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Damien: Season 1 Reviews

March 14, 2016
The only one who looks like she's having fun is Barbara Hershey, who appears to be playing some sort of devil's henchman/Mrs. Robinson character as she murmurs to Damien about his evil possibilities. Otherwise, the drama is fairly inert, and so cheap!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 9, 2016
While only time will tell if it warrants must-see status, Damien is off to a decent enough start, thanks to a polished look, a solid cast- especially Hershey, who exudes the menace she perfected in the likes of Black Swan- and some excellent gore effects.
March 8, 2016
There's potential in this show thanks to its cinematic style and decent lineup of actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.8/10
March 8, 2016
Damien has one significant shortcoming: In its attempt to call forth the end of days by making the Antichrist TV's newest hunky protagonist, the show starts its story much too early.
March 8, 2016
Damien aims for epic darkness, but it only achieves blundering, dour obscurity.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
March 8, 2016
Think of the worst adaptation, remake, reboot, sequel, or remix that you've seen. Got it? The first episode of Damien was probably worse.
March 7, 2016
This is a show almost completely without humor, an attitude that might get you through a two-hour movie but can wear a watcher out over the course of a TV series.
March 7, 2016
Bad writing, funny direction, deafening music - in the end, none of it is enough to kill the "Beast." It does rise, although not to the potential of its concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 7, 2016
The main problem with Damien is Damien: He's a pretty dull character. Bradley James does what he can, but since he's mostly just required to look startled, pained, or confused, he doesn't make for a compelling central figure.
March 7, 2016
A&E's Damien joins the (Omen) franchise, offering spooky and violent moments through its first five episodes, but struggling to find the narrative momentum necessary to work as an ongoing series.
March 7, 2016
Mr. James, who resembles a less intense Frederick Weller, makes a lightweight Antichrist.
March 7, 2016
The horror doesn't work, the characters aren't defined and the plot is ludicrous.
March 7, 2016
If boredom is hell, Damien is the first sign of the apocalypse.
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 7, 2016
Sometimes it's hard to think how a series will pull off a second season, but it's hard to fathom how Damien will pull off a second episode.
March 7, 2016
Whatever Damien is, it ain't The Omen.
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 7, 2016
Despite coming from Glen Mazzara of The Walking Dead, Damien is just dreary.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 7, 2016
Shallow, dull and predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 6, 2016
That a series centered around the Antichrist is this scare-free, weirdly witless, and dramatically inert comes as a very bad omen for A&E's future as a safe haven for horror hounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
March 2, 2016
At its core, though, the show feels hollow, in part because of the waffling approach to its central character.