Curtain Call
American Horror Story Freak Show



Critic Ratings: 13
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.

Cast & Crew

Jessica Lange
Elsa Mars
Kathy Bates
Ethel Darling
Sarah Paulson
Bette & Dot Tattler
Michael Chiklis
Dell Toledo
Angela Bassett
Desiree Dupree
Evan Peters
Jimmy Darling
Emma Roberts
Maggie Esmerelda
Danny Huston
Massimo Dolcefino
Wes Bentley
Edward Mordrake
John Carroll Lynch
Twisty the Clown
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Angus T. Jefferson
David Burtka
Michael Beck
Chrissy Metz
Ima 'Barbara' Wiggles
Jyoti Amge
Ma Petite
George Bell
Tall Man Ghost
Vanessa Cloke
Michael Dawson
Security Guard
Erika Ervin
Amazon Eve
Mat Fraser
Paul the Illustrated Seal
Rose Siggins
Legless Suzi
Ruby Lou Smith
Judy Manners
John Wilmot
Father Kelly
Ben Woolf
Ryan Murphy
Executive Producer
Brad Falchuk
Executive Producer
Dante Di Loreto
Executive Producer
Tim Minear
Executive Producer
Jennifer Salt
Executive Producer
James Wong
Executive Producer
Brad Buecker
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Curtain Call

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…

Rather than a work of art, this season was like a child's crayon scribbles on a white wall, different colors swirling all around each other until the whole thing turns brown. The child revels in its creation, but all anyone else sees a mess.

Dec 16, 2019 | Full Review…

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…