The Box



Critic Consensus: The Castle Rock slow-burn intrigue continues with "The Box," a blend of equal parts realistic and otherworldly horror with a superbly crafted narrative style.

Episode Info

Henry prepares for his day in court; a coffin arrives in Castle Rock.


Melanie Lynskey
as Molly Strand
Scott Glenn
as Alan Pangborn
André Holland
as Henry Deaver
Jane Levy
as Jackie
Terry O'Quinn
as Dale Lacy
Bill Skarsgård
as Shawshank Prisoner
Sissy Spacek
as Ruth Deaver
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Critic Reviews for The Box

'm starting to think that Alan isn't telling the whole story...and neither is Ruth. This is just getting better.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

In comparison, The Box might have been a slower burn than the previous three, but no less crucial. Castle Rock, I'm at your disposal, do with me as you wish.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

As countless Stephen King characters have learned, this is the part of the story where reality, and whatever's lurking on the other side, hobbles optimism with a sledgehammer.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…

The fourth episode of Castle Rock (appropriately titled "The Box") ends with the show's biggest shock yet.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Box" is the best episode so far, building up layers of key characterizations and adding important plot beat without sacrificing the tension and texture it's worked hard to create.

Aug 6, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The storytelling this week is often a bit clunky, and the episode ends with a disturbing workplace massacre that doesn't really fit the tone of the show, but the performances are still keeping Castle Rock relatively grounded ... for now.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I appreciate the way the show has approached each main character differently: slow and methodical when it comes to Henry, while crazy s*** seems to happen to Molly all the time.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

OK, so Castle Rock isn't strictly a case of art imitating life. But its very good fourth episode - "The Box" - contains enough real-world ugliness to make the supernatural stuff almost superfluous.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Box" was an interesting case study in what the show still needs to improve on, and what it could be.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The hour amps itself up and up to the point of breaking, and at just the right moment, it loosens its grip on the balloon and lets some of the air out.

Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…