American Horror Story: Murder House Reviews

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June 26, 2018
For a first season, it wasn't that bad.
December 27, 2011
Against every single odd, this haunted-Hollywood saga managed to take all the horror cliches in the book and, using those ingredients, spin a thought-provoking stew of compelling originality.
November 7, 2011
Despite the bumps on the way, it's worth beginning the ride.
October 5, 2011
To Murphy and Falchuk's credit, the brisk tempo serves the multiple converging plotlines well, allowing weirdness to befall everyone in their own unique way, while producing a myriad of questions for the viewer to ponder.
October 5, 2011
Engrossing and genuinely scary.
October 5, 2011
Even if the show crashes and burns, it should leave behind a fabulous corpse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 5, 2011
Viewers who like the horror genre and the offbeat Murphy/Falchuk approach, and who are willing to put in enough serious time to absorb all the nuances, will fall in love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 5, 2011
So much of the outright horror is recycled from films-The Shining, Don't Look Now, Poltergeist-but the plotting and pacing feel vaguely original, sometimes complicated and sometimes satirical, like American Beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 5, 2011
American Horror Story is a big ol' brooding, baffling, ridiculous and occasionally compelling mess of a show
October 5, 2011
The hot mess of American Horror Story is berserk to a fault, though it does have an unnerving originality compelling us to watch while we cringe, or perhaps smirk.
October 5, 2011
American Horror Story pilot is a nonsensical roller coaster ride that will confuse, astound and surprise viewers. You may not come away knowing whether you like it, but you won't be bored.
October 5, 2011
The cast alone makes the show worth checking out.
October 5, 2011
Like all of their collaborations, the show is a mess, but it's a really intriguing one, with just enough promising (and genuinely scary) material to balance out the more ridiculous, unintentionally hilarious stuff.
October 5, 2011
One of the most addictive programs of 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 5, 2011
FX's Horror Story is insanely good.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 5, 2011
The one show this season that feels brazen and exciting-hard to look away from and Glee-fully unafraid to offend.
October 5, 2011
Fans of the horror genre - not the splatter trash of the Saw or Chainsaw Massacre series, but the creepy, psychological, and, yes, sexy, gory stuff of classics like Rosemary's Baby or The Shining - won't be disappointed.
Top Critic
October 5, 2011
Amusing to watch, but not particularly scary. "Creepy" seems the better word.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 5, 2011
It's a lot to process, and at times too much to take. Still, Horror Story often is a wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 5, 2011
Eventually, it starts to work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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