American Horror Story: Hotel Episode 2 - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

American Horror Story: Hotel Episode 2 Reviews

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Angela L. Harmon
The NitPic
December 10, 2019

American Horror Story does not fare well when it features a grand gesture of exposition, particularly so early in the season.

Sam Ashurst
Digital Spy
November 18, 2015

Forget binge-watching a season, we feel like we've just binge-watched an episode - and we haven't even mentioned the part where Lady Gaga rides into a disco on the back of a horse.

E. A. Hanks
New York Times
Top Critic
October 15, 2015

The only mystery going thus far is how sewing dead bodies into old mattresses brings back the dead. So perhaps here is where horror and camp begin to work against each other: Can anything that preens so glibly in the spotlight's glare truly be scary?

Ryan Sandoval
October 15, 2015

For The Countess and other characters driven by vital dependency in the enjoyable, yet stout "Chutes and Ladders," it was addiction that made a body feel more alive than others, while at the same time trapping the addict in a prison of pure need.

Ross Bonaime
Paste Magazine
October 15, 2015

"Chutes and Ladders" has what "Checking In" didn't have: a story.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.7/10
Matt Fowler
IGN Movies
October 15, 2015

"Chutes and Ladders" provided a horrifically fun backstory for the hotel...but that was a 15% chunk of an episode that sprawled for over an hour and a half, featuring some very grating vampire soapiness involving vain, pretty douchebags.

Full Review | Original Score: 6.3/10
Darren Franich
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
October 15, 2015

There's an evocative grabbiness to the idea of Gaga-Bomer-Wittrock as party people and diseased infected people.

Emily L. Stephens
AV Club
Top Critic
October 15, 2015

"Chutes And Ladders" is eager to share its enthusiasms, and the elaborate settings and playful camera work (directed by Bradley Buecker) help keep it lively.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael Calia
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
October 15, 2015

While episode one hit us over the head with some pretty horrifying images early, episode two settles into more of a narrative groove.

Chelsea Tatham
Tampa Bay Times
October 15, 2015

Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters are both playing villainous character this season -- a first for them both. And they're KILLING it. Literally.

Brian Moylan
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
October 15, 2015

Right now the stage has been set nicely for this to go in some very interesting directions.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Leyla Hamedi
Top Critic
October 15, 2015

It was a pleasant surprise to have a good bulk of the hotel's backstory spelled out for us so early on.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Miranda Wicker
TV Fanatic
October 15, 2015

Don't count on any of it making sense because clearly that's not what we're here for. The gore is necessary because the shock value is what keeps us coming back. We're as twisted as some of these characters.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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