical interaction this season to keep us satisfied," she writes.