American Horror Story: Freak Show (2014)


Freak Show
American Horror Story

Critics Consensus

Though it may turn off new viewers unaccustomed to its unabashed weirdness, Freak Show still brings the thrills, thanks to its reliably stylish presentation and game cast.



Critic Ratings: 34

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American Horror Story: Freak Show begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.-- (C) FX

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Critic Reviews for American Horror Story Freak Show

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (16)

Speaking of scary: There's a clown. And not just any scary clown, but the scariest clown ever, a gruesome killer with a huge smile hideous enough to make us apologize to any ordinary clown we ever called scary.

Oct 8, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Like all great horror, it is willing to abuse its audience-which, in a perfectly Murphian turn, wants to be abused.

Oct 8, 2014 | Full Review…
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Murphy is in full ringleader mode here, the Barnum & the Bailey of television insanity.

Oct 8, 2014 | Full Review…

The appalling splendor is right there in credits. Credit sequences are an "AHS" specialty, but the FX franchise pretty much outdoes itself with this one.

Oct 8, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Freak Show looks like a beauty, with a wealth of fascinating characters and a little smattering of heart helping to balance out the grisly appointed rounds of a so far unidentified clown with a hellish half-mask.

Oct 7, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Freakshow had everything I could ask for from American Horror Story; lots of blood, cringe-worthy horror, jaw-dropping moments..., and most of all a GREAT VILLAIN!

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Subtlety has never been creator Ryan Murphy's strong suit, but Murphy (who also wrote and directed tonight's premiere) seems to have fully embraced that approach, delivering what appears to be both the most horrifying and joyful season yet.

Mar 16, 2017 | Full Review…

The first hour of AHS: Freak Show, with its amazing new title sequence, odd characters, gorgeous production values and depiction of a dying show-biz era, totally pulled me in. But I'm a sucker for the nostalgia and the creepiness of the sideshow world.

Oct 9, 2014 | Full Review…

Mesmerizing characters, a perfectly realized atmosphere and one truly terrifying clown could make American Horror Story: Freak Show the most deliciously creepy and captivating season yet.

Oct 8, 2014 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

It is Sarah Paulson who is the main attraction as a Siamese Twin that is actually more like the central creature in "The Thing with Two Heads" with Rosey Grier and Ray Milland. It's a triumph of special effects.

Oct 8, 2014 | Full Review…

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