I Am Anne Frank, Pt. 1
American Horror Story Asylum



Critic Ratings: 11
Critics Consensus

The pace is quite measured in comparison to previous episodes in the season, but "I Am Anne Frank (Part 1)" ups the stakes in a major way with some earnest and empathic character development.

Episode Info

A woman is brought to Briarcliff who believes herself to be Holocaust victim Anne Frank. Meanwhile, Dr Thredson offers to help both Lana and Kit, and detectives arrive at Briarcliff... but who are they investigating?


Jessica Lange
as Sister Jude Martin
Sarah Paulson
as Lana Winters
Evan Peters
as Kit Walker
Lily Rabe
as Sister Mary Eunice McKee
Zachary Quinto
as Dr. Oliver Thredson
James Cromwell
as Dr. Arthur Arden
Joseph Fiennes
as Monsignor Timothy Howard
Barbara Tarbuck
as Mother Superior Claudia
Joel McKinnon Miller
as Detective Miller
Franka Potente
as Kassie Morgan
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Critic Reviews for I Am Anne Frank, Pt. 1

Tonight's episode is so entertaining largely because it abandons story entirely.

Aug 8, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Wednesday's episode - part of a season-long story arc - examines the problems of gauging reality and identity, always issues in a mental hospital.

Aug 16, 2016 | Full Review…

In Briarcliff, Grace, Lana, Shelly, and Kit are back, having successfully escaped the mutants but not the asylum.

Aug 9, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"I Am Anne Frank" was about the importance of being... frank. And earnest and empathetic, too.

Aug 9, 2016 | Full Review…

I found it to be the first episode to treat its characters like characters, and not like vessels for exposition or segues into different, incongruous horror stories.

Aug 9, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

This week's episode, "I Am Anne Frank (Part 1)," echoed Season 1's inclusion of an actual murder victim, but upped the ante big time. Seriously: ANNE FRANK.

Aug 15, 2016 | Full Review…

We don't enjoy torture porn and we don't enjoy stories where one group of people (in this case, women) seem to be singled out for all the worst the story has to offer.

Jun 20, 2018 | Full Review…

The latest episode and first of two parts, I Am Anne Frank, makes sure to give up a few more clues to ensure that we're still paying attention. If you weren't already, tonight's episode will have you glued to the screen.

Aug 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Just when you think American Horror Story can't get any more weird or whacky... Anne Frank enters the Asylum.

Aug 9, 2016 | Rating: 4.1/5 | Full Review…

While some might find this episode boring, I very much appreciated the slow-down in pace for some good old fashioned character development.

Aug 8, 2016 | Full Review…

The episode might have been a little tougher to follow this week, but it's the sort of tough-to-follow that rewards multiple viewings.

Aug 8, 2016 | Full Review…