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Castle Rock: Season 1 (2018)




Critic Consensus: A meticulously crafted mystery brimming with allusions, Castle Rock is bound to please even the pickiest of Stephen King fans -- though mileage may vary for casual viewers.


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A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock is an original story that combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King's best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.


Melanie Lynskey
as Molly Strand
Scott Glenn
as Alan Pangborn
André Holland
as Henry Deaver
Jane Levy
as Jackie
Sissy Spacek
as Ruth Deaver
Bill Skarsgård
as Shawshank Prisoner
Terry O'Quinn
as Dale Lacy
Cassady McClincy
as Young Molly Strand
William Xifaras
as Truck Driver
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Critic Reviews for Castle Rock: Season 1

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (24)

For a purposely misleading series that prided itself on all its enigmas, Castle Rock answered its major questions in unexpected and impressive ways, while once again tying itself to the greater King universe.

September 12, 2018 | Full Review…

When it tries to be a wonderland for King fans, it races past the line of referential, rounds through fan service, and steps into cliché, sometimes even inching toward self-parody.

July 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Castle Rock looks to be one of the best King things in years, even though the man himself serves primarily as a road map and blueprint.

July 24, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Starts slow and gets better -- while an excellent cast (and lead, in Holland) front a story that's a little more psychological than supernatural in the early going.

July 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Castle Rock" is a giant basket of Easter eggs for King people, but for the rest of us it's a decent show layered with supernatural secrets waiting to be decoded.

July 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Castle Rock offers more than nostalgic horror; it shows the horrific nature of nostalgia.

July 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Castle Rock: Season 1


It's just a shaggy-dog story: they have no idea where it's going. The acting is good to medium and it's shot well but this is a lot more Abrams and 'Lost' than Stephen King. It's a load of geeky Easter eggs and signs pointing nowhere. No narrative thrust (episode seven and nothing has happened except a lot of stuff that makes no sense) and a whole lot of vagueness that people mistake for suspense.


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