Past Perfect
Castle Rock Season 1



Critic Ratings: 11
Critics Consensus

"Past Perfect" may take a surprising detour or two from previous episodes of Castle Rock, but it ultimately proves another consistent outing for the Stephen King-inspired horror series.

Episode Info

Newcomers set up shop in Castle Rock; Henry follows a clue.


Chosen Jacobs
as Wendell Deaver
Melanie Lynskey
as Molly Strand
Scott Glenn
as Alan Pangborn
André Holland
as Henry Deaver
Jane Levy
as Jackie
Bill Skarsgård
as Shawshank Prisoner
Sissy Spacek
as Ruth Deaver
Cassady McClincy
as Young Molly Strand
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Critic Reviews for Past Perfect

Holy Cow! Who is this kid? And what is he doing to the people of Castle Rock?

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Though this is all staged with bloody aplomb by director Ana Lily Amirpour (The Bad Batch), it amounts to nothing more than a tangent side-plot King has routinely been known for clogging up his primary narratives with.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

While "Past Perfect" doesn't touch the quality of last week's submission, there's a shift in ambiance that suits the bloodbath that ensues.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

It's an episode that is so enraptured in the puzzle box aspect of it all that it seems to overpower anything else.

Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The scenes at the B&B in "Past Perfect" are wonderfully creep.

Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…

As it turns out, Skarsgard doesn't need clownface or his unsettling eye trick to send chills down the spine, and The Kid upped the eerie ante in "Past Perfect" thanks to an encounter with Molly at the end of the episode.

Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Castle Rock stumbles in Past Perfect, but it's still a great series, thanks to the stellar performances from its leading cast.

Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: 7.2/10 | Full Review…

Continues the Stephen King-inspired show's hot streak, digging deeper than ever into the madness generated by the town's resident boogieman - The Kid - that's been infecting the locals like a virus.

Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…

"Past Perfect" asks a lot of questions and even sets up the big reveal regarding the Kid's identity, but it also goes a little too slow at times, especially when it comes to revisiting Ruth Deaver's story, which is basically non-existent this week.

Aug 29, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Castle Rock is about the temptation to forget things that hurt us, and paradoxically, the damage we do when we repress memories.This episode pays lip service to those themes. But in "Past Perfect," Castle Rock's in danger of forgetting what's important.

Aug 29, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…