Castle Rock: Season 2 Reviews

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October 23, 2019
What's here is still effective, affecting, and original - despite appearances.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 23, 2019
S2 has a morbid magnetism that pulls you in and makes you hit play all over again at the end of every episode.
October 23, 2019
King fans will get a continued kick out of their favorite King tropes being thrown together.
October 23, 2019
In this misguided series, the clash between grounded psychological horror and bump-in-the-night monster mania delivers fewer shivers than shrugs of confusion.
October 23, 2019
In its first half...Castle Rock keeps the supernatural elements lurking on the periphery, focusing instead on characters and family melodrama, anchored by Lizzy Caplan's commanding performance at the center.
October 23, 2019
There's little apparent benefit to how the show's second season foregrounds its interpersonal relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 23, 2019
The moody atmosphere from the first season is back, and the show never really lets up from that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 22, 2019
I can't tell if the new season is over-reaching, under-reaching or if the Annie Wilkes of it all is just overshadowing the story to an unanticipated degree.
October 22, 2019
There's still plenty of King paraphernalia floating around for eagle-eyed viewers to latch onto, but Castle Rock is no longer so insistent of its importance to the overall story. Instead, the series mercifully lets the narrative speak for itself.
October 22, 2019
Castle Rock Season 2 does a wonderful job of borrowing reoccurring themes from King's massive body of work and splicing them together to make something that appears, at least on its surface, wholly original.
October 17, 2019
I wish I could tell you about all of the twists and turns this season takes, but that would ruin what is shaping up to be one of the best seasons of television this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 15, 2019
Despite all its high drama, season two feels a little more conventional in its narrative, and that'll likely make for a more satisfying story arc, especially with all the horror-fantasy elements to come.
October 15, 2019
[Caplan's] performance is masterfully physical, from her carefully impassive smile to the way she holds her arms stiffly at her sides as she walks; the actress embodies a woman who is struggling to control a constant surge of inner turmoil.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 15, 2019
Anchored by Lizzy Caplan's compelling performance, this season has cracked the Stephen King code for a thrilling and engaging mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 15, 2019
Misery and 'Salem's Lot, two vastly different King novels, make for strange bedfellows.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 15, 2019
The show is thoughtfully written by showrunners Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, who have a knack for character and an ear for Kingian dialogue, and the gifted cast gives it everything they have.
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