Critic Consensus: By highlighting an especially twisted mother-son relationship in "Mommy," Hotel continues to be a thoroughly creepy stay.
Critic reviews for Mommy
So, how about that episode last Wednesday night, huh? A lot of things happened...well, not really.
In this Sartre-ian world of "people are hell", no one can completely sever that umbilical cord from mommy.
In an episode replete with the show's trademark insanity, the clear highlight is the season debut of AHS regular Angela Bassett. Her Ramona Royale has an inspired backstory.
Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk succeeded this episode in providing history and context at a decent pace and within the characters' stories. They didn't throw in unnecessary, cheap thrills and left me hungry for more.
Considering how all over the place past seasons of American Horror Story have been, it's amazing how long Hotel has stuck to this one theme, running with it for three episodes, rather than indulging the attention-deficit from which [it] usually suffers.
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