Castle Rock: Season 1 - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Castle Rock: Season 1 Reviews

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July 26, 2018
Castle Rock is a moody, intermittently creepy, and ultimately hollow pastiche of recent genre TV.
July 17, 2018
Castle Rock is a generically gloomy small-town mystery that doesn't lack for allusions to Stephen King's past work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 25, 2018
When it comes to Castle Rock itself, however, the final product of such an effort can ring a little hollow, like a remastered greatest hits album when a new smash is what the listener truly craves.
July 24, 2018
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 11, 2018
Castle Rock will surely attract some die-hards, but, sketchily unfocused on the human scale, it is surprisingly inhospitable to casual visitors.
July 25, 2018
There are just a few too many King Easter eggs for the uninitiated to grasp, and not enough of King's trademark storytelling to grip you the way his novels do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 25, 2018
But disappointingly, Castle Rock is much less of a studied character drama set in the Stephen King universe than it is an extended homage to and an imitation of the Stephen King universe, with the diminishing returns that implies.
July 13, 2018
The biggest question mark left hanging after four episodes is what makes Castle Rock different than any other small-town puzzle-box drama?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 24, 2018
You've heard the phrase, "The location is a character"? Here, the town of Castle Rock is an ungenerous co-star, elbowing out its colleagues.
July 25, 2018
The plenitude of incident creates an effect more like dilution than density, and it's hard to see the trees for the forest of allusion. Castle Rock sometimes feels like a grab bag of rehashed tropes.
July 22, 2018
Name-checking and drawing inspiration from various King works, the J.J. Abrams-produced show boasts a gaudy cast, but proves enamored with atmosphere while failing to scare up a compelling story.
July 11, 2018
The actors will offer the best incentive for the King-ambivalent to tune into Castle Rock, but I'm not sure even they will ultimately be enough to overcome the sluggish and vague story.
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
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
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
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.
July 11, 2018
Castle Rock is worth your time, even if your ultimate mileage may vary.
July 30, 2018
Castle Rock offers more than nostalgic horror; it shows the horrific nature of nostalgia.
July 23, 2018
[Castle Rock] is a show with true promise and potential that should enthrall long-time King fans and new-comers alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
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