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Critics agree: Carrie, 'Sound of Music' fall flat

  • Reviews are in for NBC's live performance of 'The Sound of Music,' and they aren't good
  • Carrie Underwood widely panned for her portrayal of Maria
Critics agree: Carrie, 'Sound of Music' fall flat

NBC's live version of the classic musical "The Sound of Music" largely fell flat among critics.

Thursday's much-hyped performance of the Rogers & Hammerstein classic was widely panned, with reviewers targeting star Carrie Underwood for her lackluster performance.

Underwood, who portrayed Maria, was deemed to be out of her league in the role. The Daily Beast called her "painfully lifeless and amateur throughout the first two thirds of the lengthy ordeal. The singer, it seems, is a proud graduate of the school of 'If I don't blink, they'll think I'm acting!'"

The broadcast itself, which was the first live production of a musical on television in years, was seen as half-baked at best. The Daily Beast called it "hard to watch," while Variety called it "lifeless."

USA Today thought the network's execs should "have just stuck with the music," while The Boston Globe's Dan Aucoin wrote that he "started praying for a power outage" to cut his TV reception. Underwood was also criticized for her lack of acting skills.

"Underwood was clearly over her head," wrote Aucoin. "She gave a performance as Maria that was so amateurish and emotionally vacant it wouldn’t have passed muster in a community theater production."

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