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Castle Rock: Season 1 Reviews

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December 6, 2018
There are elements of this series that are trying far too hard to be clever, but there's also a raw, honest thread of emotion that underscores everything that happens.
December 6, 2018
Abuse, corruption, violence and mental health issues provide much of the drama and suspense in keeping with King's themes - with the overall show providing a startling portrait of modern America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 24, 2018
The core mysteries and the stellar cast really make this Stephen King adaptation stand out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 17, 2018
The series has chased the difficult equilibrium between pleasing fans and simultaneously presenting audiences with something new and it has succeeded. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 10, 2018
The show doesn't necessarily take off from the word go. However, with development and time, it holds potential for the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2018
Gorgeously shot with suspense inducing angles and clever visual ploys framed in a washed out palate that feels cold and desperate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 17, 2018
Like all the best Stephen King stories it's consistently spooky, but the proper scares - and there are a few - are measured out sparingly. Of course, that's what makes them all the more effective.
September 12, 2018
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
It is to Stephen King fans what Fargo was for devotees of the Coen Brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 11, 2018
Finally getting the TV role her talents deserve, Lynskey (Two and a Half Men) is a revelation as the tough-talking, drug-taking property queen with more powers than just the ability to sell a house.
August 27, 2018
Castle Rock uses the supernatural to meditate on the uncaring ineptitude that haunts the US justice system, the casual menace that lets abuse take hold.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 24, 2018
The decisions that the writing staff made were very clever and smart...a contemporary idea that's a fun wrinkle to a classic Stephen King story.
August 24, 2018
Castle Rock works like a good thriller to take in chapter by chapter. Its pace wants to pull you into the surroundings of its world, while the layers of the (hard to define) mystery peel off.
August 2, 2018
I've enjoyed my share of King's work, and I'm gripped by Castle Rock. But I find his Evil... Easy. In its simplicity, it's comfort food
July 31, 2018
King's fiction has always used those elements as metaphors for the ordinary evil that men and women inflict on each other, out of fear or greed or prejudice. And that's what's really scary about Castle Rock.
July 31, 2018
The show starts getting good around episode three, once it cuts back on the direct King swipes and becomes more like a wholly original novel, exploring some of the author's usual thematic concerns and character types.
July 31, 2018
In spite of all of the tiny subplots unfolding at once, the pilot episode held my interest, and many scenes reeled me right in. An impressive start to a new series.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 30, 2018
Castle Rock offers more than nostalgic horror; it shows the horrific nature of nostalgia.
July 28, 2018
For better or worse all of the usual King tropes are here and the slickly produced Castle Rock pays homage to everything I love and don't like about King. It's creepy but languid storytelling that's more about the journey than destination.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 27, 2018
The lead performances are so consistently thoughtful - Holland's and Lynskey's especially - that when the supernatural inevitably intrudes, it makes Castle Rock feel less special.
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