Locke & Key: Season 1 Reviews

February 13, 2020
Even as a distraction, Locke & Key looks like a misfire. The little guy Bode is a captivating character, but not as enchanting as any figure in Stranger Things.
February 11, 2020
Despite the first-rate production design of the first 10 episodes, the Netflix series seems to be in search of a tonal identity...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 8, 2020
Locke & Key is worth it in the end if you can push past the parts that are uneven and a little messy.
February 7, 2020
It is, at heart, a horror-tinged fantasy epic, but before all the spooky stuff really kicks in, it begins as a textured and wrenching story of loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 7, 2020
An appealing teen adventure series about magic and mysterious family secrets that's engaging and easy enough to breeze through in a couple sittings.
February 7, 2020
This combination of fantasy and horror provides opportunities not just for scares and imagination, but for astute reflections of society: that self-imposed burdens can leave everyone bowed.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 7, 2020
"Locke" is nearly as strong a debut as "Stranger Things" was in 2016, but it needs a few tweaks to jump the hurdle between good and great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 7, 2020
The show has a too-familiar feel to it -- down to all the youthful angst -- making the first season a door that isn't worth entering.
February 7, 2020
Rarely does the visual storytelling match the heightened emotional experience of our young heroes.
February 5, 2020
Quite handsomely made, with some brilliant visual effects, but several episodes in neither the characters nor the dialogue have begun to sparkle, the obligatory high-school storylines feel tired, and the whole thing seems uncannily devoid of humour.
February 4, 2020
The TV take on Locke & Key can't help feeling like an amalgamation of ideas that have been done to death elsewhere, usually better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 4, 2020
Locke & Key struggles to establish the stakes for the series... and struggles more to decide who it's intended for.
February 2, 2020
For a show that deals so intently with loss - of loved ones, of innocence - Locke & Key is a surprisingly rewarding endeavor.
Full Review | Original Score: B+