Curtain Call
American Horror Story Freak Show

58%

TOMATOMETER

Critic Ratings: 12
Critics Consensus

The finale offers a lukewarm conclusion to an uneven season of American Horror Story, but all of the stories of our cherished "freaks" eventually synced together into a relatively satisfying button ending.

Episode Info

The freaks rebel in the Season 4 finale. Meanwhile, Dandy prepares for his debut performance.

Critic Reviews for Curtain Call

This was just a very long epilogue.

Jan 22, 2015 | Rating: 7.2/10 | Full Review…

The season finale of American Horror Story: Freak Show arrives with an overarching sense that the entire season can't be browbeaten into cohesion in the space of one episode. Of course it can't, but it's pretty fun to watch Ryan Murphy and company try.

Jan 22, 2015 | Full Review…

In a rather fitting finale to a season of AHS that started out so promisingly and became increasingly devoid of anything worth watching.

Jan 22, 2015 | Full Review…

I loved it so much; I was a mess during most of it. The massacre scene was absolutely terrifying and gut-wrenching, and those opening chords of "Heroes" will never not trigger extreme emotions in me.

Jan 22, 2015 | Full Review…

Freak Show ends on [an] unexpected, optimistic note, where the darkness in the freaks' world is not gone.

Jan 22, 2015 | Rating: 8.8/10 | Full Review…

So, this was about as good as could have been expected of an American Horror Story finale, I suppose, given the somewhat lackluster nature of the season as a whole

Jan 22, 2015 | Full Review…

It's a warmhearted end to a twisted and bloody season. For the most part, it wraps up Freak Show neatly.

Jan 22, 2015 | Full Review…

Yes, this was a bad end to a truly awful season, by far AHS's worst. The only thing I can think right now is how grateful I am that this stewpot of misery is over.

Jan 22, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The finale manages to join together a season's worth of fragments, giving the whole a belated sense of coherence, even of resonance, that was too often missing from individual episodes.

Jan 22, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

There was something disingenuous at the core of this finale, I think.

Jan 22, 2015 | Full Review…

"Curtain Call" kind of sums up how I feel about this entire season of American Horror Story. It's all been a whole lot of buildup, for a very pedestrian payoff. And, unfortunately, that's not what diehard (or even casual) fans of AHS want.

Jan 22, 2015 | Full Review…

The dearth of creative energy throughout the run of Freak Show suggests the proverbial well has run dry. American Horror Story has become lethargic and monotonous.

Jan 22, 2015 | Full Review…