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American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 2 Reviews

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Angela L. Harmon
The NitPic
December 16, 2019

Massacres and Matinees was exciting to watch and had some serious OMFGWHATISTHAT moments, so I'm feeling kinda great about this season right now.

Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez
Tom & Lorenzo
June 8, 2018

But - again, compared to other seasons - they're letting this one take its time... We sense some confidence in the scripts this time, as if people know exactly where they want to go and how they're going to get there.

Erik Adams
AV Club
Top Critic
January 21, 2015

Twisty is my least favorite part of the season so far, but the throat-clenching tension of "Massacres And Matinees"'s cold open uses John Carroll Lynch's character to marvelous effect.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Darren Franich
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
January 21, 2015

The second episode of Freak Show was directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, whose sensibility is garish and loopy but also precise and formalist, like Wes Anderson directing a snuff film.

Matt Fowler
IGN Movies
January 21, 2015

As early as it may be in the season, I'm enjoying the Freak Show characters and story.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kevin Yeoman
Screen Rant
January 21, 2015

In the early going anyway, Freak Show is more concerned with serving up a series of indelible moments than connecting them via a strong, compelling narrative. And that's okay for now.

Lacy Baugher
Baltimore Sun
January 21, 2015

This season is dark, dark, dark. Basically: It's "Asylum" with a prettier coat of paint on top.

Scott Neumyer
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
January 20, 2015

The novelty and newness of the season premiere has worn off, the world building has mostly subsided, and the show has to start digging into its mystery and plotting. To say that's been a sore spot for much of the FX series' run would be accurate.

Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
Top Critic
January 20, 2015

The second episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show allows us to leisurely soak in the considerable atmospherics of Elsa's (Jessica Lange) financially imperiled Cabinet of Curiosities.

Mark Trammell
TV Equals
January 20, 2015

It's probably way too early to make a judgment call on this season of the show so far, but it's essentially a slightly lighter-toned version of season two, aka Asylum, only much more colorful.

Price Peterson
January 20, 2015

"Massacres and Matinees" was both scary and relaxed and set up a lot of very compelling threads that will probably be tugged on for the next few episodes.

Ross Bonaime
Paste Magazine
January 20, 2015

"Massacres and Matinees" not only introduces new characters in a way that makes sense, but also gives us far more depth into the character dynamics.

Full Review | Original Score: 8.2/10
Brian Moylan
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
January 20, 2015

This show needs some butching up, but when it happens, the patriarchy invades and tries to destroy everything that we've come to love.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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