'Entourage' Series Finale: What the Critics Are Saying

7:34 AM PST 09/12/2011 by THR staff
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Despite fans’ mixed reactions, most agree the HBO show “went out with a bang.”

Entourage wrapped up its eight-season run on HBO Sunday night, earning mixed reviews from fans.

But what did critics say of the final episode, in which **spoiler alert ** Ari (Jeremy Piven) quits his job to reunite with his estranged wife (Perrey Reeves), Eric (Kevin Connolly) makes up with a pregnant Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui) and Vince (Adrian Grenier) heads to Paris to get married?

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"All good things must come to an end," but the show "went out with a bang," writes Jon Friedman in the Wall Street Journal.

"In the final half-hour, the series creator/chief writer Doug Ellin resolved all of the loose ends leading up the last episode," he added. "Long live Entourage. I can’t wait for the movie."

Indeed, Connolly recently told The Hollywood Reporter that the finale was written in a way to “tee up” the film.

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Alessandra Stanley described the series in the New York Times as "a starry bromine with staying power."

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"Some fans complained that Entourage grew stale, but actually it’s remarkable how fresh the series managed to stay given how temporal its setting. The show began in 2004 before the heyday of The Hills and gossip roundups by TMZ.com. The closest thing to Entourage was Curb Your Enthusiasm, which was also about Hollywood but focused on entertainment mandarins nearing the sunset of their careers," she wrote.

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"Sunday’s finale tied up loose ends by wrapping them around Vince’s largess: he engineered reconciliation between Eric and Sloan and even hired them a private jet to work on it alone. He invited Ari and his wife, best known as Mrs. Ari, to come with him to Paris. He helped Drama get a movie deal and saved Turtle from financial ruin. Devotion flowed both ways: Vince’s own happy ending was helped along by Drama and Turtle, who persuaded the skeptical Oxford-educated beauty Sophia (a Vanity Fair reporter) to give Vince a chance," she added.

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"People think that love can’t last in Hollywood, but in real life friendship is more capricious. “Entourage” nurtured the fantasy that some bonds are so precious that nothing, not even fame, money and sex, can tear them asunder," she went on.

Kate Stanhope of TV Guide had mixed feelings about the last episode in her review, which was titled, "How the heck did we get here?"

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"Does Vince deserve to find a nice girl and be happy like everyone else? Sure. But why so rushed? And why did he and Sophia have to prove their love by tying the knot (and hello? Would someone like Sophia, an intelligent woman who most recently dated a doctor from Johns Hopkins, really marry someone like Vince after a few days? I think not). After two crazy whirlwind romances and more one-night-stands than Wilt Chamberlain, couldn't the writers have just left it at, 'I met a nice girl! I'm crazy about her! We'll see where it goes' and let viewers' imaginations take the wheel," she writes.

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"Much more logical was Vince's final save for Eric, and his subsequent letting-go of his best friend once-and-for-all. Deep down, the series was always about the friendship between these four guys, and seeing that friendship morph into something new and less codependent for Eric and Vince felt right," she added.

 

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